In Pictures: Cute canines compete for Crufts crown

The world's finest dogs have descended on the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham for Crufts 2018.

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Dogs and their owner arrive for the first day of Crufts 2018 (Aaron Chown/PA)

The event was declared the world's largest dog show in 1991 by Guinness World Records.

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A pair of St Bernards, time for the big dogs (Aaron Chown/PA)

Officials expect around 160,000 visitors to turn up over the course of four days, with more than 27,000 pooches on show.

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Some specimens needed help to keep the rain off (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Sartorial elegance ahead of the big show (Aaron Chown/PA)
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An old English sheepdog gets the full treatment (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Fatima Costa and her daughter from Luton sit with their Estrella mountain dogs (Aaron Chown/PA)
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A Komondor dog, also known as an Hungarian sheepdog (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Some of the pooches are getting familiar with the limelight (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Dog tired already (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Merlin an old English sheepdog (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Even Gromit gets a look in at the world's biggest dog show (Aaron Chown/PA)
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A moment to relax before the judges arrive (Aaron Chown/PA)
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Two collies during the first day of Crufts 2018 at the NEC in Birmingham (Aaron Chown/PA)
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