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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 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016

    The 125th anniversary of Crufts has ended on a high, with an exciting Best in Show final seeing Devon (Ch Burneze Geordie Girl), a West Highland White Terrier take home the coveted title tonight (Sunday March 13th). 

    In a packed arena, Devon, who is two years old in July and Marie Burns, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from Bishop Auckland, County Durhamwere cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Derek Smith and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title by Clare Balding. The historic moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the world. 

    Almost 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at the Birmingham NEC over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2016 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Jen the German Spitz Klein, Eric the Pekingese, Zony the Border Collie, James the Gordon Setter, Hazel the Whippet and Hector the Bouvier Des Flandres. 

    Devon’s, owner, Marie said of her win: “I can’t believe it, it was amazing. She is a typical terrier, a bit of a tomboy, very independent and fun to be around. I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped us get there. I can’t believe it she’s the first West Highland Terrier to win in more than 20 years.” 

    The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Hazel, the Whippet, owned by Charlie Donaldson from Middlebie, Dumfrieshire, who was also bred by a Kennel Club Assured Breeder. 

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This has been a fantastic year and a wonderful final, and it’s clear to see why, for 125 years, Crufts has been one of the major British events.

    “Congratulations to Devon who helped end this year’s competition on a high note, taking the prestigious Best in Show award with her owner, Marie Burns. 

    “This year has been such a great show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions.” 

    The full results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

    Only 361 days until Crufts 2017!

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    March 8th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

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    March 11th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    NOTE: Our mission statement is to report canine news as it happens. We saw this story developing on social media on Sunday evening before Clare Balding had even finished her final interview, but we hoped the furore would blow over. Again, now that the mainstream press has picked the story up, we felt it was our duty to let our readers know what was going on.

    We always aim to remain neutral in our reporting, and do not wish to stir ill feeling or participate in an online witch hunt, but simply report the facts.

    imageRebecca Cross, American handler of Best In Show winning Scottie, Knopa, caused an uproar on social media on Sunday night when eagle eyed viewers spotted her lifting the small dog off the examining table by her neck and the base of her tail, rather than by scooping her under her chest. Many viewers felt that this was cruel, despite the fact that this is a way in which dogs have been handled at shows (mostly in the US) for years. It later emerged that Ms Cross had also used this method during the Terrier Group judging on Saturday night.

    Opinions flew on various internet forums. Shortly after concerns were raised, the UK Kennel Club issued this statement: “We want to address the posts we have had regarding the handling of last nights Scottish Terrier, Knopa. It was made clear to the handler at the show that it is not acceptable to pick a dog up in this way, and despite repeated requests not to do so, she went ahead. The handler is from the USA where it is customary to pick up terriers in this way, but it has no place at Crufts and this is put in writing to all handlers before the show.”

    However, people continued to express dissatisfaction and eventually online petitions emerged calling for the removal of the Best In Show title. One has been signed by over 105,000 people, while another has been signed by over 55,000.

    The Kennel Club issued a further statement: “We completely understand the concerns about how Knopa, the Best in Show dog, was handled on the judging table. Those showing at Crufts receive clear written guidance on handling their dog, in order to ensure the dog’s welfare, and this guidance makes it clear that dogs should not be handled in this way. This was further highlighted to the handler by show officials. The handler has since apologised for this and the upset caused and we’ve been assured that the dog, who must be our main priority, is happy and well. Prior to this incident the guidance related to handling has been followed by those showing their dogs but in light of this situation we will be reviewing our rules and guidance and how they may need to be amended going forward. A decision will be made by committee about what action may be taken within the current rules and guidance. In this specific case an investigation is underway and a decision will be made by committee about the actions that have been taken by the exhibitor at Crufts and the next steps. The judge’s primary focus is on the dogs themselves and we do not believe it would be fair to strip the dog of its Best in Show title because the dog was awarded this prize based on its own merits in the show ring.”

    But the online debates went on, and now the press have picked up the headlines.

    Metro – Moment Crufts winner picked her dog Knopa up by the TAIL is caught on camera
    Spectator – Knopa-gate: Could Crufts winner be stripped of her title?
    Mirror – Crufts show bosses refuse to punish handler despite storm over how she treated dog
    Independant – Prize-winning owner hounded online after footage captures her picking dog up by the tail
    The Telegraph – Crufts in crisis as petition to strip Best in Show winner of title surpasses 100,000 amid animal cruelty claims

    So, should Knopa be stripped of her Best In Show Title?

    NO – It is the dog which is being judged, not the handler.

    YES – The handler was asked not to lift the dog that way, yet continued to do so anyway. She should not have been rewarded by the judges.

    NO – Terriers’ tails are strong and dogs have been lifted that way for years.

    YES – Lifting a dog that way is bad for the dog’s spine, and compromises animal welfare just to preserve grooming.

    NO – Knopa was an excellent little dog (Rus/Blr/Ukr/Cro/Lit/Lat/Est/Balt/Slo/Pl/Am Ch) and deserved her win.

    YES – Crufts has enough bad press without someone handling her dog that way on national television. We should not be seen to be condoning this.


    Ms Cross issued her own statement to the canine press: “”I apologised. I didn’t do it on purpose, it was just habit. People can take it how they want but I’m taking no notice because no one’s going to take this win away from me. I can’t take it back but I’m able to acknowledge that yes, I made a mistake.”

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    March 8th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Four momentous days of Crufts culminated in an exciting final as Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love) a Scottish Terrier, was named as the 2015 Crufts Best in Show this evening.

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Knopa, 5 from Russia and handler, Rebecca Cross from the United States of America, were awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title in front of thousands who turned up to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC – and millions more watching live on Channel 4 and online around the world.

