Frosty, a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen from the Netherlands, owned by Gwen Huikeshoven and Phil Reid, won the Hound Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Thursday 9th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
Frosty (Europ Champion Frosty Snowman), who is two years old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his owner Gwen Huikeshoven.
People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, High Profile Breeds, Hound, KC Press Release
Almost 22,000 dogs have competed over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Proud owner Gwen Huikeshoven, said: “I could not believe it when the judge came towards us and to think we had planned to go home tomorrow.
“Frosty is a really playful dog. He loves his squeaky toys and he is the perfect family pet.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Frosty chosen as the Best in Group Hound winner today. Frosty’s owners Gwen and Phil should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Frosty and Gwen’s relationship really showed in the ring and it looked as though Frosty thoroughly enjoyed himself.
“We want to wish Frosty, Gwen and Phil the best of luck in the ring on Sunday, and we hope people turn on Channel 4 to watch the action.”
For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
Alan, a Lakeland Terrier from Uttoxeter in Staffordshire, won the Terrier Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Thursday 9th March), qualifying him for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
Alan (Champion Saredon Enigma), who is only 20 months old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham on Sunday for a place in the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his handler, John Averis. Alan is owned by Johann Schembri and Tony Barker and was bred by John, who is a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
Second place in the Terrier group went to the West Highland White Terrier, with the Dandie Dinmont and Kerry Blue in 3rd and 4th.
Shortlisted were: the Bedlington, the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Irish, the Jack Russell (exhibiting at Crufts for the first time), the Norfolk, and the Scottie.
People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is filmed live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.
Around 22,000 dogs will compete over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
The Lakeland Terrier is a Vulnerable Native Breed.
John Averis, who bred Alan and handled him in the ring, said: “This is amazing. Alan is only 20 months old but you’ve got to go in to the ring hoping to win and being optimistic.
“This dog has quite a history – his grandfather, grandmother and mother were all Best of Breeds at Crufts so he had a lot to follow and I believe he excelled himself. We spend a lot of time training Alan and it has paid off.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, KC Press Release, Terrier, VNB
“To me it is the highest honour to win the Terrier group at Crufts. Time now for a pint and a curry and to look forward to Sunday.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Alan chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Johann, Tony and John should all be very proud of Alan for reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Alan is such a lovely dog that clearly has a great relationship with his handler, and is clearly at home in the show ring.
“It’s only day one of four and the final is bound to be exciting. We want to wish Alan and his owners and handler the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Uttoxeter will be turning on Channel 4 on Sunday to cheer them on.”
For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
Ayrton Cooper, 22, from Nottingham, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month.
Ayrton, who is currently in his third year of his master’s degree at Nottingham University, studying Zoology, wanted to get involved with dogs after volunteering in a cattery for a couple of years as well as previously working with small animal rescue centres.
He discovered the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets, after making the decision that dog walking would be a good way to get involved with dogs whilst helping out in the local community. When he first joined the Trust in 2015, he walked dogs for two pensioners; one of which was Mr Williams, who was in his late seventies, and his elderly Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Bruno. Ayrton struck up a strong bond with the pair, seeing them at least three times a week, which was more than he saw his own family members.
When Mr Williams sadly passed away last year Bruno was left homeless and Ayrton took it upon himself to find Bruno a new forever home. Ayrton still checks in with Bruno’s new owners to find out how he is, as the pair formed a strong bond during such a difficult time.
Shortly before Bruno’s owner passed away and when the other dog he was walking went into foster care, Ayrton began walking two new dogs: Scooby the Springer Spaniel owned by Mr and Mrs Sims, who have poor mobility and Sprocket the Manchester Terrier owned by John Abbot, aged 72, who was very frail.
Ayrton had only met Sprocket once before John collapsed and needed hospital treatment for a few weeks. With no one to take Sprocket, Ayrton soon realised that the young dog would have been left alone in the house with no one to feed or walk her. He sprang into action and alerted the Cinnamon Trust to start the search for a temporary foster home. In the meantime Ayrton took Sprocket home to await their call.
When a short term foster home was found by The Cinnamon Trust Ayrton volunteered his services to drive her to her new foster family in Nottingham where she stayed until she was able to go home to Mr Abbot, who had returned after his hospital stay.
Ayrton, who grew up with dogs in the family, still walks both Sprocket and Scooby twice a week, alongside his university commitments. After completing his master’s degree he hopes to go into conserving species and habitats in the wild and would love to own a Staffordshire Bull Terrier of his own one day.
