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Sealyham Terrier “Charmin” Crowned At Seventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Other Top Dogs Take Home Awards During Weekend of Canine Competition

And the winner is … Sealyham Terrier Ch Efbe’s Hidalgo at Goodspice, known as “Charmin” of Cochranville, PA owned by Margery & Richard Good and Sandra Middlebrooks.

Earning a $50,000 cash prize and the title of AKC/Eukanuba National Champion, Charmin was crowned the nation’s top dog at the conclusion of the two-day competition in Long Beach, CA. Best in Show judge Miss Maxine V. Beam of Fort Worth, TX awarded the National Champion title.

In total, nearly 2,500 dogs competed in conformation for prestigious titles and $225,000 -- the largest prize money of any dog show in the world. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on February 2, 2008 from 8-11 p.m. (ET/PT).

“We welcome Charmin and his proud owners to the elite group who have become part of dog show royalty by being crowned the AKC/Eukanuba National Champion,” said Ron Menaker, AKC Chairman. And, I congratulate the breeders and owners of Newton, a Golden Retriever, our Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show. These breeders exemplify the dedicated and responsible purebred dog breeder who makes our sport possible. Also recognized today was our Eukanuba World Challenge winner –Vamos, a Cocker Spaniel from Switzerland. I am so pleased to honor all of these dogs – they represent various aspects of this wonderful sport which brings canine enthusiasts all over the world together to celebrate the international language of ‘dog.’”

“It was a great honor to award Charmin with The Eukanuba Celebration of Champions trophy, which features a likeness of all AKC/Eukanuba National Champions, plus a check for $50,000 and a lifetime supply of Eukanuba dog food,” said Dan Rajczak of Eukanuba. “We congratulate Charmin and his owners for their tremendous accomplishment.”


Sporting: Weimaraner – Ch Colsidex Seabreeze Perfect Fit (Marge) Owners: Ellen M. Charles, Alessandra Floz and Judy Colan, Woodstock, CT.

Hound: Beagle (over 13 in.) – Ch K-Run’s Park Me In First (Uno) Owners: C. Dowell, E. Dziuk, J. Woodring and K. Weichert, Columbia, MO.

Working: Akita – Ch Redwitch Reason to Believe (Macey) Owner: Roger Rechler, Millneck, NY.

Toy: Toy Poodle – Ch Smash JP Win a Victory (Vikki) Owner: Ron Scott, Dillsbury, PA.

Non-Sporting: Standard Poodle – Ch Randenn Tristar Affirmation (Yes) Owners: Toni and Martin Sosnoff, New York, NY.

Herding: German Shepherd – Ch Kaleef’s Geneva Aeval-Achtung (Geneva) Owners: Janet Lange and Roger Rechler, Carrollton, GA

This exciting and unique new international competition featuring the top dogs from 40 countries across the globe is the first event of its kind. Taking home the title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Winner" and $10,000 was a Cocker Spaniel named Ch. Very Vigie Vamos a La Playa (Vamos) owned by Laurent Pichard and Joelle Doucet of Switzerland.

In the Junior Showmanship competition (for those under 18 years of age) Collen Stone of San Bruno, CA with his dog, Ch Ups 'n Downs Hot Toddy, or “Dawson,” a Border Terrier was awarded Best Junior Handler, along with a $2,000 scholarship.

Golden Retriever, Ch Easthill Broxden the Fig is Up, known as Newton, owned by Sandra Kim Hoffen, A & J Ovalle and Amy Rodriques of Modesto, CA was awarded Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show. Over 980 dogs representing nearly 43 percent of the total competitors were entered in the “Bred-By” competition. Newton’s owners were awarded a $15,000 cash prize.

The 2007 AKC National Obedience Invitational and the AKC Agility Invitational are held in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. The two events demonstrate the highest level of training and teamwork between dog and handler and are the culmination of thousands of trials held throughout the year. More information on the winners of these events at


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