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    March 13th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Articles, 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

    Only 361 days until Crufts 2017!

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    February 26th, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts 2016

    Twenty one year-old Zara Werner, from Herne Bay, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month.

    Zara WernerZara, who is currently at Canterbury Christ Church University studying events management, first started volunteering in 2011 when she was taking part in her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. She wanted to choose a charity where she was able to help someone in her local community on a personal level; this is where she found the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets.

    At first Zara was paired with a young energetic dog who calmed down considerably for her elderly owner after frequent walks with the young volunteer. After a short break from volunteering, Zara soon began helping with the Cinnamon Trust again, this time walking the dogs of an older woman whose recent surgery meant she was unable to give her pets any exercise. She walked them every week until their owner was back on her feet.  

    Zara met Maureen Sharp and her two dogs, Candy and Toffee, in 2014, and has been walking the dogs every week, come rain or shine, ever since. Zara and Maureen have also struck up a strong friendship, and both women look forward to each other’s company each week, Maureen even regards Zara as her honorary grand-daughter.

    Despite finishing her Duke of Edinburgh award, Zara is continuing to volunteer for Maureen and others whilst juggling university work and a part time job in a bar.

    Speaking about her win, Zara said: “I feel honoured to be have been chosen out of all the other amazing volunteers! It was such a shock when I was informed as volunteering has become part of my weekly routine so it’s easy to forget you are actually volunteering. I am really grateful to the Cinnamon Trust for choosing me.”

    When speaking about heading to Crufts next month, Zara said: “I have watched Crufts growing up as a child, so it is a really exciting opportunity for me to go, let alone to collect an award there. It is definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment!”

    Thanks to Zara’s help, Maureen has been able to keep her dogs, as Zara has given Candy and Toffee the exercise that sometimes Maureen may not have been able to provide.

    Zara will receive the prestigious Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at Crufts on Saturday 12th March at 12pm in the Young Kennel Club ring.

    Mrs Averil Jarvis, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said: “Zara’s commitment and kindness has brought sunshine into the lives of two little dogs and one lovely lady. For this, she more than deserves this accolade.”

    In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust encourages young people who love dogs to help older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation – the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.


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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016

    Almost 22,000 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 10th – 13th March to compete at Crufts 2016, the Kennel Club has announced. This marks an increase in entries for the 125th anniversary of the show.

    The Kennel Club figures show that 21,919 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships. The 2016 figure exceeds the 2015 figure by 2 per cent and is the highest number of dogs competing at Crufts since 2010.

    As ever, the event has a truly international flavour with 3,396 dogs competing from overseas compared with 2,987 in 2015, an increase of 14 per cent. Dogs from a total of 47 overseas countries will take part in the show, including, for the first time, Venezuela, Peru and the Philippines.

    The number of breeds competing at Crufts continues to grow, adding to the diversity of the event, with the inclusion of two new breeds, the Lagotto Ramagnolo and the Cirneco Dell’Etna, which will have their own breed classes at Crufts for the first time. Both breeds will be judged by Mrs Carla Molinari from Portugal.

    This year has seen an increase of 40 per cent or more in the entries for the following breeds compared with 2015: Pointer, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Samoyed and Basset Hound.

    The highest entry in each group is as follows:

    • Toy: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 322
    • Utility: Bulldog – 245
    • Gundog: Retriever (Labrador) –  588
    • Working: Boxer – 236
    • Pastoral: Border Collie – 359
    • Terrier: Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 410
    • Hound: Whippet – 397

    Gerald King, Crufts Chairman said: “We are delighted that entries to Crufts’ 125th anniversary show remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds, representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts and we intend to keep going from strength to strength.

    “We thank everybody who has entered the show and look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners who make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have been loyally returning year after year or those who are experiencing the show for the first time.”

    Full entry figures for all the groups can be found on the pages below: 
    Toy Group
    Utility Group
    Gundog Group
    Working Group
    Pastoral Group
    Terrier Group
    Hound Group
    British Vulnerable Native Breeds
    Obedience entry was 19 bitches and 24 dogs

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Alaskan Malamute157
    Bernese Mountain Dog 221
    Bouvier des Flandres 42
    Boxer 236
    Bullmastiff 133
    Canadian Eskimo Dog 24
    Dogue de Bordeaux 153
    German Pinscher 29
    Giant Schnauzer 79
    Great Dane 160
    Greenland Dog 6
    Hovawart 51
    Leonberger 162
    Neapolitan Mastiff 31
    Newfoundland 198
    Portuguese Water Dog 47
    Rottweiler 193
    Russian Black Terrier 52
    Siberian Husky 166
    St Bernard 80
    Tibetan Mastiff 61
    AV Imported Register40

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Working Group includes: Entlebucher Mountain Dog and  Greater Swiss Mountain Dog

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Akita 118
    Boston Terrier 115
    Bulldog 245
    Canaan Dog 13
    Chow Chow109
    Dalmatian 228
    Eurasier 46
    French Bulldog 219
    German Spitz (Klein)71
    German Spitz (Mittel) 83
    Japanese Akita Inu 30
    Japanese Shiba Inu 120
    Japanese Spitz 68
    Keeshond 87
    Kooikerhondje 27
    Lhasa Apso 131
    Miniature Schnauzer 151
    Poodle (Miniature) 116
    Poodle (Standard)151
    Poodle (Toy) 97
    Schipperke 56
    Schnauzer 68
    Shar Pei 72
    Shih Tzu 189
    Tibetan Spaniel 147
    Tibetan Terrier 235
    AV Imported Register20

