ONE hundred Welsh Springer Spaniels stole the show on the opening day of CRUFTS to celebrate the centenary anniversary of the iconic breed.

Exactly 100 dogs posed in front of the camera at the NEC as the annual Birmingham bonanza got underway.

Organised by The Kennel Club, Crufts is the greatest dog event in the world and celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.

And to mark the centenary anniversary of the Welsh Springer Spaniel, exactly 100 dogs and their owners flocked to the storied green turf to be snapped on camera as the showpiece kicked off in style.

Celebrating 100 years of the Welsh Springer Spaniel at Crufts

Jan Rees, from Pentyrch, is chairman of the Welsh Springer Club of South Wales and owns Welsh Springer Spaniel Lloyd, who is eight-years-old.

And speaking after the centenary celebrations, she told us…..

“It was brilliant to be a part of the centenary celebration. I am more than happy to take part in anything that promotes the breed. 

I am chairman of the Welsh Springer Club of South Wales and as all the clubs we promote the breed whenever we can. 

We do whatever we can to promote this beautiful breed because we don’t want them to be vulnerable.”

Lloyd finished fourth in his showing category after a valiant performance against 16 other competitors.

Jan added…….

“I am highly delighted with today, Lloyd is just short of having his show champion title, he has two tickets and seven reserve tickets.

Today he was in the open class with 17 others and he came fourth and then we went in the good citizens which he qualified for and we won. 

I have had a lovely day.”

Crufts, run by The Kennel Club, is a unique celebration of happy, healthy dogs and of the loving relationship that they enjoy with their owners. Crufts is held from 9th to 12th March at the NEC Birmingham. You can follow all the action and highlights on Channel 4 and More4, and for further information and tickets go HERE.