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    March 16th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015
    • Jagger the Irish Setter tragically died after ingesting fast acting poison banned in Europe, some 28 hours after attending Crufts
    • Timelines indicate that poison was almost certainly eaten in Belgium
    • Rumours about other poisoning incidents related to Crufts dog show slammed
    • Kennel Club reminds dog owners that the most common cause of poisoning in dogs is accidental and to beware of common substances that are hazardous

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club, said: “The Kennel Club’s deepest sympathies go to Jagger’s owners, who have received confirmation that Jagger tragically died from the ingestion of poisoned material, and we ask that their privacy is respected as they grieve for their beloved pet.

    “There has been a lot of concern about whether the poisoning happened at Crufts and we are now able to reassure all dog lovers who came to Crufts that this could not have been possible and it is highly likely that the poisons, thought to be on a piece of beef, were eaten in Belgium, shortly before Jagger’s death.

    “We have had confirmation, including from independent toxicologists, that the poisons identified in the toxicology report – carbofuran and aldicarb – are fast acting. Severe clinical symptoms would usually occur within half an hour to three hours.

    “Considering we are told that Jagger showed the first clinical signs usually associated with these two poisons shortly before his death in Belgium, late on Friday 6th March night, leading to the immediate call for veterinary attention, we must conclude that it is inconceivable that he could have been poisoned at Crufts on Thursday 5th March, some 28 to 36 hours earlier.

    “Furthermore, the poison is thought to have been given on a piece of beef that was still largely undigested when the autopsy was performed on Saturday 7th March morning, and food is usually absorbed in dogs within six hours.

    “We must stress that despite reports to the contrary which have caused a lot of concern to dog lovers, absolutely no dog has been shown to have been sick at or after Crufts due to poison ingested at the show, there are no veterinary reports or evidence to support this notion, and no official reports of poisoning have been made to the police.

    “We have a lot of security measures in place to protect the dogs at our show and we continually review our procedures because the welfare and safety of the dogs is our first and main priority.

    “Regardless of the fact that the poison was not ingested at Crufts a dog has very sadly died and we must now respect the owners’ privacy and give them time to grieve.”

    Advice to dog owners

    The Kennel Club has issued general advice to dog owners after the tragedy of Jagger’s death has raised awareness amongst dog owners about the issue of poisoning.

    Nick Sutton, Health Information Officer at the Kennel Club, said: “Regardless of the specifics surrounding this particular tragic incident, where Jagger’s owners suspect malicious intent, this tragedy has shone the spotlight very firmly on the issue of poisoning. It is important that dog owners know that the majority of poison related deaths and illnesses in dogs in the UK are accidental. Some accidents could potentially be avoided if dog owners were to be aware of the common household and garden items that can be harmful to dogs, including chocolate, raisins, onions, some pesticides and garden plants, detergents and many human medicines and we urge people to read the Kennel Club’s poisons guide, on its website, so that people can be aware of how to avoid the dangers and keep their dogs as safe as possible, to help prevent other tragedies from occurring.”

    A toxicologist’s view

    Nick Edwards, Senior Information Scientist, Veterinary Poisons Information Service, said: “We understand that the toxicology report says carbofuran and aldicarb, toxic carbamate pesticides – which are no longer approved for use in the EU – were found.

    “We would expect the clinical effects, if ingested by a dog, to be rapid in onset; normally between half an hour and three hours.

    “After this time a combination of clinical effects, if the toxins were taken in sufficient quantities, would likely be present, including weakness, collapse, diarrhoea, slow heart rate, difficulty in breathing and excessive salivation.

    “From the information available, it would be improbable that the toxins could have been ingested on Thursday 5th March if the first reported clinical effects that led to the call for veterinary help, were around midnight on Friday night. We are told that beef (which was reportedly laced with the carbamates) was still in the stomach during the autopsy on Saturday 7th March. Veterinary experts say that one would expect food of this sort to be digested within about six hours. This suggests that the food was eaten shortly before death.”