    Just seven dogs competed for the Best in Show title at Crufts 2015 from over 21,000 who took part over the course of the four day event. Earlier in the evening Sasha (Ch Cinecitta Sasha Baron Colen), a Maltese from Rome, Italy who was handled by Javier Gonzales, won Best in Group for Toy dogs. Miss Rose (Ch Montserrat Caballe) a Miniature Poodle from Lier in Norway, who is owned by Aage Gjetnes, took the Best in Group title for Utility dogs.

    Best in Show judge, Ronnie Irving faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds, the Maltese, Miniature Poodle, Flat Coated Retriever, Bearded Collie, Alaskan Malamute, Scottish Terrier and Saluki.

    Knopa’s, handler, Rebecca, said of her win: “On my goodness, there are 21,000 other dogs here so this is completely unreal. I was convinced that the judge wasn’t going to pick her. She was wonderful tonight. She is probably going to retire after this show that makes this even more special.”

    Ronnie Irving, Best in Show judge, said: “Knopa is a wonderful Scottish Terrier. She is in excellent condition, had a great coat, moved really well around the ring, she was just fantastic. It was a great line up of dogs, they were all wonderful.”

    The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Dublin, a Flat Coated Retriever bred in the UK by Kennel Club Assured Breeder, Dorothy Brooks and owned by Anette Dyren from Sweden.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We give our congratulations to Knopa who has taken the prestigious Best in Show award with her handler, Rebecca. We also congratulate Miss Rose and Sasha for their Best in Group wins, which is such a great achievement.

    “This has been a wonderful show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions.  Knopa and Rebecca are very deserving winners, as they were a delight to watch and we are sure that Knopa will be thoroughly spoiled when she gets home. Well done to them and all of the fantastic finalists.”

    The full results for Crufts 2015 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk/

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    February 22nd, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Every year, after the Main Arena lights have been switched on and most of the audience have headed towards the car park, a crowd of journalists gather before the winner’s podium to take photos and ask the owner of the recently crowned Best in Show “what’s next?” There’s usually a stock response involving retiring on a high and a nice juicy steak. But what really happens to these canine stars after their time in the limelight?  Here we take a look at what the past 6 winners went on to do.

    Ricky (Standard Poodle) – 2014 – Peru

    Ch/Am Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre was somewhat unique in that he was only 2 when he took the top title. His handler announced that Crufts would be his last UK show, but he did attend Poodle Club of America in April 2014 and won ‘Select Dog’. He was then exported to Peru to be campaigned in South America.

    An oil on canvas portrait of Ricky will be presented to the Chairman of the Kennel Club Arts Foundation in the main arena on Sunday at Crufts 2015.

    Jilly (Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen) – 2013 – Pedigree Health Figurehead

    Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo was 4 years old when she won Crufts, and was also retired after the event. Her owners stated at the time that they intended to use her as a brood bitch for the next generation. Before she settled down though, Jilly took part in “Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt”, a sponsored walk from the NEC to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, which raised £49,000 for charity. In March 2014, the Peek-A-Boo Trust was launched, aiming to continue to raise funds for canine and children’s charities. The same month, the inaugural Pawscars took place – this will now be an annual event recognising success, hard work and effort in all areas of the pedigree dog show scene, with a focus on health and welfare. Jilly returned to Crufts 2014 for her lap of honour, and to view a bespoke portrait which was part of her prize. That’s quite a lot of fame for such a little dog!

    Elizabeth (Lhasa Apso) – 2012 – the inspiration behind our ShowTails series

    Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth took the title at the age of 6, under celebrity judge Frank Kane, and caused a bit of a media stir when the Daily Mail reported she was “far too precious to take for walks”. However, it inspired our Editor to ask readers for photos of their show dogs at their muckiest best, and eventually lead to the launch of our ShowTails series, which aims to celebrate show dogs for everything they are, both inside and outside the ring.  Elizabeth then went on to become the face of the Royalty on the Road exhibition at the Coventry Transport Museum and her breeder won the penultimate Breeder’s competition at Crufts 2014.

    Jet (Flat Coat Retriever) – 2011 – over the Rainbow Bridge

    Sh Ch. Vbos the Kentuckian was 9 years and 6 months old when he took the accolade, the oldest dog ever to do so. He was just shy of his 12th birthday when he sadly passed away due to respiratory problems. Jet did not retire immediately after his Crufts win, and went on to win his 64th CC (and Best in Show) at the Scottish Kennel Club show in May 2011, setting a new breed record in the process. Before he passed he sired titleholders in Finland and the US, as well as a UK full champion.

    Yogi (Hungarian Vizsla) – 2010 – over the Rainbow Bridge

    Sh Ch/Aust Ch. Hungargunn Bear It’n Mind died in his sleep after a battle with cancer in December 2012. At the time he was the record holder for best in show victories at all breed championship shows in the UK, having gained 18 of these awards. He sired over 70 litters in his lifetime, fathering more than 500 puppies in the UK alone. He was retired after his Crufts win at the age of 7.

    Charmin (Sealyham Terrier) – 2009 – Bathroom watchdog

    Efbe’s Hidalgo At Goodspice, who lives on at the ripe old age of 11, was the first Best in Show winner since 1950 whose win was not televised on the BBC, due to the fallout of 2008 documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed. At home, Charmin doesn’t sleep on the bed because it’s too high for him. Appropriately, he sometimes chooses to sleep next to the toilet – “He’s figured out that’s the first place I go after I get up”, says his owner, Margery Good. Charmin is retired, but Margery won Best of Breed with Charmin’s son, Dewar, at Crufts 2014.

    Curious what happened to your favourite winner? Leave a comment below telling us who it was and we’ll look into it. 

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