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    March 12th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    After four momentous days, a new Crufts Best in Show has been crowned as Miami (Show Champion Afterglow Miami Ink), an American Cocker Spaniel took home the coveted titled tonight (Sunday 12th March).

    In a packed arena, Miami, who is nearly two years old, and handler and co-owner Jason Lynn, from Westby in Lancashire, were cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Jeff Horswell and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title.  Miami is the first American Cocker Spaniel to win Crufts Best in Show and the historic moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the world by millions.


    Around 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at the NEC in Birmingham over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2017 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Frosty the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, Alan the Lakeland Terrier, Kagayaki the Yorkshire Terrier, Pegasos the Old English Sheepdog, Frankie the Miniature Poodle and Bentley the Newfoundland.
    Delighted owner Jason Lynn said of their win: “I am absolutely thrilled, shocked and ecstatic.  The last time I was in this situation was with the dog I had shown for a couple of years and he was a seasoned showman.  Miami is brand new to all this so it is really the beginning of his show days.

    “I just can’t believe it, it’s been like a dream sequence and it was an unbelievable ending to what has been a remarkable two days that I never expected in a million years.”

    The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Frankie the Miniature Poodle, owned by Melanie Harwood from Blackburn in Lancashire, making it a double success for the county.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “What an incredible final, and the end of yet another fantastic show.

    “Huge congratulations to Miami and Jason – their success helped end the show on a brilliant high. The pair were very deserving winners and it was clear to see the amazing relationship they had when watching them together in the ring.

    “Well done to all our fantastic finalists, the dogs and their owners should be incredibly proud to get through to such a prestigious final – it’s not something many people get to experience in their lifetime.

    “Crufts is the largest dog show in the world and a British institution, and this year has been such a great show, with dogs and their owners showcasing their strong bonds across a range of canine activities and competitions. Thank you to everyone involved for making the show what it is today.”

    Miami’s owner Jason is no stranger to success at Crufts, having won Best in Show with a Standard Poodle in 2014.

    For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

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    March 12th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Bentley, a Newfoundland from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire won the Best in Working Group title at Crufts 2017 on Sunday 12th March, which qualified him for a place in the Best in Show final later that evening.

    Three year-old Bentley (Ch Merrybear D’Artagnan) is owned by Mrs L and Mr T Chapman and was handled by Paddy Galvin.

    Bentley returned to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, but missed out on the coveted title to Miami the American Cocker Spaniel.

    People around Britain and the world tuned in to see which dog was crowned Best in Show as the final was filmed live on Channel 4 as well as the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Almost 22,000 dogs 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 handler Paddy said: “To win the group is fantastic – we’ve come second, third and fourth in the group before and we won the Breeders Stakes in 2004 but to top the working group, a strong group, is an amazing feeling.

    “Bentley is a star in the ring – he puts everything into it.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Bentley chosen as the Best in Group winner. Bentley and Paddy 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 healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Bentley is such an excellent dog who clearly has great relationship with his owner, and is at very home in the show ring.”

    Crufts was held from 9th – 12th March at the NEC, Birmingham, for more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk 

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    March 12th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Bentley, a Newfoundland from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire won the Best in Working Group title at Crufts 2017 on Sunday 12th March, which qualified him for a place in the Best in Show final later that evening.

    Three year-old Bentley (Ch Merrybear D’Artagnan) is owned by Mrs L and Mr T Chapman and was handled by Paddy Galvin.

    Bentley returned to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, but missed out on the coveted title to Miami the American Cocker Spaniel.

    People around Britain and the world tuned in to see which dog was crowned Best in Show as the final was filmed live on Channel 4 as well as the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Almost 22,000 dogs 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 handler Paddy said: “To win the group is fantastic – we’ve come second, third and fourth in the group before and we won the Breeders Stakes in 2004 but to top the working group, a strong group, is an amazing feeling.

    “Bentley is a star in the ring – he puts everything into it.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Bentley chosen as the Best in Group winner. Bentley and Paddy 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 healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Bentley is such an excellent dog who clearly has great relationship with his owner, and is at very home in the show ring.”

    Crufts was held from 9th – 12th March at the NEC, Birmingham, for more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk. The full results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

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    March 12th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Biscuit, a German Shepherd Dog/Border Collie cross owned by Joshua King from Prestatyn, Denbighshire, has won the Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year title at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts on Saturday 11th March.

    Two and a half year-old Biscuit was one of six crossbreed finalists in the national Scruffts competition, which saw hundreds of dogs compete in qualifying heats around the country. The six finalists had each won their class at the semi-finals at Eukanuba Discover Dogs in London last October, with Biscuit winning the Good Citizen Dog Scheme category in order to progress to the final.

    Joshua, who is a 14 year-old Young Kennel Club (YKC) member, wanted his own dog from a very young age, and campaigned to his mum for the family to get one. In 2014 she gave in and the family went to go see a litter near to their home which had one crossbreed puppy left.