    About Aldicarb and Carbofuran

    Aldicarb and carbofuran are both carbimate insecticides which are used in agriculture, but are not approved for use in the EU. When an animal is exposed to these pesticides they bind to specific enzymes found in the body and stop them from working correctly.  These enzymes normally break down acetylcholine, a chemical found naturally in the body, which allows the muscle and nervous system to function correctly. Following poisoning from these insecticides, the faulty enzyme cannot break down acetylcholine, causing it to accumulate and stimulate a number of the bodies receptors. This stimulation can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, sweating, salivation, weakness, breathing difficulties, fitting, heart problems and sometimes death.

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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
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    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.

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

    We’ve rounded up the best news, views and success stories from Terrier & Hound Day at Crufts 2015. Photos are available here. Feel free to leave a comment and share your own news below. 

    Notable Wins

    The Terrier Group was won by a Scottish Terrier. Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love) will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Wire Fox Terrier, Ch King Arthur Van Foliny Home. The Border Terrier came 3rd and the Miniature Bull Terrier took 4th.

    The Hound Group was won by a Saluki. Rios (Ch Qirmizi Ovation) will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Whippet, Ir Ch Demerlay Armabay Billie Jean. The Borzoi came 3rd and the Rhodesian Ridgeback took 4th.

    Both of the ‘high profile breeds’ – the Bloodhound and the Basset Hound – passed their vet checks today. You can track all the vet check results, and the dogs involved, here.

    Ch/Ir Ch Ennafort The One And Only, the Norwegian Elkhound who came 10th it the Dog World Top Dog competition, won BOB.

    Show Tails Stars

    It was a good day our for our Scottish Terrier clan; Flash came 1st in both the Veteran Dog and Good Citizen Dog class and Tigg came 2nd in the Veteran Bitch Class and 1st in the Good Citizen Bitch class.  We tried to stop by Discover Dogs to say hello, but the stall was very busy!

    Mutley‘s Glen of Imaal Terrier stand was also very busy, but he enjoyed the fuss, as you can see.

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    We also managed to spot Ted being carried through the halls as promised.

    No word yet on how Bindi and the other Smooth Collies did in the Obreedience competition, but we’ll keep you updated.

    Finally, Narla nailed her demonstration on the APDT stand. The bond between her and Sarah was clear to see.

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    Mainstream News

    Daily Mail – Day three of Crufts 2015 brings a splash of colour to the world-famous show

    The Telegraph – VIDEO: Day 3 highlights

    MK Web – Alesha Dixon, Tess Daly and Bill Bailey join adorable dogs at Crufts 2015

    Digital Spy – Ch 4 Crufts coverage seen by 1.32m

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    March 7th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Gracie, a crossbreed dog from Alvechurch, Worcestershire, has been named Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

    Scruffts Winner Alison Hitchins with Gracie copyright OnEdition-Kennel Club

    Photo credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Gracie, owned by Alison Hitchins, triumphed over five other dogs in the Scruffts grand finale, which took place at Crufts at the NEC, Birmingham on Friday 6th March.

    She was found on the streets, heavily pregnant and, within a week, gave birth to six puppies. The puppies were easily rehomed but no one seemed to want to adopt her. Gracie has now been living with owner Alison for nine years and is a very happy and healthy dog. She takes part in agility, heelwork to music, and is also a Pets As Therapy dog and visits a local hospice every month.

    The winner was chosen by Clarissa Baldwin, trustee of Dog’s Trust, and Sunday Express journalist, Stuart Winter. Clarissa and Stuart judged the six finalists on qualities such as good character, health, and temperament with people and other dogs before picking Gracie as the winner.

    Gracie’s owner, Alison Hitchins said: “I’m delighted to have won Scruffts as it recognises the value of crossbreed dogs and I am particularly pleased that it was the Golden Oldie category as this highlights the importance of older dogs.”

    The Scruffts 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.

    The six finalists qualified for a place in the Scruffts final after winning classes at heats around the country during 2014 and then winning at the semi-finals, which took place at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event last November.

