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A man with his English Setters at the annual Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Britain, 05 March 2015. The world's largest dog show will be held from 05 to 08 March. The main competition is for the Best in Show award, the most coveted title sought by dog owners.

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A man with his English Setters at the annual Crufts Dog Show at the NEC Arena in Birmingham, Britain, on Thursday. The world’s largest dog show will be held until Sunday. The main competition is for the Best in Show award, the most coveted title sought by dog owners

Street Dogs Of Athens...ATHENS, GREECE - JANUARY 27:  (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters) In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens on January 27, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city's various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets - which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings - also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine's Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece's debt crisis  (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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In this photo montage stray dogs are seen in the centre of Athens, Greece. Stray dogs are a common sight in Athens with many living in small packs in the city’s various squares or near tourist spots such as the Acropolis. Most are monitored and tagged by the local authorities receiving vaccinations and veterinary attention when needed. The streets – which the dogs have learnt to navigate around, negotiating busy road junctions and pedestrian crossings – also provide in the main, the food, water and shelter they need whilst various charities and individuals also are involved in their welfare. The reason for their large numbers is varied but theories have included the closure of the traditional city dog pound and the fact that keeping dogs as pets is a relatively recent phenomena in Greece and some owners do not realise the commitment involved and release the dogs as strays. Before the Olympics in 2004 it was widely reported that thousands of dogs had been rounded up and poisoned and in 2011 one stray was even named runner up for TIME magazine’s Animal of Year after he was widely photographed siding with demonstrators barking at riot police during the anti-austerity protests at the height of Greece’s debt crisis 

A dog is seen in front of a graffiti fea...A dog is seen in front of a graffiti featuring dogs on September 1, 2014 in Frankfurt / Main, Germany.

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A dog is seen in front of a graffiti featuring dogs in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the "Best in Show" category.

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Newfoundland dogs wait their turn to be shown during the first day of Crufts on Thursday in Birmingham central England. The annual event sees dog breeders from around the world compete in a number of competitions with one dog going on to win the “Best in Show” category.

A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog in the queue while waiting to be anointed outside the Saint Anton church in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. It is the animal's patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.

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A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog while waiting to be anointed outside the San Anton church in Madrid on Friday. It is the animal’s patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.

Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on October 31, 2013 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.

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Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on Thursday in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.

Members of Parliament (MPs) pose for pictures during the 2013 Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London, Britain, 10 October 2013. Proud MPs gathered with their dogs outside parliament for the annual Westminster Dog of the Year award.

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Members of Parliament pose for pictures with their pets during the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London

Russin President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs 'Buffy' (R) and 'Yume' (L) at his countryside residence Novo-Ogariovo, outside Moscow, Russia, 10 April 2013. Bulgarian shepherd dog 'Buffy' was presented to Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov whilke the Japanese Akito Inu dog 'Yume' (translated as Dream) was sent him as a gratitude gift of the Japanese Akita Prefecture for Russia's help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin plays with his dogs Buffy (on the right) and Yume at his countryside residence Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, on April 10 2013. Bulgarian Shepherd Dog Buffy was presented to Mr Putin by his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borisov, while the Japanese Akita Inu dog Yume (translated as Dream) was sent to him as a gift by the Japanese Akita Prefecture for Russia’s help during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.