List of Best in Show winners of Crufts

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"A greyscale photo of man in a fedora hat and suit with tie standing behind three cocker spaniel with light and dark patches."
The most successful owner at winning Crufts was H. S. Lloyd, pictured here with three dogs from his "of Ware" kennel including Luckystar of Ware, two-time winner of Best in Show (pictured middle).

The title Best in Show is awarded annually to the dog chosen as winner of the Crufts dog show, according to conformation show rules. This title was first awarded in 1928, the initial winner being Primeley Sceptre, a fawn Greyhound.[1] Previously, Crufts had used the title "Best Champion", sponsored by the Illustrated Kennel News, which was awarded from 1905 to 1914.[2][3][4][5] The first winner of Best Champion was Ch. The Sable Mite, a Pomeranian.[2] According to Crufts: The Official History the first winner of that award was the first dog to be considered the "best" at a Crufts show, although it only lists winners between 1906 and 1912.[6]

When Best Champion was introduced at Crufts in 1905,[2] it was seen by Charles Cruft as an extension of the other titles already available at the show. The class was one of several classes reserved for Crufts subscribers at the cost of a guinea per year. Because of the restriction in entry, there were years when the winner of Best Champion was defeated in other classes which were not restricted to subscribers.[7] Crufts was not the first dog show in the UK to introduce this type of title, the first event to do so was at the Cambridge Canine Society Show in 1900.[8]

The change to Best in Show was considered by the press to be of little significance and was not promoted by Charles Cruft,[9] and did not require a dog to have won its Best of Breed class until 1936.[1] It did however remove restrictions on entry, which remained until the mid-1960s when entry to Crufts was restricted to dogs who had already became a champion by gaining championship points at other dog shows.[10]

The most successful breed in the modern era since Best in Show was introduced has been the English Cocker Spaniel. Of the breed's seven show titles, all but one of them were owned and bred by Herbert Summers Lloyd (known predominantly as H. S. Lloyd) from the "of Ware" kennel.[11] Only four dogs have won Best in Show on more than one occasion, and on three of these occasions they were English Cocker Spaniels owned by Lloyd. The fourth occasion was a Labrador Retriever named Bramshaw Bob,[12] owned by Countess Lorna Howe who is the second most successful breeder in the show's history as she also won Best in Show once more with another Labrador in 1937, Ch. Cheveralla Ben of Banchory.[13] Although no dog has won Crufts more than once since H. S. Lloyd's Tracey Witch of Ware in 1950,[14] owner Jackie Lorimer won the title in 1993 with Irish Setter Sh Ch. Danaway Debonair and again with the dog's son, Sh Ch. Caspians Intrepid in 1999.[15]

1905 to 1914[edit]

Best Champion at Cruft's
A greyscale photo of a small fluffy pomeranian looking to the left.
Ch. The Sable Mite, the first dog to win Best Champion at Cruft's in 1905.
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Crufts
First awarded 1905
Last awarded 1914

Best Champion[edit]

First awarded in 1905, it was listed as the 51st and last out of the members-only trophies on its introduction in the show schedule. The description of the award read, "AN ANTIQUE SILVER CUP, value FIVE GUINEAS, offered by the Proprietors of the "ILLUSTRATED KENNEL NEWS," for the best Champion of any breed in the Show. To be won outright."[16]

Year Prefix Winner Image Breed Owner(s) Ref(s)
1905 Ch. The Sable Mite "A greyscale photo of a small fluffy dog looking to the left." Pomeranian Mrs Vale Nicholas [2]
1906 Ch. Wishaw Leader "A greyscale photo of a rough collie looking to the right." Scotch Collie[A] Mr R A Tait [6][17]
1907 Ch. The Sable Mite "A greyscale photo of a small fluffy dog looking to the left." Pomeranian Mrs Vale Nicholas [6]
1908 Ch. Shelton Viking "A greyscale photo of a large dark coloured dog facing right." Newfoundland Mrs Vale Nicholas [18]
1909 Ch. Clareholm Dora "A greyscale photo of a long low spaniel in black and grey, the dog is facing left but has turned its head slightly towards the camera. Field Spaniel Mrs E. Rouse [19][20][21]
1910 Ch. Broadwater Banker "A greyscale photo of a typical looking greyhound with a docked tail. It faces right. Greyhound Mrs E. Chapman [19][22][23]
1911 Ch. Collarbone of Notts Wire Fox Terrier Mr A.E.G. Way [19][24]
1912 Ch. The Pride of Sussex St Bernard Mr H Stocken & Miss Samuel [19][25]
1913 Ch. Choo-tai of Egham Pekingese Miss V. Ashton Cross [26]
1914 Ch. St. Blaise Greyhound Miss D. Beadon [3]

