A St. Bernard dog, rejoicing in the name of Burtonswood Bossy Boots on Saturday (9?
A St. Bernard dog, rejoicing in the name of Burtonswood Bossy Boots on Saturday (9 February) became the first St. Bernard ever to win the supreme championship of Cruft's Dog Show in the 78 year history of the show.
Bossy Boots, owned by a retired nurse who breeds St. Bernards as a hobby, got his name because "he was top dog in his litter and was always bossing the other pups".
Neither energy crisis, three day working week, miners strike nor impending general election had the slightest effect on this British dog lovers' tradition.
The show, held at London's Olympia, and the highest level of entries since qualification rules were tightened in 1970. The total of 7,877 was 300 more than last year.
"The enthusiasm of British dog exhibitors is apparently undiminished by the present national situation", said the organisers. But there was some reduction in the lighting of stands and displays.
One hundred and thirty different breeds were shown. They included breeds and shown at Crufts before -- the Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren) and the Sloughi, a greyhound type developed in Algeria.
Crufts has been called the Mecca of the overseas dog breeder and many dogs are bought sight unseen by breeders form outside Britain because of their wins at the show. In 1973 over 13,000 pedigree dogs were exported from Britain. The main importing countries were Italy, United States, Canada, West Germany and France and by far the most popular dog was the Yorkshire terrier.