History is made at Crufts as King, a standard poodle becomes the first foreign dog to win the Supreme Champion title

A three-year-old white standard poodle called Nordic Champion Topscore Contradiction (pet name King) beat more than 120,000 entries at the world’s biggest dog show last night.

This is the first time in Crufts’ 111-year history that a “foreign” dog has won the competition.

This year, a total of 343 dogs from abroad made the journey to the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Countries represented included Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, France and Italy, as well as Canada and Japan.

Owned by Norwegian housewife Kari Glenna, King is described as a “family dog” and is much loved pet who sleeps on his owners’ bed.

Judge Pamela Cross Stern summed up the winners’ qualities: “King epitomised his breed. He was a poodley poodle. He was glamorous, moved well and said ‘Hey, look at me’.”

In the final, King saw off competition from six other breeds – a Flat Coat Retriever, a Giant Schnauzer, an Old English Sheepdog, a Wire Fox Terrier, a Saluki hound and a Pekinese.

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