The Gateshead couple were named Britain’s Best Dog Breeders at Crufts


A couple from Gateshead have spoken of their joy after being crowned winners of the coveted Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition at Crufts last Friday (March 11).

Stuart and Carole Pearson, who hail from Leam Lane, along with handler Scarlett Burnside (from Northern Ireland) won the Ultimate Breeders’ Title with their team of Dalmatians in front of a packed Resorts World Arena at the NEC in Birmingham. The team also beat 39 other breeders, all of whom qualified for the finals.

Their collective team of Kelevra dogs consisted of Kelevra What a Guy JW, Kelevra Mind Your Nebula and Int Multi Ch & Ch Kelevra Classic Cliché JW ShCM.

Read more: Who Won Best in Show at Crufts 2022? All the winners of this year’s show

The competition, sponsored by Agria Pet Insurance, was attended by teams that scored points in group and general championship shows in 2021. The points were compiled by Our Dogs, who published a regular ranking in their newspaper.

The final judge, Dr. Ron James, selected Stuart and Carole’s Dalmatian team for the award as the breeders with the best overall quality of their dogs. Each team consisted of three or four dogs of one breed, all bred by the same breeder or breeding community.

Speaking of the win, Stuart, 43, said: “We started in 2009 and have worked towards it for years. Everything suddenly clicked and they won everything, and now Crufts! It was Carole’s dream to be here as a winner on the Crufts green carpet.”

He continued: “We’re not prolific breeders, we’ve had seven litters of Dalmatians – so obviously compared to some kennels we don’t have the numbers that are coming through. It was an achievement to get there and do this. “

He added: “To win it overall I’m usually at a loss for words but I was speechless. There were a lot of good dogs there. It is the most dogs you will see in the ring at one time in the UK, there were around 139 dogs in at one time. It was quite a spectacle and an amazing performance.”

Best reserve breeders were Claire and Darren Baldock from Essex with their team of Newfoundlands they breed under the kennel name Gunnersnewfs.

Crufts Show Manager Vanessa McAlpine added: “We are very happy for Stuart and Carole with their excellent performance.

“Stuart and Carole are very talented breeders who invest time and effort in developing sound breeding practices to produce healthy and happy dogs for the show ring.

“Her dogs are a testament to her hard work and dedication to the breed.”

The breeders who qualified for the 2022 finals at Crufts:

Mrs C & Mr D Baldock, Gunnersnewfs Newfoundland

Mrs. R. Bailey, Akna Canadian Eskimo Dogs

Miss T, Mr A & Mrs L Douglas, Talard Australian Shepherds

Mrs P. MacLellan, Debruix Groenendael Belgian Shepherd Dogs

Mrs. A. Walters, Goytre border collies

Mr S & Mrs L Naylor, Skaijak Polish Lowland Sheepdogs

Miss L. Holmes, Lisjovia Great Pyrenees

Mrs. L. Paterson, Eriksfjord Swedish Wall Dogs

Mrs. C. Bamsey, Holbam Irish Terriers

Ms H Turner & Miss A MacDonald, Locheil Jack Russell Terrier

Mr C & Mrs G Knight, Talanors Manchester terrier

Mrs. R. Gee, Watercroft Norfolk terrier

Mr. & Mrs. S. Newport, Digaden pastorRussell terrier

Mrs. V Norton, Divadell Scottish terriers

Mrs L Lui, Eblanahalls Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers

Mr. & Mrs. R. Foote & Miss E. McAulay, Erylan Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens

Mrs J & Miss R Cumberland, Mumysami Miniature Smooth Haired Dachshund

Miss R. Lucas & Mr. C. Dargonne, Packway deer dogs

Mr. K. Alexander, Kansenji Rhodesian Ridgebacks

Mr S & Mrs C Pearson, Kelevra Dalmatian

Miss H. Jansson, Fridlyckans Eurasian

Mrs. K Andrew, Claran Medium German Spitz

Mrs. C Best-Rawlings, Trixwood Japanese Shiba Inu

Mrs. K. Watson-Todd, Karocolin miniature poodle

Mrs A McDonald, Balgay Tibetan Spaniels

Mrs. J & Mr. S. Scott, Cukoton Cotton from Tulear

Mr. G. Urquhart, Blackpark Maltese

Mrs. R. Wilkinson, Keljantzis Miniature Pinscher

Mrs. A. Cawthera-Purdy, Lireva Pomerania

Mrs. K. Storey, Rhodenash pugs

Mr S & Mrs K Challis, Vizslanya Hungarian Vizslas

Mr G & Mrs C Sutherland, Carnlochan Hungarian Vizslas

Mrs. C. O’Neill, Tenshilling pointer

Mrs J Campbell, Ronevorg Flat Coated Retrievers

Miss C. Smith, Flyenpyg Labrador Retriever

Miss D. Anstead, Riverwatcher Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Mrs T & Miss Westwood, Eusanit Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Mr P & Mrs J Fielder, Cretshengan Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Mrs. A Chandler, Chanangel Welsh Springer Spaniels

Miss J MacLaine & Mr R Dickson, Greyspirit Weimaraner

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