    The six finalists for the 2015 final were:

    • Most Handsome Crossbreed Dog – Billy owned by Terri-Anne Walker from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
    • Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch – Wizz owned by Claire Stanton from Tattershall, Lincolnshire
    • Golden Oldie – Gracie owned by Alison Hitchins from Alvechurch, Worcestershire
    • Child’s Best Friend – Humphrey owned by Miles Rodwell from Bodmin, Cornwall
    • Best Crossbreed Rescue – Harvey owned by Tracey Toft from Castleford, West Yorkshire
    • GCDS Crossbreed Dog – Blaze owned by Marie Hamlin from Winchester, Hampshire

    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 1,300 dogs took part in the Scruffts heats this year, raising over £4,000 for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and each event’s chosen charity. All competitors received James Wellbeloved treats and a copy of Your Dog magazine, the Scruffts media partner.

    Apart from the sought-after title, Gracie also won a year’s supply of healthy hypo-allergenic dog food from James Wellbeloved.

    James Wellbeloved marketing manager Anne-Laure Jaouen said: “The Scruffts final is always an amazing event, and as in previous years all six finalists were outstanding, making it a very hard choice for the judges.  The stories of these crossbreeds and their owners are all incredible in their own way, but Gracie and owner Alison are deserving winners for 2015 and everyone at James Wellbeloved congratulates them wholeheartedly.”

    Scruffts is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has awarded over £8m 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.

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    March 7th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Beating thousands of other dogs, Knopa (Ch Mcvan’s to Russia with Love), a Scottish Terrier from Russia won Best in Group for Terriers today and qualified for the final of Crufts.

    Photo credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Photo credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Knopa, aged five, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show tomorrow (Sunday March 8th) against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

    Handler, Rebecca Cross from the USA, and Knopa will be returning to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC – tomorrow evening for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.

    Proud handler, Rebecca Cross, said: “I can’t believe it, I am in complete shock. I almost didn’t make it, my flight was delayed, and I thought I wouldn’t make it in time.

    “Knopa is one in a million. She was Best of Breed here in 2013 and it’s been a really wild ride. It hasn’t sunk in yet, I really can’t believe it. She was supposed to retire today so if so this was her retirement show.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Knopa for winning Best in Group today.

    “Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique role dogs have in our lives. Knopa is such a lovely dog who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with her handler.

    “Knopa and Rebecca should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final – it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best tomorrow.”

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    March 7th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    Beating thousands of other dogs, Rios (Ch Qirmizi Ovation), a Saluki from Grästorp, Sweden, won Best in Group for Hounds today and qualified for the final of Crufts.

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Rios, two years old, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show tomorrow (Sunday March 8th) against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

    Nicklas Eriksson and Rios will be returning to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC – tomorrow evening for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.

    Proud owner, Nicklas Erikkson, said: “This is a great feeling, to win a big one like this.  Crufts is the biggest and most important dog show in the world so to make it this far is important to us.

    “Tomorrow we will chill out and sleep in to make sure we’re all ready for Best in Show in the evening.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Rios for winning Best in Group today. Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners and we really saw this tonight. Rios is such a wonderful dog who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with his handler.

    “Rios and Nicklas should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final – it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best for tomorrow.”

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    March 7th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    We’ve rounded up the best news, views and success stories from Working and Pastoral Day at Crufts 2015. Photos are available here. Feel free to leave a comment and share your own news below. 

    Notable Wins

    The Working Group was won by an Alaskan Malamute. Bart (Ch Chayo My Prerogative) will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Leonberger, Se/Fi/No/Nord Ch Namupalan Bling Smack Chap. The Bullmastiff came 3rd and the St Bernard took 4th. (Bart also came 4th in the Dog World Top Dog Competition in 2014.)

    The Pastoral Group was won by a Bearded Collie. Fayme (CH Victory Wind’s Ghost Whisperer For Snowmead will go through to the best in show final on Sunday night. Reserve was the Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Vi’Skaly’s Harlem Shake. The German Shepherd Dog came 3rd and the Samoyed took 4th.

    All of the ‘high profile breeds’ – the German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, St. Bernard and Dogue de Bordeaux – passed their vet checks today. You can track all the vet check results, and the dogs involved, here.

