Cavalier King Charles Spaniel wins place in Crufts Best in Show final

Dublin, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Mayland, Essex, and his owner Tanya Ireland, won the Toy group title at Crufts 2023 today (Sunday 12 March), qualifying them for one of just seven places in the Best in Show final this evening.

Dublin (Ch Ellemich American Express), aged 18 months, co-owned by Michelle Chapman and Tanya Ireland, who handled him in the ring, will return to the Resorts World Arena at the NEC Birmingham this evening, along with six other dogs, to compete for the coveted Best in Show title at Crufts. 

People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show this weekend, as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and available to be streamed on the official Crufts YouTube channel -

Over 19,000 dogs have competed over the last 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 Tanya said: “I’m in shock, I’m extremely proud. A lot of work has gone into that little dog so it meant so much.

“What Dublin’s like in the ring is what he’s like at home. He’s laid-back, chilled out, he’s a typical Cavalier – that’s how they should be, they should just love life.” 

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Many congratulations to Dublin and Tanya on winning the Toy group title today. Earning a spot in the Best in Show final is an incredible achievement and the pair should be extremely proud of the hard work and wonderful bond they demonstrated this evening.

“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique relationship between dogs and their owners. Tanya and Dublin really demonstrated a close bond in the ring today and they showed great confidence.”

Crufts took place from 9-12 March 2023 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information and results from the show, visit the Crufts website.