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Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre hosts the return of its famous canine competition this week as about 16,000 dogs of all shapes and sizes arrive from across the world to compete for the coveted best in show award

Selected by Natasha Rees-Bloor

Main image: Colourful outfits keep the dogs clean as they arrive for the show.

Fri 11 Mar 2022 17.45 GMT Last modified on Fri 11 Mar 2022 17.52 GMT

  • An old English sheepdog rests on a grooming table

    Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

    An old English sheepdog rests on a grooming table
  • Standard poodles from the Pot Noodles team compete in the obedience contest

    Photograph: Jason Skarratt/Flick.digital/Rex/Shutterstock

    Standard poodles from the Pot Noodles team compete in the obedience contest
  • Six dogs arrive in matching coats ready for day two of the show

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    Six dogs arrive in matching coats ready for day two of the show
  • A bedlington terrier gets a trim before being it enters the show ring

    Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

    A Bedlington terrier gets a trim before being it enters the show ring
  • An Afghan hound and its owner

    Photograph: James Gill-Danehouse/Getty Images

    An Afghan hound and its owner
  • A competitor in sequinned trousers takes her miniature long-haired dachshund into the ring

    Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

    A competitor dons sequinned trousers to take her miniature long-haired dachshund into the ring
  • A chihuahua wears a scarf in the colours of the Ukrainian flag

    Photograph: Molly Darlington/Reuters

    A chihuahua wears a scarf in the colours of the Ukrainian flag
  • A dog competing in the agility contest makes a giant leap

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    A dog competing in the agility contest makes a giant leap
  • A woman carries her Russian toy dog in her dungarees

    Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

    A woman carries her Russian toy dog in her dungarees
  • Colourful outfits keep the dogs clean as they arrive for the show

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    Colourful outfits keep the dogs clean as they arrive for the show
  • An Irish wolfhound arrives at the exhibition centre

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    An Irish wolfhound arrives at the exhibition centre
  • A dog jumps from a box during a magic performance in the heelwork-to-music round

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    A dog jumps from a box during a magic performance in the heelwork-to-music round
  • A great dane waits at the bench with its owner before its turn in the ring

    Photograph: Jason Skarratt/Flick.digital/Rex/Shutterstock

    A great dane waits at the bench with its owner before its turn in the ring
  • A woman cuddles her samoyed

    Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

    A woman cuddles her samoyed
  • Bassett hounds wander in to the NEC

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    Bassett hounds wander in to the NEC
  • Bullmastiffs relax on the benches

    Photograph: James Gill - Danehouse/Getty Images

    Bullmastiffs relax on the benches
  • A woman is embraced by her great dane after its turn in the show ring

    Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

    A woman is embraced by her great dane after its turn in the show ring
  • A pair of bichon frises pose for the camera as they arrive for the show

    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

    A pair of bichon frises pose for the camera as they arrive for the show
  • A dog competes in the heelwork-to-music competition

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    A dog competes in the hheelwork-to-music competition
  • French bulldogs Vito, Verdi and Eric wearing scarves in the colours of the Ukraine flag

    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

    French bulldogs Vito, Verdi and Eric wearing scarves in the colours of the Ukraine flag
  • Four terriers arrive in a crate

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    Four terriers arrive in a crate
  • A dog weaves through poles in the agility competition

    Photograph: Katja Ogrin/Getty Images

    A dog weaves through poles in the agility competition
  • French poodle owners wear berets ready for their performance

    Photograph: James Gill-Danehouse/Getty Images

    French poodle owners wear berets ready for their performance
  • An Afghan hound arrives wearing a snood

    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

    An Afghan hound arrives wearing a snood
  • Cedric the pomeranian gets around the centre in a pushchair

    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

    Cedric the pomeranian gets around the centre in a pushchair
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