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At last, Crufts is here: See what happened on day one

Here's what happened on day one at Crufts dog-happy
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It's every dog lovers favourite time of the year - Crufts. The four-day dog show is back for its 129th anniversary. Here's a round-up of what happened on the opening day.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 05/03/2020, 19:00, Updated on the 04/06/2021, 16:11


With a full day of events across six arenas, dog lovers were spoilt for choice on the first day of Crufts 2020.

The best breeds go nose to nose

In the dog activities ring, the working breeds and scenthounds showed off their skills in a series of obedience and agility trials, with the RAF finishing off the first day with an impressive display by its dog handling team.

The West Midlands police also put in an appearance, showing off the latest furry members of their crime-fighting task force.

Owners presented their prized pooches in the breed ring, treating the audience to a glimpse of some of the rarer dog breeds, including the Canaan and the Lion Dog.

Fan favourites like the Bulldog and Chihuahua also strutted their stuff on the famous green baize.

Day one also saw the toy and utility breed agility trials. But despite some pretty impressive showings, we're still waiting for a pooch to top Olly's memorable runs of 2019 and 2017.

Who remembers Olly?

Olly stole the show in 2017 when he faceplanted into the floor after leaping over a hurdle. Olly's 2019 performance was also more enthusiastic than technical, but that's exactly why the crowd loved him.

Olly decided to stay at home this year, giving some other pooches a chance to become an internet sensation.

Crufts runs until Sunday 8th March. You can watch full coverage of the event on the Crufts Youtube channel.

Want to know more about the breeds that are competing tonight? Find out everything you need to know about toy breeds!