Miami, an American Cocker Spaniel from Westby in Lancashire, won the Gundog Best in Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Saturday 11th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show final on tomorrow.
Miami (Show Champion Afterglow Miami Ink), who is nearly two years old and owned by Jason Lynn and Rui da Silver, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with owner Jason.
People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday 12th March, as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and available to be streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel.
Around 22,000 dogs are competing over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Proud owner Jason Lynn, said: “He’s only a young dog so I am highly delighted that he’s won. It feels absolutely incredible. You have got to enjoy that bit of time in that moment, as it doesn’t happen often.”
Miami’s breeder, Mike Gadsby, who was with Jason at the show, added: “The competition was stiff so we are thrilled to bits. It’s the biggest thrill in the world and the perfect ending to the day.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Miami chosen as the Best in Group winner today. His owners should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final; it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Miami is such an lovely dog who clearly has great relationship with Jason, and he looked to feel at home in the show ring.
“Tomorrow’s final is looking very exciting and we want to wish Miami and his owners the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Lancashire will be tuning in to Channel 4 to cheer them on.”
For more information, visit the Crufts website. The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk. For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please click here.