Pops is top of the pups

crufts winner Pops and Louise pinkey

crufts winner Pops and Louise pinkey

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A CARNABY woman is delighted after her dog Pops, a 23-month-old Irish Wolfhound, walked away with a top prize at Crufts.

Pops beat off competition from 142 other dogs to scoop the prestigious Best of Breed award at the international dog show held last weekend at Birmingham’s NEC.

Pops’ owner, Louise Pinkney, of Main Street, Carnaby, said: “Pops’ father was Best of Breed in 2010 so it’s really nice to win this year and at this age because two is young for Wolfhounds.

“When you consider lots of the other dogs in the breed were a lot older, it’s particularly special.

“I’ve been coming to Crufts since 1977 and I adore the place, it’s a lot of fun for me and I think Pops enjoys it as well.”

Despite being so young, Pops has already developed a winning habit, having brought home the prize for Best Puppy at Crufts in 2011.

Mrs Pinkney has been training Irish Wolfhounds for 36 years, breeding 19 champions in the breed in that time.

She was a judge at the world famous Crufts in 2006 and said Pops was a very popular winner in this year’s event, in which 26,000 dogs were presented by The Kennel Club.