Crufts 2012, Day One results

Lhasa Apso and Pomeranian win their respective Groups; Bulldog and Pekingese out of the running

Posted: March 8, 2012

Crufts 2012 is off to a strong start with over 5,000 dogs competing for the coveted Best in Show, which takes place this Sunday. In the Utility Group, 7-year-old Lhasa Apso Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth, owned by Mrs. M. Anderson from Coventry was selected as Group Best by Geoff Corish.

Next up was the Toy Group, judged by Annette Oliver who found her Best in Pomeranian, Belliver Unexpected Dream, owned by Mr. F. Nilsson and Mrs. K. Bertilsson from Skane, Sweden. Nilsson piloted the Best in Show-winning Standard Poodle at Crufts 10 years ago.

For 2012, The Kennel Club has implemented veterinary checks to be performed on Best of Breed winners in the 15 “high-profile” breeds at Crufts (and all subsequent big shows) before they can progress to Group judging. Independent vets from the British Veterinary Association are performing these checks.

The 15 high-profile breeds as deemed by The Kennel Club are the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chinese Crested, Chinese Shar-Pei, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue de Bordeaux, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, PekingesePug and Saint Bernard. Any dog found to be “suffering from some clinical problem which obviously adversely affects the dog’s wellbeing,” will not be permitted to appear in the Group.

No dog representing the Bulldog or Pekingese breeds were allowed to compete in their respective Group competitions after the eventual Best of Breed winners were inspected by a designated vet. The Pekingese and Bulldog were denied entrance into their respective Best in Group competitions and were not awarded Best of Breed.

“We are determined to ensure that the show ring is a positive force for change and that we help to move breeds forward by only rewarding the healthiest examples of a breed,” says Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary.
“The veterinary checks were introduced to ensure that dogs with exaggerated features do not win prizes. The independent veterinary surgeon decided that the Pekingese and Bulldog should not pass their checks and therefore they did not receive their Best of Breed awards and will not be representing their breeds in the remainder of the competition.”


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i   i, ID

3/11/2012 11:34:16 PM

Good to hear.

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Alicia   Hollister, CA

3/11/2012 12:20:15 AM


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Carol   Silver Spring, MD

3/10/2012 8:04:22 AM

Breeding for extreme features is totally inappropriate and amoral. I applaud the actions of Crufts.

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Galadriel   Lothlorien, ME

3/9/2012 1:07:23 PM

I think this is wonderful news. There are too many breeds in which looks trump health and it's about time something was done about

Most dog breeds were created for some type of sport or for hunting. As many of them are today, they couldn't survive a week doing what their ancestors were bred

They are also to be commended for not allowing dogs with mutilated body parts. I.e. cropped ears, docked tails,

I wish Westminster would take a cue from Crufts.

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