Thirteen breeds are competing at the show for the first time this year - the Basset bleu de Gascogne, Bavarian mountain dog, Beauceron, Bergamasco, Catalan sheepdog, Cirneco Dell'Etna, Eurasier
, Greater Swiss mountain dog, Korean jindo, Lagotto Romagnolo, Mexican hairless, Slovakian rough-haired pointer and the Swedish lapphund.
A total of 13 breeds are competing at the show for the first time this year - the Basset Bleu de Gascogne, Bavarian Mountain Dog, Beauceron, Bergamasco, Catalan Sheepdog, Cirneco Dell'Etna, Eurasier
, Greater Swiss Mountain Dog, Korean Jindo, Lagotto Romagnolo, Mexican Hairless, Slovakian Rough-Haired Pointer and the Swedish Lapphund.
Rare breeds such as the Cane de Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese and the Eurasier
will compete against more traditional favorites for the title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Champion" and a total of $15,000 in prize money.
Milo, a valuable Eurasier, was being walked in fields in County Durham by his owner, 24-year-old David Todner, when two men demanded he hand him over.
Eurasiers can sell for pounds 3,000, but Mr Todner picked Milo up for pounds 80 from a rescue pound near Bishop Auckland 18 months ago, when Milo was less than six months old.
Several new breeds -including the Azawakh, Eurasier and the Portuguese Podengo -were on show at Crufts yesterday as the world's biggest dog show entered its 114th year.
lThere will be four new breeds of dogs at this year's show: the Azawakh, Eurasier, Portuguese Podengo and Pyrenean Mastiff.
The Azawakh, Eurasier
, Portuguese Podengo and Pyrenean Mastiff dogs will be among more than 21,000 entrants competing in disciplines ranging from obedience, fly-ball and the prestigious Best in Show.
DEAR PETS: Eurasiers
can cost up to pounds 1000; CHEEKY AND CHIRPY: Portuguese Podengos; GENTLE GIANT: The greyhound-like Azawakh; NEW LOOK: The Bergamasco; CRAZY CANINE: It may look like Dougal from the Magic Roundabout, but the Bergamasco and its amazing coat protected the Italian people for centuries