Crufts win for Rutland dog breeder's Australian Shepherds
A dog breeder from Oakham has won the Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition at Crufts 2019.
Angie Allan’s team comprised four Australian Shepherd dogs and their human handlers. They beat 32 other entries at the at world-famous dog show held in Birmingham.
All the dogs in Angie’s team are descendants of Champion Allmark Careless Whisper JW. Two are her children and two are her grandchildren.
Speaking about her win, Angie said: “It feels absolutely fabulous as it’s a major achievement.
“It’s very special to win in such strong competition as it’s the life and soul of all that you do as a breeder, and the judge can see that the dogs are all of a type. We certainly plan to celebrate!”
The competition involves teams accruing points at championship shows throughout the year. Each team comprised three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding partnership.
Tom Mather, Crufts Chairman, said: “The dogs are a testament to their breed and it is fantastic to celebrate the time and effort put into developing sound breeding practices to produce healthy and happy dogs for the show ring.”
Second place in the breeders’ competition went to a tiny team of Pomeranians.
A papillon named Dylan was crowned the over all winner of Crufts (Best in Show).
About 27,000 dogs attended the event, with more than 200 breeds vying for a place in the final.