Top dog at Crufts

Liz Dunhill with her 19-month-old Akita, Candy
Liz Dunhill with her 19-month-old Akita, Candy

A RETFORD dog trainer and her 19-month-old Akita Candy proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at dfs Crufts.

Candy was among 21,500 healthy, happy dogs at Crufts, presented by the Kennel Club, and claimed the prestigious best of breed award at Birmingham’s NEC.

Owner Liz Dunhill, who runs Competitive Edge canine services, showed nerves of steel along with Candy beating off competition from 164 other entries to scoop the coveted prize before going on to compete for best in group.

Mrs Dunhill, 51, of Babworth Estate, was left beaming with pride at her and Candy’s performance on the 120th anniversary of the world-famous Crufts.

“I’ve been coming to Crufts for 30 years and Candy is one of the best Akita’s I have handled,” said Mrs Dunhill, who owns the Fantasa Team Vormund kennel.

“She’s the youngest champion in the history of the breed and she’s maturing very well.”

“She’s a happy, fun-loving dog and she loves having a run around but when she’s in the ring she is very composed.”

“It’s a fantastic achievement for her to be rewarded with best of breed and she’s only going to get better.”