1928 to present[edit]

Best in Show at Cruft's
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Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo, winner of Crufts 2013
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Crufts
First awarded 1928
Last awarded Present
Currently held by Ch/Am Ch. Afterglow Maverick Sabre (Standard Poodle)
Official website Crufts

Best in Show[edit]

Introduced in 1928, the prize was first described as "STERLING SILVER GOLD GILT 10 inch REPOUSSE ROSE BOWL. Decorated in flowers on circular base, for the best Dog in the Show. (OPEN TO ALL)".[27]

Year Prefix Winner Breed Group Owner(s) Ref(s)
1928 Primeley Sceptre Greyhound Hound Mr Herbert Whitley [1]
1929 Heather Necessity Scottish Terrier Terrier Mr Robert Chapman [28]
1930 Luckystar of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd [29]
1931 Luckystar of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd [30]
1932 Bramshaw Bob Labrador Retriever Gundog Countess Lorna Howe [12]
1933 Bramshaw Bob Labrador Retriever Gundog Countess Lorna Howe [12]
1934 Southball Moonstone Greyhound Hound B Harland-Worden [1][31]
1935 Pennine Prima Donna Pointer Gundog Mr Arthur Eggleston [1][32]
1936 Ch. Choonam Hung Kwong Chow Chow Utility Mrs. Violet Mannooch [1][13]
1937 Ch. Cheveralla Ben of Banchory Labrador Retriever Gundog Countess Lorna Howe [13][33]
1938 Exquisite Model of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd [34]
1939 Exquisite Model of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd [34]
1940 Competition not held due to World War II.[C] [30][35]
1941 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1942 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1943 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1944 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1945 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1946 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1947 Competition not held due to World War II. [30]
1948 Tracey Witch of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd [35]
1949 Competition not held.[D] [35]
1950 Tracey Witch of Ware English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Mr H. S. Lloyd [35]
1951 Twynstar Dyma-Fi Welsh Terrier Terrier Capt. & Mrs I Morlais Thomas [35][36]
1952 Ch. Noways Chuckles Bulldog Utility Mr John T. Bernard [36][37]
1953 Ch. Elch Elder of Ouborough Great Dane Working Mr Bill G. Siggers [36][37]
1954 Competition not held.[E] [37]
1955 Ch. Tzigane Affri of Nashend Poodle (Standard) Utility Mrs. April Proctor [36][37]
1956 Treetops Golden Falcon Greyhound Hound Mr. Judy de Cassembroot and Miss Bobbie Greenish [36][37]
1957 Ch. Volkrijk of Vorden Keeshond Utility Mrs. Rene Tucker [36][38]
1958 Ch. Chiming Bells Pointer Gundog Mrs. Bill Parkinson [36][38]
1959 Ch. Sandstorm Saracen Welsh Terrier Terrier Mrs. D M Leach and Mrs. Margaret Thomas [36][38]
1960 Sulhamstead Merman Irish Wolfhound Hound Florence Nagle and Marion Clark [36][38]
1961 Ch. Riverina Tweedsbairn Airedale Terrier Terrier Mr Pat McCaughey and Mr Mac Shutch [36][39]
1962 Ch. Crackwyn Cockspur Wire Fox Terrier Terrier Mr. Harry L Gill [36][39]
1963 Rogerholm Recruit Lakeland Terrier Terrier Mr. Bill Rogers [36][39]
1964 Sh Ch.[F] Silbury Soames of Madavale English Setter Gundog Mrs. Ada Williams [36][40]
1965 Ch. Fenton of Kentwood German Shepherd Dog Pastoral Sonnica H Godden [36][40]
1966 Oakington Puckshill Amber Sunblush Poodle (Toy) Utility Mrs. Clare E Perry [36][40]
1967 Ch. Stingray of Derryabah Lakeland Terrier Terrier Mr. Wilf and Mrs. Betty Postlewaite [36][41]
1968 Ch. Fanhill Faune Dalmatian Utility Mrs. Jean Woodyatt [36]
1969 Ch. Hendrawen's Nibelung of Charavigne German Shepherd Dog Pastoral Mr Edwin and Mrs Shirley White [36]
1970 Bergerie Knur Pyrenean Mountain Dog Working Mr Fred and Mrs Constance Prince [42][43]
