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Friday 22 May 2015

Crufts 2014: Ricky the poodle steals the show - video, full results and pictures

Jason Lynn runs Ricky the Standard Poodle, as they celebrate winning the Best in Show category of Crufts 2013 during the final day at Crufts Dog Show on March 9, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Jason Lynn runs Ricky the Standard Poodle, as they celebrate winning the Best in Show category of Crufts 2013 during the final day at Crufts Dog Show on March 9, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Two-year-old standard poodle Ricky with his handler Jason Lynn during the Best-in-Show contest at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham, which he went on to win. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 9, 2014. Ricky triumph
Jason Lynn with Ricky the Standard Poodle, as they celebrate winning the Best in Show category of Crufts 2013 during the final day at Crufts Dog Show on March 9, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Owners Sue Smith (left) and Val Freer with their Samoyed dog Dan The Man who was named as the Best-in-Show runner-up at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham.
Lucy Watts (left) and her mum Kate with Cocker Spaniel Molly, after winning the Friends for Life award at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham.
A Yorkshire Terrier waits to be judged during the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
English Setters are judged on the fourth and final day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 9, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Jonty, a Yorkshire Terrier is groomed ahead of being shown on the third day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Working sheep dog Nellie sits in her kennel adorned with good luck messages and gifts as she waits to take part in the obedience competition during the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A pug dog sits with its owner on the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
An English Setter rests on the fourth and final day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 9, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Coton de Tulear is shown in the judging ring on the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Neville Gwynne poses with his dog, Enoch, a Chinese Crested Powderpuff, during the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A man looks at terriers on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Dachshund hounds are judged in a show ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Miniature smooth-haired Dachshund named Ruby sits with an Irish Wolfhound named Bran during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Basset Hound sleeps in its kennel on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A dog is judged in a show ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A dachshund waits to be judged on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
An Afghan hound named Simon takes a break during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A dog is judged in a show ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Jack Russell Cross named JJ from Upminster in Essex sits with stuffed toys during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Afghan hounds are judged in a show ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Lydia Rose Bright poses with Razza, a police dog, at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham.
A couple of beagles relax in their pen during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Dale Bowcott from Staffordshire takes a picture of her soft-coated wheaten terrier named Chia during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Jill Cross from Somerset with her Afghan hound Fergie during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
Zoe Evans, seven from Essex relaxes next to a Norwegiant Elk Hound named Simba during day two of Crufts 2014 at the NEC, Birmingham.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: A Afghan hound waits to be judged on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Said to be the largest show of its kind in the world, the annual four-day event, features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part. Crufts, which was first held in 1891 and sees thousands of dogs vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the second day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 7, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Collie dog waits to be shown on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Boxer dog looks out from its kennel on first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Amanda Holden poses with Ben, a police dog, at Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. Photo Fabio De Paola/PA Wire
A collie dog looks out from its kennel at the end of the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy
Photo issued by Channel 4 of Smurf, a Parson Russell terrier, who has triumphed in Channel 4's Superstar Dogs: Countdown To Crufts
Malaika, a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla nicknamed Ginge, trains to compete in an agility class on Friday morning with the help of her owner Jenna Allinson from Howden, Yorkshire, for the famous canine competition Crufts in Birmingham.
Jenna Allinson from Howden, Yorkshire, with her dog Malaika, a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla nicknamed Ginge, as they train to compete in an agility class on Friday morning for the famous canine competition Crufts in Birmingham. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe
Fifteen-year-old twins Emily (left) and Katie Wyatt from Hollywood, Birmingham with their brother and sister Bordie Collie dogs Shaun and Chay (right) who will be competing in Young Kennel Club Obedience at Crufts. Photo: Joe Giddens
Fifteen year old twins Emily (left) and Katie Wyatt from Hollywood, Birmingham with their brother and sister Bordie Collie dogs Shaun and Chay (right) who will be competing in Young Kennel Club Obedience at Crufts. Photo: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
A small dog walks besides a trolley at the end of the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A dog looks out from its kennel at the end of the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
Two Yorkshire Terriers are pushed around the trade stands on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images
A dog wears boots on its feet as it attends the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A dog wears a coat as it attends the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Border Collie jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A small dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Bearded Collie is shown in the judging ring on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A small dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A collie dog is groomed on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Bearded Collie dog is judged on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A small dog jumps over a fence in the Rescue Dog Agility show in the main arena on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Beau, a Bearded Collie dog waits to be shown on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A dog is groomed on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A dog is groomed on the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Dogue de Bordeaux looks out from its kennel on first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Two Dogue de Bordeaux relax after being shown on first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A dog is pushed in child's pushchair as dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Dogs and their owners arrive to attend the first day of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 6, 2014 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

A poodle named Ricky has landed the world's most prestigious dog show prize after being judged this year's Best-in-Show at Crufts.

