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Champion dogs have perfected the art of heeling, stacking, and shining in the show ring. But while not competing for Best in Show, they get to enjoy the luxury of being lap dogs. In the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s 2016 Champions for Canine Health Calendar, 14 stunning show dogs are seen in their homes or outside simply enjoying being dogs.

The calendar (formally known as the “Living Art Calendar”) serves as an annual fundraiser for CHF, and in the past six years, it has raised more than $600,000. These funds are used for research into promoting canine health.

Preorder a copy of the calendar ($20) here.

Allow us to present the champions of 2016:

Irish Setter “ELLA” (see above)

GCH CH Kellyglen's Twilight Affair
Owners: Marilyn D. Title, Carolyn L. McKenzie, Suzanne Walker & Patricia Kudla

Ibizan Hound “BETTY”

Betty -- january
MBIS MRBIS BISS GCH Paradise Bette Davis Eyes
Owners: Lisa Puskas, Nick Pusta & Wendy Anderson

Greyhound “GIA”

february - gia - greyhound
MBIS MRBIS Panam FCI INT BR/AM GCH GrandCru Giaconda CGC; A Top Five Hound in 2015
Owners: Melanie Steele, Amy Phelan, Rose Tomlin & Rindi Gaudet

Berger Picard “GABBY”

March - gabby - berger picard
Guess V.D. Borendijkse Hoeve
Owner: Beverly H. Conroy

Russell Terrier “TIFFANY”

april - tiffany russell terrier
GCH CH Foxfield White Diamonds of Marlyn
Owners: Marilyn D. Title & Carolyn L. McKenzie

Samoyed “BOGEY”

May - Bogey - Samoyed
GCH. Pebbles’ Run Play It Again Ham
Owners: Barbara Bruns, Wolfgang Stamp, Amy Kiell-Green, Andrew Green

Italian Greyhound “TANGO”

June - Tango - Italian Greyhound
GCH. Kashmir’s Invitation to Tango
Owner: Celia Weatherhead

Irish Terrier “LEXI”

July - Lexi - Irish Terrier
GCH Rockledge Ms Lexi of Meath
Owners: Linda M. Honey and Joyce Wilson

Briard “SPARKLES”

August - Sparkles
MBISS GCH Ne Orageux’s Flash Point
Owners: Tommy & Merry Jeanne Millner

Giant Schnauzer “DORA”

Dora
Multiple BIS, BISS GCH KenRo’s Witching Hour
Owners: Robin J. Greenslade, Luke M. Norton & Douglas Hill

Golden Retriever “STREAKER”

Streaker
CH. Lazy Paws Full Moon
Owners: Sari and Kevin Curran

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog “GUS”

Gus - Greater Swiss Mountain Dog
GCH Derby’s Toast With Gusto
Owners: Sue & Rick Copeland

Cardigan Welsh Corgi “UTTER”

Utter
GCH Glasshouse 3C Touch Not The Cat
Owner: Lori Frost

Bernese Mountain Dog “Meco and Tanner”

Meco n Tanner
CH Bluemoon’s Meco Ascent, RN, BMDCA BNDD, and MBISS GCH CH Bluemoon Tanzenite V Blackrock, CD, BMDCA NDD, BMDCA Versatility Dog

Owners: Dawn Cox, Georgeann Reeve, Christine and Michael Mann

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