Elizabeth, the Lhasa Apso, wins Crufts Best in Show 2012

Four momentous days of Crufts culminated in an exciting final as Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) a Lhasa Apso was named as the 2012 Crufts champion this evening.

Elizabeth and owner, Margaret Anderson from Coventry were awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show Trophy in front of thousands who turned up to the NEC Arena and millions more watching live around the world.

21,029 dogs competed for the Best in Show title over the last four days at Crufts 2012 at the NEC in Birmingham. Best in Show judge, Frank Kane faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds, the Borzoi, Irish Water Spaniel, Newfoundland, Norwich Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Pomeranian and Old English Sheepdog.

Elizabeth’s owner Margaret was clearly shocked and pausing with delight when she was selected, she exclaimed: “I am speechless, completely breathless. Elizabeth is wonderful and she always rises to the occasion. As you can see she is not at all fazed; the more applause, the more she loves it. She can’t do any more than this, I am sure someone is going to pinch me in a minute and I will wake up and it will all be a dream.”

The Reserve Best in Show title was won by Brutus, a Newfoundland, owned by Sonia Krockovci from Slovakia.

Dog lover Jennifer Saunders was by the ringside to watch the final, having just presented the Kennel Club’s Friends for Life award. This unique award recognises the country’s dog heroes and this year’s winner was Michael Barrow and Buster from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: “Elizabeth and Margaret deserve huge congratulations. It was a tough final and they had to beat some absolutely fantastic dogs to take the prestigious Best in Show Award.

“This year has been such a great show - from Rescue Dog Agility to Best in Show, there really has been so much going on.  Tonight was a fantastic end to Crufts 2012 - both Elizabeth and Margaret fully deserved their place and were a delight to watch. Well done to them and all of the fantastic finalists.”

11th March 2012

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