Yesterday's best in show judging capped off four days of canine cavorting at the 2012 Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, England. One of the largest dog events in the world, this year's Crufts saw more than 21,000 canines compete for best in show alone. But Crufts is so much more than an arena dog show: the event boasts contests for obedience, agility, flyball, cross-country, and heelwork set to music as well as demonstrations galore that showcase the breadth of roles dogs play in our lives. This year, the UK's Kennel Club introduced stringent vet checks to ensure that all best of breed contenders demonstrated only the healthiest features and constitutions. As a result, 15 breeds were disqualified from this year's competition.
In the end, it was a lovely Lhasa Apso named Elizabeth who won over the judges for the best in show prize, with second place going to Brutus, a Newfoundland from Slovakia. Ready to check out the action at this year's Crufts? Check out our slideshow!