1971 Ch. Ramacon Swashbuckler German Shepherd Dog Pastoral Prince Ahmed Husain [42]
1972 Ch. Abraxas Audacity English Bull Terrier Terrier Violet Drummond-Dick [42][43]
1973 Alansmere Aquarius Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Toy Mr Alan Hall and Mr John Evans [43][44]
1974 Ch. Burtonswood Bossy Boots St. Bernard Working Marjorie Hindes [43][45]
1975 Ch. Brookewire Brandy of Layven Wire Fox Terrier Terrier Mr Giuseppe Benelli and Mr Paolo Dondini [43][46]
1976 Ch. Dianthus Buttons West Highland White Terrier Terrier Mrs Kath Newstead & Mrs Dorothy Taylor [43]
1977 Sh Ch.[F] Bournehouse Dancing Master English Setter Gundog Mr Gordon F Williams [43][46]
1978 Ch. Harrowhill Huntsman Wire Fox Terrier Terrier Miss Evelyn Howles [43][47]
1979 Eng Am Ch. Callaghan of Leander Kerry Blue Terrier Terrier Wendy Streatfield [43]
1980 Ch. Shargleam Blackcap Retriever (Flat Coated) Gundog Pat Chapman [48]
1981 Ch. Astley Portia of Rua Irish Setter Gundog Colette and Mary Tuite [48][49]
1982 Ch. Grayco Hazelnut Poodle (Toy) Utility Mrs Lesley A Howard [48][49]
1983 Ch. Montravia Kaskarak Hitari Afghan Hound Hound Pauline Gibbs [48][49]
1984 Ch. Saxonsprings Hackensack Lhasa Apso Utility Jean Blyth [48][50]
1985 Ch. Montravia Tommy-Gun Poodle (Standard) Utility Mrs Marita Gibbs [48][50]
1986 Ch. Ginger Xmas Carol Airedale Terrier Terrier Miss Alessendra Sommi-Livraghi [48][50]
1987 Ch. Viscount Grant Afghan Hound Hound Mr Chris and Mrs Julie Amoo [48][51]
1988 Sh Ch.[F] Starlite Express at Valsett English Setter Gundog Mr Joe W and Mrs Val Watkin [48][51]
1989 Ch. Potterdale Classic of Moonhill Bearded Collie Pastoral Brenda White [48]
1990 Ch. Olac Moon Pilot West Highland White Terrier Terrier Mr Derek Tattersall [48][52]
1991 Sh Ch.[F] Raycrofts Socialite Clumber Spaniel Gundog Mr Ralph Dunne [53]
1992 Ch. Pencloe Dutch Gold Whippet Hound Morag Bolton-Lockhart [54]
1993 Sh Ch.[F] Danaway Debonair Irish Setter Gundog Jackie Lorrimer [55]
1994 Ch. Purston Hit and Miss From Brocolitia Welsh Terrier Terrier Mrs A. Maughan [55]
1995 Sh Ch. Starchelle Chicago Bear Irish Setter Gundog Mrs Rachel Shaw-Rainey and Mr Tony Rainey [55]
1996 Sh Ch.[F] Canigou Cambrai English Cocker Spaniel Gundog Tricia Bentley [56]
1997 Ch. Ozmilion Mystification Yorkshire Terrier Toy Osman Sameja [57]
1998 Ch. Saredon Forever Young Welsh Terrier Terrier Judith Averis [55]
1999 Sh Ch.[F] Caspians Intrepid Irish Setter Gundog Jackie Lorimer [58]
2000 Ch. Torums Scarf Michael Kerry Blue Terrier Terrier Mr Ron Ramsay [59]
2001 Ch. Jethard Cidevant Basenji Hound Mr Paul Singleton [60]
2002 Nord Ch.[G] Topscore Contradiction Poodle (Standard) Utility Mr S and Mrs K Glenna [61]
2003 Ch. Yakee A Dangerous Liaison Pekingese Toy Mr Easdon and Mr Martin [62]
2004 Ch. Cobyco Call the Tune Whippet Hound Mrs L Yacoby-Wright [63]
2005 Am Ch/Ch. Cracknor Cause Celebre Norfolk Terrier Terrier Elizabeth Matell, Pam Beale
and Stephanie Ingram
[64]
2006 Am Ch. Caitland Isle Take a Chance Australian Shepherd Pastoral Nancy Resetar [65]
2007 Ch/Am Ch. Araki Fabulous Willy Tibetan Terrier Utility Mr John Shaw and Mr Neil Smith [66]
2008 Ch. Jafrak Philippe Olivier Giant Schnauzer Working Mr and Mrs Cullen [66]
2009 Ch. Efbe's Hidalgo At Goodspice Sealyham Terrier Terrier Marjorie Good [67][68]
2010 Sh Ch/Aust Ch.[F][H] Hungargunn Bear It'n Mind Hungarian Vizsla Gundog Mrs N and Mrs K Craggs and Armstrong [69]
2011 Sh Ch.[F] Vbos The Kentuckian Retriever (Flat-Coated) Gundog Jim Irvine [70]
2012 Ch. Zentarr Elizabeth Lhasa Apso Utility Margaret Anderson [71]
2013 Ch. Soletrader Peek A Boo Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen Hound Sara Robertson and Wendy Doherty [72]
2014 Ch/Am Ch. Afterglow Maverick Sabre Poodle (Standard) Utility Jason Lynn, John Stone and Sandra Stone [73]

