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An illustration of a West End dog fancier from 'London: a Pilgrimage' by Blanchard Jerrold and Gustave Doré, 1872. Jerrold records that Regent Street was 'a busy scene of fashionable shopping in the Season' and was 'the street where the perambulating dog-fancier finds his readiest market'. In the Victorian period dogs came to be seen as status symbols and the first dog show was held in Newcastle in June 1859. Dog fanciers recognised the need to be able to record a dog's pedigree and in 1873 the Kennel Club was founded as the controlling body to record pedigrees and set show standards.
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