Overton dog wins at Crufts for a fifth successive year

Basingstoke Gazette: Paul Meakin with his four Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, who all competed at Crufts. Buy this photo Paul Meakin with his four Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, who all competed at Crufts.

A LOVEABLE dog has retained his good citizen title after claiming the top spot in the world’s most famous canine show for the fifth year in a row.

Noah, a Pyrenean Mountain dog, impressed the judging panel at Crufts as he paraded around the arena and was awarded a first in the Good Citizen category.

The five-year-old is a member of a premium family of dogs – his brother Moses and sons Isaac and Reuben all qualified for this year’s Crufts.

The four all belong to Paul and Rachael Meakin, from Overton, who have been showing their pets at various competitions with huge success. The couple also have two Bernese Mountain Dogs – Forest and Holly.

Reuben, who is 17-months-old, was awarded second place at Crufts in the Junior Dog section this year.

Paul and Rachael have also entered Noah, Moses and Reuben in European competitions, and Moses is now a champion in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

Paul, 54, said his four dogs all received attention at this year’s Crufts, held at Birmingham’s NEC Arena from March 6 to 9.

He added: “Being big and fluffy and white, they are very approachable.”

He said the preparation for the competition was minimal, because the dogs are already in good condition having entered other competitions throughout the year.

Paul added: “They are generally fairly well brushed anyway so preparation isn’t much. Isaac doesn’t go abroad yet so he requires a bit more effort.”

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