West Norfolk dogs lead the competition at Crufts

Pam O'Loughlin from Outwell with Blu a Korean Jindo (Imp), which was the Best of Breed winner on Friday, the second day of Crufts 2017, at the NEC Birmingham. This image is copyright onEdition 2017.
Pam O'Loughlin from Outwell with Blu a Korean Jindo (Imp), which was the Best of Breed winner on Friday, the second day of Crufts 2017, at the NEC Birmingham. This image is copyright onEdition 2017.

Three canines from the region were named ‘Top Dog’ in their categories at this year’s prestigious Crufts show in Birmingham.

The dogs were among almost 22,000 others at the four-day event, now in its 126th year, which sees dog-lovers from all over the globe compete for a variety of titles.

David Seaman with Rhodesian Ridgeback Lexi who won Best puppy in Breed at Crufts. Photo: SUBMITTED.

David Seaman with Rhodesian Ridgeback Lexi who won Best puppy in Breed at Crufts. Photo: SUBMITTED.

The Kennel Club has been running Crufts since 1948 after they acquired it from the widow of founder Charles Cruft.

David and Linda Seaman, from Fincham, enjoyed success with their eight-month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback called Lexi who qualified for Crufts in January at her first show.

At Crufts there were four Ridgeback puppy classes and she was the overall winner making her Best puppy in Breed, which now qualifies her for Crufts 2018.

David said: “Our judge was the notable all-rounder Mr Robin Searle. Lexi was bred in Wales by the show-winning kennel Sofala.”

Owner Christine Wilson and Kooikerhondje Boo won first place in their veteran class. Photo: SUBMITTED.

Owner Christine Wilson and Kooikerhondje Boo won first place in their veteran class. Photo: SUBMITTED.

He said that the couple have had this breed for over 40 years and have bred Crufts winning Ridgebacks in the past.

It also proved to be a day to remember for a dog-lover from Outwell after her three-year-old Korean Jindo named Blu put his best paw forward to claim a prestigious prize.

Just one of the tens of thousands of dogs at Birmingham’s NEC for the world’s largest dog show, Blu made sure to take a starring role alongside owner Pam O’Loughlin, walking away with the Best of Breed award.

And after enjoying their own moment in the spotlight, Pam could not be more delighted with Blu’s performance in the West Midlands.

“It is fantastic to win and really good today,” said the 47-year-old.

“He’s only a young dog and this is his second Crufts so I’m very pleased that he came away today with his best of breed.

“Blu is a real pudding to live with at home. He’s an absolute sweetheart.

“The dog showing is my favourite part of Crufts and seeing all my friends from around the world.”

Also coming away from the event with a rosette and certificate was Christine Wilson, from Shouldham, and her Kooikerhondje called Boo.

On Friday, the seven-year-old spaniel-type dog came top of her class, winning first place in the Veteran Bitch category.

Mrs Wilson said: “I’m really proud of her and myself after going from ring craft a couple of years ago to then compete at Crufts and getting higher each year. Hoping for better things next year!”