A Cranshaws breeder is hoping to be top dog again this weekend when she takes her four legged friends to Crufts.
Kath Lothian is no stranger to the pedigree event of the canine calendar having tasted success at the championships before and this year she is coming to come back with more plaudits.
Kath is journeying down to the NEC in Birmingham for the championships along with husband Peter and daughter Cheyenne and will be hoping to better their showing in 2011 when their Border Terrier Ruby won Best Puppy.
And the Lothians certainly mean business, taking four dogs to the West Midlands for the four day competition which begins today (Thursday).
Journeying down to the West Midlands are Chi-Chi (Lairehope Diamant Chienne) ; Jimi (Lairehope Topaz Design) ; Berri (Lairehope Blueberry Bling) and Zak (Lairehope Viking Spark).
Ruby isn’t entering the ring this year but the Lothians have a Crufts stalwart in the form of Chi-Chi who will be looking to impress after placing before.
Two of her offspring will also be in the hunt for prizes. Zak has been to Crufts once before and is back again after qualifying at the Scottish Kennel Club Show, Ingliston, in May last year while Jimi will be making his debut after qualifying at the same event last May.
D-day for the Lothins and their terriers is tomorrow and with around 300 other Border Terriers lining up, competition is stiff.
“Border Terriers is the second most popular breeds at Crufts so even to get a placing is a big achievement,” Kath told ‘The Berwickshire’.
“We got a fourth last year with Berri which was fantastic given the fact we were competing against international exhibitors.”
Kath and Peter have been showing at Crufts since the late 1990s but she said there was no room for complacency .
“You never quite know what the judges will go for on the day .
“It’s important to have the dogs in peak condition, which means working on their coats from up to 10 weeks before.
“We’ve also been walking them on tarmac as that strengthens the leg muscles and improves posture.
“I don’t want to tempt fate but they’re in great condition and definitely ready for the competition.”