By EMILY ALLEN
Happy-go-lucky: Alfie, a nine-month-old Cockapoo won over the judges with his broad grin and furiously wagging tale
He's always got a smile on his face and now he's certainly got something to grin about after he was named Britain's Happiest Dog.
Alfie, the nine-month-old Cockapoo from Bristol, won over the judges with his broad grin and furiously wagging tale.
He beat dozens of other dogs to win the competition, which was organised by Penguin Books.
His owner Dan Salt, 30, from St George, Bristol, said: 'He is a cross between a cocker spaniel and a poodle - and he is a very happy dog.
'Alfie always looks like he is grinning - he even runs with a smile on his face. He loves going out for walks and chasing other dogs around.
'He is also just as happy when he’s lying around at home.
Proud owners: Aimee Salt, 30 and Dan Salt, also 30 with their proud pet. Cockapoos, also known as spoodles, can live for between 14 and 18 years and were first introduced in American in 1950
'Alfie is affectionate and does not bark or growl. I think if a burglar broke into our house he would probably go over and give him a cuddle.'
Cockapoos, also known as spoodles, can live for between 14 and 18 years and were first introduced in American in 1950.
They are popular because they have the loving personality of cocker spaniels but shed virtually no hair.
White-haired Alfie beat competition from 75 other canines around the country to be named ‘Britain’s Happiest Dog’.
Fun-loving: Alfie running in St George's Park in Bristol. He's always got a smile on his face and now he's certainly got something to grin about after he was named Britain's Happiest Dog
He was entered into the competition, launched to mark the release of new book ‘In Defence of Dogs’ - by his walker Sharon Jackson.
She said: 'Alfie deserved to win as he is always happy. He loves going on walks, meeting new play mates and chewing on plant pots.'
Chris Croissant, from Penguin’s digital team, said: 'All the dogs looked very happy and very much loved by their owners.
Friday, December 9, 2011
By EMILY ALLEN