The posh pooch can often be seen strutting his stuff in the scenic grounds of Tatton Park.

But next week the likely lad is competing against 12 fellow mongrels - for the honour of becoming Mutt of the Year.

The cute cross-breed was chosen from 2,000 entries for a final showdown at Battersea Dogs Home.

But a bout of kennel cough at the centre has meant he'll be more at home at a new venue - London's Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

Owners John and Angela Auld, of Chelford Road, Knutsford, will also be making the trip south and say they were surprised when two-year-old Rab was chosen.

"He's a beautiful, gentle pet," said Mrs Auld.

"We just saw the competition in a magazine and thought it would be fun to enter him."

Judges say Rab was a real find because of his unusual colouring.

"We were looking for dogs with a difference and Rab fitted the bill," said Jane Mead, who helped choose the most appealing mutts.

Whatever the outcome on Thursday October 17, Rab is still guaranteed his moment of glory as London-based competition organisers Petprints are producing a calendar of all finalists.

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