December 2009

Best in Show

Who’ll get the ribbon when the top canine competitors gather in Long Beach?


By The Numbers, Champion Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot Dugald Stermer

The Main Event

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, celebrating the American Kennel Club’s 125th anniversary

When: December 12–13

Where: Long Beach Convention Center

Competing: 165 AKC breeds, plus 12 breeds not registered by the AKC

Breeds Making Their Debut: Three—Irish red and white setter, Pyrenean shepherd and Norwegian Buhund

Attending: More than 3,000 canines from 40 countries

Judges: 93 from 10 countries

Duration: 30 hours over two days

Top Prize: $50,000

The Odds

Best in Show: Fortune seems to favor being young, male, from the East Coast, a terrier and a previous big winner.

Chances of Winning by Group: Sporting: 1:4 / Terrier: 3:8 / Working: 1:8 / Hound: 1:8 / Non-Sporting: 1:8 / Herding: long shot / Toy: long shot

Chances of Winning by Age: Three: 1:2 / Four: 1:8 / Five: 1:8 / Six: 1:4

Chances of Winning by Gender: Male: 3:4 / Female: 1:4

Chances of Winning by Region: East: 5:8 / West: 1:4 / South: 1:8 / North: long shot

Consolation to the Losers: No dog can win AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show more than once.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be held in Long Beach through 2010, after which the show moves to Orlando.

The Favorite

The number one ranked dog in the USA

Registered Name: Champion Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot

Call Name: Sadie

Breed: Scottish terrier

Owner: Amelia Musser (owner of the Grand Hotel in Mackinac Island, Michigan)

Ring Cred: Triumphed over 87,680 dogs in competitions this year and won 52 Best in Show titles