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Portuguese Water Dog "Matisse" Wins Best In Show At Thirteenth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Sporting: GCH CH Whistlestop's Riley on Fire, an Irish Water Spaniel known as "Riley" owned by Tom and Bethany Urban and Gregory Siner of Issaquah, Washington.

Hound: GCH CH Kiarry's Pandora's Box, an American Foxhound known as "Jewel" owned by Ellen Charles and Lisa Miller of Washington, D.C.

Working: GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse, a Portuguese Water Dog known as "Matisse" owned by Milan Lint, Peggy Helming and Donna Gottdenker of New York, New York.

Terrier: GCH CH Afterall Painting The Sky, a Wire Fox Terrier known as "Sky" owned by Victor Malzoni, Jr., Torie Steele, Scott & Mary Olund, and Diane Ryan of Rialto, California.

Toy: GCH CH Yakee Easily Persuaded, a Pekingese known as "Rodger" owned by Sandra Middlebrooks and David Fitzpatrick of East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

Non-Sporting: GCH CH Dawin Hearts on Fire, a Standard Poodle known as "Flame" owned by Linda C. Campbell of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Herding: GCH CH Wolf Creek Galaxy Of Merivern, a German Shepherd Dog known as "Fritz" owned by Edward Farrell & Pat Walker of Potomac, Maryland.

Other top-dogs awarded during the two-day event included the following:

Eukanuba World ChallengeThis international event featured 44 top winning dogs from six continents. Afterglow Maverick Sabre, a Standard Poodle representing the United Kingdom and owned by Jason Lynn & M & MJ Stone of Lancashire, England, was awarded a hefty purse of $10,000 along with the title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Champion."

Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in ShowGCH CH Bugaboo's Picture Perfect, an Old English Sheepdog known as "Swagger" was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show, edging out more than 930 dogs representing 24 percent of the total competitors entered in the "Bred-By Exhibitor" competition. "Swagger's" owners Colton & Heather Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Ron Scott and Debbie Burke of Dilsburg, Pennsylvania were awarded a $15,000 cash prize.

Best in Miscellaneous Group Dynasty's Triple Crown, a Miniature American Shepherd known as "Remi" owned by Kimberly Johnson and Fran Withers of Hinesville, Georgia.

Junior ShowmanshipIn the Junior Showmanship competition, for handlers from between 9 to 18 years of age, Katelynn Edgecombe with her Pug Ch. Luna's Timeliss Lara Croft of Cantu was awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.

Agility and Obedience CompetitionsThe 2013 AKC Obedience Classic and the AKC Agility Invitational were held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler. This year's inaugural AKC Obedience Classic is a first of its kind for AKC, offering all regular levels of obedience classes at a national level. Obedience and agility competitions for junior handlers were held for the third year.

AKC Obedience ClassicFour obedience dogs and their owners – one dog/handler team in each of the four classes – were crowned at the AKC Obedience Classic, which brought together 248 dogs from across the country and beyond.  

Placing first in their class (Novice, Open, Utility and Masters respectively) were:

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