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This dog has just been bought for £1m. So why is he so valuable?

The assembled ranks of the press shook their heads in disbelief when, in 1979, Trevor Francis was revealed as the first £1m footballer. Now, someone has paid almost that sum for a red Tibetan mastiff.

Retriever wins Crufts



Winning Crufts is something that "always happens to someone else", the breeder of the Best in Show said.

One man and his Whippet go to Crufts

The biggest dog show on earth is usually the territory of its best-bred canines – and owners. Into this rarefied world step Tom Peck and his rescue hound, Bayda...

Guide dog for the blind...guide dog

A guide dog who had his eyes removed after developing glaucoma has been provided with his own guide dog. Edward, an eight-year-old Labrador, had been at the side of Graham Waspe, a partially sighted man from Stowmarket in Suffolk, for six years. After Edward lost his own sight in October, Mr Waspe decided to keep him as a pet and the pair are now led around by another Labrador, two-year-old Opal.

Even after 120 years, all roads still lead to Crufts

Fast, powerful, highly athletic, but most importantly for this Weimaraner, highly photogenic – the greatest dog show on earth is on at the Birmingham NEC. Thousands of dogs and owners turned out for the first day of the annual Crufts dog show yesterday, celebrating its 120th anniversary.

Crufts kicks off in Birmingham

Thousands of dogs and their owners have turned out for the first day of the annual Crufts dog show, which is celebrating its 120th anniversary.

The ten best dog accessories

From transporting a tired terrier in style to making Fido shoulder his share of the load, we take a lead and scoop up the best canine clobber...

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Bark to the future: it's Crufts again

Canine enthusiasts will argue to the bone what length of time it was in dog years. In human terms, however, it was 120 years ago that Crufts was first held.

Shanghai bites back against dog attacks with one-pet policy

Chinese ruling: what's good enough for the human is good enough for the dog. Shanghai is to extend the one-child policy to man's best friend after tens of thousands of people complained of being bitten last year – and to prevent dog mess spoiling the country's showcase business city.

Scottish deerhound is best in show at Westminster

A Scottish deerhound that loves to chase deer and rabbits on a 50-acre farm in Virginia won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club last night and the title of America's top dog.

Video: Baby gorilla tries to walk

A three month old baby gorilla has been caught on camera at London Zoo taking his first steps.

Madison Square Garden has really gone to the dogs

New York's Madison Square Garden, a name more closely associated with basketball giants and rock 'n' roll legends, is again holding a sell out crowd this week. But the stars of the show are Jack, the Yorkshire Terrier, and 2,499 of his friends.

Vote a new Humphrey into Downing Street

With a rodent problem at Downing Street having been highlighted by the appearance of rats on not one but two broadcasts from outside Number 10 this week, it seems that Humphrey, the former feline resident, is sorely missed.

The slithering prizes: Python thefts lift lid on trade in exotic pets

John Harrison walked into his son's shop earlier this month to find thieves had broken in and stolen some of his most prized merchandise – 63 royal pythons and three rare Kimberly rock monitor lizards.

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