The two-year-old standard poodle triumphed over six other best-in-group winners in the final event of the annual competition, which attracted more than 21,000 entrants from Britain and overseas.

Ricky and his handler, Jason Lynn, were given the nod by the best-in-show judge Jack Bispham after being assessed for overall health, condition, coat, character, temperament and movement.

Results - for full results Click Here

Speaking immediately after the result was declared at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre, Mr Lynn confirmed that Ricky would now be retired from competition in the UK.

Mr Lynn, from Preston, Lancashire, said: "I couldn't have asked for anything more.

"He gave an absoulutely beautiful performance and I am so proud of him."

Mr Lynn, who co-owns and co-bred the champion animal, added: "He was top dog all breeds last year and we decided that this would be his last show - and he has ended it in the most wonderful way possible."

Ricky was described earlier this week by his co-breeder Mike Gadsby as "a regular dog that we can take to the park and let off the lead", and earned his place in the Best-in-Show ring by winning Crufts' utility dog category.

Competing under his official name of Afterglow Maverick Sabre, Ricky fought off competition from a Pomeranian, a wire fox terrier, an Irish Wolfhound, a Samoyed, a Rottweiler and an American Cocker Spaniel.

The Samoyed, named Dan the Man and being shown by Sue Smith from Upwell in Norfolk, was named as the Best-in-Show runner-up.

While Ricky was judged to be the winner by the Kennel Club-approved judge, the Pomeranian, called Colin, appeared to be the favourite contestant among the majority of Twitter users.

After the result was announced, Clare Balding, who presented Channel 4's live coverage of Crufts' final day, tweeted: "Well Ricky may have won Best in Show but I think £Colin the perky Pomeranian stole your hearts."

Colin, who was smaller than the Best-in-Show trophy, and his owner had travelled from Warsaw to compete in and win the "toy" grouping open to small breeds.

Around 2,500 dogs from 45 countries took part in this year's Crufts, which traces its history back to 1891.

Crufts: Key facts and figures

The world's most well-groomed dogs descend on Birmingham's NEC for Crufts this week - the greatest dog show on earth.

Here are some of the best facts and figures from the canine parade, which celebrates its 123rd year in 2014:

:: As this year's finalists line-up to do their owners proud, they will be hoping to emulate some of their doggy ancestors at the show. The Cocker Spaniel has won the most Best in Show titles, with seven wins, followed by the Irish Setter and Welsh Terrier which have both won on four occasions.

:: The first ever Best in Show was won by a greyhound like this Italian breed in 1928. Greyhound Primley Sceptre took home the top prize and was owned and bred by Herbert Whitley, a brewery millionaire who also founded Paignton Zoo.

:: Theo, a four-a-half-year-old Pomeranian dog and Meme, a 10-month-old Afghan Hound, had to wait to compete at Crufts in 2001, after the show was postponed during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. Crufts ran in May rather than March that year.

:: Crufts covers more than 25 acres of the NEC in Birmingham over five halls, the Pavilion and the Crufts Best in Show Arena. The show moved from Earls Court in London to Britain's second city in 1991 - the first time it was ever staged outside the capital.

:: Crufts lost its apostrophe in 1974, the year it was also mentioned in a murder trial. A jury at the Old Bailey was told how a man who had started an affair with a woman he met at Crufts was then stabbed to death by his wife, with the knife he had used to cut up their dog's food.

:: Dog entries topped 15,000 for the first time in 1961 and kept rising - there were 20,566 canine competitors in 2013.

:: Queen Elizabeth II became the first reigning monarch to visit the Crufts. Her Majesty is royal patron of The Kennel Club, which organises the show.

:: The BBC dropped live Crufts coverage from its schedule in 2009 following a dispute with The Kennel Club about the inclusion of certain breeds of pedigree dog in the competition. Crufts was first televised on the BBC in 1950.

:: The Best in Show prize has been awarded for the past 86 years. A total of 43 different breeds have won the prestigious title over the years.

:: The 1988 Best in Show winner, English setter Starlite Express of Valsett, was already a canine celebrity, having featured in a nationwide poster campaign for Pedigree Chum.

:: In 1954 an electricians' strike action resulted in the show being cancelled. It was the only time, apart from during the two world wars, that Crufts has been cancelled.

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