Top dog! English springer spaniel scoops Crufts prize

Georgia Brown and her top dog Toby
Georgia Brown and her top dog Toby

Toby has proven every dog has its day as he and his teenage owner scooped a top prize at Crufts.

The five-year-old English springer spaniel won the 12-16 years handling competition at the NEC in Birmingham.

His owner Georgia Brown, 14, who lives in Towcester and was competing at her fourth Crufts, said: “I’m in complete shock, this is crazy.

“I didn’t expect to finish first, just being able to compete is great, but to win is amazing.

“Crufts is the biggest show of the year, I love coming here and I still can’t believe I’ve won.”

Toby was one of 22,000 dogs at the world famous dog show, presented by the Kennel Club.

Georgia and Toby won the 12-16 years handling competition

Georgia and Toby won the 12-16 years handling competition

But this year’s event was clouded with controversy after the alleged murder of one of the other prize winners.

Thendara Satisfaction, known as Jagger, died in Belgium after leaving the show as second best in his class. His owners say he ate poisoned beef.

The Kennel Club said it was awaiting a toxicology report from Belgian police.

Knopa, a Scottish terrier, was crowned the winner of Crufts’ best in show on the final day of the competition yesterday.