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Photographers focus on the similarities and the differences between dogs and their owners on the opening day of Crufts dog event in Birmingham, England. In the photo above, a woman sits with a Great Dane during the first day of the show on Thursday.

The annual four-day event is said to be the largest show of its kind and features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891, holds a number of competitions with all of the dogs vying for the coveted title of Best in Show.

Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England.Matt Cardy / Getty Images
A woman sits with a Great Dane during the first day of the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, central England March 6, 2014DARREN STAPLES / Reuters
A woman shows a Great Dane during the first day of the Crufts dog show on March 6.DARREN STAPLES / Reuters