• Petra Crowned UK’s Top Vulnerable Breed At Crufts

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    March 18th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Uncategorized

    Petra (Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth), a Smooth Collie owned by Trevor and Birgit Hayward from Wem, Shropshire won the grand final of the Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts on Friday 10th March.

    Trevor, Birgit and Petra won the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition in front of a packed Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham, beating 22 other vulnerable breeds to be crowned winner.

    The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition helps raise awareness of rare native breeds whose annual puppy registrations stand at fewer than 300, thus leaving them at risk from disappearing from the UK’s streets and parks. Just 89 Smooth Collies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2016.

    Trevor commented on his win: “Winning this competition means so much to me. I have been showing dogs for over forty years and have owned or bred 35 Challenge Certificate winners at Crufts. Petra is six and has a phenomenal record, winning 17 Challenge Certificates from 17 shows attended and has won five Best in Shows at club shows. I met my wife Birgit through owning our dogs as she has top winning Smooth Collies in Sweden where she is from.”

    Petra was chosen by judge Stuart Plane as having the best overall quality evident from each of the 23 dogs representing their breeds.

    Sponsored by pet food maker Eukanuba, and supported by Our Dogs newspaper, the Kennel Club launched this competition for dog show exhibitors who show vulnerable British and Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.

    The competition, which was open to all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows, enabled dogs that are on the Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list to collect points to qualify them for the final which was held at Crufts.


    David Alcorn, David Crowther and Josie Baddeley’s Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum was named as Reserve Best Vulnerable Breed.


    The other finalists in the 2017 final were:

    Bloodhound, Sam Clark’s Ch Gioia Delle Isole Lontane at Farlap

    Bull Terrier (Miniature), Elaine and Verity Clark’s Ch Grandopera Macchiato

    Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Liz Jacka-Slater’s Cloverwood Duchess May

    Deerhound, Kay Constantine’s Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy

    English Setter, Kate Thomson’s Mariglen Fetlar Caspellwynd

    English Toy Terrier, Terry Burgess, Dominic Browne, Katherine and Christine Williams’ Ch Sharex Burning Love for Dobrugh

    Fox Terrier (Smooth), Rachel Turley’s Zetamaz Marcel Marceau Avec Llyunamill

    Glen of Imaal Terrier, Kathy George and Natalie Sullivan’s Ch Romainville Billy Whizz

    Irish Terrier, Angela Cooke’s Ch Montelle Carvillius Gold

    Kerry Blue Terrier, Carmel Clarke-O’Neill’s Lemracdream Raphael

    Lancashire Heeler, Nina and Ellie Beach’s Ch Foxthyme Back To Black

    Manchester Terrier, Kevin Carter’s Ch Digelsa Declaration

    Mastiff, Emma Herring and Jamie Dodd’s Ch Cedwalla Country Boy By Heffalump

    Norwich Terrier, Ali Hayes’ Ragus Fabulous Clown

    Otterhound, Samantha Lewis’ Ottaryx Phaedrra

    Sealyham Terrier, Joy Banks’ Ch Amberwheat’s Hope’n’Smile with Willowaire

    Skye Terrier, Jane Curtis’ Ch Brakemill Barnum

    Spaniel (Clumber), Peter and Jackie Sheppard’s Whissgig Daddy Cool

    Spaniel (Field), Caroline Smith’s Ewtor Affinity For Flyenpyg

    Spaniel (Sussex), Gordon and Lesley Nesbitt’s Yorkham Fred Bear From Charbrouille,

    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Peter Clifton’s Ch Joseter Mr Blobby,

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “Congratulations to Trevor, Birgit and Petra on this wonderful achievement. Their commitment and passion for their breed will help to ensure that we continue to see Smooth Collies in our streets and parks.

    “We are extremely grateful to the owners and breeders who collected points for this competition for their hard work and dedication to these vulnerable British and Irish breeds – they should be very proud of their achievements.”

    More information on the vulnerable British and Irish breeds can be found on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/getting-a-dog-or-puppy/finding-the-right-dog/vulnerable-native-breeds/

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