    ShowTails Stars

    We’re delighted to announce that Cuba the Rottweiler went home with three red tickets. She placed 1st in the Graduate, Yearling and Good Citizen classes. Her owner, Julie Campbell was absolutely thrilled, if a bit disbelieving at first!

    Her sister, Xena didn’t place unfortunately, but her owner Lynn Macdonald was very pleased with how she behaved in the ring. “I’ve had a great day out at my first ever Crufts,” she said. “Can’t wait for next year!”

    Miss Dior, the Newfoundland didn’t place either. Neither did Khéops, the Bernese Mountain Dog from France. We hope we didn’t jinx anything!

    Bobbie the crossbreed ‘Wizsla’ enjoyed his moment in the big ring to demonstrate the sport of CaniCross. You can watch a video of the demonstration here in case you missed it.

    There’s also a video of Kizzi competing in the Medium Team agility event here.

    Dog World News

    Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko caused social media uproar with a statement which she made on the Crufts TV coverage on More4 on Thursday night. Breeders and exhibitors watching felt that Mrs Kisko suggested that any breeder who was not a member of the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) was a puppy farmer, and that this statement was unfair because there are many excellent breeders who chose not to join the scheme for their own reasons. After airing their views online they contacted the KC about it.

    Comments posted on the Crufts and Kennel Club Facebook pages were removed by admin.  They did however respond to all emails with a transcript of the interview and a statement.

    “At no time were breeders who are not Assured Breeders likened to puppy farmers,” the message said. “However, the KC is aware that puppy buyers find the amount of advice on buying a puppy confusing and the simple message to buy from an Assured Breeder is one in which they can have confidence.”

    We’re sure this story will unfold more in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

    Mainstream News

    The Guardian – “The immigration debate could learn a lot from the spirit of Crufts

    BBC – Welsh Springer Spaniel Max gets caught short at Crufts

    Net Imperative – Pet Selfie Mirror unveiled at Crufts

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    March 6th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015

    A dog breeder from Cambridgeshire who owns 2013 and 2014’s top winning Whippet, has won the grand final of the last ever Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition at Crufts, the world’s largest dog event.

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Jane Wilton-Clark, who grew up with Whippets and has bred some of the top-winning dogs in the breed, won the ultimate breeder’s title with her team of Shalfleet Whippets in front of a packed arena at the NEC in Birmingham.

    Judge Steve Hall selected Jane’s Whippets for the prize as the breeder with the best overall quality evident in their dogs.

    Throughout the year, breeders have competed at Championship dog shows around the UK for a chance to compete in the final, and, after months of hard work, the top scoring teams competed in what was an impressive, nail biting contest, where only one could be crowned ‘Best Breeder’.

    Sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance, and supported by Our Dogs newspaper, the Breeders’ Competition provides breeders with an opportunity to be recognised for their breeding credentials and pedigree heritage.

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “We are thrilled for Jane on this fantastic achievement.  Her dogs are a real testament to the time and effort she has taken in developing sound breeding practices to produce wonderfully healthy and happy dogs.

    This year’s competition was the last ever Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition, and a new competition, the Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition, sponsored by Eukanuba, has now been launched to reward breeders of those breeds who are considered vulnerable by the Kennel Club due to their low numbers in the UK.

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    March 6th, 2015Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2015
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    Photo Credit: The Kennel Club/onEdition

    Beating thousands of other dogs, Bart (Ch Chayo My Prerogative), an Alaskan Malamute from Sale in Cheshire, won Best in Group for Working dogs today and qualified for the final of Crufts.

    Bart, aged four, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show on Sunday against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

    Owner, Sue Ellis, and Bart will be returning to the Genting Arena – the main arena at the NEC – on the evening of Sunday March 8th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.

    Proud owner Sue, said: “This is unbelievable. Bart is such a friendly and wonderful dog and he is a huge part of our family. I never imagined this would happen.

    “I’ve been crying tears of joy and I’m really looking forward to Sunday’s final. It’s just fantastic.”

    Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Bart for winning Best in Group today.

    “Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Bart is such a lovely boy who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with Sue.

    “Sue and Bart should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final – it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best for Sunday.”

    All the results for Crufts 2015 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk

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