Charleen, a Samoyed from Portugal, won the Pastoral Best in Group title at Crufts 2019 , qualifying her for a place in the Best in Show final which was won by a Papillon from Belgium.
Charleen (Multi Ch Dorian Spring Charleen Lumiere de la Vie), 6, along with her owner and handler, Daria Silva, beat the other Best in Breed winners from the Pastoral group to earn a place in the Best in Show competiton.
Almost 21,000 dogs have 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 owner Daria said: “We are so lucky. We came to represent Portugal in the Eukanuba World Challenge yesterday and to show in the breed today. Charleen came from the Ukraine to us in Portugal five years ago. She is such a family dog and gives us so much life. She is a queen!”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Charleen chosen as the Best in Group winner. It’s an incredible achievement to reach the prestigious Best in Show final, Charleen and Daria should be proud.
“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Charleen is an excellent dog and you can see she really enjoys being in the show ring.
Other Sled Dog Best of Breed Winners were :
- Alaskan Malamute – CH/AM GCH ADAIR ‘N’ HUG CASUAL CLASS
- Canadian Eskimo Dog – CAN CH ARCTICICE QIMMIQ G-AMORAK AVEC AKNA (IMP CAN)
- Greenland Dog – SLEDOG WINTER BLIZZARD SHCM
- Siberian Husky – JANSKCOO ECHOES IN ETERNITY