Maisie the Dachshund wins Crufts but runner up Poodle steals the show in gaffe
The winner of Crufts 2020 has been crowned as Maisie the Wire-haired Dachshund who won the coveted Best In Show award after some seriously tough competition.
The lovable pooch then did a poo on the floor during her victory lap in front of the giggling crowd after a final dogged by gaffes.
Maisie wowed judges and viewers alike with an impressive score in its individual category, before winning Best In Show as judged by Anne McDonald, a famous breeder.
She won out of seven finalists, Pixie the Kerry Blue Terrier, Frankie the Miniature Poodle, Pablo the Bishon Frise, Elsie the Irish Setter, who was the oldest competitor, Drago the Bull Mastiff, and Zokni, the Old English Sheepdog.
Frankie won reserve Best In Show for the second year in a row – and appeared to have other ideas as he jumped in on the plinth as Maisie accepted her prize.
The judges giggled as Frankie's desperate handler attempted to drag her excited pooch back down.
Neither a Bull Mastiff or an Old English Sheepdog has ever won the competition.
Over the last four days roughly 28,000 pooches have been put through their paces at the biggest dog show in the world at Birmingham's NEC, with Channel 4 coverage presented by Clare Balding.
As the winner, Maisie receives a replica of the solid silver Keddall Memorial Trophy (named after show manager for 30 years, Robert Keddall) and a cash prize of £100.
Earlier in the week, Romanian rescue dog Kratu was the talk of the show in his farewell performance where he was much more interested in having a good time than scoring high – much to the delight of viewers.
At one point, adorable Kratu picked up one of the poles from the jumps and ran off with it like it was a stick in the woods.
The finale was a slightly more subdued affair than in 2018, when PETA protesters invaded the stage.
Seconds after Collooney Tartan Tease was crowned Best in Show 2018 the show descended into chaos when placard-waiving protesters entered the arena.
Security could be seen taking down the invaders before the footage was cut short and Channel 4 swiftly returned to host Clare Balding.
According to witnesses, three protesters holding up signs broke through the barrier and ran on to the green in the direction of the line-up of dogs.
The winner's owner immediately picked up her dog from the table and ran off in the opposite direction.
The dogs were 'scared' by the events and most were ushered off once their handlers realised what was happening.
There were boos from the large crowd as they slammed the intruders, whose shouts were drowned out, for ruining the special moment and the trophy was lifted away.
Claire was caught unawares and her microphone wasn't working as she tried to explain what was happening.
After being handed a working mic she said: "Now things back under control and you can hear the cheers from the crowd as we rejoin the trophy celebration."
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