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Celebrations – and controversy – at the 125th Crufts dog show

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THE Crufts dog show celebrated its 125th anniversary this year with four days of competition at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham culminating on March 13 with a West Highland white terrier named Devon being named as best in show.

However, the event also provoked controversy, with concern being expressed about the German shepherd dog that had been named as this year's best in breed on March 12. Contributors to Crufts' Facebook page commented that the dog appeared to be struggling to walk, with several describing it as ‘crippled’.

The issue was discussed during Channel 4′s coverage the following day, with Jessica Holm, a breeder and broadcaster, suggesting that the dog's front legs and back legs ‘were doing completely different things’. ‘The way the back is sloping, the weakness in the rear …

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