Water Dog Makes a Splash

Portuguese Water Dog "Matisse” triumphs over a thousand dogs at AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.

An enthusiastic crowd cheered at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida, Sunday night as “Matisse” was crowned “National Champion” after a weekend of exciting competition.   

The new AKC/Eukanuba Champion, GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, and his owners Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker of New York, New York, will take home Best in Show honors and $50,000 in prize money.

Portuguese Water Dog, courtesy AKC Euk


The title of Reserve Best in Show went to  GCH CH Afterall Painting the Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier known as “Sky” owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund, and Diane Ryan of Rialto, California.

Fox Terrier, courtest AKC Eukanuba


Other fierce competitors for the Best in Show honors included:

Sporting Group: GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, an Irish Water Spaniel known as “Riley” owned by Tom and Bethany Urban and Gregory Siner of Issaquah, Washington. 

Irish Water Spaniel, courtesy AKC Eukanuba



Hound Group: GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, an American Foxhound known as “Jewel” owned by Ellen Charles and Lisa Miller of Washington, D.C.


Foxhound, courtesy AKC Eukanuba


Toy Group: GCH CH Yakee Easily Persuaded, a Pekingese known as “Rodger” owned by Sandra Middlebrooks and David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

Pekeingese courtesy AKC Eukanuba

Non-Sporting Group:GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire, a Standard Poodle known as “Flame” owned by Linda C. Campbell of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 

Standard Poodle, courtesy AKC Eukanuba


Herding Group: GCH CH Wolf Creek Galaxy Of Merivern, a German Shepherd Dog known as “Fritz” owned by Edward Farrell & Pat Walker of Potomac, Maryland. 

German Shepherd, courtesy AKC Eukanuba

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, was joined by a range of canine sporting events under one roof including: the Eukanuba World Challenge; the AKC Agility Invitational; the AKC Obedience Classic; the AKC Owner-Handled Series Final; Junior events in conformation, obedience and agility; and the Orlando cluster shows. See results from the rest of the events here>>

Spectators also enjoyed the nation’s largest canine extravaganza, Celebrate Dogs!, which featured dozens of dog-centric activities like AKC Meet the Breeds®, Eukanuba Dock Dogs, and a canine shopping mall with holiday gifts for dog lovers.

Missed a competition? More than 300 hours of video event coverage are available, including daytime breed judging, agility, obedience, Groups, Best in Show and special presentations! Click here to watch more>>

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