OTTO is a dog with winning ways.

The rare leonberger is just two years old - but has already won 35 rosettes at dog shows across the country.

Otto, who weighs 10 stones, collected five top prizes in one go, when he took part in a dog show organised by Dewsbury Dog Training Club at the town's Crow Nest Park.

He won the prize for best in show, as well as coming first in the classes for best working dog, any variety pedigree dog, best maxi dog over 20in tall and being the judges' favourite.

Owner Susan Elliot, of Honley, has had her pet since he was eight weeks old.

She said the leonberger breed originated in Germany and was still quite rare. Otto is one of only two in Huddersfield.

"The man who bred the leonberger wanted a dog that looked like a lion," said Susan.

"The leonberger was a cross between a St Bernard and a Newfoundland, but is now a recognised breed in its own right."

Otto shares his home with Susan's other dogs, a border collie called Wellington and a mongrel named Poppy.

Said Susan: "Otto has a lovely temperament. Despite Otto's size the collie is the boss!"

Now Otto is getting ready for his biggest challenge - and a chance to compete in the world's best-known dog show, Crufts.

Said Susan: "He will take part in a pedigree show at Newark in Nottinghamshire next month. If he is placed, that will guarantee him entry to Crufts."