As dog and human competitors get ready for Crufts 2022, today is the day to choose who will take home the Best in Show trophy. And how does it even operate in the first place? Crufts, the largest dog show in the world, has been held annually since the late 1800s, with the award for Best in Show being presented for the first time in 1905 (under the name “Best Champion”).
Crufts is a closed competition, so you can’t just bring your dog to the NEC in Birmingham and enter it. You need to have made the cut at last year’s show to enter this one. The 2021 round was cancelled because of the epidemic, but it’s back this year with a new crop of competitors. But how much does the Crufts 2022 winner receive? How exactly is a victor chosen?
How Is the Best in Show Decided?
Successfully navigating a series of heats is the first step on the path to winning Best in Show at Crufts. Each dog is matched against others of the same breed, age, gender, and a number of victories. Male and female dogs that have excelled compete for the title of Best in Breed.
The victor will serve as a symbol for the rest of their species. The Best of Breed winners compete against one another for the Best of Group award. The seven category winners advance to the Best in Show competition, where a single victor and a runner-up are selected.
Crufts Winner’s Prize Money
A short-haired Dachshund named Maisie from the Hound category won top honours and was named Best in Show in 2020. Best in Show at Crufts is awarded a rather small prize. Crufts winners receive a monetary prize of £100 (about $160). Included as well is a sterling silver Kendall Memorial Trophy knockoff.
Who Are the Past Winners of Crufts
In 1928, at the inaugural Best in Show competition, a greyhound named Primley Sceptre emerged victorious. There have been 78 Best in Show winners since then, representing 43 different breeds. In the most recent competition, held in the year 2020, the winner was a Dachshund with wire hair named Maisie. It is the McAlmonts, Mr D.C. and Mrs K.D., who own Silvae.
Group Types at Crufts
Baxer the Flat-Coated Retriever Crowned Best in Show at Crufts
The 2022 winner of the Crufts Best in Show award went to a flat-coated retriever. When asked how he felt about Baxer’s victory, he said he “did not have any words.” I’m at a loss for words; it’s incredible. He has my undying admiration. His parents and grandparents deserve all the praise.
Mr Oware wept and hugged his dog after hearing the news of the victory.
Clare Balding, a host at Crufts, stated, “I can see the tears pouring down your cheeks”
Just kiss Baxer and he’ll return the favour. Channel 4 aired the Crufts Dog Show live from the NEC in Birmingham. The toy poodle Waffle was chosen as the backup pet. On Sunday, the winner, named Baxer, triumphed over the remaining six contenders to take home the show’s top prize.
Baxer won the Gun Dog category at the beginning of the four-day competition. The retriever hastily stuffed his rosette into his mouth after winning. “He’s just a fantastic dog,” his owner Patrick Oware gushed.
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Pete Lewin, a paramedic from Leicestershire, and his pack of Newfoundlands were recently honoured with the Kennel Club’s Hero Dog award. Mr Lewin takes advantage of the fact that Newfoundlands are naturally good at the water by partnering them with anxious swimmers.
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