Memorable Past Winners at Crufts

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Crufts is just around the corner and whether you’re going to be attending in person or avidly watching on television, the Best in Show competition always provides a talking point. This year is the 125th anniversary of the very first Crufts and there have been countless winners taking the spoils in that time – some of which have definitely captured the imagination and stolen hearts into the bargain. Here’s a reminder of some of the dogs that have been victorious over the years!

Coco

The 2o05 Best in Show winner melted hearts when she posed for photos inside her victory cup. Coco’s triumphs extend far beyond Crufts – she was “top dog” in the Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for 4 consecutive years and a Best in Show winner at over 60 events worldwide.

Ricky

You may remember that Ricky the Standard Poodle claimed the main prize in 2014 after winning the Utility class and also raised more than a few eyebrows with his brilliantly big bouffant-esque ‘do. The triumph was particularly sweet for his owner as it was always due to be his last showing at Crufts.

Knopa

This Scottish Terrier was originally from Russia and was 5 years old on scooping the title in 2015. Knopa’s victory was a historic one as it was the first triumph of a Scottish Terrier in the Best in Show competition since 1929. Her owner/handler confirmed afterwards that it was her last competition and admitted that they nearly missed their flight!

 

Jilly

The 4 year old Petit Basset won the Best Hound before clinching the big prize. She impressed the judges with her temperament (amongst other areas), despite her owner’s claims that she has a big tendency to fidget. Like so many of her fellow winners, Jilly was always intended for retirement after Crufts but her owner unveiled plans to breed her and maybe show off some of her offspring at future shows!

Mr Chuckles

This Bulldog won all the way back in 1952 but he still holds several records. He’s still the one of his breed to win the Best in Show prize and he’s the youngest victor to boot.

Yakee A Dangerous Liason aka Danny

This Pekingese was the 2003 Best in Show winner and was notable for his very impressive (and somewhat hair raising) coat. Following his win, there were accusations that he had received cosmetic surgery (which would have meant that he was not actually eligible to win) but this was later revealed to be false. Danny had undergone surgery but this was actually of a medical kind due to a health problem.

[Photo Credit: ALEX GOOI]