AKC announces winner for third ‘AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge’

The 3rd AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge has announced their new winners; let’s see!

Due to the very unfortunate comings of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has to run their new Top Dog Challenges all as virtual contests now, including their newest competition, the 3rd AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge! As of our current times and at the moment right now, most things are being postponed and performed and done virtually given the current state of the world.

The AKC officially announced the winners of their 3rd AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge on Thursday morning, October 29.

For this contest the pooches were judged based off of two different classes: Puppy (at least 6 months, but under 12 months) and Open Class (any entry including CH of record); also, they’re placed in the appropriate breed and sex categories likewise.

For this particular contest/challenge, here were the judges per each respective/professional category that they so happen to specialize in:

  • Sporting = Mr. Douglas A. Johnson
  • Hound = Mr. Eugene Blake
  • Working = Mrs. Vicki Seiler-Cushman
  • Terrier = Mrs. Connie H. Clark
  • Toy = Mr. David J. Kirkland
  • Non-Sporting = Mr. Steven Hayden
  • Herding = James J. Mitchell
  • Miscellaneous (Others) = Mrs. Anne K. Catterson

Just because this 3rd AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge is being done from home, doesn’t mean that the patterns and tasks to be done by each pooch changes. Here’s what had to be done as each pooch’s owner made a video of their dog performing virtually:

  • Normal Ring Procedures Including…..
    • Walking around in a circle
    • Walking in a straight line, down and back
    • Standing still in stack and free-stack
    • Breed-appropriate and given examination of bite and mouth

If you’re interested on how these (virtual) Dog Shows and other types of challenges work, then check out our basic get-to-know-the-show guide in order to become more familiar!

1. Sporting Group

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is an English Setter officially named Celestial’s Tribal Cowgirl. She is owned by Tammy and Roger Vann and bred by them as well, in addition to Taylor Baird.

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Open Class is an ASCOB Cocker Spaniel officially named Bianca E’Dubronic. She is owned and bred by Marco Paseta.

2. Hound Group

Taking the top prize in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is a Whippet officially named Sincity Azure Fleur de la Coeur. Sincity is owned by Julie Troxel and bred by Yvette Chevalier Lopez.

Taking the top price in this particular category from the Open Class, is a Scottish Deerhound officially named CH Cu Liath Windfall Worthington. Windfall is owned by Loretta Chowning, Thelma Chowning, and Paula Hogan; Windfall is also bred by Paula Hogan and Lynn Kiaer.

3. Working Group

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is a Bernese Mountain Dog officially named Lake Kathryn’s Strolling Down Grace Lane TKN. Lake is owned by Annie McDannold and bred by Andrea Bracikowski.

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Open Class, is an Alaskan Malamute officially named Ch. Malaczar’s Won-der-ful Enchantment. Enchantment is owned and bred by Jacquita Lind, Eddie Price, and Jadyn Price.

4. Terrier Group

Unfortunately, there were no entries in this particular class/category coming from the Puppy Class.

Taking the top price in this particular category from the Open Class, is a West Highland White Terrier officially named CH Wildwoods I Can’t Drive 55 RI CGCA TKP, better known as Hemi.  Hemi is owned and bred by Deborah Sullivan, Lisa Pacheco, and Lou Pacheco.

5. Toy Group

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is a Papillion called Peanut, officially named Disyre What Dreams Are Made Of. Dreams is owned by Diana Sayre and Kim Moreno; Dreams is also bred by Diana Sayre.

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Open Class, is a Papillion officially named CH. Disyre Joy To The World. Joy is owned by Kim Moreno and Diana Sayre; Joy is also bred by Diana Sayre and Linda Fitzmaurice.

6. Non-Sporting Group

Taking the top prize in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is a Shiba Inu officially named Jogoso’s Virtuoso. JV is owned by Jeri Burnside, John Burnside, Lisa Sakashita, and Susanne Ozasa; JV is bred by Susanne Ozasa.

Taking the top prize in this particular category from the Open Class, is a Bichon Frise officially named Cabochon I Am A Bobbi Dazzler. Bobbi Dazzler is owned by Patricia McAllister and Patricia Dale Hunter; Bobbi Dazzler is bred by P. McAllister, P.D. Hunter, and S.M. Sneddon.

7. Herding Group

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is a Collie officially named Milas Tairis Bohemian Rhapsody. Bohemian Rhapsody is owned by Elaine Spaulding, Steve Spaulding, and Debra Jones; Bohemian Rhapsody is also bred by Debra Jones.

Taking the cake in this particular category from the Open Class, is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi officially named GCH Cariadh Tea Party at Coventry. Tea Party is owned by Amy Jordan and was bred by Patricia Smith.

8. Miscellaneous (All Others) Group

Taking the top prize in this particular category from the Puppy Class, is a Biewer Terrier officially named Benchmark On Y Va My Sunshine. My Sunshine is owned by Whitney Aronson; My Sunshine is also bred by Barrie-Lynn Wood.

Taking the top prize in this particular category from the Open Class, is a Biewer Terrier officially named Benchmark On Y Va My Sunshine. My Sunshine is owned by Whitney Aronson; My Sunshine is also bred by Barrie-Lynn Wood.

Miscellanous is a category for the breeds that haven’t quite met the requirements for the AKC to recognize them yet, but that are close to meeting them.

Best In Show

The Best in Show official prize winner went to the West Highland White Terrier named “Hemi”, but officially named/goes by CH Wildwoods I Can’t Drive 55 RI CGCA TKP!

The Best in Show ‘Best Puppy’ went to the Papillion named “Peanut”, but officially named/goes by Disyre What Dreams Are Made Of!

As far as the whole idea of prizes go for this particular 3rd AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge, a donation of $2,200, from the entry fee, will be donated to California Fire Foundation’s SAVE Program, which in turn, “provides immediate assistance in the form of gift cards to victims of fire or other natural disasters so they may purchase necessities, such as food, clothing, and medicine,” as an AKC press release stated.

This time around, the 3rd AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge gained exactly 217 entries of cute puppies galore!

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