As one of the largest dog events in the world, there’s no denying that Crufts is an event steeped in entertainment, nail-biting tension and a little bit of madness. A true celebration of dogs and the many roles they play in our lives, let’s take a look at the winners from 2017.
Starting with day 1, and a whirlwind of doggy dancing and and agile pooches. First to be celebrated was Alan, the Lakeland Terrier, who scooped the prize for best in his group. Not a dog in his older years as the name would suggest, but a 20 month old pup who went on to compete in Best in Show. Go on, Al. Frosty, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, took gold for best in the Hound Group.
And main events aside, Marvellous Milo, the Jack Russell took the crown as one of the first Kennel Club Novice Cup Final Winners.
Day 2 saw some big wins, with best kept secrets coming out, quite literally. The Best in Utility Group winner was named as Minarets Best Kept Secret, a Miniature poodle hailing from the North. And Best in Toy? The judges went barking mad for a Yorkshire Terrier who goes by the name of My Precious JP Kagayaki, coming all the way from Japan. Talk about dedication.
Things kicked off in the agility arena as well, with Wildsea Phoenix of Fire taking home the title of Heelwork to Music winner. The Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition was Clingstone’s Hot Shot title to gain, and Lourdace Fulcrum JW was crowned show champion.
Moving on to a gripping day 3, and the crowds witnessed some more incredible performances in the agility arena.
Simon Brenca scooped the International Invitation – Large (Jumping) and Large Finals (Agility) awards with Amy Vom Linter, whilst the Crufts Team – Small Final winners were revealed as Team Dartford Hope So’s.
The scrumptious, Biscuit took first place in the Scruffs 2017 Good Citizen Scheme whilst Lucie Plevova’s Power Jump Aibara danced her way to become the winner of the Heelwork To Music – Freestyle International Competition beating the defending champions Lucy Creek and Skiffle’s spooky, halloween themed routine.
Handler Jason Lynn’s American Cocker Spaniel bought some golden vibes to show event with Afterglow Miami Ink winning best Gun Dog breed.
Crufts celebrates working dogs and day 4 was their time to shine. Bentley the Newfoundland, came out trumps in the Working Group category this year, whilst Police Dog Team Operational and Humanitarian Action of the Year award went to, Police dog Jake of Police Service Northern Ireland.
Hero dogs are also hailed through the heart-warming Friends for Life competition, with Sally and her endearing pal, English Bull Terrier, Bowser picking up the top spot.
And it was back to the agility arena for the final winners to be announced. Charlotte Harding and Daimonic Expelliarmus (try saying that three times fast) were the small dog agility champions, Nastasha Wise and Dizzy took home gold for the Medium category and as for the Larger dog? 1st place went to Dave Munning and Fame.
Now, for that cherry on the already pawsome cake? Well, it was second time lucky to Jason Lynn and their American Cocker Spaniel Afterglow Miami Ink as they picked up the big win for Best in Show. In second place was a mini poodle.
And if there was a win for the the people’s hearts? That would have to go to nosediving Jack Russell rescue dog Olly, for his ‘crazy’ agility performance. Go on, check it out…