Pomeranians triumph at Crufts

Not content with winning the Best in Group on Thursday, more Pomeranians won at Crufts on Friday (March 9th) in the Grand Final of the Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition.

Winning the annual competition with her team of Pomeranians was Averil Cawthera-Purdy from Gloucestershire. Averil and her winning team of dogs beat 45 other breeders to receive the award, selected by judge, Stuart Plane as the team with the best overall quality evident.

A team of Border Terriers bred by Kate Irving was selected by the judge to take the reserve prize at the NEC Arena at Crufts. Both competitors were presented with a silver trophy in front of the delighted crowd.

Over the past year, breeders around the country have competed in the Breeders’ Competition, supported by Agria Pet Insurance.

Averil said of winning the award; "We’re absolutely over the moon. It’s amazing to win but as always it’s taking part that counts. Obviously it’s a competition, and obviously there will be a winner – but it is more important that the dogs all look good and play their part.”

“We had a small problem with our lead dog, Bunny, who is not used to the surface in the Arena at Crufts – she became a bit fidgety, and started creeping a bit – but it was all right in the end, the dogs always pull through.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director said: “Congratulations to Averil and her team on their wonderful achievement. Their dogs are full of quality and a real testament to the time and effort they have made in developing sound breeding practices to produce healthy, happy dogs.”

Agria Pet Insurance is proud to be supporting a competition which provides the opportunity for the UK’s foremost dog breeders to showcase their breeding knowledge and pedigree stock.

At the beginning of last year, with the aim of achieving a more exciting competition and increased value for its competitors, the competition received a shake up. A new points structure, additional awards and an exciting media partnership was formed with Our Dogs, ensuring regular coverage of the competition.

The changes have been well received; entries are up, as is the competitive spirit of those taking part. As a result Our Dogs introduced the competition’s first official leader board; providing breeders across the UK with an opportunity to record their points and to compare their success with other competitors. The Our Dogs monthly feature has also offered winning breeders a much deserved moment in the spotlight with published team photos and extended competition coverage.

Agria, one of the leading pet insurance companies in the world, has been insuring animals for over 120 years and is dominant in Sweden and other Nordic countries.

13th March 2012

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Notes to editors

Watch Crufts on More4 from 6.30pm – 9pm on 8th – 11th March. This will include all of the highlights from the Arena programme, including the presentation to the Friends for Life winner. Also watch Crufts live on the Crufts YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/Crufts.

For the latest updates you can join the Crufts Facebook page at www.facebook.com/crufts or follow the Kennel Club on Twitter.com/KCLovesDogs.

The Kennel Club, organiser of Crufts, is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. At its heart are programmes and investments in education and health initiatives to help dogs across the UK to live long, healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

Crufts is a unique celebration of happy, healthy dogs and of the loving relationship that they enjoy with their owners. It recognises the varied roles that dogs play in society and highlights the many different disciplines and activities in which dogs are involved.

Agria, one of the leading pet insurance companies in the world, has been insuring animals for over 120 years and is dominant in Sweden and other Nordic countries.

Amongst others, Agria underwrites HBoS, Saga and Argos pet insurance schemes in the UK. Agria Pet Insurance also administers HSBC pet insurance and is the Kennel Club’s exclusive pet insurance partner.

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