The 2020 AKC Agility Invitational took place December 12-13, 2020 in Orlando, FL in conjunction with the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, demonstrating the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. The top five dogs in each breed received an invitation to compete in this prestigious event. In addition, the agility competition for junior handlers was held for the tenth year.
Competitions were 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.
If you’re not familiar with rally, think of it as any team sport: You and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each of these signs provides instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. The dog and handler move continuously throughout the course with the dog under control at the handler’s left side. There is a clear sense of teamwork between the dog and handler both during and between the numbered signs. Although each performance is timed, having a good race time is not the goal; it’s all about working as a team while performing the skills, with the dog under control. Continue reading 2020 AKC Rally National Championship Winners→
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→
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.
As promised, I looked at the response we got to each of the breed group winner posts from Thursday’s National Dog Show. The Toy Group was the clear winner, followed by Working Dogs and Herding Dogs. Here’s the page view tally:
I always take an interest in who checks out my posts, and when I post about dog shows, there’s usually a huge following, but some of the groups do better than others. I will share with you on Sunday how many people looked at each group winner post from Thanksgiving’s National Dog Show, but for today, please tell me which group is your favorite. (I’ve not made it a secret that I love those hounds! But I will admit my absolute favorite breed is the Vizsla, from the sporting group.)
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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