Visitors watched in amazement as the chestnut and white pooch wagged her tail as she was led obediently around the showground.
For many dog lovers, it took some explaining that Titch the dog is more mechanics than true mutt.
She is an accurate animatronic model of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel used by Frontline Pet Health to highlight the threats posed by flea eggs to pets and property.
John Toole, head of marketing for Frontline, said: “We wanted to create a bit of excitement. We wanted to magnify the issue of flea eggs because they’re so tiny and so we had the concept of magnifying the situation and creating a Plus-size dog.
PATitch is an accurate animatronic model of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
It’s gone down well and is getting great engagement with all the visitors to Crufts
John Toole - Head of marketing for Frontline
“It’s gone down well and is getting great engagement with all the visitors to Crufts. The guys have done phenomenally well. It’s so surreal how life like it is.”
Frontline are now planning to take Titch on a nationwide tour, visiting pharmacies and pet shops to highlight the flea issue.
The veterinary charity, PDSA, warns that flea infestations are common problem in dogs but as well as making animals itchy and uncomfortable, by feeding on blood they can also cause anaemia in young and old pets.
“Fleas are a problem all year round but especially during the warmer months,” say the charity. “It is much easier to prevent an infestation than treat one, so use a preventive treatment regularly.
“A common cause of house infestation is people moving into empty houses. The central heating and vibrations ‘wake up’ the flea eggs in the carpets.
“Treat new homes before you move in and also treat your home regularly. Your local vet or vet nurse can advise which products are the best to use, and how regularly you need to use them.”