Beating thousands of other dogs, Dublin (Ch Castlerock Simply Magic), a Flat Coated Retriever from Bergshamra, Sweden, won Best in Group for Gundogs today and qualified for the final of Crufts.
Dublin, aged five, 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.
Owner, Anette Dyren and Dublin, who was bred by Kennel Club Assured Breeder, Dorothy Brooks, will be returning to the Main Arena on the evening of Sunday March 8th for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 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 - www.youtube.com/crufts.
Proud owner Anette, said: “I feel like I am dreaming, I just can’t find any words: I’m completely speechless - it took a while to sink in, I didn’t realise that we had been chosen by the judge at first.
"It was a long journey over to the UK and I was supposed to leave tomorrow evening but I would much rather stay here for the next stage of the competition. I am so proud of Dublin, I could burst.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Congratulations to Dublin for winning Best in Group today. Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Dublin is such a lovely dog who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with his handler.
“Dublin and Anette should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final - it’s an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best for Sunday.”
For more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2015/ for free downloadable images from Crufts 2015.