Speaking about his win, Ayrton said: “I was very shocked when I found out. I was really grateful – I don’t do this for anything in return and certainly not for an award. I do it for the dogs and the owners’ peace of mind knowing their dog is getting enough exercise. I don’t know of any other stories from other volunteers, but I think everyone is doing a great job so everyone can share the award with me.”
Ayrton, who has never been to Crufts before, will receive the prestigious Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at the show on Saturday 11th March at 12:20pm in the Young Kennel Club ring.
Mrs Averil Jarvis MBE, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said: “Our Young Volunteer of the Year, Ayrton Cooper, makes the world a fun and super happy place for the dogs when he visits, each in turn twice a week, to take them for their walks. Ayrton’s heroic actions when John, Sprocket’s owner, fell ill and his subsequent care of Sprocket made sure John knew his beloved dog was safe and happy. This award is a very well deserved accolade for Ayrton.”
In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust encourages young people who love dogs, to help older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation – the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.Tags: KC Press Release
Dog lovers can look forward to a record-breaking 11 and a half hours of television coverage when Crufts returns to Channel 4 and More4 this March to celebrate the world’s largest dog show.
With Clare Balding at the helm, Channel 4 and More4 will broadcast all the action across the four days of the show, leading up to the grand finale on Sunday when Best in Show will be crowned.
In addition to the traditional evening shows, Channel 4 will be broadcasting an extra one-hour programme from the show in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday.
Channel 4 and More4 will cover the event at the following times:
- Thursday 9th March: 18.30-20.00
- Friday 10th March: 18.30-19.30
On Channel 4
- Thursday 9th March: 16.00-17.00 and 20.00-21.00
- Friday 10th March: 16.00-17.00 and 19.30-21.00
- Saturday 11th March: 19.00-21.00
- Sunday 12th March: 18.00-20.30
Clare Balding will be joined at the famous dog show at Birmingham’s NEC by a team of presenters; all of them dog lovers who will cover the many varied aspects of the show. Details of these presenters will be announced in due course.
All of the Arena action from the show will also be shown every day live on the Crufts YouTube channel which can be found at www.youtube.com/crufts.
Caroline Kisko, Secretary of the Kennel Club, which runs Crufts, said: “We are delighted that Channel 4 and More4 will be offering viewers at home the opportunity to enjoy even more of this year’s Crufts. The event holds such a special place in dog lovers’ hearts because it celebrates everything that we love most about dogs, and the programmes will reflect on the benefits dogs bring to our lives and the many fascinating aspects of Crufts.
“The enhanced TV coverage will not only bring exciting sports such as agility and flyball into people’s homes, but will enable people to see the diverse range of wonderful dog breeds, including some of the more unusual breeds that are not often seen in the streets and parks across the country, through the dog show aspect of Crufts. It will also cover topics about choosing, caring for and enjoying life with dogs, as well as different issues affecting dog owners in the UK.”
Channel 4 and More4’s coverage of Crufts will be produced by Sunset + Vine.Tags: Crufts, KC Press Release
The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will take place at Crufts on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Anne Macdonald, breeder of the Mabrooka Salukis.
This event, sponsored by Eukanuba, was absent from Crufts 2016, but is making a welcome comeback at the show this year as a stand-alone competition where entries were limited to 60 teams and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Each team will comprise three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding partnership.
The 56 teams confirmed as competing at Crufts 2017 will be:
Afghan Hound, Misses C & E Millward & Mrs P Mottershaw.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Mr R & Mrs H Allenby.
Basset Fauve de Bretagne, Mrs E Thornton.
Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit), Mr P & Mrs D Reid.
Basset Hound, Mr M & Mrs D Ellrich.
Basset Hound, Mrs T Turkia (Finland).
Borzoi, Miss H Kanoo.
Borzoi, Mrs C Häggström (Sweden).
Cirneco dell’Etna, Ms J Moore & Mr D Tricomi (Italy).
Pharaoh Hound, Mr G Reeve (fielding two teams).
Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mrs C Korner (Germany).
Bedlington Terrier, Mrs Y Bannister (fielding two teams).
Border Terrier, Mrs C Dean.
Cesky Terrier, Mrs S Atter.
Irish Terrier, Miss A Bradley.
Norfolk Terrier, Miss K Hurrion.
Parson Russell Terrier, Mrs J & Mr M Baker.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs C & Mr C Satherley.
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Mrs J Charleton.
Dalmatian, Mr K & Mrs DL Whincup.
Japanese Shiba Inu, Mrs E Dunhill.
Keeshond, Miss D Gregory.
Lhasa Apso, Mrs M Anderson.
Lhasa Apso, Mrs M Roach.
Tibetan Spaniel, Mr G & Mrs T Quest.
