Best in Show awarded to a papillon for the first time

Best in Show awarded to a papillon for the first time

A papillon named Dylan has been crowned Best in Show at the 2019 Crufts dog show.

The champion dog beat six other finalists to claim the show’s top honour on Sunday.

Dylan, owned by Kathleen Roosens, was also named winner of the Toy group earlier in the four-day dog show.

The Crufts final was broadcast live on Channel 4 from the NEC in Birmingham and presided over by judge Dan Ericsson.

Mr Ericsson said: “I was spoilt for choice but my eyes were drawn to this beautiful dog that has everything you look for in the breed, plus personality.”

According to the Kennel Club the papillon’s name, which means butterfly in French, comes from its “well-feathered alert ears” which resemble the insect’s wings.

The breed is said to be highly intelligent and does well in terms of obedience and agility.

Other Best in Show finalists included Dave, a six-year-old boxer from Banbury, Oxfordshire; Luther, a three-year-old Irish water spaniel from Thursby, Cumbria; and Charleen, a six-year-old samoyed from Portugal.

Also competing for the prestigious top prize were Mike, a three-year-old basset griffon vendeen from Wallingford, Oxfordshire; Eva, a three-year-old Scottish terrier from Russia; and Bearly, a shih tzu from Thailand.

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