Snoods and boots for pampered pooches

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The annual Crufts dog show turned into something of a catwalk contest yesterday as pampered pets arrived in rain coats, their paws clad in winter boots.

More than 27,000 animals are expected to descend on Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre for the show – with many donning the latest in canine wet-weather fashion. While some turned out in nose-to-tail waterproofs, others arrived wrapped in blankets and in one case, even sporting a snood.

A record 2,131 dogs from 41 overseas countries will travel to Birmingham for the show and a total of 13 new breeds will be making their
debut at the event, which has attracted more than 20,500 dogs to its breed-judging, gamekeepers’ classes and obedience championships.