The top dogs in the nation were crowned from an overall combined entry of more than 640 dogs this past weekend at the AKC National Obedience Championship and AKC Rally® National Championship. Competitions were held July 9th-11th, 2021 at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH.
“It was absolutely incredible to watch these outstanding performances as the new National Champions were crowned in Obedience and Rally,” said Doug Ljungren, AKC Executive Vice President of Sports and Events. “These dogs exemplify the very finest in their sports from across the country. We’re thrilled to celebrate the dedication and many talents of these dog and handler teams.”
“We are also grateful to our exhibitors, volunteers, clubs and judges for their support of local events over the past year in exceptionally challenging times,” said Pamela Manaton, AKC Director of Obedience, Rally and Tracking.
The 2021 Winners:
WHAT: Watch the top dogs in the nation compete at the AKC National Obedience Championship and AKC Rally® National Championship live on AKC.tv. More than 640 total dogs will vie for the Champion title in their respective sport during this action-packed weekend.
WHEN: Friday, July 9th-Sunday, July 11th. Live streaming of the event will begin at 8:00am ET each day
WHERE: Competitions will be held at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. Tune in to watch the live coverage of this event on AKC.tv through your browser or the app.
As you probably know, the granddaddy of all dog shows, the Westminster Kennel Club Show, is generally held in the middle of the winter in the place everyone wants to be when it’s cold, New York City. However, with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, the decision was made to make this year’s show an outdoor event, and the big show was moved to June in hopes of finding some good weather. It’s been hot hot hot in New York this week, but temperatures are supposed to moderate in time for this weekend’s event. Continue reading Coming Soon: Westminster 2021→
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.
I know, I know, it’s still January, but I thought you might like to know that the schedule for the granddaddy of all dog shows has a slightly different schedule this year.
The agility championship will be held before the conformation show, as per usual, on Saturday, February 8th.
The obedience championship is also the weekend before the show, on Sunday, February 9th.
What’s new is that the conformation best in breed judging will be held over the course of three days rather than two. Hounds and Herding breeds will be judged on Sunday, with the Terriers, Non-Sporting, and Toy breeds to follow on Monday. Group judging for four of the five groups will be on Monday evening. Terrier group judging is carried over until Tuesday evening. Continue reading 2020 Westminster Kennel Club Show Schedule→