Crufts, which was founded in 1891, has long established itself as the world’s greatest dog show.

This year’s show to be held on rescheduled dates (following the FMD cancellation), from 25 -28 May at the NEC, Birmingham, will herald the inclusion of overseas exhibitors and their dogs, giving the event a truly cosmopolitan feel.

Held over four days, the show has attracted a record entry of more than 21,500 dogs and more than 118,000visitors are also expected.Apart from a complete range of pedigree breeds, there is a varied programme of events scheduled, including agility, flyball, obedience and gundog competitions.

The Discover Dogs area will be highlighting responsible dog ownership and choice, by accommodating over 180 breeds of pedigree dog and their knowledgeable handlers, including many rare breeds from the Imported Breed Register.

Full programme

Friday 25 May Terrier & Hound Groups

Obedience Championships (Bitches)

Saturday 26 May Toy & Utility Groups

Obedience Championships (Dogs)

Sunday 27 May Gundog Group

Inter-regional Obedience Competition

Monday 28 May Working & Pastoral Groups

Inter-regionalObedience Competition

Agility and Flyball

Best In Show

Kennel Club spokesperson, Caroline Kisko said: “Crufts has always been unrivalled throughout the world and now with the inclusion of overseas competition is set to become even bigger and better! “

Admission to Crufts 2001 is from 8.15am

Cost: Single adult £8.50 (25/26.5) £9.50 (27/28.5), Child/Senior Citizen £5.50 (25/26.5) £6.50 (27/28.5) and Family Ticket (2 adults / 2 concessions) £17.50 (25/26.5) £20.00 (27/28.5) a four-day adult admission ticket will cost £30.00 .

Tickets are available on the day or in advance from The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London. Or call Crufts Ticket Hotline: (tel: 0207 518 1012)