A BARRHEAD dog has put its best paw forward to scoop a major prize at Crufts.

Alison Gibson and her Japanese Spitz, Kai, claimed the Best of Breed award.

The 55-year-old said: “I was so elated I couldn’t believe it because this is my first win a Crufts.

“I’m so overwhelmed and I always get a bit nervous “He’s a great pet very affectionate very playful, loves his exercise.

“As a show dog, sometimes he’ll have his good days sometimes he’ll have his bad days “But he does perform when he has to.”

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An estimated 27,000 pooches visited the NEC during the four-day event run by The Kennel Club, with just under 21,000 dogs from 220 different breeds competing for a chance to win Best in Show.

Visitors had the chance to learn about 200 different breeds at the Discover Dogs zone, crossbreeds competed for the Scruffts crown and the Friends for Life award demonstrated the unique relationship people have with their dogs, and the important role man’s best friend plays throughout our lives.

And for Alison, there was no wiping the smile off her face as she and her beloved six-year-old Kai enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, with millions watching live coverage on Channel 4.

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“I didn’t know about the breed until I did some research, they’re great they’re the perfect size, I just fell in love with them” Alison added.

“It’s just such a great atmosphere at Crufts, I’ve been coming for five years and it’s wonderful meeting up with all your friends and visitors from abroad.

“Crufts is just completely awesome, and I would recommend anyone to try it!”