Swedish Dog Wins Hound Group At Crufts And Qualifies For Live Channel 4 Final

Beating thousands of other dogs, Rios (Ch Qirmizi Ovation), a Saluki from Grästorp, Sweden, won Best in Group for Hounds today and qualified for the final of Crufts.

Rios, two years old, will now compete for the prestigious title of Best in Show tomorrow (Sunday March 8th) against just six other dogs at the world's greatest dog show, Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham. More than 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show for the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

Nicklas Eriksson and Rios will be returning to the Genting Arena - the main arena at the NEC - tomorrow evening for the highly anticipated Crufts 2015 final. Only seven dogs make it all the way through to the final, which will be watched by thousands in the arena and millions more worldwide as it will be televised live on Channel 4 and streamed on the official Crufts YouTube Channel - www.youtube.com/crufts.

Proud owner, Nicklas Erikkson, said: "This is a great feeling, to win a big one like this.  Crufts is the biggest and most important dog show in the world so to make it this far is important to us.

"Tomorrow we will chill out and sleep in to make sure we're all ready for Best in Show in the evening."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Congratulations to Rios for winning Best in Group today. Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners and we really saw this tonight. Rios is such a wonderful dog who clearly loves being in the show ring and has a great relationship with his handler.

"Rios and Nicklas should be very proud of reaching the Best in Show final - it's an incredible achievement and not one many get to experience. We wish them all the best for tomorrow."

For more information visit www.crufts.org.uk or go to www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2015/ for free downloadable images from Crufts 2015.

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