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Crufts enters a new era!

THERE HAS never been a show like it! For the first time a dog from overseas went best in show at Crufts last Sunday evening under international allrounder Mrs Pamela Cross Stern. Stein and Kan Glenn’s Standard Poodle Nor. Ch Topscore Contradiction, handled by Mikail Nilsson thrilled crowds in the big ring.

Out of a grand total of 279 ATC qualified dogs from overseas (not counting Eire) 19 exhibits this year went best in their respective breeds and 38 won through to the CC or reserve CC lists.

There were 146 sets of Kennel Club CCs on offer this year with Leonbergers gaining CC status for the first time.

The Norwegian best in show winner was one of ten entries from Norway. From the Working group the Bernese BOB came from Denmark and the Neapolitan Mastiff from Holland. In Lakenois the BOB came from Belgium as did the GSD and Border Collie. The group 4 Pyrenean was a Swedish dog.

The BOB Skye was from Germany whilst the Hound group featured seven overseas BOBs - the Afghan from France, Basenji from the USA, BGC(G) from Holland, Bloodhound from Belgium,Borzoi form the USA, Greyhound from France and the Pharaoh from Sweden.

On the third day the Australian Silky and Bichon Frise were Finnish with Norway again scoring in Bostons, Dalamtians and Standard Poodles. the Tibetan Terrier was from Germany.

On the fourth day, Gundogs, there were no ‘ATC’ winning dogs in the CC or reserve CC lists.