A DOG from Wem has won a top title at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts.
Petra, a smooth collie owned by Trevor and Birgit Hayward, won the grand final of the Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition in front of a packed Genting Arena in Birmingham.
She beat 22 other vulnerable breeds to be crowned winner.
Trevor said: “Winning this competition means so much to me. I have been showing dogs for more than 40 years and have owned or bred 35 Challenge Certificate winners at Crufts.
“Petra is six and has a phenomenal record, winning 17 Challenge Certificates from 17 shows attended and has won five Best in Shows at club shows.
“I met my wife Birgit through owning our dogs as she has award-winning smooth collies in Sweden where she is from.”
Petra was chosen by judge Stuart Plane as having the best overall quality evident from each of the 23 dogs representing their breeds.
Gerald King, Crufts chairman, said: “Congratulations to Trevor, Birgit and Petra on this wonderful achievement. Their commitment and passion for their breed will help to ensure we continue to see smooth collies in our streets and parks.
“We are extremely grateful to the owners and breeders who collected points for this competition for their hard work and dedication to these vulnerable British and Irish breeds – they should be very proud of their achievements.”
The Kennel Club launched this competition for dog show exhibitors who show vulnerable British and Irish breeds, to raise awareness of these breeds and to recognise those who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.
It is open to all vulnerable breeds competing at open and championship shows.