The winner of Crufts 2020 has been crowned as Maisie the Wire Haired Dachshund after she scooped this year’s Best in Show award.
The Best in Show contest was whittled down to seven dogs across seven breed classes with Maise, known as Ch Silvae Trademark, crowned the winner as well as claiming the top Hound category.
As Maise took her victory lap with owner Kim McCalmont, the dog went to the toilet on the green turf.
Ms McCalmont then took out a blue plastic bag and picked up the small pile left by the champion canine.
The winning owner shook hands with the judges as she and the two-and-a-half-year-old dog went up to collect their trophy.
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She hugged and kissed Maise as the pair were presented with the huge Best in Show silver cup.
Television presenter and actor Peter Purves, described the dachshund as ‘gorgeous’ as he presented Maisie and her owner, Ms McCalmont from Gloucestershire, with the award.
Pixie, known as Indian Princess At Perrisblu (Kerry Blue Terrier), also won the Terrier completion.
The Best In Show breed class winners included Frankie, winner of the Utility group, Pablo who won Toy, Elsie in Gundog, Drago won the Working dog contest, Zokni triumphed in Pastoral, Pixie in Terrier class and Maisie was the overall winner as well as the Hound champion.
The World’s Greatest Dog Show saw around 26,000 dogs take part in the four-day event, including just over 3,000 overseas.
The event could see its lowest ever turnout amid fears over coronavirus, though the Kennel Club introduced extra measures to control the spread of infection.
Earlier today saw judging for the terrier and hound breeds, plus a number of other activities including agility and flyball.
Judging of the various groups produced seven finalists to take part in Best In Show – the grand finale of the event.
Clare Balding presented the coverage of the world’s largest dog show from the NEC in Birmingham.
After the result, the presenter praised Maise, tweeting: ‘I admire #Maisie so much to have been able to move well enough to win Best in Show at #Crufts with such a big load inside her little tummy. What a star!’
First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world.
The annual four-day event features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of ‘Best in Show’.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Chris Dyer