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

    Video gets more than a million views and over 43,000 shares in under 24 hours

    A Facebook video showing a cute Jack Russell going ‘off course’ during an agility competition at the world’s largest dog show, Crufts, has racked up more than a million views in under 24 hours.  

    Olly the rescue Jack Russell was competing with his owner in the rescue dog agility competition in the main arena at Crufts yesterday (Friday 10th March) when he decided to tackle the course in his own way.

    Agility courses involve the dogs running a series of jumps, weaves, seesaws, A-frames and tunnels.  They must run the course in a specific order, directed by their owner.  Olly however wanted to tackle the course in a different way and was caught on camera running around as he wanted. 

    Caroline Kisko, Crufts spokesperson, said: “Olly wanted to do things his own way and it’s clear he was having the time of his life.  In the video you can see his owner laughing as he whizzes round the course and even the commentator got the giggles, which is exactly the reaction we imagine was shared by the two hundred thousand plus people who have watched the video since yesterday.

    “Olly is a rescue dog that was rehomed by Blue Cross rescue charity so it is lovely to see that he’s now having such a fun time with his new owner.”

    Watch the video here

    Crufts is held at the NEC in Birmingham and runs until Sunday 12th March.

    At the time of writing the video had received 1,165,452 views and had been shared 43,606 shares.

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    March 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    The Smooth Collie representative, Ch Clingstone’s Hot Shot at Foxearth, won the 2nd Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March).

    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 final was pre-judged during the day by Stuart Plane, and the winner was crowned after a brief consideration of his shortlist in the Main Arena at 6pm.

    Reserve was the Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum, who won both the VBB Competition and the Gundog Group at Crufts 2016. Shortlisted were the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, English Toy Terrier, Sealyham Terrier and Sky Terrier.

    A full gallery of all the finalists who attended can be found here.

    The Deerhound (Cotherstone Islay Mist of Kaleginy) and Dandie Dinmont (Cloverwood Duchess May) representatives did not compete today.

    Many VBB enthusiasts were disappointed with the way in which the competition was handled at Crufts, with the pre-juding element not announced at all and the final squeezed in between the Eukanuba World Challenge and Utility Group judging.

    This reporter has also been disappointed with the lack of media attention this competition has been given, with no official press release about the winners yet issued, no YouTube footage uploaded, and only the winners pictures being included in the official online gallery thus far. Also, last year the final was televised on Channel 4, but this year it was not. 

    The entire point of this competition, in the KC’S own words is “raising awareness” – how is that supposed to be achieved when these breeds get less than 20 minutes in the spotlight, with no attention otherwise? Even the official press pack info about dog breed trends over the years barely mentions the VBBs, except as an arbitrary table of registration figures. Journalists need human interest angles, quotes, images: stories! Why is the Kennel Club not using this competition – or indeed Crufts in general – to provide these? 

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    March 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Kagayaki, a Yorkshire Terrier from Japan won the Best in Toy Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March), qualifying for a place in the Best in Show Final on Sunday.

    Four year old Kagayaki (My Precious JP Kagayaki) 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 her owner Chizuru Kagayaki.

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

    Almost 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 Chizuru said: “I’m so excited I can’t believe it. Kagayaki is an amazing dog and she has won her first Challenge Certificate in the UK at Crufts. I almost don’t know what to say, I’m so thrilled.

    “Now we have to rest and look forward to Sunday which is going to be so amazing.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Kagayaki chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Kagayaki and Chizuru 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. Kagayaki is such an lovely dog that clearly has a great relationship with her owner and is at home in the show ring.

    “It’s only day two of four and the final is already looking very exciting. We want to wish Kagayaki and Chizuru the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Japan will be turning on 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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    March 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Frankie, a Miniature Poodle from Blackburn, Lancashire won the Best in Utility Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show Final on Sunday.

    Frankie (Minarets Best Kept Secret), aged almost two years old, 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 his owner/handler, Melanie Harwood.

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

    Almost 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 Melanie said: “I’m more than in shock and these are tears of wonderful joy. I won the Group in 2006 with Frankie’s grandfather but lost him last year so this is a very special moment. He has a great personality and is so lovely. I really enjoy showing him as he loves the attention. At home he’s crazy and just loves romping around in the field and messing up his coat. He’s a real happy-go-lucky dog.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Frankie chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Frankie and Melanie 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. Frankie is such an excellent dog that clearly has a great relationship with his handler, and is at home in the show ring.

    “It’s only day two of four and the final is already looking very exciting. We want to wish Frankie and Melanie the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Blackburn will be turning on 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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    March 10th, 2017Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2017

    Back in 2015, we wrote about Lydia Williams’ dog Huzzah, the sole White Miniature Schnauzer in attendance at Crufts that year. He drew a flurry of media attention and even ended the day on the purple sofa with Clare Balding! 

    Well this year Huzzah (Beanara Njals Saga at Lyzarho) was back again, with four other whites including his companion Madog (Saraswati Bonno Blue) who was handled by Lydia’s mother. 

    Whites are quite rare in the UK at present – there were 152 Minis entered at Crufts in total this year, for comparison – but they are slowly building a fan base. This is largely due to the efforts of Lydia and other exhibitors who are willing to be different; despite the official UK KC acceptance of the coat colour in 2010, some Schnauzer kennels are still prejudiced against white dogs.

    Why is white controversial?

    Miniature Schnauzers were originally bred in Germany in order to size-down the popular standard and giant Schnauzers (both of which only come in two colours, salt & pepper and pure black). Other breeds like the Affenpinscher and the Poodle were used to achieve this, which lead to puppies being born in two new coat varieties: black & silver and pure white.

    The black & silver pups, being very similar to the salt & pepper variety, were widely accepted. The white pups, however, were considered to be not true to type, as neither of their parent breeds (the Standard and the Giant) ever presented with white coats.

    Genetics are quirky, however, and white Miniature Schnauzer puppies continued to be born. They could still be registered as purebred dogs but could not be entered in conformation shows. This is still the case in Canada and the USA, but in 2010, following a year of campaigning by pro-white breeders and exhibitors, the UK Kennel Club agreed to change the breed standard to include the fourth colour. (White had already been accepted by the parent German Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub and the FCI for some years.)

    Huzzah the celebrity 

    Unfortunately neither of the boys were placed in their postgraduate class this morning, but they were certainly a hot topic of discussion around the ringside. Many people recognised Huzzah from Facebook or the telly, and any who didn’t were quickly informed of their story, and filled in about Madog’s more recent successes as well. 

    The official Kennel Club press were even sniffing around, and whisked Lydia and Huzzah away for interviews as soon as they were finished in the ring. Look our world; not only are the white Minis here to stay, but it seems their celebrity spokes-dog is about to become even more famous!  

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