Cambridgeshire Dog Wins Group at Crufts and Makes It Through To Live Channel 4 Final

Beating thousands of other dogs, Dan the Man (Ch Nikara Diamond Dancer JW), a Samoyed from Upwell in Cambridgeshire, has qualified for the final of Crufts after winning Best in Group for the Pastoral group today.

Dan the Man, aged three, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show on Sunday against just six other dogs at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

Co-owners Sue Smith and Val Freer will be returning to the NEC Arena with Dan the Man on the evening of Sunday March 9th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2014 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel -

Proud owner Sue said: “It was such a rush of excitement when the judge came over.  Dan the Man is a very special dog and very easy to live with.  He’s definitely a once in a life time dog.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We were delighted to see Dan the Man chosen as the Best in Group today, he is such a lovely dog that clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with his handler.

“Reaching the Best in Show final at Crufts is a fabulous achievement for any dog, and we wish the wonderfully named Dan the Man the very best for the final. I’m sure that all of Cambridgeshire will be tuning in to Channel 4 and rooting for them to win on Sunday evening.”

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