Affenpinscher, Miss J Gruninger.
Chihuahua (Long Coat), Miss M Austin.
Chihuahua (Long Coat), Mrs A Baranzeck.
Japanese Chin, Mrs E Nishigaki.
Maltese, Miss N Welbourn.
Pomeranian, Mrs A Cawthera-Purdy.
Pug, Mrs A & Miss LC Hill.
Dobermann, Mrs C Smith.
German Pinscher, Mrs K Wakefield.
Newfoundland, Mr GJ & Mrs TA & Misses E & F Coldwell.
Siberian Husky, Mrs D & Mrs R Simms.
Australian Shepherd, Mr A & Mrs N Allan & Mr R Harlow.
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois), Mrs M Brett.
Border Collie, Miss J Ratcliffe.
Collie (Smooth), Miss A Lusty.
Estrela Mountain Dog, Mrs F & Mr J Almeida (Portugal).
Finnish Lapphund, Miss S Cooper.
Finnish Lapphund, Mrs T Jackson.
Finnish Lapphund, Mrs E & Mr S Short.
German Shepherd Dog, Miss K Taylor.
Samoyed, Mrs K & Miss C Prout.
Swedish Vallhund, Ms L Paterson.
English Setter, Mr M Bozier & Miss S Gwilliam.
Gordon Setter, Mr P & Mrs C Sandiford.
Lagotto Romagnolo, Mrs G Stenton.
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Mrs H Gibson.
Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling), Miss D Anstead.
Spaniel (Field), Mrs K Shepherd & Miss A Macbain.
Weimaraner, Miss J MacLaine & Mr R Dickson.
The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will be pre-judged in rings 1/2 at 2pm and parade in the Genting Arena at 6.35pm on Saturday 11 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition is always a sight to behold with all the breeders’ teams competing in the main arena. We are sure this year will be no exception and we will have the added attraction this year of welcoming some teams from overseas, which highlights the international appeal of Crufts. We can think of no better place to showcase pedigree dogs and the work done by breeders to promote their breeds and stockmanship.”
To find out more about the Kennel Club Breeder’s Competition, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/Tags: KC Press Release
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The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year final will take place at Crufts on Thursday 9 March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Tom Mather.
The finalists qualified in heats held at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London, with 61 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final.
The finalists competing at Crufts 2017 will be:
- Dalmatian, Offordale Larissa, owned and bred by Mrs JE Alexander.
- Australian Shepherd, Allmark Vanity Fayre, owned and bred by Mr N & Mrs AE Allan and Mr R Harlow.
- Rottweiler, Jodipas Time, owned and bred by Mr J and Mrs D Allen.
- Siberian Husky, Ninlil of Poliarine Arktika Over Zanjelic, owned by Mrs ET Ashcroft. Bred by Mrs E Sutiene.
- Irish Red & White Setter, Killary’s Grand Venture with Vanders and Romaunt, owned by Mrs J Barney and Mrs J Howatson. Bred by Mesdames Peterson & Zawikowski and Mr and Mrs Harrison.
- Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Charibere Simply Magic at Chezanna, owned by Mrs C Kenyon, Miss L Bermingham and Mr A Ward. Bred by Mrs L Marston.
- Bullmastiff, Hyerdunscar The Big Tease, owned and bred by Mrs J Lindley.
- Whippet, Nevedith Zufor Zeffa, owned and bred by Miss E Newton.
- Siberian Husky, One in a Million Legend of the Spirit, owned by Mrs RJ and Mr DA Simms. Bred by Mrs I Krieger.
- Poodle (Standard), Kossab Kijaka With Anorien, owned by Miss K Young. Bred by Mrs G Brekkarud.
The Junior Warrant is an award for pedigree dogs from the ages of 6 to 18 months which have won a series of first prizes at both open and championship shows. Achieving a Junior Warrant is one of the highest levels of success for young pedigree show dogs.
The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition is held annually and is for dogs which have gained the title of Junior Warrant during the previous year. The final will take place on Thursday 9 March 2017 and will be just one of the many and varied activities taking place at Crufts from 9 – 12 March 2017.
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition throws the spotlight on young dogs competing at Crufts. All the great dogs who have triumphed at the show over the years had to start somewhere, so who knows what this might lead to? This year’s final could see a star of the future emerge! We wish all the competitors the best of luck and a very enjoyable show.”
To find out more about the Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, KC Press Release
A basic final check of each Best of Breed will be undertaken in the collecting ring at Crufts by officials from the show management and vet teams.
The Crufts Committee is mindful that it has a duty of care to all dogs entered at the show and particularly those competing in the arena at Crufts, which is a very different experience to competing in the group at other general championship shows and can be overwhelming for both dog and handler.
