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Best in Show winner announced at Crufts 2017

Tuesday March 14th 2017

An American Cocker Spaniel has been crowned the Best in Show at this year's Crufts.

Miami Ink, a two-year-old pooch with a distinctive tricolour coat, was picked by judge Jeff Horswell in the Gundog Group - a Kennel Club classification of breeds defined as hunting dogs.

The pedigree's owner, Jason Lynn, from Blackpool, said he was "speechless", "absolutely shocked and thrilled".

He added: "This is kind of a special place to be and being here a few years ago prepared me for all the noise and excitement.

"Temperament is probably the hallmark of the breed - his happy, wagging tail and his charisma."

Runner up was Frankie the Miniature Poodle.

Owner Melanie Harwood congratulated Mr Lynn, adding: "It's a fantastic result - it was a wonderful line-up of dogs and I'm thrilled for Jason. To get reserve, I'm speechless."

More than 22,000 dogs have taken part in this year's prestigious awards, and the most popular entries have been Labrador Retrievers.

Crufts, now in its 126th year, was broadcast in 56 countries and attracted 160,000 spectators to the four-day competition at Birmingham's NEC Arena.

This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers Pet Insurance.

Copyright Press Association 2017