All the posts this week about the AKC National Championships generated quite a bit of interest from you blog faithful. Just wondering…what’s your favorite event?
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
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.
Coverage of agility is available at AKC.tv.
Five agility dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the five height categories – were crowned as the 2020 winners of the AKC Agility Invitational, which brought together 608 dogs from across the country. Continue reading 2020 AKC Agility 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.
Sorry! (Not sorry)
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!
From Crufts (the British equivalent of Westminster) and the I can’t make this stuff up file:
From The Dog Lady’s mailbag:
The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is excited to announce the return of the wildly popular AKC Agility Premier Cup. The second annual event is set to take place on April 30, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN and will be judged by Dan Butcher of Portland, OR. Continue reading SECOND ANNUAL AKC AGILITY PREMIER CUP
Just as a reminder, here are the dogs who won each class and are eligible to be the Masters Agility Championship:
8-inch class: Fortune
12-inch class: Pixel
16-inch class: Pink
20-inch class: Lilliann
24-inch class: Punk
And the winner is: Pink, the Border Collie!
Check back tomorrow for the best in breed winners throughout the day in the Terrier, Non-Sporting, Toy, and Junior Showmanship groups.
Times from the 24-inch class
Irish Setter Ava – 36.42 clean
Beauceron Maya – 44.02 + 15
Irish Red & White Setter Cushla – 54.47 + 5
Dalmatian Mason – 43.41 + 20
Labrador Retriever Banshee – 51.54 + 5
Siberian Husky Lobo – 76.32 + 60 – Lobo had a lot of fun, stopping to sniff the roses along the way. He thought he might take some time out to see if there was a treat on the champions bench. This is why I love the 24-inch class.
Poodle Shambhu – 44.16 + 5
**Golden Retriever Punk – 36.05 clean
Belgian Tervuren Kira – 41.37 + 20
Border Collie Kaboom – 33.25 + 10
Punk takes top honors in this class.
2nd – Kaboom
3rd – Ava
4th – Shambhu
Next up: the Champion!
Times for the 12-inch class:
Chinese Crested Decker – 52.9 + 10
English Springer Spaniel Tinkerbell – 52.87 + 25
Boston Terrier Darby – 42.33 + 5
Shetland Trek – 46.3 clean
Danish Swedish Farmdog Bullet – 39.1 clean
Poodle Pre – 34 + 5
All American Dog Jeter – 48.06 + 5
Manchester Terrier Prix – 50.8 + 15
Cocker Spaniel Pink – 42.64 + 25
**Miniature American Shepherd Pixel – 36.4 clean
And Pixel takes the 12-inch class!
2nd – Pre
3rd – Bullet
4th – Trek
Coming up next: the 24-inch class. This one is fun to watch because some of the dogs just lumber through the course because they’re so big.
Times for the 16-inch class
Miniature American Shepherd Loyal (Preferred class) – 46.99 clean
Rat Terrier Ferris B (Preferred class) – 42.44 clean
All American Dog Cameo (Preferred class) – 45.90 clean
Cocker Spaniel Joey – 44.26 clean
English Springer Spaniel Fern – 41.93 + 5
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Liberty – 36.88 + 10
Australian Shepherd Lira – 36.85 clean
Shetland Sheepdog Streak – 35.29 clean (I swear they were running the tape in fast forward through the weave poles!)
Shetland Sheepdog Boss – 35.22 + 5
Border Collie Pink (Defending class champion last two years) – 29.35 clean
And Pink takes the win!
2nd – Streak
3rd – Lira
4th – Boss
Coming up next: the 12-inch class
Times from the 8-inch class
All American Dog (Preferred Class) Logan – 40.23 clean
**Papillon (Preferred Class) Fortune – 36.73 clean
Poodle Carly Rae – 61.64 + 20
Scottish Terrier Pickles – 46.78 + 5
Mini Australian Shepherd Cassion – 42.58 + 30
Pembroke Welsh Corgi Gwendolline – 43.3 clean
Havanese Bexar – 50.52 + 10
Bichon Frise Razzberry – 52.46 + 5
Papillon Pink – 37.55 clean
Papillon Wren – (2016 champion) – 38.83 + 5
8-inch class winner: Fortune, the Papillon
Coming UP: the 16-inch class