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In Pictures: Pampered pooches on parade at Darlington dog show

A Yorkshire Terrier is groomed during the Darlington Dog Society Annual Show (Danny Lawson/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Ever since a dog section was introduced at the Darlington Horse and Foal Show in 1860, man’s best friend has remained loyal to the event.

It has gone from strength to strength and this weekend marks the 50th time the Crufts qualifying show has been held at the Ripon Racecourse venue.

A Japanese Chin prepares to face the judges Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
Irish Setters are judged at Ripon Racecourse Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
This Bichon Frise gets groomed before going on show Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
The Darlington Dog Society Annual Show became a three-day event in 2000 Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
This Papillon tries to stand out from the crowd Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
Sussex Spaniels are among thousands of dogs strutting their stuff at the show Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
The Society became part of the Kennel Club in 1884 – so prize pooches can participate in Crufts Credit: Danny Lawson/PA