Lhasa Apso Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) was named the 2012 Crufts champion yesterday evening (March 12), following four momentous days of judging that saw six dogs fall foul of new veterinary tests.
A Lhasa Apso called Elizabeth (Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth) was named the 2012 Crufts champion yesterday evening (March 12), following four momentous days of judging that saw six dogs fall foul of new veterinary tests.
Elizabeth and her owner, Margaret Anderson from Coventry, received the prestigious Crufts Best in Show Trophy in front of thousands who turned up to the NEC Arena and millions more watching live around the world.
21,029 dogs competed for the Best in Show title over four days. Best in Show judge, Frank Kane, faced a difficult decision choosing between the seven different breeds, the Borzoi, Irish Water Spaniel, Newfoundland, Norwich Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Pomeranian and Old English Sheepdog.
Elizabeth’s owner Margaret said of the win: “I am speechless, completely breathless. Elizabeth is wonderful and she always rises to the occasion. As you can see she is not at all fazed; the more applause, the more she loves it. She can’t do any more than this, I am sure someone is going to pinch me in a minute and I will wake up and it will all be a dream.”
The Reserve Best in Show title was won by Brutus, a Newfoundland, owned by Sonia Krockovci from Slovakia.
Kennel Club communications director Caroline Kisko said: “Elizabeth and Margaret deserve huge congratulations. It was a tough final and they had to beat some absolutely fantastic dogs to take the prestigious Best in Show Award.”
However, in the lead up to the finals, the competition saw six dogs fail to pass new veterinary test that would have allowed them to continue in the competition.
The animals that failed the vets tests were:
- Pekingese, Palacegarden Bianca;
- Bulldog, Mellowmood One In A Million;
- Clumber spaniel, Chervood Snowsun;
- Mastiff, Secret Charm Avec Dibest;
- Neopolitan mastiff, Ithani; and
- Basset hound, Ch Buzz Lightyear At Dereheath.
According to reports, the Clumber spaniel, the mastiff and the basset hound were all failed for showing signs of ectropion with secondary conjunctivitis. No reasons have been given for the failures of the other dogs, although there have been claims that the bulldog was wrongly failed because of a healed eye injury.