Dogs bring home Crufts wins

Richard Minto, husband of Ellen, of Irby in the Marsh, with his Canaan Dog, Anacan Talia My Treasure.
Richard Minto, husband of Ellen, of Irby in the Marsh, with his Canaan Dog, Anacan Talia My Treasure.

Four-legged friends from the Skegness area are among those to have walked off with plaudits (paw-dits?) from this year’s Crufts dog show.

Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show, was held at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham earlier this month.

Angela Leigh, of Great Steeping, with Rose. Picture: Martin Leigh

Angela Leigh, of Great Steeping, with Rose. Picture: Martin Leigh

The competition saw a number of dogs from the Skegness area bring home Best in Breed titles.

They included six-year-old Anacan Talia My Treasure, or ‘Astor’, who took the accolade in the Canaan category.

The Canaan is the national breed of Israel.

Astor’s owner Ellen Minto, 66, of Irby in the Marsh, said the breed is ‘very rare’, with only about 3,000 in the world.

Of the Best in Breed win, Ellen said: “I was over the moon. It was wished for, but unexpected.”

Ellen, who has been breeding Canaan since the mid-80s, saw some of her other dogs collect honours at Crufts.

Caiser Samorodok At Anacan won Best Dog (aged just 17 months and against world champions), while others took a First Place – Post Graduate (Bitch) and a Second Place - Open (Dog).

Another Best in Breed winner from the Skegness area was Nederlands Champion Flixtonia Rose of England, or ‘Rose’. Six-year-old Rose took the title in the Hamiltonstövare category.

Owner Angela Leigh, 51, of Great Steeping, won a Best in Breed award at last year’s event with rescue dog Roland.

This year’s competition also saw Hamiltonstövare dogs she owns win Reserve Best Dog, Reserve Best Bitch, and Third Place – Open (Dog). Hamiltonstövare dogs she has bred, meanwhile, took Best Dog and Best Puppy in Breed titles.

Angela said: “It was a day to remember.”