The National Obedience Championship is a two-day event and is by invitation only for the top-ranked dogs of each breed. It was held held December 11-13, 2020 in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Continue reading 2020 AKC Obedience National Championship Winners→
The 2020 AKC Fast CAT Invitational brought together 117 dogs from across the country on December 9-11, 2020 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. The fastest dogs from each breed, based on rankings from AKC Fast Coursing Ability Tests (Fast CAT), were invited to participate in the inaugural AKC Fast CAT Invitational for the designation of Fastest Dog USA or Speed of the Breeds Champion. All dogs ran three times, with the cumulative speed determining the fastest dogs.
This is the first time I’ve seen this event. How fun! Watching dogs run when they are built for speed is amazing. Loved the Greyhound, Saluki, and Afghan. But even more fun were the tiny dogs with their short legs going so fast they were just a blur!
Fastest Dog USA: Wailin’ Phelan The Bearded Lass CAX FCAT3, an All-American Dog known as “Phelan,” owned by Krista Shreet and Ted Koch of Crownsville, MD.
Speed of the Breeds Champion: Safranne’s Make Mine M”Ag”Nificent MX MXJ T2B BCAT, a Poodle known as “Elliot,” owned by Deborah Burnett of Gray Court, SC.
And, by the way, the Turtle Award went to a Pekingese named Buster!
A closely held secret! I can’t reveal the winners yet because it hasn’t been televised yet, and I don’t want to be a spoiler.
If you absolutely need your dog show fix, there are highlights available on AKC.TV and on the ESPN app. There are also features on rally, obedience, and (my favorite) agility available, as well as the All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes.
Otherwise, you’ll have to wait with the rest of us to see it in a three-hour special on ABC on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET, which I will be live-blogging. as usual.
From The Dog Lady’s Mailbag: CH Nauti Leighway Send More Boodles, a Havanese known as “Boodles” triumphed over 931 dogs ages six months to 18 months to become the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Junior of the Year, held today in Orlando, Fla in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. “Boodles,” owned and bred by Elizabeth Omeara and Ashleigh Rutzel of Portsmouth, RI, was crowned “Junior of the Year” by an esteemed panel of judges, consisting of Mr. James Moses, Mr. Daniel Smyth, and Mr. Thomas Powers, after intense canine competition.
Coverage of the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes is available for replay at AKC.tv.
AKC Fastest Dogs USA on ESPN will decide the fastest canines in the country. Dogs of all breeds participate year-long in AKC Fast Coursing Ability Tests (Fast CAT) – the 100-yard dash for dogs. Based on these rankings, the speediest dogs in the country have been invited to participate in the inaugural event in Orlando, FL, held in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin. Continue reading Tune In Tomorrow for Fastest Dogs USA Competition on ESPN2→
Here are the competitors for Best in Show, having first won their individual groups:
Terriers: Wire Fox Vinnie
Non-Sporting: Standard Poodle Kam
Toys: Affenpinscher Chester
Hounds: Scottish Deerhound Claire
Sporting: English Springer Spaniel Teddy
Working: Portuguese Water Dog Bowie
Herding: Mini American Shepherd Jimmy
Stay tuned for the Best in Show winner!
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