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Miniature Poodle from Blackburn Wins Place in Crufts Best in Show Final

Frankie, a Miniature Poodle from Blackburn, Lancashire won the Best in Utility Group title at Crufts 2017 today (Friday 10th March), qualifying them for a place in the Best in Show Final on Sunday.

Frankie (Minarets Best Kept Secret), aged almost two years old, will return to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for a place at the final at the world’s biggest dog show, Crufts, with his owner/handler, Melanie Harwood.

People around Britain and the world will be watching to see which dog is crowned Best in Show on Sunday as the final is shown live on Channel 4 and available to stream on the official Crufts YouTube Channel -

Almost 22,000 dogs are competing 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 Melanie said: “I’m more than in shock and these are tears of wonderful joy. I won the Group in 2006 with Frankie’s grandfather but lost him last year so this is a very special moment. He has a great personality and is so lovely. I really enjoy showing him as he loves the attention. At home he’s crazy and just loves romping around in the field and messing up his coat. He’s a real happy-go-lucky dog.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Frankie chosen as the Best in Group winner today. Frankie and Melanie should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final, it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.

“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Frankie is such an excellent dog that clearly has a great relationship with his handler, and is at home in the show ring.

“It’s only day two of four and the final is already looking very exciting. We want to wish Frankie and Melanie the best of luck in the ring, we are sure that all of Blackburn will be turning on Channel 4 to cheer them on.”

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