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The 2023 Crufts Dog Show has officially wrapped up, and history was made.
The prestigious Best In Show award was given to Orca the Lagotto Romagnolo, the first of its breed ever to win the show’s top honor.
What a winner! Orca the Lagotto Romagnolo is your 2023 #Crufts Best in Show!🐶🏆💚 pic.twitter.com/oVldA3oR3Y
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“Orca” the Lagotto Romagnolo poses with handler Javier Gonzalez Mendikote after winning Best in Show at #Crufts pic.twitter.com/cskQ102aru
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An absolutely gorgeous winner! Congratulations to “Orca” a Lagotto Romagnolo which is generally an unknown breed but will be better known after winning #crufts2023 #BestInShow 🐶🦴🐾🏽 pic.twitter.com/Lb8vZBqi0b
Per ITV, Orca’s handler drove 25 hours just to get to the show in Birmingham, England.
“I have worked for the last 20 years to achieve something like this in my life,” Javier Gonzalez Mendikote said after the win. “So I think it’s really special and even more … with Orca.”
Blondie the English sheepdog was named reserve behind Orca. Other winners from Day 4 included Jake the standard poodle in the Utility group and Dublin the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel in the Toy group.
Your 2023 Utility group winner is Jake the Standard Poodle!🐩🏵️#Crufts pic.twitter.com/ygiXPigT7i
The final dog through to ‘Best in Show’ is Dublin 👑🐶 #Crufts pic.twitter.com/tptX19dDQ8
But of course, the highlight of the day was the agility competition. There was also an exciting Flyball final, which saw the Road Runners team repeat as champions and set a new record.
There’s fast, and then there’s Tiger fast 🐯⚡
A winner worthy of our fast agility run from Day 4!@SkodaUK | #Crufts pic.twitter.com/MURH0Niqm0
Reigning Champions. Record Breakers.💪
Roadrunners retain their #Crufts crown for the second year in the row!👑 pic.twitter.com/txqlhTOmVC
The day belonged to Orca, however, and the new champ will reign until the event returns next year. The 2024 Crufts Dog Show is scheduled for March 7.