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Dog breeder becomes longest-running Crufts contestant

Tuesday, 8th March 2011

A breeder who has been feeding Cocker Spaniels dog food for her whole life has become the longest-running Crufts contestant.

Jennifer Lloyd Carey, who is now 73-years-old, has entered Crufts every year for the last 60 years.

Her first show was in 1948 when she was just 11 years old, when Ms Lloyd-Carey entered the competition with her champion dog-breeder father Richard Lloyd.

Over the past 63 years, she has shown 40 dogs and has been judge three times.

She said: "I have entered at least one dog almost every year apart from three when I was a judge and two when my father was a judge. I always look forward to going.

"It's lovely to see all the different dogs and to meet up with old friends, some of whom I may not have seen since the last competition."

At this year's event, Ms Lloyd Carey will be joined by her daughter Paula, who will be the fourth generation of her family to enter the prestigious competition.