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National Agility Championship is Coming Up!

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From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC) is excited to announce that the AKC National Agility Championship will air on ESPN2. The two-hour competition will be televised on Wednesday, March 31,2021 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT. This broadcast comes on the heels of the three-year agreement the AKC and ESPN signed at the top of the year to give viewers a taste of the competitive world of dog sports.

This year’s AKC National Agility Championship will take place on March 26-March 28, 2021 at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The expo is an indoor, climate-controlled horse arena on dirt and has multiple rings set up for competition. After the pandemic canceled last year’s event, top agility canine athletes are eager to participate in this year’s event. Continue reading National Agility Championship is Coming Up!

Saturday Survey: 2020 AKC National Championships


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?

What was your favorite event at the 2020 AKC National Championships?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

2020 AKC Agility National Championship Winners

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Photo: AKC

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

Who Won the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin?

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!

Westminster 2020 Masters Agility Championship: Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

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.

Westminster 2020 Masters Agility Championship: 24-inch class

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!

Westminster 2020 Masters Agility Championship: 12-inch Class

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.

Westminster 2020 Masters Agility Championship: 16-inch Class

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