DFS Crufts, at the NEC Birmingham from 11 to 14 March, was covered on television for the first time in almost two years.
Television coverage by the BBC of Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world, was scrapped last year after the airing of a documentary exposing controversial breeding practices. Long-time sponsor Pedigree pet-food manufacturer also withdrew its support of the show.
With more than 5,000 competing dogs, this year’s show shifted attention towards working dogs and mongrels, and away from dogs whose breeding leaves them susceptible to congenital health problems.
Coverage of the 2009 show was withdrawn when show organisers refused to acquiesce to demands by the BBC not include certain breeds in the competition.
“They will only televise the show in 2009 if certain breeds are excluded from participating,” said Kennel Club chairman Ronnie Irving at the time. “We are unable to agree to these demands.”
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