Bentley, a Newfoundland from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire won the Best in Working Group title at Crufts 2017 on Sunday 12th March, which qualified him for a place in the Best in Show final later that evening.
Three year-old Bentley (Ch Merrybear D’Artagnan) is owned by Mrs L and Mr T Chapman and was handled by Paddy Galvin.
Bentley returned to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, but missed out on the coveted title to Miami the American Cocker Spaniel.
People around Britain and the world tuned in to see which dog was crowned Best in Show as the final was filmed live on Channel 4 as well as the official Crufts YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/crufts.
Almost 22,000 dogs competed over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.
Proud handler Paddy said: “To win the group is fantastic – we’ve come second, third and fourth in the group before and we won the Breeders Stakes in 2004 but to top the working group, a strong group, is an amazing feeling.
“Bentley is a star in the ring – he puts everything into it.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Bentley chosen as the Best in Group winner. Bentley and Paddy should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final – it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.
“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Bentley is such an excellent dog who clearly has great relationship with his owner, and is at very home in the show ring.”
Crufts was held from 9th – 12th March at the NEC, Birmingham, for more information, visit www.crufts.org.uk.