Joya the Chihuahua steals the show at Crufts with Swan Lake performance

Mar 16, 2022
Joya's praise-worthy performance has taken the internet by storm. Source: YouTube/@Karin Baumann

A tiny Chihuahua has stolen hearts at the annual Crufts dog show with a performance of Swan Lake that has since gone viral.

The Tchaikovsky-loving pooch named Joya performed the graceful routine alongside her owner Joya Karin Baumann in the Heelwork to Music category of the competition, where owners and their four-legged friends perform a routine choreographed to music.

Baumann, dressed in a white tutu, led Joya as she leaped and pranced around the arena which was decorated with black and white plastic swans.

Joya’s praise-worthy performance has taken the internet by storm.

“Honestly, the way the crowd reacted, I don’t understand why you and you’re sweet pupper didn’t take 1st Place. I think your little one had to learn over a thousand dance moves over the three and a half minute routine. Hitting marks along the way! BRAVO to you both!! Wonderful,” one viewer wrote.

“Thank you so much for this, absolutely adorable.”

“Should have won!”

“Thank you! Your performance brought so much joy.”

“Best thing I’ve seen in a long time! Made my week learning about Joya the dog and Karin.”

Despite being a fan favourite Joya didn’t come away with any medals for her show-stopping performance with the Best in Show award going to a flat coated retriever called Baxter.

While being awarded the prestigious honour at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, Baxter’s owner Patrick Oware said, “it’s amazing. I’m really, really proud of him.”

Crufts is considered the “greatest dog event in the world” and celebrates the role that dogs play in their owners’ lives, attracting over 20,000 competitors alongside hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

The first Cruft’s show took place at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington with 2,437 entries and 36 breeds.

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