Therefore to protect the welfare of the dog, all Best of Breeds will be requested to undergo a basic low-key observation to ensure each dog is ready to compete in the group. The observation will focus on obvious visible conditions which could compromise the dog’s performance in the group competition (KC Regulation F(1)15b refers).
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “For those who are preparing for competition in the collecting ring it is a very exciting and special time, so we want to be sure that both dog and handler are as ready as they can be to compete and that the dog is sound and not in distress in any way.
“The check will be basic and will simply involve the show official and vet team observing the dog move, to ensure that the dog and handler are both ready to enjoy themselves in the ring.”Tags: KC Press Release
The Kennel Club has announced the finalists taking part in the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts.
The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba and supported by the competition’s media partner Our Dogs, is the only one of its kind in the UK, raising awareness of Britain and Ireland’s rare native breeds and recognising those breeders and owners dedicated to ensuring their continued survival.
In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have been nominated by its owner and have accumulated the most points in its breed at championship and open shows in the preceding year.
The finalists are as follows:
Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap, 4 points.
Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato, 5 points.
Collie (Smooth), Trevor and Birgit Hayward’s Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, 12 points.
Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May, 15 points.
Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy, 16 points.
English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd, 26 points.
English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh, 17 points.
Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill, 29 points.
Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz, 7 points.
Gordon Setter, David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, 19 points. (Last year’s VNB winner, and Gundog Group winner)
Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold, 23 points.
Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael, 7 points.
Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black, 14 points.
Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration, 24 points.
Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump, 4 points.
Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown, 14 points.
Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra, 7 points.
Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire, 5 points.
Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum, 15 points.
Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool, 7 points.
Spaniel (Field), Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg, 14 points.
Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille, 15 points.
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby, 26 points.
The final, to be judged by Stuart Plane, will take place at 6pm in the Genting Arena on Friday 10 March at the NEC in Birmingham.
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is always a popular feature at Crufts. We are delighted to be able to showcase these special breeds in this way, and would urge visitors who may be interested in acquiring one of these breeds to also spend time in the Discover Dogs area of Crufts in Hall 3 where the dogs can be met at close quarters. Meeting the breeders in this way is always a great way to find out if a breed is suitable for a particular family’s lifestyle.”
More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at http://www.thekennelclub.org.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, KC Press Release, VNB
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Breed Total 2349 Airedale Terrier 92 Australian Terrier 23 Bedlington Terrier 78 Border Terrier 250 Bull Terrier 48 Bull Terrier (Miniature) 78 Cairn Terrier 145 Cesky Terrier 50 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 55 Fox Terrier (Smooth) 67 Fox Terrier (Wire) 85 Glen of Imaal Terrier 37 Irish Terrier 63 Jack Russell Terrier 97 Kerry Blue Terrier 43 Lakeland Terrier 34 Manchester Terrier 62 Norfolk Terrier 54 Norwich Terrier 51 Parson Russell Terrier 104 Scottish Terrier 95 Sealyham Terrier 26 Skye Terrier 39 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 123 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 369 Welsh Terrier 41 West Highland White Terrier 140
2015 2016 2017 Total 3,214 3,275 3,158 Bearded Collie 301 299 289 Bedlington Terrier 81 89 78 Bloodhound 15 25 18 Bull Terrier (Miniature) 77 85 78 Bullmastiff 130 133 152 Collie (Smooth) 56 58 53 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 56 59 55 Deerhound 103 101 81 English Setter 170 200 174 English Toy Terrier 64 58 64 Fox Terrier (Smooth) 73 66 67 Glen of Imaal Terrier 30 42 37 Gordon Setter 208 192 200 Irish Red & White Setter 86 78 82 Irish Terrier 47 56 63 Irish Wolfhound 149 162 140 Kerry Blue Terrier 64 51 43 King Charles Spaniel 108 125 129 Lakeland Terrier 41 45 34 Lancashire Heeler 89 86 79 Manchester Terrier 57 66 62 Mastiff 58 66 56 Norwich Terrier 40 51 51 Old English Sheepdog 111 133 124 Otterhound 32 32 25 Retriever (Curly Coated) 73 76 65 Scottish Terrier 108 94 95 Sealyham Terrier 38 33 26 Skye Terrier 57 56 39 Spaniel (Clumber) 87 70 64 Spaniel (Field) 53 54 66 Spaniel (Irish Water) 36 30 32 Spaniel (Sussex) 57 52 59 Spaniel (Welsh Springer) 200 203 200 Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 83 91 101 Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 144 120 136 Welsh Terrier 32 38 41