The four-day show is the biggest dog event of the year and brings together around 20,000 dogs and a further 160,000 attendees.
Last week, there were concerns the event – which has been running since 1891 – could be cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak .However, the show went on as scheduled at the Birmingham NEC, bringing together the usual lovable rescue dogs , and adorably useless pups we’ve come to know and love.
So who won the hotly-contested Best in Show award this year, and how much prize money do they take home?
Who won the Best in Show award at Crufts 2020?Maisie the Wire Haired Dachshund scooped the Best in Show award, celebrating her win by relieving herself on the turf while she did the victory lap.Luckily her owner Kim McCalmont had her trusty poop bag on hand to scoop up the Dachshund’s, erm, residue. Seven dogs were competing for the Best in Show award with Frankie (Utility), Pablo (Toy), Elsie (Gundog), Drago (Working), Sokni (Pastoral), Pixie (Terrier) all also vying for the win.
Maisie found herself in the final after winning the Hound breed class category.
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The bookies were predicting a Terrier to take home the prize this year, with a Hound second to win.Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: ‘Congratulations to Maisie and Kim! It has been fantastic to watch their strong relationship together in the ring and they are very deserving winners.’
What does the winner of Crufts get?
The Best In Show winners receive a replica of the silver Keddall Memorial Trophy, named after long-running show manager Robert Keddall.
In addition to this, they are given a modest cash prize although it is believed the prestige of the win can earn them extra profits through advertising and sponsorship deals.A spokesperson from The Kennel Club confirmed the prize money as £150, but confirmed the award is more about the ‘prestige’. Follow Metro across our social channels, on , and Instagram.