Lhasa Apso wins Crufts 2012 Best in Show

Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth triumphs over 21,029 dogs; more health checks sideline other breeds

Elizabeth, Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth, the 7-year-old Utility Group-winning Lhasa Apso from Coventry, Warwickshire, was awarded Best in Show at Crufts 2012. Judge Frank Kane found his winner in an impressive lineup. Working Group winner, the Slovakian Newfoundland ‘Brutus,’ (Multi Int. Sk./Pol./Cro./Hun./Dk./Cz./Au. Ch. King of Helluland Feel The Win) was awarded Reserve Best in Show.

“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,” says Elizabeth’s owner Margaret Anderson.

Other Group finalists in the Best in Show lineup included:

Pastoral Group: Old English Sheepdog, Jimmy (Ch. Bottomshaker My Secret) from Hungary.
Terrier Group: Norwich Terrier, Paris (Ragus Merry Gentleman) from Selby, North Yorkshire.
Hound Group: Borzoi, Luke (Ch. Rothesby Sholwood Snow Hawk) from Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire.
Toy Group: Pomeranian, Dreamer (Belliver Unexpected Dream) from Sweden.
Gundog Group: Irish Water Spaniel, Merlin (Sh. & Am. Ch. Whistlestop’s Elements of Magic) from Carlisle.

Dogs to fail vet checks during the last two days of competition and not present in Group competition were the Basset Hound; the Mastiff; and the Neapolitan Mastiff. Breeds to have failed vet checks during the first two days of competition included the Pekingese; the Bulldog; and the Clumber Spaniel.

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