Swedish dog makes it through to Crufts final

Beating thousands of dogs, Dreamer (Belliver Unexpected Dream), a Pomeranian from Sweden has qualified for the final of Crufts after winning Best in Group in the Toy group today (Thursday March 8th).

Dreamer, aged 19 months, 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. Over 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.

Handler, Michael Nilsson and Dreamer will be returning to the NEC Arena on the evening of Sunday March 11th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2012 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 More4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.

The proud owners are Fredrik Nilsson and Kristina Bertilsson from Sweden, but Dreamer was in the ring with handler Michael Nilsson who is no stranger to the Crufts arena, having previously won Best in Show with Standard Poodle, King in 2002, Michael said:  “It feels wonderful to have won the group, there were many nice dogs and it was a tough group to win. He is only a young dog, and this is a great start to his career.“

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: “We were delighted to see Dreamer chosen as the Best in Group winner 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 Dreamer the very best for the final. I’m sure that all of Sweden will be tuning in to More4 and rooting for them to win on Sunday evening.”

8th March 2012

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