We had an amazing day at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando FL where the Space Coast Kennel Club Of Palm Bay opened the five day year end extravaganza culminating in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Included in the 2353 dogs that showed up today were all of our Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. One would fail to make it out of the breed today, four would be bested in their respective groups, and five would make it to Janet Turnage Nahijian’s final.
Paula Hartinger’s Sporting Group was perhaps the most dramatic with seven of the Top Ten Sporting Dogs represented. Considering there are two German Wirehaired Pointers, two English Setters, and two Weimaraners in the Top Ten, that’s pretty impressive. Not only did we have the continuing rivalry between AKC’s Number One Dog All Breeds, the GWP, GCH CH Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, and the Number Two Dog, the English Springer Spaniel, GCH CH Wynmoor Champagne Supernova, we also had 2011’s Number One Dog, the winningest Sporting Dog of all time, the Black Cocker Spaniel, GCH CH Casablanca’s Thrilling Seduction, make an appearance. All three, along with the Irish Water Spaniel, GCH CH Whistlestop’s Riley on Fire, would take group placements with the GWP advancing, the Springer finishing second, the IWS taking third, and the Cocker picking up the fourth place.
Enrique Jorge Filippini’s Working Group had its share of drama, with the Akita, GCH CH CR-Wicca’s Trade Secret, topping a group that included the Number Three Dog All Breeds, the Doberman Pinscher, GCH CH Protocol’s Veni Vidi Vici, and the Number Seven Dog, the Kuvasz, GCH CH Szumeria’s Wildwood silver Six Pence. Finishing one/two in Vicki Abbot’s Toy Group were the Number Five Dog All Breeds, the Affenpinscher, GCH CH Banana Joe V Tani Kazari, and the Number Six Dog, the Miniature Pinscher, GCH CH Marlex Classic Red Glare.
(Photo ourtedy of Best In Show Daily)
Joining the GWP, Oakley, the Akita, Trader, and the Affenpinscher, Joey, in judge Nahikian’s final were the Number Ten Dog All Breeds, the American Foxhound, GCH CH Kiarry’s Pandora’s Box, the Number Four Dog, the Wire Fox Terrier, GCH CH AfterAll Painting the Sky, the Number Eight Dog, the Standard Poodle, GCH CH Jaset’s Satisfaction, and the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, GCH CH Riverside’s Get Over It.
After a day of thrilling performances the two dogs collecting the top awards were the Wire Fox, Sky, with the Reserve and the Affenpinscher, Joey, with the Best In Show. The win, Joey’s 37th of the year, puts him 4500 points ahead of the MinPin, making an end of year finish as Number One Toy Dog almost a certainty.