Meet Whitby’s top dogs

Joanne Sanderson and Hugo and Andrew Natriss and Betty
Joanne Sanderson and Hugo and Andrew Natriss and Betty

IT’S certainly no woof life for these two pampered pooches from Whitby who both proved to be the top dog at a show in the North East.

Hugo a ten month old Doberman took the biscuit along with the best of breed, working group and best in show for puppies titles at the North East working and pastoral breeds show.

Up on the podium with Hugo was Betty, a two year-old Dogue de Bordeaux owned by Andrew Natriss.

She was crowned best in breed, best in working group and then the coveted best in show.

It is the 31st show Betty has been in so far this year and she has won 26 first places and four seconds.

Since the show in Newcastle where 250 other dogs were taking part she has won another best in show, making breed history as she is the first Dogue de Bordeaux to take three top spots.

Mr Natriss of Stainsacre has six dogs in total. He said: “She is the fifth I have shown and I would say she is the best.

“I had a couple of German Shepherds when I first got married. I didn’t want a Dogue de Bordeaux because I thought they slobbered everywhere.

“But they are not like that at all, they are no worse than a Labrador and when I did get my first one I said I wanted one to show and it went from there.

“I wouldn’t have anything else. Their temperament is fantastic, they are big dogs but are a real soft touch.”

And while you can’t teach an old dog new tricks so they say, there is still time to teach Joanne Sanderson’s Doberman puppy Hugo a thing or two.

Mrs Sanderson of Ash Grove added: “You can’t enter a dog into a show until they are six months old. He was six months and a day when he went into a competition show. He won his class at his first show.

“We are breeders and because some did well in a show we decided to start showing ourselves. They are pets first and foremost.

“Hugo has eaten cow muck this morning and chased rabbits, they are treated no differently.”