Grangemouth Crufts winner is best in breed

Linsey Dunbar and Song  the Gordon Setter, who was the Best of Breed winner  at Crufts 2016
Linsey Dunbar and Song the Gordon Setter, who was the Best of Breed winner at Crufts 2016

A Grangemouth registrar and her four-legged friend recorded a best in breed win at the 125th Crufts dog show in Birmingham.

Linsey Dunbar (34) and her three-year-old golden retriever Song came out on top of over 550 competitors in the same category to claim the top prize for her breed at the world famous canine competition.

History repeated itself for Linsey, who also won a best in breed prize with Song’s half brother Oscar back in 2011.

She said: “Being best of breed is amazing, but so unexpected. I’ve actually been unwell for the last week so it was touch and go as to whether we were actually going to come.

“I managed to pluck up the courage and I’m so glad I did. I’m in so much shock – I just really didn’t expect it. Song is such a cuddly girl who loves to snuggle in and just really enjoys company.

“There is such an air about Crufts, it’s so different to any other dog show, and because of that, everyone tries that little bit harder including Song.

“I don’t know what the magic is, but it is very special. What stands out about Crufts is the recognition they give to the owners and the breeders who produce dogs of such good merit.”

Song was one of nearly 22,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC last week for the prestigious dog show, which first took place in 1891 when it featured just 2437 entries.