How much do you know about Crufts?

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Widely regarded as the most prestigious and popular event in the dog breeder’s calendar, the annual Crufts awards are just a couple of weeks away, giving competitors a chance to get their hands (and paws) on a coveted and very recognisable trophy.

Originally called the ‘First Great Terrier Show’, it was the brainchild of Charles Cruft, a dog biscuit salesman. The first show in 1886 only featured terriers, but this was changed in 1891 when all dog breeds were invited to ‘Cruft’s Greatest Dog Show’. This allowed Queen Victoria to enter and she subsequently won prizes for her Collie and two Pomeranians.

The coveted Best In Show title offers a cash prize of only £100, but is believed to be worth a small fortune in stud fees and sponsorship deals. The winning dog always has their photo taken alongside the iconic Keddell Memorial Trophy. Made from solid silver, the original trophy stays with the Kennel Club, and the winner is presented with a replica.

Approximately 350 kilograms of fur will be cleaned up from the Birmingham NEC arena after the show, meaning a vacuum cleaner or two is always a must. If you’re wondering what the breeds for winning are, history suggests cocker spaniels, Welsh terriers and Irish setters.

An estimated 27,000 dogs participate every year, overseen by approximately 160,000 human visitors. Spread over four days, the 2017 competition is scheduled for March 9 to 12 and will be the 126th annual show.

At H. Cooper Glass Engravers, we can offer a range of engraved glass trophies that would be perfect for all competitions – canine or human.

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