Crufts day two at the Birmingham NEC gets off to a stylish start

Flying the flag! A patriotic pup in a Union jacket leads the way as the Crufts pack arrives for day two of the competition at the Birmingham NEC

  • World renowned dog show Crufts continues today with a second day of events at the Birmingham NEC
  • Stylish pup dressed in a Union flag jacket led the fashion pack as the competitors arrived at the arena today
  • Other pampered pooches were wheeled in by their owners in cages and doggy prams 

Crufts competitors pulled out all the style stops as they arrived for the second day of the competition in Birmingham today. 

Dogs dressed in Union flag jackets, fetching patterned onesies and vibrant vests turned out with their owners at the Birmingham NEC this morning. 

The competition, which takes place over four days and culminates with the prestigious Best In Show on Sunday evening, is going ahead despite concerns over the coronavirus outbreak.  

This week staff working at the event said they were astonished that it was going ahead as planned. Of the total number of dog entries, 3,000 come abroad with 366 of them coming from Italy, which has been the European epicentre of the virus outbreak with 79 deaths from 2,502 confirmed cases.

There are also 160,000 people expected to visit the arena, which some claim could be the perfect breeding ground to spread the deadly Covid-19 bug. 

The Kennel Club added that it was aware of speculation that a pet dog in Hong Kong had tested weak positive for Covid-19 but said: ‘There are ongoing tests to determine whether this is due to environmental contamination and at this stage there is no change to the veterinary guidance.’ The World Health Organisation says there is no evidence that companion pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new coronavirus.

Patriotic pup! A dog in a Union flag jacket jumped up on its owner as it arrived for the second day of Crufts at Birmingham NEC

Ruff and ready: These Old English Sheepdogs will be representing a charity at the four-day dog show this weekend

Wheely good time! These spaniels are wheeled into the Birmingham NEC ahead of the second day of competition at the arena

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Just paw-fect! This poodle was dressed in a dashing printed onesie that matched its owner’s shoes for day two of Crufts 

Golden wonders! These long haired Golden Retrievers looked regal in the morning sun as they arrived at the Birmingham NEC

Check him out! Bosun, a Clumber spaniel, shows off his fetching jacket as he arrives for the competition in frosty Birmingham

A tartan triumph: An elegant spaniel is wrapped up against the cold as it arrives for day two of Crufts at the Birmingham NEC

The fashion pack: Three spaniels are given extra layers as they brave the chilly temperatures for the second day of Crufts

Ready to go! Owners, breeders and trainers laden with supplies arrive en masse for the second day of the competition

Standing out from the crowd: A dog in a fetching zig-zag scarf and cosy green jumper made its arrival at Crufts this morning

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