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Utility Group includes: Korean Jindo and Mexican Hairless

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Australian Silky Terrier 13
    Bichon Frise 134
    Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 322
    Chihuahua (Long Coat) 251
    Chihuahua (Smooth Coat) 178
    Chinese Crested 204
    Coton de Tulear48
    English Toy Terrier58
    Griffon Bruxellois 86
    Havanese 77
    Italian Greyhound 104
    Japanese Chin 132
    King Charles Spaniel125
    Lowchen 35
    Maltese 59
    Miniature Pinscher 100
    Papillon 232
    Pekingese 78
    Pomeranian 154
    Pug 269
    Yorkshire Terrier 107
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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Airedale Terrier 81
    Australian Terrier 17
    Bedlington Terrier 89
    Border Terrier 239
    Bull Terrier 67
    Bull Terrier (Miniature) 85
    Cairn Terrier 143
    Cesky Terrier 35
    Dandie Dinmont Terrier59
    Fox Terrier (Smooth) 66
    Fox Terrier (Wire) 72
    Glen of Imaal Terrier 42
    Irish Terrier 56
    Kerry Blue Terrier 51
    Lakeland Terrier 45
    Manchester Terrier 66
    Norfolk Terrier 43
    Norwich Terrier 51
    Parson Russell Terrier 122
    Scottish Terrier 94
    Sealyham Terrier 33
    Skye Terrier 56
    Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 100
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier 410
    Welsh Terrier38
    West Highland White Terrier147
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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Anatolian Shepherd Dog 7
    Australian Cattle Dog 51
    Australian Shepherd 139
    Bearded Collie 299
    Beauceron 24
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael) 61
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois) 9
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) 37
    Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren) 77
    Border Collie 359
    Briard 94
    Catalan Sheepdog 27
    Collie (Rough) 271
    Collie (Smooth) 58
    Estrela Mountain Dog 35
    Finnish Lapphund 100
    German Shepherd Dog 121
    Hungarian Puli 75
    Lancashire Heeler 86
    Maremma Sheepdog 20
    Norwegian Buhund 36
    Old English Sheepdog133
    Polish Lowland Sheepdog 60
    Pyrenean Mountain Dog 89
    Pyrenean Sheepdog 30
    Samoyed 168
    Shetland Sheepdog 282
    Swedish Vallhund 44
    Turkish Kangal Dog 10
    Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)91
    Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)120
    AV Imported Register32

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Pastoral Group includes: Bergamasco, Hungarian Pumi, Picardy Sheepdig and Swedish Lapphund

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Afghan Hound 232
    Basenji 54
    Basset Fauve de Bretagne 59
    Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand) 41
    Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit) 90
    Basset Hound 137
    Beagle 253
    Bloodhound 25
    Borzoi 123
    Cirneco Dell'Etna 27
    Dachshund (Min Long-Haired)149
    Dachshund (Min Smooth-Haired) 131
    Dachshund (Min Wire-Haired) 123
    Dachshund (Long-Haired) 86
    Dachshund (Smooth-Haired) 92
    Dachshund (Wire-Haired) 92
    Deerhound 101
    Finnish Spitz 18
    Foxhound 9
    Greyhound 78
    Hamiltonstovare 18
    Ibizan Hound 34
    Irish Wolfhound162
    Norwegian Elkhound 57
    Otterhound 32
    Pharaoh Hound 33
    Portuguese Podengo46
    Rhodesian Ridgeback201
    Saluki 105
    Sloughi 7
    Whippet 397
    AV Imported Register 26

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Hound Group includes: Azawakh, Basset Bleu De Gascogne, Bavarian Mountain Hound, Grand Bleu De Gascogne, Griffon Fauve De Bretagne and Segugio Italiano.

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    February 2nd, 2016Laura P (Editor)Crufts, Crufts 2016


    Bracco Italiano50
    Brittany 28
    English Setter 200
    German Longhaired Pointer 22
    German Shorthaired Pointer 85
    German Wirehaired Pointer 31
    Gordon Setter 192
    Hungarian Vizsla 141
    Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla 83
    Irish Red And White Setter 78
    Irish Setter 314
    Italian Spinone 155
    Lagotto Romagnolo 59
    Large Munsterlander 88
    Pointer 236
    Retriever (Chesapeake Bay) 34
    Retriever (Curly Coated) 76
    Retriever (Flat Coated) 334
    Retriever (Golden) 569
    Retriever (Labrador)588
    Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 169
    Spaniel (American Cocker) 114
    Spaniel (Clumber) 70
    Spaniel (Cocker) 403
    Spaniel (English Springer) 166
    Spaniel (Field) 54
    Spaniel (Irish Water) 30
    Spaniel (Sussex) 52
    Spaniel (Welsh Springer) 203
    Spanish Water Dog 67
    Weimaraner 133
    AV Imported Register9

    Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Gundog Group includes: Korthals Griffon, Portugese Pointer and Slovakian Rough Haired Pointer

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