Kagayaki, a Yorkshire Terrier from Japan won the Best in Toy Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10thMarch), qualifying for a place in the Best in Show Final on Sunday.
Four year old Kagayaki (My Precious JP Kagayaki) will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with her owner Chizuru Kagayaki.
People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.
Almost 22,000 dogs are competing over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Proud owner Chizuru said: “I’m so excited I can’t believe it. Kagayaki is an amazing dog and she has won her first Challenge Certificate in the UK at Crufts. I almost don’t know what to say, I’m so thrilled.
“Now we have to rest and look forward to Sunday which is going to be so amazing.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Kagayaki chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Kagayaki and Chizuru should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Kagayaki is such an lovely dog that clearly has a great relationship with her owner and is at home in the show ring.
“It’s only day two of four and the final is already looking very exciting. We want to wish Kagayaki and Chizuruthe best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Japan will be turning on Channel 4 to cheer them on.”