Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Crufts winner 'loves show career'

Elizabeth, a Lhasa Apso, winner of the Best in Show title, with owner Margaret Anderson, at Crufts
Elizabeth, a Lhasa Apso, winner of the Best in Show title, with owner Margaret Anderson, at Crufts

Winning Crufts is such a shock it feels like a dream, the breeder of the Best in Show said.

Margaret Anderson, breeder of Lhasa Apso Elizabeth, said taking the coveted title was so unbelievable she was not sure she was actually awake.

The pair beat off opposition from more than 21,000 dogs, including six others which reached the final at Birmingham's NEC as Crufts.

Seven-year-old Elizabeth won the Best Utility category then went on to be pronounced Best in Show after four days of competition.

"I can't believe it," Ms Anderson said. "I'm, sure somebody's going to pinch me in a minute and I'll wake up and it'll all be a dream. It hasn't sunk at all. I'll go home and probably burst out crying."

And Elizabeth's win may be just as much her doing as her owner's because of her love of the limelight. "She's a very easy going dog, she's very laid back," Ms Anderson, from Coventry in Warwickshire, said.

"She loves showing, she's always loved her show career, the bigger the applause the more she loves it. So she's been a very easy dog to show - she just adores it."

Elizabeth may well go out on a high with her Crufts win and retire from the spotlight, Ms Anderson said. "To take her out again to be beaten seems silly somehow. Although she's still a young baby, she's seven and in Lhasa Apso that's still quite young."

Reserve Best in Show went to Brutus, a three-year-old Newfoundland, winner of the Working category.

Also in the final were: Dreamer, a Pomeranian, who won the toy group; Irish Water Spaniel Merlin, who won the Gundog Group; Jimmy, an Old English Sheepdog who won the Pastoral category; Paris, a Norwich Terrier who took first place in the Terrier group; and Luke, a Borzoi who took the best Hound title.

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