Scottish terrier Sadie wins AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Long Beach
A Scottish terrier named Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot (Sadie for short) is having one heck of a year in the world of dog shows. Sadie -- who earlier this year won the Terrier group at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show and, more recently, was named Best in Show at the prestigious National Dog Show -- took top honors this past weekend at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship dog show in Long Beach.
Sadie bested the winners of the six other AKC groups -- an Irish setter from the Sporting group, a standard poodle from the Nonsporting group, a greyhound from the Hound group, a boxer from the Working group, a toy poodle from the Toy group and a rough collie from the Herding group -- to be named the event's top dog. Her owner, Amelia Musser of Michigan, received a $50,000 cash prize (as if the bragging rights alone weren't enough).
In all, nearly 5,000 dogs competed at the National Championship show, with many opting for performance events like obedience and agility instead of the conformation section won by Sadie.
The event's top obedience dog, Count Tyler Show Me the Money (Tyler for short), holds numerous performance titles, including the difficult-to-attain-is-an-understatement Obedience Trial Champion title. It's the second year in a row that Tyler, a Labrador retriever from New Jersey, has taken the top obedience prize at the National Championship show.
The big winners in the agility competition were the Welsh corgis: A Pembroke Welsh corgi named Tobi and a Cardigan Welsh corgi named Letti each won their respective categories, which are determined by height. A Pyrenean shepherd named Luka, a border collie named Jace and a Doberman pinscher named Flare rounded out the winners of the agility competition.
"The competition was especially intense this year, a fitting culmination to our organization's 125th anniversary celebration," AKC chairman Ron Menaker said before offering his congratulations to the event's winners, as well as all the participants. "We thank them for their support of this show and AKC, and their enthusiasm for the sport of dogs."
-- Lindsay Barnett
Photo: Sadie, with handler Gabriel Rangel, takes Best in Show honors at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on Dec. 13. Credit: Associated Press