Potters Bar dogs hope to take home top titles at Crufts

PUBLISHED: 16:40 11 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:40 11 March 2016

Buddy

Buddy

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Pedigree pooches from Potters Bar are hoping to fetch top prizes at a prestigious show.

Margarita Froome with Mimi & SherlockMargarita Froome with Mimi & Sherlock

Buddy the big, white, fluffy Samoyed dog is among the handsome hounds hoping to steal the show at Crufts this year.

He turned two at the beginning of January, and his owner Anne Hemming, 49, of Tolmers Road, Potters Bar, has owned him since he was seven weeks old.

She said: “He’s very well-behaved when he’s in the showroom but he’s a mad dog. He’s a bit of a hooligan actually.

“He’s a little thief. He steals everything; hats, shoes, anything that he takes off the table.

Anne Hemming with BuddyAnne Hemming with Buddy

“The breeder I got him from wanted me to show him as he was the best one of the litter.

“He entered Crufts last year but didn’t come anywhere as he was just starting out.”

Buddy is not the first show dog in his family. His father was also ‘best in show’ in Crufts in 2014.

Anne said: “We go to shows across the country and he just got placed in a couple of shows.

“It’s a great day out.”

Buddy has been preparing for his big day by training and running up and down, and he will be going to the groomers to keep himself looking nice before the show.

Japanese Shiba Inus Mimi and Sherlock will be making their debut appearance at Crufts.

Mimi, age four, is following in her mother’s footsteps, or paw prints, as her mum Pandora got a second prize award and won a prize card in a previous Crufts.

This is the first time Mimi will be entering Crufts, alongside Sherlock, who is a 10-month-old puppy.

Their owner, Margarita Froome, 56, of Potters Bar, has been showing dogs since she was 16 years old.

She said: “Sherlock’s been my naughtiest Shiba. He’s a bit cheeky. He’s actually chewed through two sofas.

“That’s the first time I’ve ever had dogs damage furniture.

“Mimi’s just sweet and gentle. She loves people and other dogs.

“She loves to be at home, she’s a bit of a homebody.”

Mrs Froome has been showing dogs since the late 1970s and started attending Crufts in 1980.

She used to show Hungarian Pulis but started showing Japanese Shiba Inus around eight years ago, when the Pulis’ long hair became too difficult to groom.

Crufts is from Thursday, March 10 to Sunday, March 13, and is taking place at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

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