A dog from Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire has triumphed at Crufts by winning the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Special Pre-Beginner Obedience Stakes Competition on Saturday 10th March.
Kheva, a four-year-old Pyrenean Sheepdog and her owner Jeanna Gwilliam beat the competition to be crowned the winner of the 2018 Stakes Competition at the world’s greatest dog show. Kheva’s win was extra special as she was the first of her breed to ever qualify for this particular competiton.
The competition was created in 2005 to encourage prospective exhibitors who have passed their GCDS bronze award to take part in obedience competitions. The exercises included in the test are a combination of the current GCDS exercises and the pre-beginner obedience test. Building on the basic training skills learnt through the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, these new stakes help to bridge the gap between basic training and entering a competition.
Proud owner Jeanna said: “I cannot believe that this has happened, we are really proud. I love Kheva to bits, she’s amazing and always up for learning, she’s so intelligent. Crufts is so special – if your dog can work here, they can work anywhere.”