Papillon wins top prize at world's biggest dog show
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A Papillon called "Dylan the villain" was crowned top dog at Crufts, the world's biggest dog show which ended in Birmingham, the UK on Sunday night.

The Best in Show winner emerged after a four-day contest involving around 21,000 dogs from more than 40 countries, including Thailand, Russia and the United States.

Dylan from Belgium became the first papillon in Cruft's 128-year history to emerge as a champion dog.

Dylan, a Papillon from Belgium, and owner Kathleen Roosens celebrate after winning Best in Show on the last day of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Dylan, a Papillon from Belgium, and owner Kathleen Roosens celebrate after winning Best in Show on the last day of Crufts Dog Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Owner Kathleen Roosens described her champion dog as her little butterfly. She said he's known as "Dylan the villain" because he is so playful.

He was one of seven best of breed dogs in the final line-up in a crowded arena.

Among the seven finalists of the Utility Group was a Shih Tzu, the breed that originated in China. The dog, called Bearly, made the long journey from his home in Thailand to take part in Crufts.

Dylan, a Papillon, stands with owner Kathleen Roosens after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Dylan, a Papillon, stands with owner Kathleen Roosens after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo

Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, the organizer of Crufts, said, "It's an incredible achievement to reach the prestigious Best in Show final, Dylan and his owner should be proud."

"Crufts celebrates healthy, happy dogs and recognizes the special and unique bond between dogs and their owners. Dylan is an excellent dog and you can see he really enjoys being in the show ring."

Read more: 21,000 dogs compete for Crufts crown in Birmingham

For more pictures: Crufts 2019: World's largest dog show opens in UK

(Top Photo: Winner of Best in Show, the Papillon, "Dylan" poses on the final day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, March 10, 2019. /VCG Photo)

Source(s): Xinhua News Agency