Crufts Best in show is the most prestigious dog title in the world, and at Crufts this year over 22,000 dogs competed for this accolade by impressing the world’s top judges.
But as only one dog can be crowned ‘Best in show’, the Kennel Club thought that it would give the public an opportunity to have their say for the first time, and see which dog they liked most out of the seven in the final line up.
And today the Kennel Club can reveal that the online poll run on the Kennel Club’s website www.thekennelclub.org.uk has seen a change in the result. The public voted for Daisy, the Bearded Collie, as their Viewers’ Favourite. In second place came Bertha the Bloodhound, who was extremely popular on the night of the Crufts finale, judging from the applause in the NEC Arena.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said; ‘This is the first time since Crufts began in 1891 that we have given the viewers the opportunity of participating in the show by offering them the chance to decide who they would have chosen as Best in show. It must be very difficult for the judge to decide when they have seven beautiful dogs in front of them and of course the actual winner of Best in show is the official ‘top dog in the world’! The choice is hard, and opinions differ amongst the viewers, so this year we invited everyone to join in and judge for themselves.’
Online judging began straight after Crufts on Monday 12th March, and ran for exactly seven days.
Fabulous Willy, the Tibetan Terrier, the winner of Best in show, as selected by top judge Zena Thorn-Andrews, will continue to enjoy the enormous privilege of carrying the prestigious title for a whole year until Crufts 2008. Daisy can however boast that she was the Viewers’ Favourite amongst the dog lovers watching at home.