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Who let the dogs out? Suffolk village sending EIGHT dogs to Crufts

The Crufts international dog show starts today, so where do you think the canine capital of the country is?

Barking maybe? Or perhaps Rougham in Norfolk?

Well, it could be that the Suffolk village of Mendlesham has a strong case - it's sending no fewer than EIGHT dogs to face the judges at the four day show.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Jim Rice

Region's canine capital prepares for Crufts

by Jim Rice
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Stay... Mendlesham's Crufts exhibitors preparing for walkies Credit: ITV Anglia

A single village in Suffolk is sending no less than EIGHT dogs to this year's Crufts.

Four breeders from Mendlesham near Stowmarket are all heading to Birmingham's NEC Arena for the four day show.

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Skipper, Lenny and Rodney - Dachshunds owned by Debbie Gaskill Credit: ITV Anglia

Four breeders - Kay Crisp, Debbie Gaskill, Sharon Marshall and Isabel Eastall own dogs of four very different breeds - Cocker Spaniels, Dachshunds, Afghan Hounds and an Airedale Terrier.

They say it's a complete coincidence that they all live in Mendlesham, but the village and surrounding area is full of dog lovers.

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Anais - one of the Afghan Hounds owned by Sharon Marshall Credit: ITV Anglia

And it's not just the village that has pedigree - Cocker Spaniels Dexter and Mini are descended from a Crufts Best in Show winner.

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Susan - an Airedale Terrier owned by Isabel Eastall Credit: ITV Anglia

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Helping get over the fear of dogs

Cynophobia assistance dogs at work Credit: ITV Anglia

A service aimed at helping children and families get over a 'fear of dogs' visited Chelmsford to raise awareness of the scheme. The Essex Dog Training Centre at Brentwood has the only trained Cynophobia assistance dogs in Europe.

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