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Nottinghamshire Pair Crowned UK’s Best Dog Breeders At Crufts

A mother and daughter team of dog breeders from Retford, Nottinghamshire has won the grand final of the Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition at Crufts, the world’s largest dog show.

Liz Dunhill and Michaela Dunhill-Hall, whose team comprised Ch Vormund Norma Jean handled by Liz, Ch Vormund Imagine Dragon handled by Michaela, Ch Vormund Jean Paul Gaultier handled by Jean Cooper, and Ch Vormund Eva Green handled by Charlotte Roskell, won the ultimate breeder’s title with their team of Japanese Shiba Inus in front of a packed Genting Arena at the NEC, Birmingham on Saturday 11th March. The team beat 52 other breeders in the final to win the competition.

Judge Anne Macdonald, who breeds Salukis, selected Liz and Michaela’s team of Japanese Shiba Inus for the prize as the breeders with the best overall quality evident in their dogs.

Speaking about their win, Liz Dunhill said: “Winning the Breeders’ Competition was a great achievement for the kennel. We have had a fantastic Crufts as we both won competitions yesterday as well.  To win among some of our great breeders was very humbling.”

Reserve best breeder was awarded to Averil Cawthera-Purdy from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire with her team of Pomeranians.

The competition, sponsored by Eukanuba, was absent from Crufts 2016, but made a welcome comeback at the show this year as a stand-alone competition. Each team comprised three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding partnership.

Gerald King, Crufts Chairman, said: “We are very pleased for Liz and Michaela, and also Averil, on their excellent achievement. Their dogs are a testament to each of their breeds, and it is fantastic to celebrate the time and effort they put into developing sound breeding practices to produce healthy and happy dogs for the show ring.”

Crufts took place from 9th-12th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham. For more information, please visit

The results for Crufts 2017 can be found online at For free downloadable images from Crufts 2017, please go to

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