Crufts birthday present for youngest competitior

Findlay Penniston from Helensburgh, Argyll turned seven this Sunday and next week will be seeing his birthday wish come true as he competes at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.

Findlay is believed to be the youngest person to compete at Crufts this year, and he will be handling his dog Kaylee, a Norwegian Buhund, in the Young Kennel Club ring on March 10th, cheered on by his proud family.

Findlay’s mother, Debbie has been showing dogs since she was fourteen and her enthusiasm has obviously rubbed off on Findlay. From a very young age, he attended dog shows with his mum and was always keen to be involved. He would help when he could, previously assisting his mother in the Kennel Club’s Breeders’ Competition. However, he had to wait until the age of six before he could show dogs by himself and become a Young Kennel Club member.

Debbie says: “Showing dogs is in our blood. Findlay’s great-great grandmother had the Graymount kennel of Pekingese dogs over 100 years ago and we have lots of memorabilia from her time in the show ring.

“We currently have two Norwegian Buhunds from the USA and both of them took an instant shine to Findlay. He has handled them in both junior handling and breed classes.  Both of the dogs really enjoy having a child to look after and living in the house as part of the family.

“Findlay enjoys the razzmatazz of dog showing and the challenge of getting a dog to work for him, although he also enjoys getting mucky about our farm and playing in the fields with the dogs, much as I did as a youngster.”

Findlay says: “Going to Crufts will be awesome - I have never been before.”
Crufts takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 7th – 10th March. For more information or tickets visit

The Young Kennel Club is open to all young people aged from 6 to 24 -  whether they own a dog or not. To find out more about the YKC, and how to join visit:

26th February 2013