Papillon wins top prize at world’s biggest dog show Crufts

LONDON (Xinhua) – A Papillon called ‘Dylan the villain’ was crowned top dog at Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show which ended in Birmingham, the United Kingdom (UK) on Sunday night.

The Best in Show winner emerged after a four-day contest involving around 21,000 dogs from more than 40 countries, including Thailand, Russia and the United States.

Dylan from Belgium became the first papillon in Cruft’s 128 year history to emerge as a champion dog.

Owner Kathleen Roosens described her champion dog as her little butterfly. She said he’s known as ‘Dylan the villain’ because he is so playful.

He was one of seven best of breed dogs in the final line-up in a crowded arena.

Among the seven finalists the winner of the Utility Group was a Shih Tzu, the breed that originated in China. The dog, called Bearly, made the long journey from his home in Thailand to take part in Crufts.

Secretary of the Kennel Club, organisers of Crufts, Caroline Kisko said, “It’s an incredible achievement to reach the prestigious Best in Show final, Dylan and his owner should be proud. Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Dylan is an excellent dog and you can see he really enjoys being in the show ring.”