'Dylan the villain' wins UK's Crufts dog show

Dylan, a Papillon, poses after winning the best in show during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain March 10, 2019.
PHOTO: Reuters

LONDON - A mischievous toy dog known affectionately as 'Dylan the Villain' won the Crufts dog show in Birmingham, England, on Sunday.

Dylan is a black, white and brown Papillon - a breed named after the butterfly shape formed by their delicate long-haired ears. He won over the judge at the show's finale to claim the Best in Show title.

The four-day competition saw more than 20,000 dogs from 220 breeds compete at the National Exhibition Centre in central England. The event dates back to 1891 and is one of the largest dog shows in the world, organizers said.

"He's a crazy butterfly," owner Kathleen Roosens said shortly after Dylan was awarded the show's top honour. "When all the dogs go outside, he is the one coming in all muddy, from head to toe."

Winner of Best in Show, the Papillon, "Dylan" is held by handler and owner Kathleen Roosens at the trophy presentation for the Best in Show event on the final day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
Samoyed, "Charleen" Dorian Spring Charleen Lumiere de la Vie, is shown at the Best in Show event on the final day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
Shih Tzus are judged during the final day of the CruftsDog Show in Birmingham, Britain, March 10, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Irish water spaniel, "Gloi Donn All or Nothing at Stanegate" is shown at the Best in Show event on the final day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2019.Photo: AFP
A Smooth Coat Chihuahua is judged during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, Britain, March 10, 2019. Photo: Reuters
Boxer, "Dave" is shown at the Best in Show event on the final day of the Crufts dog show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, central England, on March 10, 2019. Photo: AFP
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