Slideshow: Leeds Dog Championship highlights

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The grounds of Harewood House in Leeds are a field of dreams for UK dog lovers.

Leeds City and District Canine Association’s annual championship show got under way on the Harewood estate yesterday. (July 22)

Continuing today and tomorrow, (July 23 and July 24) the competition has attracted 10,000 entries.

Around 4,000 human visitors are also expected to flock to the event, taking place for the 61st time.

Owners hoping to see their pooches run out victorious yesterday included Philip Gorman and fiancee Tineke van Nierop, from Kelsall in Cheshire.

Lovingly brushing Survy, their 19-month-old Afghan hound, Philip said: “We go all over the country to shows and this is one of the biggest.

“We feel very proud of Survy and there is also the social side for us, we have a lot of friends here.”

Today’s programme is devoted to working and pastoral dogs, including breeds like German Shepherd and Old English Sheepdog.

The spotlight shifts tomorrow to the utility, toy and terrier groups, when the ‘Best In Show’ winner will also be announced.

Admission costs £5 for adults, £4 for senior citizens and £3 for children. Only dogs that have had places in the event booked in advance are allowed on the showground.

Organisers yesterday spoke of their sadness at the death of the Earl of Harewood this month.

Association chairman Hazel Arris said she was “very grateful” for the support he had given the show, which is being held in the grounds of Harewood House this year for the 28th time

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