Best in breed for top dog Betty in Crufts success

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BETTY the Dogue de Bordeaux proved she is the top dog after coming home from the world’s most famous dog show with several prizes.

The two and a half year old, who also goes by the name Emberez Tyrannus Valentine at Soultime, came first in the post-graduate class and was judged to be the best bitch and best in breed.

Out of 2,200 dogs in the working group class Betty, jointly owned by Andrew Nattriss, Nik Burnikell and Becky Swainston, was one of only eight shortlisted for best in group.

It was her first appearance at the show but Andrew, of Stainsacre, is no stranger to success at Crufts with other Dogue de Bordeux in previous years.

The breed is also on the list that have recognised health issues so straight after her success she had to be whisked away for a check up by an independent vet.

Andrew said: “They are trying to get the breeds more healthy and a lot of big champions failed. As soon as she got best in breed the Kennel Club whisked me straight out of the ring to the vet for a test but she passed with flying colours.

“I thought we might win the class but that was about it. It was a surprise to get everything else and I had a bit of a tear in my eye when she got best in breed.”