A dog and his owner from Norfolk have earned a place in the Crufts dog show final.

Neville, a Leonberger from Great Yarmouth, and his owner Lee Studholme won the Working Group title at Crufts 2024 on Saturday, qualifying them for one of seven places in the Best in Show final on Sunday evening.

Neville, aged three, will return to the Resorts World Arena at the NEC Birmingham this evening.

Over 19,000 dogs are competing over four days to win one of the most esteemed titles possible for pooches.

Proud co-owner Mr Studholme said: “I am gobsmacked and shocked.

"Neville is my goofball! He never lets me down – he’s a good lad. 

"We have foster children so he is the big teddy bear for them.”

His other co-owner, Kerry Rushby, added: “Neville is absolutely fantastic.

"He has had an incredible career – I was a nervous wreck but it’s an absolute dream come true.”

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Helen Kerfoot, Crufts Show Manager, said: “Many congratulations to Neville and Lee on winning the Working Group title today and earning their Best in Show place for Crufts 2024.

“Crufts celebrates happy, healthy dogs, and the special relationship between dogs and their owners. This was evident today, as Lee and Neville demonstrated a wonderful bond in the ring.”  

The Crufts final will be shown live on Channel 4 and can be streamed on the official Crufts YouTube channel.