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Baxer, the smooth-coated retriever, crowned Best in Show at Crufts

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A smooth-coated retriever has been crowned Best in Show at the 2022 Crufts dog show.

The champion, named Baxer, beat out six other finalists to claim the show’s top honor on Sunday.

Baxer was the winner of the Gun Dog group earlier in the four-day show.

The retriever immediately grabbed his winner’s rosette in his mouth.

His owner, Patrick Oware, said: “He’s just a fantastic dog.”

Patrick Oware was emotional after the win, wiping away tears and hugging his dog (Joe Giddens/PA)

He told the audience that he “had no words” to express how he felt about Baxer’s victory.

“I have no words, it’s just amazing.

“I am very proud of him. It’s just a real credit to the breeders of him.”

Mr. Oware was emotional after the win, wiping away tears and hugging his dog.

Crufts presenter Clare Balding said: “I can see the tears running down your cheeks.

“Give Baxer a good kiss, he’ll give you your tongue back.”

The Crufts Dog Show was broadcast live on Channel 4 from the NEC in Birmingham.

A toy poodle known as Waffle was named a reserve dog.

Meanwhile, a Newfoundland team owned by Leicestershire paramedic Pete Lewin won the Kennel Club Hero Dog award.

Newfoundlands are natural water dogs, and Mr. Lewin uses them to help de-stress people who are afraid of swimming in open water.

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