After a weekend full of competition, judge Dr. Robert J. Moore selected the Scottish Terrier, who won the Terrier group, from the field of other group winners, which included an Irish Setter called Emily (Sporting), a Greyhound called Era (Hound), a Boxer named Bosco (Working), a Toy Poodle called Walker (Toy), a Standard Poodle named Jetta (Non-Sporting) and a Rough Collie called Sax (Herding).
Sadie, also known as Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot, lives on Mackinac Island in Michigan, and earns her owner, Amelia Musser, a $50,000 cash prize for taking "Best in Show". To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the AKC, this year’s show was open format – meaning that any AKC-registered purebred and unaltered dog aged 6 months or over had an opportunity to compete.
"We are proud to have Sadie and her owners join the elite family of Best in Show AKC/Eukanuba National Championship winners," said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. "The competition was especially intense this year, a fitting culmination to our organization?s 125th anniversary celebration."
This year’s show included the "Eukanuba World Challenge", which featured dogs from 40 countries. The winner of this event was Italy’s Bracco Italiano dog known as "Axel", who wins a cash prize of $10,000. This year’s Championship was also hosted alongside the AKC National Obedience Invitational, which was won for the second year in a row by a Labrador Retriever called Tyler, and the AKC Agility Invitational. Agility titles are awarded according to five height divisions, and winners included a Pembroke Welsh Corgi, a Cardigan Welsh Corgi, a Pyrenean Shepherd, a Border Collie and a Doberman Pinscher.
Winner’s photograph courtesy of American Kennel Club