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Welsh Kennel Club Builth Wells dog show expects 9,000

Jubilwell Riff Raff for Maursett (pet name - The Stig), a five year old Clumber and show champion Normbar Coleen of Maursett, our 11 year old German Wirehaired Pointer, known as Fizz
Image caption A five-year-old Clumber spaniel - one of the vulnerable breeds - and a German Wirehaired Pointer owned by Tony and Maureen Taylor

Around 9,000 dogs have descended on the Royal Welsh showground near Builth Wells for a qualifier for Crufts.

The three-day championship event in Powys hosted by the Welsh Kennel Club started on Friday when smaller toy breeds were given the stage.

Saturday included working and terrier breeds, and Sunday gundogs and utility breeds as well as the "all important" best in show.

Competitors were expected from all over Europe.

"The dogs who come here qualify to attend Crufts," said Graham Hill the Championship Dog Show secretary.

"There will be over 180 breeds represented, which is virtually every breed recognised by the Kennel Club.

"We even have the 29 'vulnerable' breeds from the UK, those breeds which only have about 300 puppies a year."

Despite fashion some dog breeds remain perennially popular and make up the largest number of entries, Mr Hill said.

"They are the Labrador and the golden retrievers, the Cavalier King Charles spaniel also has a large entry as have whippets."

Events will include agility, obedience and Kennel Club seminars for up-and-coming judges

"With any competition it has a competitive spirit, but it's all good fun," he added.

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