Dylan the papillon crowned Best in Show at Crufts 2019

A papillon named Dylan has been crowned Best in Show at the 2019 Crufts dog show.

The champion dog beat six other finalists to claim the show's top honour on Sunday.

Dylan, owned by Kathleen Roosens, was also named winner of the Toy group earlier in the four-day dog show.

The Crufts final was broadcast live on Channel 4 from the NEC in Birmingham and presided over by judge Dan Ericsson.

Mr Ericsson said: "I was spoilt for choice but my eyes were drawn to this beautiful dog that has everything you look for in the breed, plus personality."

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Dylan, a papillon from Belgium, with owner Kathleen Roosens after winning Best in Show (Aaron Chown/PA)


According to the Kennel Club the papillon's name, which means butterfly in French, comes from its "well-feathered alert ears" which resemble the insect's wings.

The breed is said to be highly intelligent and does well in terms of obedience and agility.

Other Best in Show finalists included Dave, a six-year-old boxer from Banbury, Oxfordshire; Luther, a three-year-old Irish water spaniel from Thursby, Cumbria; and Charleen, a six-year-old samoyed from Portugal.

Also competing for the prestigious top prize were Mike, a three-year-old basset griffon vendeen from Wallingford, Oxfordshire; Eva, a three-year-old Scottish terrier from Russia; and Bearly, a shih tzu from Thailand.

About 27,000 dogs were expected to have attended the 2019 Crufts show, with more than 200 different breeds of dogs vying for a place in the Best in Show final.

This year's four-day event, the 128th in the show's history, also saw 3,611 dogs from overseas entered into the show.

Earlier on Sunday retired police dog Finn and his owner Pc Dave Wardell were honoured with the Kennel Club Friends for Life award.

Heroic Finn was stabbed several times and left fighting for his life after protecting the police officer from an attack in 2016.

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Dylan, a Papillon from Belgium, with owner Kathleen Roosens after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham.
Dylan, a Papillon from Belgium, after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham.
Three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Bichon Frise dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Poodle (Standard) on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Maltese dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Woman grooms her Japanese Akita dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Chow Chow dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Bulldog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
German Spitz dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
German Spitz dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Bolognese dog on day 4 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 10 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Sunday 10 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
A Lhasa Apso is groomed at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the fourth day of the Crufts Dog Show.
Close up of a smiling American Eskimo dog on day 3 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 09 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Saturday 09 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Basset Griffon Vendeen dog on day 3 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 09 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Saturday 09 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Bloodhounds judging competition on day 3 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 09 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Saturday 09 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
A woman plays with her dog after the judging competition is over on day 3 of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) on 09 March 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Saturday 09 March, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
A Bedlington Terrier at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the second day of the Crufts Dog Show.
Two Great Danes resting together on day 2 of Crufts dog show on 08 March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Friday 08 March 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Agility competition on day 2 of Crufts dog show on 08 March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Friday 08 March 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Dog on day 2 of Crufts dog show on 08 March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Friday 08 March 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Border Collie resting on day 2 of Crufts dog show on 08 March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Friday 08 March 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Dogs and their owners arrive on day 2 of Crufts dog show on 08 March 2019 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK. Picture date: Friday 08 March 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
A Bearded Collie runs with its owner at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the second day of the Crufts Dog Show.
Susan Reilly and her Pyrenean Mountain Dog called Boris at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the second day of the Crufts Dog Show.
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: A Yorkshire Terrier sits patiently as it is judged on the fourth day of Crufts Dog Show at National Exhibition Centre on March 10, 2019 in Birmingham, England. First held in 1891, Crufts is said to be the largest show of its kind in the world. The annual four-day event features thousands of dogs, with competitors travelling from countries across the globe to take part and vie for the coveted title of 'Best in Show'. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A West Highland White Terrier at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) for the second day of the Crufts Dog Show. (Photo by Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images)
A man runs with his komondor dog as it's judged in a show ring on the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 8, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Dogs and their handlers arrive to attend the second day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 8, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Welsh springer spaniel dogs are judged on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 7, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman from Thailand sits with her shih tzu dog after taking part in the Eukanuba World Challenge competition on the first day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 7, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP) (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)
Flyball competition team final on day 4 of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 13 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Flyball competition team final on day 4 of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 13 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
The winning team of the Flyball team competition on day 4 of Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 13 2016 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
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Their experience led to a campaign to create a Finn's Law and make it a criminal offence to attack a service animal. A new Bill is in its final stages in the House of Lords.

Speaking after their win, Mr Wardell said: "I can't believe it. I feel so emotional. Just by being here we had won already.

"It has been a culmination of years of campaigning to get Finn's story heard."

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