Already recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, Crufts 2005 once again demonstrated the event’s status as the ‘largest dog show in the world’. 120,000 visitors and over 21,000 dogs from across the globe flocked into the NEC, Birmingham over the four days of the show to be treated to an extravaganza of canine competitions, displays and trade stands.
This year, the prestigious Best in Show trophy went to a six-year old Norfolk Terrier, Am Ch/Ch Cracknor Cause Celebre, better known to her friends as Co-Co. Co-Co was handled by Peter Green and owned by P Beale, S Ingram and E Matell.
Another worthy winner at the show was Buster the Springer Spaniel army sniffer dog, who was chosen by the public as the first recipient of the Kennel Club Hero Dog of the Year award. Handled by Danny Morgan, Buster came out on top of a poll of BBC TV viewers which attracted over 45,000 votes. Busters was rewarded for achievements including detecting weapons in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq.
The Kennel Club would like to thank everyone involved in making Crufts 2005 such a resounding success. Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko commented: "It is wonderful to see how everyone, from the breed booth and trade stand holders to the ring stewards and judges, comes together to make Crufts such a truly international event. As always, our challenge will be to make next year’s show even better!"