The crowning moment of a successful Crufts

More than 22,000 dogs have been competing over four days for the most prestigious title in the dog world and tonight a Sealyham Terrier has been crowned as Crufts Best in Show 2009.

American, Margery Good, who owns and handles winning dog Charmin, said: “This is so exciting. It’s over the top! It’s a great, great feeling and I’m just going to hug and kiss this dog until the end of time. He did everything just right.” The Sealyham Terrier is one of the Kennel Club’s vulnerable native breeds, which are so called because they number 300 registrations or less per year with the Kennel Club. Last year just 43 were registered with the Kennel Club.

The Reserve Best in Show went to Standard Poodle, Donny, owned by Mr Lynn in Preston, Lancashire. The other breeds that were competing for the prestigious title were: Boxer, Max from Gloucestershire; Hungarian Vizsla, Yogi from Cumbria; Pharoah Hound, King from Sweden; Old English Sheepdog Cruella from Sweden and Papillon, Ricky from Belgium.

The crowning of the Best in Show winner was preceded by the presentation of the Kennel Club’s Friends for Life award, which recognises the country’s dog heroes. The award went to Lou Holmes from Bracknell in Berkshire and her Collie Cross Australian Shepherd, Brock who is a lowland search and rescue dog who has changed or saved countless live through air scenting and trailing work that can detect where a missing person was last located. Brock found the body of government scientist Dr David Kelly and helped to bring closure for the family.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “This has been the most wonderful event and we are so proud of all of the happy, healthy dogs that have taken part.

“We have become the most popular channel on You Tube for our Crufts coverage this year and we are so pleased that dog lovers have been tuning all around the world to watch this wonderful event. Thousands have also been tuning into Crufts TV’s live online coverage.

“There have been so many highlights including the fact that hundreds of breeders have applied to join the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme, whose members agree to follow high breeding standards including taking the required health tests for their breed.

“Anyone watching this year’s show would have seen the wonderful diversity of dogs, the fact that they are fit for function and how much dogs and people enrich each others’ lives.”