Historic Harewood House in Leeds is well and truly going to the dogs this weekend.
But there’s no need for regular visitors to be alarmed – standards aren’t slipping at the famous old attraction.
Its grounds are in fact proudly playing host to the Leeds City and District Canine Association’s annual Leeds Championship Dog Show.
Taking place for the 64th time, the Kennel Club-licensed event got under way yesterday and continues today and tomorrow. And if the early signs are anything to go by, organisers will be welcoming bumper crowds over the rest of the weekend.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post yesterday, association secretary Liz Stannard said: “It is absolutely heaving – and Friday is normally our quietest day as a lot of people are at work.
“There’s a lovely atmosphere – people are competitive, of course, but I like to think of us as a friendly northern dog show.”
This year’s show has attracted more than 8,000 canine entries, covering around 170 different breeds.
Their owners have travelled with them from as far afield as Belgium and Italy hoping to see their pet crowned one of the event’s top dogs.
Today’s contest categories are working, pastoral and terriers, featuring breeds such as border collie and Scottish terrier.
Tomorrow’s categories, meanwhile, are utility and toys, with breeds including dalmatian and poodle.
Qualifying class winners at the event will be eligible for next year’s staging of the world-famous Crufts dog show.
Judging begins today and tomorrow at 9am, with each day’s proceedings running until 6pm.
Visitors are allowed to bring their own dogs to the event.
Go to www.highampress.co.uk for more details.