National Championship Crowns New Top Dog

Thousands of dogs competed in the 2009 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

Posted: December 14, 2009, 2 p.m. EST

Spoiler alert: The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at 8 p.m. (EST/PST). This article reveals the winners of the show.

Despite a rainy start, the ninth AKC/Eukanuba National Championship held in Long Beach, Calif., ended the weekend successfully on Sunday evening with a new Best in Show winner and a new World Challenge winner.

Eukanuba World Challenge winner
Photographs courtesy
American Kennel Club

Taking the top spot at this year’s competition was Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, or “Sadie,” owned by Amelia Musser of Mackinac Island, Mich. Sadie was named Best in Show by judge Dr. Robert J. Moore after a weekend of intense competition that featured nearly 5,000 dogs. (See slide shows of the action from Saturday and Sunday.)

"We are proud to have Sadie and her owners join the elite family of Best in Show AKC/Eukanuba National Championship winners," said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. "The competition was especially intense this year, a fitting culmination to our organization's 125th anniversary celebration.”

In addition to the National Championship, the AKC Agility Invitational, National Obedience Invitational and Eukanuba World Challenge took place during the event.

This year’s international event featured dogs from 40 countries across six continents. In the end, Italy’s Ch. Axel Del Monte Alago, a Bracco Italiano known as “Axel,” earned the title of “World Challenge Champion” and $10,000 in prize money.

The following dogs won their respective Groups and went on to compete for Best in Show on Sunday night:

Best in Show/Terrier Group
Scottish Terrier
Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot
Owner: Amelia Musser

Sporting Group
Irish Setter
Ch. Shadagee Caught Red Handed
Owners: Debra Burke, Tim Burke and Ellen Bieler

Hound Group
Ch. Grandcru Clos Erasmus
Owners: Rindi Gaudet and Melanie Steele

Working Group
Ch. Duba-Dae's Who's Your Daddy
Owners: Charles Vose, Wendy Bettis and Lynn Jansson

Toy Group
Toy Poodle
Ch. Smash JP Moon Walk
Owners: Ron Scott and Debbie Burke

Non-Sporting Group
Standard Poodle
Ch. Dawin Spitfire
Owner: Linda Campbell

Herding Group Winner
Rough Collie
Ch. Sylvan Argent Simply Irresistible
Owners: Dr. Cindi Bossart, Connie DuBois, Nancy Comparato, D. Greene, Leah Warner and Stacy Smith

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at 8 p.m. (EST/PST).


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j   sawyer, MI

12/15/2009 6:19:10 PM


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Bobbi   SF, CA

12/15/2009 8:37:39 AM

Beautiful dogs and Congratulations!

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sal   nh, CT

12/14/2009 10:25:55 PM

beautiful dogs

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S   3 Oaks, MI

12/14/2009 5:20:31 PM

Gorgeous dogs!! Can't wait to see the show!! I didn't read who won what, I'd rather wait to see the show.

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