The Daily Doxie is posting the Crufts winners pictures one wiener dog at a time. Stick with us.
The Giant Schnauzer Ch Jafrak Philippe Olivier won the Crufts 2008 Best in Show title. He’s owned by Mr. and Mrs. K. Cullen. Here’s how the Guardian’s live blog covered his victory:
8.58: So there we have it. It’s all over for another year. Why did you choose the Schnauzer, Clare the presenter asks Clare the Judge.
“It came through the ARCH! And he just Moves straight ahead, All the way forward, like this, and I thought yes and he looked like he OWNED the place and of course the Shibe Inu did too but Oh, when I put my hands on him and he’s got muscles upon muscles and the biggest roundest blackest eyes I’ve seen and…”
And we all realise why dog judges are mainly restricted to pointing.
9.00 And that’s the end. Thank you all for your comments, thank you for reading – well done to the bonny black dog with the droopy moustache and the big black eyes; we can only imagine how much a eggcup of his manliness would cost you now. Quite a lot, though.
Seeour sister site, the Scottish Terrier and Dog News’ previous reporting on Giant Schnauzers, which are often mistaken for giant Scotties.
Smooth-haired champ was Tealby Taken as Read. Best of Breed in the smooth wiener dog minis was Barisse High Frequency JW.
The long-haired Dachshund winner was Ch Bronia Pastiche owned by Mrs. F. Mitchell. The miniature long-haired champ was Ch Minard Krystal Darque.
Ch Silvae Pioneer took the crown for wire-haired Dachshunds while the title for best mini wire-haired sausage dog went to a Yank, Ch Friedox Falling for You MW.
After a few seconds of watching a cat watch the Crufts Dog Show, you kind of get the point, but don’t leave until you see the action at the 48-seconds mark.
Could this, perhaps have something to do with Doxies’ failure? It’s the tale of a British wiener dog from the BBC’s archive of World War II memories, written by the public:
Our black and tan dachshund, Mimi, had arrived in a crate from breeders in Harrogate, a trembling jellied eel of a pup, who turned out to be only dachshund in our town and attracted considerable notice She settled and matured.
Then, overnight the poor animal became unpopular, vilified That dachshund or that German Sausage dog now target for hostile comments, e gobbets of spit – so much so that we tended to leave her at home when a walk up town was planned – quick to realize the pointlessness of trying to explain that she had not actually emanated from Germany. The correct pronunciation or translation of the breed was habitually received, coldly. Mimi was anathema and in her turn learned to keep her head down in public.
Two years ago, the kennel club-hating Terrierman published a short history of Crufts including the fact that its founder, the head of a dog food empire, never even owned a dog.
This year, the BBC’s got some great bulldog photos among others. And the Guardian has articles on best of breed is chosen — How do you judge whether a banana’s better than an orange? –and why a top bookie is no longer taking Crufts bets.
We’re still looking for the Doxie dish.
How do Crufts and Westminster compare?
Given that the Daily Dachshund and Dog News provided extensive coverage of the Westminster Dog Show last month, we don’t want to devote too much attention to Crufts, its Euro competitor. If this strikes you as unfair given that Crufts — just like Westminster, describes itself as the world’s greatest dog show — you’re right about the injustice of it all.
The trouble is we don’t want the Daily Doxie to become too dog show oriented. As much as I enjoy the pageantry of dog shows, there are other aspects of them that I’m less fond of. So, part of the reason we won’t be giving Crufts the same coverage as Westminster is simply because it comes later in the year, and the other is that Daily Dachshund and Dog News has far fewer readers across the pond than in North America.
We will, however, cover the wiener dogs and any big stories that emerge from Crufts. And today, we’ll get give you a primer to get you ready for the show which starts Thursday March 6th and ends Sunday March 9th , the day the Dachshunds are judged.
Unlike at Westminster, there are separate categories at Crufts for the miniatures and standards longhairs, smooth coats and wirehairs, meaning there will be six Dachshund winners in all. Just like at Westminster, a dachshund has never won best in show although Crufts judges do seem less prone to picking the exotic breeds than their counterparts across the Atlantic, according to past Best in Show results. (To see the full-sized version of this great photo, please go here.
In recent years, Crufts has not been without its share of controversies. The Sunday Telegraph reported last year that some British breeders are upset by the flashier American-style elements that have become part of the annual competition. “It has led to quite a dramatic change in the presentation of some of the dogs at Crufts. Some now reflect that kind of North American glamor that you see in Hollywood starlets, who are all teeth and hair. The British still tend to present their dogs in a more traditional, less flamboyant way,” British and Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust official Paul Keevil told the Telegraph.
Worse yet, Britain’s K9 Magazine recounts accusations that a Doberman was drugged by a jealous rival and that the 2006 Best In Show Winner, Danny, the Pekingese, “had received a ‘facelift’. The claims were later proved to be false and Danny was able to keep his title, his owner putting the whole affair down to the jealousy of a fellow Crufts competitor.”
Drugs, cosmetic surgery, conspiracies…no wonder a Doxie’s never won.
If you know anything about the Dachshunds competing this year, please let us know in the comments.
And wouldn’t you know it? YouTube has a Dachshunds at Crufts video.
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