Published Thursday, 07 March 2013
Doggy fashion on display at Crufts 2013 in Birmingham's NEC. (© PA)
More than 27,000 dogs and their proud owners are expected for the four-day annual showpiece event at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre.
And no chances were being taken when it came to the possibility of a disastrous encounter with a mucky puddle before the show even got underway.
Some pampered pups were carried in on their owners' shoulders to keep those paws clean, while others travelled in the cages which were rolled in on wheels.
Those dressed to impress were decked out in an array of doggy coats, boots and even snoods.
Among the main attractions of Crufts are the prestigious Best in Show decision and the Friends for Life award which rewards dogs who have truly earned the men's best friend title.
"Each year we hear amazing stories of how dogs have helped people pull through illnesses, given those with disabilities a new lease of life, or worked with search teams to rescue those in need," Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said.
Exhibitors at Crufts have raise thousands of pounds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which distributes money to re-homing charities and funds research into diseases affecting dogs.