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(Updated 04/03/01)

Finland's top dog barred from entry at Crufts show

A Wire Fox Terrier holding the distinction of Finland’s Top Dog of 2000 has been barred from entry at Crufts, despite having been included in the official catalogue.

Finnish breeder Juha Palosaari sent an entry for Finnish Ch. Starring Flirt, hoping to compete under judge Peter Winfield, but the Kennel Club returned the entry, as the bitch is not yet an international champion.

Under FCI rules, dogs cannot gain the international certificate, the CACIB until the age of 15 months, and there has to be a clear year between the awards of the first and fourth CACIBs.

At the time of Mr Palosaari’s entry, Flirt was not old enough to have gained her final CACIB, even though she is a champion throughout Scandinavia, and has so many BIS wins in Finland, that she is was placed the top winning show dog in her native country last year.

The story of Starring Flirt’s rejection was reported elsewhere last week, but OUR DOGS can exclusively reveal that a duplicate entry for the bitch was accepted by the KC and that the bitch is catalogued as having entered. It is understood that details of the entry were sent direct to the data input company and printers of the Crufts catalogue, who were none the wiser that the entry had not been accepted by the KC and duly included Flint’s details.

Phil Buckley, Press Officer of the Kennel Club told OUR DOGS: “The Fox Terrier (Wire) was entered by it’s owner but this initial application was rejected as the dog in question is purely a Finnish Champion, therefore not eligible for automatic qualification. It would then appear that a duplicate application was sent and accepted for the catalogue. However, when this discrepancy was discovered, Crufts rewrote to the owner to advise that the dog had obviously still not qualified and if it was exhibited and placed, the awards would be disallowed and the dog disqualified.”

It is not known whether Mr Palosaari will attempt to show Flirt anyway, although this would, naturally, be a pointless exercise. He was not available for comment earlier this week.