A dog was awarded for having the “most appealing eyes” at a dog show in London.

Frank, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier owned by Rachel Mailley of Afton Drive, South Ockendon, picked up the gong in the Companion Dog Club competition, triumphing over an arena full of canine rivals at Earls Court.

The Thurrock dog won the hearts of dog behaviourists Carolyn Menteith and Sarah Fisher, Anthony Head a star from BBC show Merlin - who were judging last month’s competition - with his puppy eyes.

Rachel said: “He is such a loyal dog and a great friend. I’m so proud of him for representing the breed so positively.”

The competition is held in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust which funds various work, ranging from supporting research into canine diseases, grants to dog welfare organisations and the promotion of support dogs, all of which give dogs a healthier and happier life.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club spokesperson, said: “The Companion Dog Club competition welcomes crossbreeds and purebreds of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds, and is always one of the great highlights of Discover Dogs as it gives all kinds of dogs the chance to shine. Frank and Rachel have done really well to beat off some stiff competition and win the hearts of the judges.”