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Scottish Terrier Named Sadie Is Best in Show at Westminster

“Sadie, a four-year-old Scottish terrier, broke the losing streak for favorites at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night when she was named best in show.”

New York Times

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Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show starts tonight

NEW YORK — Since 1877, there have probably been a lot of years where Westminster Kennel Club fans savored the show’s results and wondered ahead: what can we do for an encore?

The Westminster Kennel Club’s 134th Annual All Breed Dog Show in 2010 will certainly be another one of those years at Madison Square Garden, especially after the very visible, impactful winners in the past two years in particular.

In 2009, Senior Citizens everywhere celebrated the victory of Stump, a wonderful Sussex Spaniel that became the oldest dog ever to capture Best In Show at the World’s greatest dog show. Stump was 10 years, two months and nine days old, more than two years older than the previous age record holder.

Making his win all the more remarkable was the fact that he had nearly died a few years earlier after retiring from the show ring, and that he had not been shown in nearly four years. He quickly became a cover story for AARP magazine.

It was “Beaglemania” in 2008, as a Beagle named Uno was crowned Best In Show. The dog show’s loudest crowd ever at the Garden made the first win ever for a Beagle one of Westminster’s most memorable wins. Uno went on to make countless public appearances, visit the White House and ride on a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Stump and Uno were the most recent, but certainly they were carrying on the wonderful legacy established by great dogs like Remedy (1907, 1908, 1909), Brucie (1941, 1942), Bang Away (1951), Storm (1952, 1953), Gossie (1960), DJ (1971, 1972), Pepsi (1983), Shannon (1984), Hatter (1987), Kirby (1999), Mick (2003) and the many others who came before.

So, bring on the script writers. What can happen in 2010?

As always, it will be a wonderful collection of show dogs, with all the great dogs in the same place at the same time, the only time that happens each year. They’ll be strutting their stuff in front of another sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, in front of millions of television viewers watching it live on USA Network, and in front of millions more on the Internet.

What greater inspiration can there be than to know that everyone in the sport – and then some – are watching. The dogs and their people seem to sense that, and great performances by great athletes abound.

It will take two days to work through the 2,500 dogs that begin the competition at the breed level in 173 different breeds and varieties. In 2010, three breeds newly-recognized by the American Kennel Club will compete at the Big W for the first time ever: the Irish Red and White Setter in the Sporting Group, and the Pyrenean Shepherd and the Norwegian Buhund in the Herding Group.

At the conclusion of the dog world’s greatest event, the seven winners in the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will meet in the final countdown.

When 11 p.m. on February 16 rolls around, Best In Show Judge Elliott Weiss of Eagle, Idaho, will step into the center of the ring and crown the Westminster winner as America’s Dog for 2010.

For that great champion, the legacy will have only begun.

The 134th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show airs on USA Network live on Monday and Tuesday evenings, February 15 and 16, from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET.

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The National Dog Show returns for Thanksgiving Day

Hollywood Outbreak has more on the National Dog Show set for Thanksgiving Day from noon to 2PM on NBC. There are also audio clips from co-host David Frei on his “…reason why the National Dog Show has a growing fanbase, plus his personal doghouse regime and how his faithful companions help other humans in need of affection.”

CANINE CANOODLING – THE NATIONAL DOG SHOW RETURNS – Hollywood Celebrity and Entertainment Daily News

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Ninth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Celebrates AKC’s 125th Anniversary

The American Kennel Club® and Eukanuba announced today that nearly 4,000 dogs will compete for more than $225,000 in cash prizes at the Ninth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on December 12 and 13, 2009 in Long Beach, California. The two day event is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC Obedience Invitational (entries of 457 and 109 respectively) making for a combined entry of almost 5,000 dogs competing in all events.

In celebration of AKC’s 125th anniversary, the show adopted an open format for 2009, allowing for breed classes in which championship points will be awarded. Dogs completing their championships at this event will receive a special rosette. Also in recognition of the AKC’s milestone, 133 breed clubs are hosting specialties and supported entries and AKC is offering every participant a commemorative 125th anniversary medallion. A new online catalog, featuring photos of many of the competitors, will feature real-time results and be archived permanently on the AKC Web site.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is also host to the Eukanuba World Challenge, a unique event offering top dogs from 41 countries the opportunity to compete for prestigious international recognition. Rare breeds such as the Cesky Fousek, Thai Ridgeback and Bracco Italiano will compete against more traditional favorites such as the Doberman Pinscher, Poodle and Golden Retriever for the title of “World Challenge Champion” and a total of $15,000 in prize money.

“We are proud to celebrate AKC’s 125th anniversary with this unique show,” said Ron Menaker, Show Chairman. “With nearly 5,000 entries in the conformation, agility and obedience competitions, it’s the largest AKC dog show in 2009, and will be a memorable event for both spectators and competitors.”

The Long Beach Convention Center has long been the home to the Dog Hair & Eggnog Cluster of dog shows held by local kennel clubs. The Los Encinos Kennel Club, Kennel Club of Beverly Hills and Long Beach Kennel Club shows will precede the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Dec. 9-11, 2009, making for five full days of dog shows.

AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

  • All 161 AKC registered breeds are entered to compete.
  • The largest entries include:
  • 106 Golden Retrievers
  • 80 French Bulldogs
  • 66 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • 65 Australian Shepherds
  • 63 Rottweilers
  • The newest breeds to compete include:

  • 10 Irish Red & White Setters
  • 6 Norwegian Buhund
  • 15 Pyrenean Shepherds
  • By group, entry totals are: Sporting – 680; Hound – 554; Working – 676; Terrier – 505; Toy – 573; Non-Sporting – 481, Herding – 404 and Miscellaneous – 47
  • Dogs from 41 international countries will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge including Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Venezuela.
  • Over $225,000 in cash and prizes offered by Eukanuba. In addition, another $10,000 has been offered by many of the 133 breed clubs that are hosting a specialty or supported entry in commemoration of AKC’s 125th anniversary.
  • The owner/s of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show winner will receive more than $50,000 while the breeder/s of the Best in Show winner is awarded $15,000.
  • More than 1,300 dogs are entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor (dogs being shown by their own breeder) competition, making up 32% of the entry who will be eligible to win the $15,000 cash prize. Same-day video coverage of the Bred-by-Exhibitor Groups will be provided on akc.org
  • 115 youngsters, ages 9-18, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.
  • Nearly 300,000 square feet of event space will be utilized.

AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE INVITATIONALS BY THE NUMBERS

  • Agility (held in a unique, 60,000 square foot, enclosed pavilion) – 457 total; 130 breeds from 41 states (plus Canada, Brazil and Japan).
  • Obedience – 109 total; 44 breeds from 31 states and Canada

To purchase tickets and get more information about the show visit www.akc.org/aenc