A Saluki dog in Brinsley has won the best bitch award at Crufts for the second year running – an accomplishment that has not been achieved since the 1920s.
Maddison, owned by Denise Garrett and Sharen Oakey, who run the village’s Bed and Biscuit Hotel, beat off competition from 70 champion female Salukis from across Europe at the prestigious show.
Denise said: “Last year we were absolutely chuffed, but to get it again for the second year running, under two different judges was just amazing.
“Apparently the last time it was done was back in the 20s and there wasn’t the quantity of dogs back then. We’re so proud.”
Maddison, five, is a fourth generation champion, after her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
To become a champion dog and eligible for prestigious competitions, dogs need to be handed three ‘challenge certificates’ under three different judges at champion shows run by the Kennel Club.
Her predecessors were awarded 29 between them, and Maddison has won 15 alone – the first being at just nine-months old.
Although they are not owned by Denise and Sharon, Maddison’s brother and grandfather also appeared at Crufts this year, winning firsts in the good citizen category and the veteran dog category.
Maddison has won hundreds of awards from competitions all over the country. A few years ago At the famous Hound Show in Stafford, she beat off thousands of others to win Best Puppy in Show.
More than 22,000 dogs appeared at Crufts.