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