20170309 Copyright onEdition 2017 Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition Judging of the Jack Russell Terrier (Non CC) today (Thursday 09.03.17), the first day of Crufts 2017, at the NEC Birmingham. Crufts is the world's greatest dog show and this year will see around 22,000 healthy, happy dogs competing for the coveted 'Best in Show' title as well as taking part in the many other competitions that take place at the show, from Agility and Flyball to the hero dog competition Eukanuba Friends for Life and Scruffts Family Crossbreed of the Year. Crufts 2017 runs from the 9th to the 12th March at the NEC, Birmingham. Crufts is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers meet around 200 breeds of dog, find out how to go about getting a dog, and to find out about activities and competitions they can get involved in with their own dog. For more information please contact the Press Office via: T: 020 7518 1008 / 1020 E: press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk For additional images please visit: http://www.w-w-i.com/crufts_2017/ If you require a higher resolution image or you have any other onEdition photographic enquiries, please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email info@onEdition.com This image is copyright onEdition 2017. This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not granted or implied. Changing or deleting Copyright information is illegal as specified in the Copyright, Design and Patents Act 1988. If you are in any way unsure of your right to publish this image please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email info@onEdition.com

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Yesterday saw the first day of Crufts 2017, and it was also a historic day for one little breed. The Jack Russell Terrier made its debut in the show ring after it was recognised by the Kennel Club last year.

Many excited little terriers gathered in the show ring for The Best of Breed, judged by Stuart Plane, with 97 entries representing 17 different countries. Best of Breed and Best Bitch went to Mrs M Marinelli’s Ch Granlasco Simply A Beauty.

Copyright onEdition 2017. Best of Breed winner

 

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As well as watching from the side, owners photographed their Jack Russells watching from home to show their support.

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The show ring hasn’t gone to this inquisitive, often mischievous, breed’s head. Flying the flag for the breed in agility, where Jack Russell have been welcome to compete for years, was Milo of D’Mischief, who became the first winner in the main arena on the first day of Crufts 2017. Milo scooped first place in Agility – Kennel Club Novice Cup Final (Jumping) with a time of 42.043 seconds – almost eight seconds faster than his opponents.

His owner, Sarah Mclean had this to say, “To be one of the first to win at Crufts 2017 feels amazing, it is something I never expected. Milo is a young dog of only two years old, and he has been hard work to train. He used to be very slow and unmotivated, so it has taken a while to motivate him to do Agility.

“To qualify for the Novice Cup at Crufts Milo had to qualify at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival back in August 2016; only eight out of over 100 dogs qualified for the Final held at Crufts. Milo is the first male JRT to be registered as a pedigree dog via the unverified route.”

Copyright onEdition 2017. Small Novice Cup, Final Agility 2017, Winner, Sarah Mclean and Milo at the NEC Birmingham.

Sarah adds, “I won’t be swapping to the show ring, Milo loves to run too much, and absolutely loves Agility now.”

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