ELIZABETH Salter chose her Canadian Eskimo dog when he was only two days old, but she chose well.
He has just won Best of Breed at Crufts for the second year running, even though he faced more opposition this year. In fact, four of his five sisters were in the class against him and one of them came second.
Known in the ring as Shepherdsway Jack Frost and at home at Nunnery Stud, Thetford, as Rufus, he was bred by Ann Allen of Upwell nearly three years ago. Elizabeth’s husband David did the showing at Crufts.
Elizabeth said: “I chose him at two days of age and wanted him to be an ambassador for the breed, and he’s certainly been that. I Love him to bits.”
Rufus’ great grandmother also won twice at Crufts and his great grandfather won four times.
Other top dogs included Karen and Kevin Day’s Labrador Greatbarton Miss Lillie, from Troston, and Mrs L E Raynor’s leonberger Rossnick Maserati from Stowmarket, who took their breeds’ first places as post graduate bitches. First place for a veteren dog went to the Jack Russell Champion Afinlea Roadside Skipper belonging to the Brown and Grange families of Lakenheath.