A RARE dog breed which has been bred in Caerphilly has won Reserve Best Dog at this year’s Crufts.

Kazu, a 16-month-old Japanese akita inu, came first place in his category, Junior Dog.

The Hungarian-born dog went on to compete for Best in Breed and was named the runner up for the competition.

Kazu, along with three other Japananese akita inu, are owned by Leigh Curtis and Ricci Morgan of St Anne’s Gardens, Abertridwr.

Ms Curtis, 33, said: “They are a rare breed in the UK, so we had four dogs imported from Hungary.

“We haven’t bred a litter yet, but hope to develop the breed.

“Kazu is a shortened version of his Kennel Club name, AIko kensha no kazuhiko go. It means ‘harmonious prince’.

It was the dog’s first Crufts and only his fifth show in the UK.

Ms Curtis added: “He’s building his confidence, he really enjoyed the attention – we are very proud of him. The breed are fairly stubborn dogs, but are very loving.”

“He received extra meat and lots of cheese when he got home – cheese is his favourite.”

Kazu’s next show will be a Japanese Kennel Club competition in Germany.