A Gordon Setter from Gloucester crowned UK's top vulnerable breed at Crufts
Elsa, a Gordon Setter, owned by Angela Phillips from Lincolnshire, and Tereza Watkins from Gloucester, won the grand final of The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition at Crufts, on Friday 11 March.
Six-year-old Elsa (Sh Ch Flaxheath Top Model at Glenmaurangi) won the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition in front of a packed Resorts World Arena at the NEC in Birmingham.
The Kennel Club Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds competition helps raise awareness of rare native breeds whose annual puppy registrations stand at fewer than 300, thus leaving them at risk of disappearing from the UK’s streets and parks.
The Gordon Setter takes its name from the Duke of Gordon, who introduced the breed in 1820 at Gordon Castle in Scotland. There were just 244 Gordon Setter puppies registered with The Kennel Club in 2021.
Owner Angela commented on Elsa’s win: “Gordon Setters are really intelligent dogs, and they make great companions and working dogs. They are sadly now in the vulnerable category, we are frequently asked what breed Elsa is.
“But it is great to win! And she is already a show champion. We're very proud.”
Elsa was chosen by judge David Guy as having the best overall quality evident from others dogs in the final.
The Vulnerable Breeds competition, which was open to all vulnerable breeds competing at designated championship shows, enabled dogs that are on The Kennel Club’s vulnerable breeds list to qualify for the final at Crufts.
Ch Zippor Sleepy Sapphireson at Letara, a Sealyham Terrier owned by Christine Bell, from Durham, and handled by Linda Matthews, from Shropshire, was named as Reserve Best Vulnerable Breed.
Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Congratulations to Elsa and her owners on this fantastic achievement. We are very thankful to everyone who has qualified for this competition for their dedication and passion for their breeds; their commitment is a true testament to their hard work ensuring that these vulnerable British and Irish breeds continue to be a part of our society.”
More information about Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds is available on The Kennel Club website.
The following dogs were entered in the 2022 final at Crufts:
Bearded Collie, Ch Potterdale Piper, owners Mr W and Mrs J Salmon
Bloodhound, Ch Maplemead Malazar of Quikotic, Miss L Priestley
Bull Terrier (Miniature), Ch Bullyon Measure Of Minnie, Mr M and Mrs J Phillips
Collie (Smooth), Ch Breckamore By Design, Ms A French
Dandie Dinmont Terrier, Ch Wilmit Mildred Potter for Diddimont, Miss M Allenby
Deerhound, Ch Greyflax Pearls A Singer, Mr G and Mrs N Bailey
English Setter, Mariglen Serendipity at Kanietter JW, Mrs M Sharples
English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), Ch Witchstone Black Hawk at Amalric JW, Mrs W Imrie
Glen of Imaal Terrier, Ch Romainville Becks Blue for Zippor, Miss J and Mrs W Tobijanski
Gordon Setter, Sh Ch Flaxheath Top Model at Glenmaurangi, Mrs A Phillips and Ms T Watkins
Irish Red and White Setter, Corranroo Clooney of Annagh, Mrs B Stevens
Irish Wolfhound, Whitglen Leader, Mrs C Anderson and Mrs A White
King Charles Spaniel, Ch Diggle Dandelion JW, Mr J Goodwin
Lancashire Heeler, Ch Ribblespride Crakemoor, Mr R Hayes and Mrs E Thwaite
Manchester Terrier, Ch Digelsa Double Agent, Mr M, Mrs G and Miss S Oxley
Mastiff, Askuwheteau Ciqala, Mr J and Mrs C Crump
Norwich Terrier, Ch Ragus Clouded Silver Moth, Mrs L Crawley
Old English Sheepdog, Ch Quemerford Take Two, Mr R and Mrs A Jones
Otterhound, Ch Kingstree Warrior at Keepcott, Mrs R Ganna
Retriever (Curly Coated), Sh Ch Brightmeadow Never Say Die JW ShCM, Mr J and Mrs M Stephens
Sealyham Terrier, Ch Zippor Sleepy Sapphireson at Letara, Mrs C Bell
Skye Terrier, Ch Partisky Precious Moment, Mr S Whincup
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Ch Fantasa Blonde Rufus, Ms S Withington
Spaniel (Clumber), Sh Ch Wymeswold Butterscott at Kirkara, Mr W, Mrs K & Miss S Kirkman
Spaniel (Field), Sh Ch Nadavin Yaden at Irisbel, Mrs S & Mr G Lewis and Mr D Adams
Spaniel (Irish Water), Ir Sh Ch Foulby Niamh at Leonardston, Mr D and Mrs A Smith
Spaniel (Welsh Springer), Sh Ch Bushwacker Something About Mary, Ms J Frost
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Ch Liebehund Jakku JW, Mrs J and Mr M Lovell