Is your prized pet pooch a beauty or a beast?

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AS DOG breeders and owners return from Crufts we want to find South Yorkshire’s top dogs – and they don’t have to be a prize pooch.

Judges at Crufts, the self-styled ‘world’s greatest dog show’, crowned four-year-old Jilly, a petit basset griffon vendeen, as champion.

But we are launching a search for Beauty and the Beast - the region’s cutest dog, as well as some of the more unusual looking hounds, even if your beloved canine looks more like Mugly, the reigning world’s ugliest dog, than Jilly.

Jilly, owned by Gavin Robertson, of Wallingford, Oxfordshire, won the best hound category after being named best of breed, before going on to be pronounced best in show on Sunday.

Speaking after the result was announced, Mr Robertson said: “I’ve thought about this since I was a little boy.

“I’ve come to this show since I was a little boy and every year I’ve watched and thought I’d love to be in that place and that position.”

He said he had decided months before the competition to retire Jilly after Crufts.

He said: “I just wanted her to enjoy the whole occasion. It’s her last show. I decided months ago I would retire her no matter what she got so it’s fantastic, you couldn’t ask for a script like that.”

To enter our competition, just send a photograph of your dog, along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number and the dog’s name, to to arrive no later than noon on Saturday, March 16.

All the submitted photographs will then be featured in The Star, before we invite our readers to vote for their favourite.