Most successful breeds[edit]

As of 2014

Number of wins Breeds
7 English Cocker Spaniel
4 Irish Setter, Standard Poodle, Welsh Terrier
3 English Setter, German Shepherd Dog, Greyhound, Labrador Retriever, Wire Fox Terrier
2 Afghan Hound, Airedale Terrier, Flat Coated Retriever, Kerry Blue Terrier, Lakeland Terrier, Lhasa Apso, Pointer, Toy Poodle, West Highland White Terrier, Whippet, Pomeranian
1 Australian Shepherd, Basenji, Bearded Collie, Bulldog, Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dalmatian, Giant Schnauzer, Great Dane, Hungarian Vizsla, Irish Wolfhound, Keeshond, Norfolk Terrier, Pekingese, Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Scottish Terrier, Sealyham Terrier, St. Bernard, Tibetan Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier

Most successful groups[edit]

As of 2014

Number of wins Groups
23 Gundog
20 Terrier
13 Utility
10 Hound
5 Pastoral, Working
3 Toy

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • A ^ Ch. Wishaw Leader was registered as a Scotch Collie, a breed now split into two breeds, Smooth Collie and Rough Collie.[6]
  • B ^ Not held as the venue was requisitioned by the British Army for use as a warehouse for military equipment during World War I.[74]
  • C ^ Not held due to World War II and the change of ownership of the show from the family of Charles Cruft to The Kennel Club.[75][76]
  • D ^ The date of the event was moved from October to February, causing the event to skip a year.
  • E ^ The show was canceled due to a strike by electricians.[75]
  • F '^'^'^'^'^'^'^'^ The abbreviation Sh Ch stands for Show Champion, a title awarded to gundogs and Border Collies for winning three Challenge Certificates under three different judges with at least one of those Certificates being awarded when the dog in question is more than twelve months old.[77]
  • G ^ The abbreviation Nord Ch. stands for Nordic Champion, which is awarded to a dog with a championship title from three different Nordic countries.
  • H ^ The abbreviation Aust Ch. stands for Australian Champion.

Citations[edit]

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References[edit]

  • Smith, A. Croxton (1909). Everyman's Book of the Dog. London: Hodder and Staunton. 
  • Jackson, Frank (1990). Crufts: The Official History. London: Pelham Books. ISBN 0-7207-1889-9. 
  • Bengton, Bo (July 2008). Best in Show. Freehold, New Jersey: Kennel Club Books. ISBN 978-1-933958-17-0. 
  • "Digital Crufts Edition". Dogworld. 2010. 

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