Crufts surprise as papillon named Best in Show, beating fan favourite

Dylan the Villain has been crowned Best in Show at the 2019 Crufts dog show. Source: Getty

A papillon known affectionately as ‘Dylan the Villain’ has been crowned Best in Show at the 2019 Crufts dog show — the first time the breed has taken the top prize.

The winning canine beat six other finalists to claim the show’s top spot on Sunday. Dylan was also named winner of the Toy group earlier in the four-day dog show.

When Dylan was announced as the winner, owner Kathleen Roosens couldn’t contain her excitement as she walked her dog to the podium.

“He’s a crazy butterfly,” she said, according to The Courier. “When all the dogs go outside, he is the one coming in all muddy, from head to toe.”

Meanwhile, according to the BBC, judge Dan Ericsson added: “I was spoilt for choice but my eyes were drawn to this beautiful dog that has everything you look for in the breed, plus personality.”

It was a surprise for many as Dave, a six-year-old boxer from Oxfordshire, had appeared a firm favourite to win. Many viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment, with one writing: “Dave was robbed! Glad he got this far though and wasn’t too overlooked.”

Another added: “All gorgeous, but Dave the boxer should of won it this year!”

“I wanted dave to win,” a third wrote, while another added, “Justice for Dave!”

While Dave didn’t claim the show’s top honour, he was named the winner of the Working group.

Each year hundreds of dogs and their handlers compete in the world’s most talked about dog show, with obstacle courses, performances to music and proud pedigree and training delighting the crowds.

And on Saturday, Lukas Pratschker and his furry friend Falco inspired dog lovers all over the world with an incredible routine to the tune of ‘The Greatest Show’. It’s certainly enough to cause envy for anyone with a pooch that doesn’t obey even the simplest of commands!

Originally made famous by Jackman as the opening number to the hit 2017 film, Lukas and Falco began their performance to a version of the song by Panic! At The Disco.

Lukas entered the arena wearing a ringmaster outfit and top hat similar to the one Jackman wore in the iconic film, while Falco sported a matching red bell.

The audience was captivated from the very beginning as Falco flipped, rolled, jumped and performed a number of tricks, before Lukas pulled off his jacket and ‘This is Me’ by Keala Settle began to play.

At this point in the routine, both the dog and his owner started dancing in unison together, with Falco zig-zagging around his master’s legs. The pair performed a series of other tricks before the end of the performance, with the crowd and commentators going wild.

Are you a fan of Crufts? Who did you want to win?

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