The Crufts 2019 has recently been concluded, and the winner has been named.
Among over 20,000 dogs and 200 different breeds who joined the four-day dog show, one pup bagged the “Best in Show” title that everyone’s been vying for. His name is Dylan.
Dylan is a Papillon from Belgium who’s owned by Kathleen Roosens. He bested six other finalists of different breeds from different places around the world. Aside from bagging the most coveted title, Dylan was also named as the Toy group’s winner, which was announced earlier in the game.
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Dylan comes from a highly intelligent breed that’s known for doing well in agility and obedience.
His breed, Papillon, was named after a French word that means butterfly. According to the Kennel Club, they were named after the French word because of their “well-feathered alert ears” that looks like the insect’s wings.
This year’s dog show is the 128th in its entire history and has reportedly been joined by 3,611 dogs from overseas. The competition’s presiding judge, Mr. Dan Ericsson, said that his eyes were drawn to Dylan’s beauty. He further noted that Dylan has everything that you’re looking for in a breed, not to mention his great personality.
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Aside from Dylan, another dog was honored on the show.
Finn, a retired police dog owned by PC Dave Wardell, was awarded the Kennel Club Friends for Life. His heroism was recognized after getting stabbed several times back in 2016. He was trying to protect a police officer from an attack. Because of that, he was left fighting for his life.
After the incident, a campaign to criminalize attacks on service animal started. They called the bill Finn’s law and is now on its final stages. Mr. Wardell was quite emotional and said that they’ve already won just by participating at the said event.