Crufts Labrador Winners

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It appears I jumped the gun and reported the winner of Crufts before the full reporting had been loaded to the Crufts Results page. The Best of Breed winner was actually an Italian dog: IT CH/SH CH LOCH MOR ROMEO


What started as an off-the-cuff comment about the overweight Labradors winning at the Westminster show earlier this year, lead us to a deeper dive into the show dog world, uncovering some disturbing trends.


In our piece last week, we wondered what the Crufts dog show this week would offer, given the awareness brought by the BBC Documentary, Pedigree Dogs Exposed and the resulting improvements being made through the Kennel Club to improve the breeding practices and standards.


We’re happy to report that the top two Crufts Labrador are not only handsome, they look to be very fit and capable of actually hunting and retrieving all day without collapse.  Well done! (UPDATE: These two dogs were the winners of the Veterans Class – meaning seniors – even better to see seniors in this good shape!)

The winner: Sh.Ch. Naiken Quincy, JW

Sh.Ch. Naiken Quincy, JW

And 2nd Place: Berolee Mack The Knife
(Is that a tuck I see? I do believe it is!)


I’m not a judge, don’t pretend to be, so I will let all of you judge for yourself whether these dog appear fit and healthy or not.

Oh, and the best part about Quincy, the winner? He’s TEN…yes, you read that right.-  DOB 10-24-2003

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  1. Gorgeous dogs! And they do look fit.
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    • We agree – much more than the Westminster guys did.
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  2. Great to see a fit and healthy senior dog winning!
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  3. Honestly, they still appear a bit overweight to me. But I’m used to very slim sport dogs. And these guys are undoubtedly in much better shape than the Westminster labs were!
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    • Agree…a few lbs off wouldn’t hurt, but I’m hoping it’s just weight they put on for the show and then it comes off. Many of them do that.
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  4. It isn’t surprising since our society has gotten overweight (in general) that our dogs would get overweight too. It is a sad trend. I am happy to report that despite a cold, long winter, the dogs and I are entering spring still at our ideal body weights. It isn’t always easy, but I know it is worth while.
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    • Well done! It is doubly hard in the winter, so kudos to you for staying healthy.
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  5. Well, I’d like to see these guys MUCH leaner.
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  6. They look fit but probably have had no field training. We were so excited that the Poodle won BIS.
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  7. I saw that the Best of Breed was a yellow dog: IT CH/SH CH LOCH MOR ROMEO. Same as last year. The video I saw of him, he moved very nicely and appeared moderate in weight. Results here:

    The dogs you pictured look like the Veterans dog 1st and 2nd. Over here, Veterans are dogs 8 and over.
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    • Wow – thanks for catching that. When I looked at this yesterday morning, I don’t remember that top part being filled in, so I went to the first on the list which was the veteran…explains why he was ten! I’ll have to adjust this post. THANKS.
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      • The Veterans should give you hope for the breed. They are still in nice shape even as seniors. They are more like the labs we are used to seeing. I would like to see a bit less mass on the show labs and maybe a bit longer leg (but just a bit). The winner really did move nicely, in my opinion, and that says a ton to me.
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        • I didn’t see the Crufts winners move – will have to go find some video, but that was one of the things that bothered me the most about the Westminster dogs, was the rolling fat that you could plainly see when they moved.
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  8. They appear a bit overweight to me, but that’s probably just because I am not an expert on how a healthy Lab should look. My dog is a Lab mix and is crazy lean, so I tend to think most dogs look fat compared to him. They look far, far healthier than the Westminster Labs. Great discussion!
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    • They’re still a little chunky, but show dogs have that tendency, at least show Labs do. They do seem much more fit than the Westminster winners though, of that I am glad.
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  9. Better than Westminster but I still say they’re fat.

    I love that a senior did so well!!!!!!
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