A Potters Bar dog owner and a four-year-old Komondor called Piroska proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.
Piroska was one of more than 21,500 happy, healthy dogs at the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, and put his best paw forward to claim a prestigious Best of Breed award at the weekend.
Owner Paul Froome and Proska fought off competition from a host of other dogs to scoop the coveted prize.
And Mr Froome was left beaming with pride at Piroska’s performance in front of crowds at the annual competition.
The City of London maintenance technician said: “It’s great to get best of breed, an amazing achievement. Crufts is so well known and it’s something everyone aims for.
“A lot of hard work has gone into this. We have to bathe the dog two days before using special liquids then do everything we can to make sure he doesn’t get dirty again.
“He’s a very peaceful and loving dog but he can get very loyal if another human is showing signs of aggression towards me.”
This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life, with 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show from March 6 to 9.
A number of celebrities also dropped by to sample the 122-year history of the competition including TV personality Amanda Holden, former EastEnders actress Pam St Clement and 2012 Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford.