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11/03/2020 - Luton Dog Warden’s family celebrates Crufts success with Most Successful Ever Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla

Dog warden Gary Upton and his father, Peter Upton, are celebrating success after the family’s dog, Roka (show name Tragus Fox Appeal) was recognised as the most successful of its breed after winning titles for four consecutive years at Crufts.

Roka, whoi's winning titles include Best of Breed for two years, is now the breed record holder with 25 challenge certificates. Owners need 3 challenge certificates to demonstrate that a dog is champion standard.

Peter and Gary have several champion dogs from the Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla class, which they have shown at Crufts over the last 18 years. Roka won first prize in Open Dog, Best Dog and Best of Breed this year.

Peter said, “His father was a show champion and he has gone on to become the same. He is now the most successful ever Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, winning Top Dog in 2017, 2018, 2019, and now in 2020.”

Gary’s own dog, Bee – show name Tragus Honey Bee – also won first prize in Limited Bitch. This is not the first time Gary has had success with one of his own dogs, having previously won Best of Breed with Fantastic Mr Fox in 2016.

Gary, who is also a Professional dog handler, said, “We are a family of dog owners and this is our favourite breed, which we want to make better by breeding healthy, good natured dogs. This this year’s Crufts Best of Breed winner is the son of show champion, Fantastic Mr Fox, which demonstrates that we’ve achieved that

“I have been showing dogs myself for 32 years now and love every minute of it. My parents have been showing dogs for over 40 years, including English Setters, Gordon Setters, Hungarian Smooth Vizslas and Columbus Spaniels.“

Crufts is the biggest dog event in the world and took place at the NEC in Birmingham between Thursday 5 and Sunday 8 March this year. 

Image: Anna Wardley.
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