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ETTs in the Spotlight at Crufts 2019


This year two ETTs will appear in two Crufts grand finals in the Crufts Best in Show Arena
Thursday 7th March 2019


Sarah Crossling (Lasagesse) and Lumen (Njabulo Jakayla) are representing the English Toy Terriers in the Vulnerable Breeds Grand Final.

Richard Forsythe (Richpin) and Spike (Ch Witchstone Tommy Hawk at Richpin JW) are competing in the Junior Warrant Competition Final (Spike is the first ETT to ever qualify!).

The main arena is streamed live across the 4 days on youtube.

Thursday 7th March 2019


5.45pm: Richard and Spike
7pm: Sarah and Lumen

The Vulnerable Breeds Grand Final 2019

This year Sarah Crossling (Lasagesse) and Lumen (Njabulo Jakayla) will be representing the English Toy Terriers in the Vulnerable Breeds Grand Final at Crufts 2019.

What’s it all about?

The competition was created in 2015 to raise awareness of vulnerable British and Irish breeds, and to recognise those people who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity.

How do you qualify?

Only breeds that appear on the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable Breeds list qualify for the competition. There is an annual qualifying show for each group. The dog who wins Best of Breed (vulnerable breeds only) at these select qualifying shows then qualifies for the Vulnerable Breeds Grand Final held at Crufts.Â

Which are the qualifying shows?

Toy: United Kingdom Toy Dog Society
Hound: The Hound Association
Gundog: National Gundog Association
Terrier: National Terrier Club
Working: National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society
Pastoral: National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

What breeds appear on the vulnerable breeds list?

Bloodhound, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, Clumber Spaniels, Curly Coated Retrievers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Deerhounds, English Setters, English Toy Terriers (Black and Tan), Field Spaniels, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Gordon Setters, Irish Red & White Setters, Irish Terriers, Irish Water Spaniels, Kerry Blue Terriers, King Charles Spaniels, Lakeland Terriers, Lancashire Heelers, Manchester Terriers, Mastiffs, Miniature Bull Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Otterhounds, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Smooth Collies, Smooth Fox Terriers, Sussex Spaniels.

Sarah & Lumen



 It was nearly a year ago that we travelled down to Stafford for UK Toy Dog Society Championship show 2018. When I entered I never imagined Lumen would win Best of Breed and go on to win Toy Group 4! So when we were informed that the BOB English Toy Terrier from UKTD qualified for the vulnerable breed competition at Crufts 2019, it came by complete surprise and made a very special day, that bit more special.


I have watched Crufts for many years and I never thought when we started out showing that I would ever have an opportunity to get on that astro turf. It is truly a dream come true, thank you to everyone for your support and to Paul Conway for thinking so highly of my favorite little lady. I hope we do Team Lasagesse and the whole ETT community proud when we walk into that arena.


Wishing everyone the very best of luck for the breed judging on Sunday and here’s to whoever’s dreams are made!


Sarah Crossling


The Junior Warrant Competition Grand Final 2019

Spike (Ch Witchstone Tommy Hawk at Richpin JW) has qualified for the final of the Junior Warrant competition which is being held at Crufts on 7th March 2019 and is the first ever ETT to qualify. 

What’s it all about?

This annual competition began in 1998, and is specifically for Junior Warrant winners to compete against each other for the coveted title of ‘The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year’ award.

How do you qualify?

All dogs who gain their Junior Warrant between 1st June 2018 and 31st May 2019 are eligible for the competition.

Read more about qualifying for a Junior Warrant here

Richard & Spike

To get a Junior Warrant with a vulnerable breed is a major achievement in itself as you have to win, especially at opens shows, out of AVNSC as there are not many breed classes. I never thought in a million years that I would be writing this saying that I’ve qualified for the final 10 of the Junior Warrant competition, as there is quite a process in order to get there! 

First stop is the heats. Any dog that has gained their Junior Warrant within a certain time frame can enter. Out of the heat, there are 4 qualifiers and 2 reserves that go though to the semi final. The heat I qualified at was Kingston Canine Society which was held at Ardingly, West Sussex. It was a blazing hot day with 25+ dogs staying to participate! My thanks goes to judge Mr Darren Clarke for giving us one of the qualifying places alongside a Newfoundland, Basset Hound and a Pyrenean Mountain Dog. 

Next step was the Semi Final which was held at the London Excel in November 2018. Off we go. Early start to get in and get settled. There are 64 qualified dogs, 2 rings set up and 2 secret judges. You have your individual bench number and then Everyone was given a raffle ticket. When you’re called up there is a bingo machine and it is here you pull out a ball with a number on it. (Each number represents an exhibitor) from here the numbers are placed into Ring A and ring B. Once all numbers are called the judges are revealed. Our judge was Mr Peter Young. 

There were a lot of stunning dogs so I knew I had to depend on spike to put on a solid performance! Mr Young sent 32 dogs into the ring so he could have a look at them all together. Everyone left, then we were called in one by one so that he could assess them individually. With this completed we are all called back into the ring where Mr Young shortlisted 32 to just 10. Heart racing, we get short listed. 

So Mr Young moves us all again, lines us up and from here he selects his 5 to be put forward to the final and it was us!!! Richard Forsythe


We hope you’ll join us in wishing Sarah & Lumen and Richard & Spike the best of luck in the finals.