National Championship Crowns New Top Dog

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

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.

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:

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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