Taking the lead – Irish dogs shine at Crufts
THE world's largest dog show is now in full flight.
Several Irish dog breeders have been picking up some of the top prizes at this year's Crufts in Birmingham.
Jean Lawless, from Kilcullen, Co Kildare, and her Belgian Shepherd Groenendael, Champagne Charlie Revloch, won the Open Dog Class and his third Best Male Challenge Certificate.
Ms Lawless said: "The atmosphere over here is incredible."
Nadine Birmingham (15), from Co Offaly, is representing Ireland for the second time in The International Junior Handlers Final. Nadine was unable to bring her dog Hanzel to the competition. "It gives you an unfair advantage in the 'Handler's' competition. We tell the organisers the breed we want and they assign us a dog."
For years, Crufts was for pedigree dogs only, but last year the Kennel Club's first crossbreed competition 'Scruffts' was held.