Luther, an Irish Water Spaniel, from Thursby, Cumbria, won the Gundog Group title at Crufts 2019 today (Thursday 7th March), qualifying him for a place in the Best in Show final on Sunday.
Luther, (Sh Ch Gloi Donn All Or Nothing At Stanegate), 3, will return to the Resorts World Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the final at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, with his owner, Judith Carruthers.
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 be streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel -www.youtube.com/crufts.
Almost 21,000 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 Judith said: “I’m totally in shock and he’s such a young dog. His grandfather won Best in Group seven years ago but we’re not used to having the spotlight on us. It’s been a team effort and everyone is over the moon.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Luther chosen as the Gundog Group winner today. Luther and Judith 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. Luther is such an excellent dog that clearly has a great relationship with his handler, and is at home in the show ring. It’s fantastic too to see a Vulnerable Native Breed making it through to the Best in Show final.
“It’s only day one of four but we’re already looking ahead to the final on Sunday, and we want to wish Luther and Judith the best of luck in the ring – we are sure that all of Thursby will be tuning in to Channel 4 to cheer them on.”