Crufts 2017: Best in Show top prize won by American Cocker Spaniel called Afterglow Miami Ink

Francesca Gillett

An American Cocker Spaniel named Afterglow Miami Ink has been crowned Best in Show at this year's Crufts.

Judge Jeff Horswell picked the two-year-old pup from Blackpool, who won Saturday's Gundog group and was handled by owner Jason Lynn.

Handler Mr Lynn praised the breed for its merry temperature and told presenter Clare Balding: "He's pretty special and honestly I'm speechless. I'm absolutely shocked and thrilled.

"This is kind of a special place to be and being here a few years ago prepared me for all the noise and excitement.

The winner of the Best in Show competition at the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham. (AFP/Getty Images)

"Temperament is probably the hallmark of the breed - his happy, wagging tail and his charisma."

In reserve was the elegant and stylish Miniature Poodle called Frankie.

Owner Melanie Harwood congratulated the winner and said of her Crufts award: "It's a fantastic result - it was a wonderful line-up of dogs and I'm thrilled for Jason. To get reserve, I'm speechless."

Afterglow Miami Ink and the legs of handler Jason Lynn. (AFP/Getty Images)

Competitors in this year's Best In Show included a Yorkshire Terrier from Japan, a Lakeland Terrier, and crowd favourite the Old English Sheepdog, who won Sunday's Pastoral group competition.

More than 22,000 dogs have taken part in the 2017 competition, with the most popular entry among Labrador Retrievers.

Around 160,000 dog owners and lovers are estimated to have packed out the Birmingham NEC arena over the four-day competition.

Sunday's Best in Show final brought to an end the world's largest dog competition which saw entries from 56 countries.

Now in its 126th year, the competition is host to hundreds of breeds and crossbreeds who are ranked by their agility, obedience and heelwork to music ability, among other competitions.

Reporting by Press Association.