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Much-loved Cocker Spaniel named Britain's cutest pub dog

A much-loved Cocker Spaniel has been named Britain's cutest pub dog.

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Rudi, a show-type Spaniel, was handed the accolade in new book Great British Pub Dogs, and was also nominated for 'top pub dog'.

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The 18-month-old puppy lives with owners Chris and Gillian French and their 10-year-old daughter Mia at the Mitre pub in Richmond-upon-Thames.

Chris, 40, said Rudi was an 'instant hit' with locals in the gastropub.

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He's a great pub dog, he's got bags of personality and gets along with everyone from children who love playing with him to our regulars.

His tail never stops wagging - he's the welcome committee.

He's also really great with other dogs, which is good because a lot come into the pub.

– Chris French, owner
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The couple bought the dog as as a surprise for daughter Mia.

We told Mia we were going to the supermarket and came back with a puppy. She couldn't believe it. It's been great for her.

She's not afraid of other dogs anymore, she's very confident and goes straight up to them in the street. For me he's a companion.

We started the pub two years ago and built it up from scratch.

I spent a lot of time by myself for a long time before we hired anyone else, and during the times when you can get a bit down, you just look at his face and can't help but cheer up.

Every time I look at him it melts my heart, and he is as much a part of the family and the pub as any human.

– Chris French, owner