Crufts Dog Show 1927Charles Cruft was always keen to gain publicity for his show when 'new' breeds were shown there for the first time, just as the Kennel Club is today, and you can often find pieces about these breeds in the local and national press at the time of the event.
The Cruft's Show in 1927 was the first time the Corgi had been seen there and I've previously posted details of the catalogue which reveals that the classes allocated to Corgis had a judge who preferred the Cardigan type. The Pembroke enthusiasts (what is now the Welsh Corgi Club) held their own classes with their own judge!
The depth and intensity of the rivalry between the supporters of each type was 'news' in itself as is obvious from this report on the day which appeared in the Belfast Telegraph. I'm sure other papers would have similar stories if we could only find them.
As ever, news reporters don't always get things quite right and I'm intrigued and amused by the concept of the Pembroke variety being less than four inches high!
*) Quote from John Holmes: The Corgi as a Cattle Dog (1947):
I have heard different descriptions of the Corgi's method of avoiding kicks, the most usual one being that every time it grips a heel it claps down flat, but I wonder where the cattle would be if it spent at least half it's time lying down and getting up.
It avoids being kicked with practically one hundred per cent success by a much simpler method than that, and is assisted in so doing by it's low stature. It grips very low, in the tender part just above the hoof, and as it does so, it keeps moving forward in the same direction as the bullock, at the same time swerving slightly to one side or the other depending on which heel it has gripped. The bullock usually lashes out at where the Corgi was a split second beforehand. Even if it misjudges it's movement, which is very unusual, it still has it's head nearly on the ground, and the nearest I have ever seen to a Corgi being kicked was a mud mark across the back of the neck.