Dogs dress in Victorian outfits for Christmas Dog Pageant in Yorkshire

Santa Paws! Dogs dress up in Victorian Christmas-themed outfits as they compete to be top dog in pooch pageant in Yorkshire

  • Different breeds of dogs donned fancy dress for pageant in Yorkshire today 
  • Outfits included a chimney sweet and a Dickens’ character among others 
  • The event took place at Collingham Memorial Hall in Leeds

A parade of canine lovers showed off their handiwork today by dressing their pooches up in fancy dress for a dog pageant in Yorkshire.

The Furbabies Dog Pageant, at Collingham Memorial Hall in Leeds, boasted a Victorian Christmas theme.

Mutts of all breeds, shapes, and sizes were entered into the event, in a bid to be crowned top dog.

Among the entrants were Barney the Beagle, dressed as a chimney sweep, Mia the Cocker Spaniel, fashioning a lavish red and white seasonal-appropriate dress, and Pomeranian Tallulah, decked out in a faux fur-trimmed festive frock with diamante detailing.  

Barney the beagle dons a flat cap and waistcoat as part of his Victorian chimney sweep costume at today’s Victorian Christmas themed Furbabies Dog Pageant

Top dog:  Mia the Cocker Spaniel scooped first place in Queen Bell category, with her lavish seasonal dress, accessorised with a white hat

Pup-arazzi: Chihuahuas Minnie (left) and Rosie (right) pose for the cameras as they show off matching fur-trimmed gowns

Beagle Barney’s outfit is a nod to chimney sweeps, whose services were often at peak demand in the run-up to Christmas

A woman and her pooch in their fetching complementary outfits, decked out respectively in burgundy and fuchsia  

Pomeranian Tallulah poses in a faux fur-trimmed festive frock, complete with diamanté detailing

Another standout entrant was Keisha the Keeshond, who was dressed as the ghost of Christmas present, one of the characters from Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Christmas Carol.

Her human Michelle Parker created a lavish frock featuring layers of tulle, which was trimmed in pale blue faux fur, and completed with a crown in the shape of icicles.  

And the dogs weren’t the only ones wearing fancy outfits; some of the humans donned themed garments too. 

A few dog lovers were snapped sporting seasonal outfits to complement what their precious pooches were wearing. 

Dog owners went to great lengths to ensure their canine costumes were on point. Tallulah the Pomeranian’s dress features a detailed image of Father Christmas

Tallulah the Pomeranian’s dress features a detailed image of Father Christmas

Amy Sullivan, pictured here with Tallulah, the Pomeranian, also embraced the seasonal spirit, donning a Christmas jumper as she attended the event

A dog’s life: Mr Darcey, the Pomeranian, yawns during the event at Collingham Memorial Hall in Leeds

Pomeranian Mr Darcy channels the composure of his literary namesake, posing proudly in his red coat and silver bow 

Anton Toy the Poodle sported red knitwear with a matching bow as he took to the stage to show off his skills

Ready for your close-pup? Toy poodle Anton was just one of many well-dressed pooches at the Christmas edition of the dog pageant

The well-coiffed pup poses patiently as he has his paw-trait taken, showing off his dapper bowtie in all its glory

One of the dogs was snapped wearing a lilac and pastel pink dress, topped off with a pink ruffled hat

Human fancy dress outfits included Victorian-style gowns and cloaks in appropriately seasonal colours including red, burgundy, and gold. 

Pet owners paid a £1 entry fee per person into the hall, with every pound being deposited going to the no meat charity.

They were advised that if their dog wasn’t a fan of dressing up, they could use a Christmas patterned harness, bandanna and or a hat instead. 

People walked their animals down the catwalk in front of the panel of four judges, and answered a random question about their four-legged friends.

Contestants were marked out of 20 on judges first impression, the presentation of theme, creativity, overall appearance, and response to the judges’ question.  

Judges (left) watch on as a woman and her dog take to the catwalk to show off their seasonal costume

Best fur-ends: A woman and her dog wait to take their turn in front of the watchful eyes of the judging panel

Michelle Parker with Keisha the Keeshond, who is dressed as the ghost of Christmas present, one of the characters from Charles Dickens’ famous novel A Christmas Carol 

Keisha the Keeshond in her intricate costume featuring lavish layers of white tulle, and faux fur in pale blue

Missy the Maltese took to the red carpet sporting a blue frock with a studded silver belt, and a feathered headpiece

The pooch intricate garb was constructed using thin layers of blue organza, dotted with shimmering beads

Topping off her outfit, Missy sported a headpiece decorated with feathers, pearls, and fabric roses crafted from blue satin

Today’s event, which follows several earlier pageants, was supposed to be held last December, but was postponed due to Covid restrictions. 

Event organisers, Furbabies fundog show and doggy pageant, launched the project last January.

Writing about the pageants on their Facebook page, they said: ‘Come to the best pageant in the UK, where furbabies stands for fun.’

Describing the event as ‘the first doggy beauty pageant show born in the north of England’, they called on people to ‘come give us a try.’ 

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