Bentley scoops top award at world’s biggest dog show

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A Newfoundland from Mansfield won the Best in Working Group title at Crifts 2017 at the weekend - before narrowly missing out in the Best in Show final later on Sunday evening.

Three year-old Bentley, also known as Ch Merrybear D’Artagnan, is owned by Lyn Chapman and was handled by Paddy Galvin at the prestigious event.

Bentley returned to the Genting Arena at the NEC in Birmingham for the final at the world’s biggest dog show but missed out on the coveted title to Miami the American Cocker Spaniel.

Proud handler Paddy said: “To win the group is fantastic – we’ve come second, third and fourth in the group before but to top the working group, a strong group, is an amazing feeling.

“Bentley is a star in the ring – he puts everything into it.”

Almost 22,000 dogs competed over the four days for one of just seven places in the Crufts final and a chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, said: “We are delighted to see Bentley chosen as the Best in Group winner. Bentley and Paddy should be very proud of reaching the prestigious Best in Show final – it’s an incredible achievement and one that not many get to experience in their lifetime.

“Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognises the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Bentley is such an excellent dog who clearly has great relationship with his owner, and is at very home in the show ring.”

Crufts was held from March 9-12,

Bentley is pictured with Lyn and Terry at Crufts 2017.