Best in Show winners of Crufts 2016 share their emotions
Best in Group for Utility breeds
German Spitz Klein from Middlesbrough, Jen (Ch Longsdale's Jen You Win JW SHCM), with her owner and handler, Dale Francis.
Proud owner Dale said: "I am absolutely delighted; this is the first time the breed has ever won the group. It's an incredible moment made even more special as her owner and handler. This means absolutely everything to us. It was a strong group and it's amazing to win. I know Jen will give it her best show in Best in Show."
Best in Group for Toy breeds
Pekingese From Dumfriesshire, Eric (Ch Yakee Ooh Aah Cantona), age seven, his owner- Bert Easdon.
Proud owner Bert, said: "Eric is a fantastic dog with a great character. I was going to retire him but decided to bring him back and this is his first show since Crufts last year. He's a beautiful, sound and happy dog. After all these years I still get a real thrill when one of my dogs win."
Best in Gundog Group and Top of the Vulnerable Breed
Gordon Setter From Scotland James (Sh Ch Lourdace Fulcrum JW) and his owner David Alcorn.
David commented on his magnificent evening: “This has been an incredible day, really fantastic. It’s been non-stop and James has never stopped performing. He loves the big ring and the atmosphere and he always rises to the challenge. Winning the Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds competition and then going back into the main arena for the gundog group is the stuff dreams are made of.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to James and his owner David on this fantastic achievement. To win two major competitions is an incredible achievement. James is doing a fantastic job of promoting the breed on the world’s largest stage and we wish him all every success for Best in Show.”
Best Dog of Crufts 2016
The best of the about 22 thousand dogs participated in Crufts 2016 became the almost 2-year old West Highland White Terrier Devon (Burneze Geordie Girl) from northern England.
The winners’ owner, Marie Burns shared her emotions: "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."