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, Pekingese, Pug 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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