Sunday, 10 March 2013

Crufts’ Winners 2013. Best in Show. Reserve Best in Show. Friends for Life. Owen Howkins and Haatchi. Scruffts. Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome.

Soletrader Peek A Boo is known as Jilly
Best in Show at Crufts was a Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen from the Hound Group called Jilly, 4, owned by Sara and Gavin Robertson from Wallingford in Oxfordshire.

Romeo and Franco Barberi

Reserve Best in Show was a Labrador retriever from the Gundog Group, called Romeo, 3, owned by Franco Barberi from Cesara in Italy.

The other finalists were:

Pastoral Group: Allmark Fifth Avenue, an Australian shepherd dog
Terrier Group: Salena The Special One, a Skye Terrier
Toy Group: Maibee Theo, a King Charles Spaniel.
Utility Group: Kybo Pandarama, a Tibetan Terrier.
Working Group: Meadowpark Whispers Breeze, a Bernese mountain dog.

All dogs were marked for their overall health and condition, coat, character, temperament, movement and how closely they matched up to Kennel Club Breed Standards.

Owen Howkins and Haatchi
The public voted for the winner of Friends for Life award, and chose Haatchi, a three-legged Anatolian shepherd dog, the companion of disabled seven-year-old Owen Howkins from Hampshire.

Haatchi lost his tail and back left leg after someone twisted attached him to a railway line where he got hit by a train. Haatchi was rescued by a charity and then went to the Howkins family. Owen has the rare Schwartz-Jampel* syndrome.  "Haatchi has changed my life," he said, “"I didn't really meet many others with disabilities and felt like the odd one out, which made me really sad. But when I saw Haatchi and saw how strong he was, even though he only had three legs, I became stronger myself."

Becky and owner Margaret McKnight

The winner of the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year was Becky,  7,  from County Down in Northern Ireland. This event took place at Crufts for the first time and was sponsored by James Wellbeloved, which makes petfood. Becky was a rescue dog and won Scruffts for having the best character, health and temperament with people and other dogs.

* Schwartz-Jampel syndrome is a disease of bone and muscle. Signs and symptoms may include muscle weakness and stiffness, abnormal bone development, joint contractures, short stature, small, fixed facial features, and eye abnormalities (some of which may impair vision). The range and severity of symptoms vary from case to case. It is caused by mutations in the HSPG2 gene which makes a protein called perlecan.