    Biscuit, who was the runt of the litter, and Joshua immediately bonded and it was clear to his mother that Biscuit was the dog for him. Since taking him home, the young crossbreed has achieved his bronze, silver and gold Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards and regularly competes in YKC competitions with Joshua.

    Joshua is currently training to become a dog trainer at his local club, the Good Companion Dog Training Club, in Prestatyn. He helps run classes once a week with other trainers, assisting with the training of local dogs. His win comes on the same weekend that the Good Citizen Dog Scheme celebrates its 25th anniversary.

    Thrilled Joshua said: “I was not expecting to win and I’m extremely delighted about it. I think Biscuit’s potential sets him out from other dogs. He is brilliant with people and loves other dogs as well; he wants everybody to be his best mate.

    “Competitions like Scruffts give dogs like Biscuit a chance as there’s no other big competitions available for crossbreeds. This shines a light on crossbreeds which is great because they’re brilliant.

    “The atmosphere in the arena was busy and quite nerve-wracking for me, but it was brilliant and Biscuit seemed to take it all in his stride. Crufts is so special because everyone here loves dogs, speaks to each other and are really friendly.”

    Two-time Olympic gold medallist rower and family man, Alex Gregory MBE and championship Best in Show dog judge, David Guy judged the six finalists on qualities such as good character, health and temperament with people and other dogs.

    On the difficult decision of choosing the winner, Alex Gregory said: “Any one of those finalists could have won but when it came down to it Joshua and Biscuit’s story inspired both of us. He was the whole package.”

    David Guy commented further: “The winner is inspirational; he’s young, committed and an example dog owner who, at such a young age, has already given so much back to the canine world.”

    The Scruffs Family Crossbreed of the Year competition is run by the Kennel Club, which organises Crufts, and caters exclusively for crossbreed dogs: dogs whose parents are of two different breeds, or a mixture of several breeds.

    Throughout last year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest, which is supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, took place at events around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something. More than 1,400 dogs took part in the Scruffts heats this year, raising £4,000 for both the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and each event’s chosen charity. All competitors received a James Wellbeloved goody bag which included tasty treats, toys and a blanket.

    The six finalists were:

    • Most Handsome Dog: King Tommy, owned by Monique Nerman from Totnes, Devon
    • Good Citizen Dog Scheme: Biscuit, owned by Joshua King from Prestatyn, Denbighshire
    • Golden Oldie: Vinny, shown by Sarah Atkins and owned by Susan Atkins from Bedworth, Warwickshire
    • Prettiest Bitch: Ginny, owned by Judy Rigby from Stockport, Cheshire
    • Child’s Best Friend: Bonnie, owned by Grace Mead from Connah’s Quay, Flintshire
    • Best Rescue: Fleur, owned by Wendy Morris from Ropley, Hampshire

    As well as the Scruffts Crossbreed Family Dog of the Year title, Biscuit received a year’s supply of healthy hypo-allergenic dog food from James Wellbeloved.

    James Wellbeloved marketing director Alison Sudbury said: “Congratulations to Biscuit and Joshua for winning Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year – what a well-deserved pair. They are the perfect ambassadors for the extremely well-loved crossbreed community.

    “Scruffts is such a fantastic competition and a highlight in the James Wellbeloved calendar. We are proud of all the dogs and their owners who made it through to the final, as well as all the amazing crossbreeds who entered into heats across the country last year. We look forward to welcoming more loveable crossbreeds and their owners at the 2017 heats.”

    Scruffts is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has awarded over £10 million worth of grants to benefit dogs since its inception in 1987. The Trust awards grants to welfare organisations which make a difference to dogs’ lives, and also provides financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.

    To enter one of the 2017 heats, please visit the Crufts website to find one near you http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/scruffts/

    Catch Biscuit and Joshua, the other finalists and more lovable crossbreeds in Scruffts: Britain’s Favourite Dog which will be airing on Channel 4 on Friday 17th March at 8pm.

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    March 11th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Miami, an American Cocker Spaniel from Westby in Lancashire, won the Gundog Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Saturday 11th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on tomorrow. 

    Miami (Sh Champion Afterglow Miami Ink), who is nearly two years old and owned by Jason Lynn and Rui da Silver, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with owner Jason. 

    People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday 12th March, as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and available to be streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.

    Around 22,000 dogs are competing 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 Jason Lynn, said: “He’s only a young dog so I am highly delighted that he’s won.  It feels absolutely incredible.  You have got to enjoy that bit of time in that moment, as it doesn’t happen often.”
    Miami’s breeder, Mike Gadsby, who was with Jason at the show, added: “The competition was stiff so we are thrilled to bits.  It’s the biggest thrill in the world and the perfect ending to the day.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Miami chosen as the Best in Group winner today. His owners 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. Miami is such an lovely dog who clearly has great relationship with Jason, and he looked to feel at home in the show ring.

    “Tomorrow’s final is looking very exciting and we want to wish Miami and his owners the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Lancashire will be tuning in to Channel 4 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.

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