FROM pint-sized Chihuahuas to curly haired terriers, all pooches great and small flocked to Aldbourne on Sunday to compete in a novelty dog contest.

Around 200 dogs and their owners made their way to Woodley Meadow to take part in the competition, which had 13 categories from bad hair day, most marvellous mixed breed and rear of the year.

People came from as far as Wolverhampton and Bristol to join in and all the animals came under the watchful eye of the different judges with the winners being awarded rosettes and goodie bags.

The most popular classes were perfect pedigree with 43 entrants followed by sensational seniors with 28 and naughtiest ASBO dog with 24.

Anne Sandford and her team helped organise the doggy dog collecting money for Aldbourne Carnival, which is taking place on Saturday (Sep5), as well as re-homing charity SNDogs and more than £1,300 was raised to be split between the two causes.

“I never dreamt we would have so many people here, it's fantastic,” Ms Sandford said. “The 11 legged race was manic and the rescue class had everyone sobbing.

“We’ve had some fantastic prizes and raffle, the stalls are brilliant and amazingly we’ve hardly seen any sun but it hasn’t put anyone off.”

Rosie Reid and her dog Pixel also gave a demonstration to entertain the crowds by doing tricks and there was food on offer, a silent auction, fun and games as well as a variety of stalls as well as a car boot sale.

Becki Williams from Marlborough entered her Westie Poppy into the rears of the year, which was also a popular category. She said: “It’s a really well supported community occasion, it’s lots of fun and a really great village to live in.”

Moira Fraser, deputy events co-ordinator at SNDogs, brought six dogs in need of a new home to the event and pooches Mikey and Chester might be getting a new home as a result. Ms Fraser added: “We’ve had a lot of interest in the dogs and if we can get forever homes out of it, it makes standing in a field worth it.”