PAMPERED pooches took the lead as they battled it out to be named top dog at a canine competition in Leeds.
Thousands of pet pups went for a walkies at Harewood House at the weekend as part of the Leeds City and District Canine Association’s annual Leeds Championship Dog Show.
The three-day show, which is now in its 64th year, was the biggest ever, with thousands descending on the Leeds landmark with their four-legged friends.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, association secretary Liz Stannard said: “It went really well and we’ve had so many members of the public coming in.
“Saturday was terribly hot and humid but the dogs were seemingly fine – some of the judges felt the strain a bit from standing in the sun all day though!
“We had over 1,500 cars come along on Saturday, which meant around 3,000 people on that day, which was lovely.
“It seems to be our biggest event to date.
“It’s a good day out and there is a lot to do besides watching the dogs - there are trade stands and doggy-type things too.”
This year, the show attracted more than 8,000 canine entries, covering around 170 different breeds.
Yesterday, dozens of dogs fought for the sought-after title of ‘Pup of the Year’ at the Kennel Club-licensed event.
Owners travelled from as far as Belgium and Italy in the hopes their beloved pets would be crowned a winner.
Contest categories included working, pastoral, terriers, utility and toys.
Qualifying class winners at the event will now be eligible for next year’s staging of the world-famous Crufts dog show.
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