Sheffield dog owner Ella's pet poodle gets extra points for good behaviour

Ella Armstrong's miniature poodle Daphne showed the advantages of being well-trained by walking away with a prize at dog show Crufts.

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 10:00 am
Picture shows YKC Ring - Obedience Winner (Intermediate) Ella Armstrong and her Miniature Poodle Daphne, the second day of Crufts 2016, at the NEC Birmingham. Copyright onEdition 2016 ©

Ella, aged 22, from Worrall, took her pet to the country’s top dog show in Birmingham, where they fought off the competition to win the Young Kennel Club’s 17-24 Intermediate Obedience title.

The student, who is in her final year of a criminology degree at Sheffield Hallam University, also works as a dog groomer, and was at Crufts for a sixth year.

She first started showing her mum Kate’s pet dachshund, Charlie, and later achieved success with her own whippet, Wilf, who is now aged 11 and retired.

Daphne – one of nearly 22,000 dogs at Crufts – was put through her paces with heelwork, ‘out-of-sight stays’ and other exercises, including expertly retrieving a dumbbell.

“Daphne is really enthusiastic and has really progressed quickly, everyone is really surprised when they hear she’s only two,” said Ella.

“She loves it.”

The Young Kennel Club is aimed at dog enthusiasts aged up to 24 – meaning that, in two birthdays’ time, Ella will soon be attempting to reach an even higher standard.

“I’ll just be with the adults after that,” she said. “Obedience is only for champion dogs at that level!”

Ella added: “I can’t believe we won, you literally can’t top that feeling.

“Crufts is so fantastic and there is not anything which quite compares to it, so it is an amazing feeling to come out on top and have all our hard work pay off.”

She said: “It is one of the highlights of my year so you can count on seeing me back next year.”