- terrier group
- standard schnauzer
- spinone italiano
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- AKC National Championship
- hound group
- herding group
- working group
- sporting group
- non-sporting group
- german shepherd dog
- toy group
The 2022 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin took place on December 18 and 19 in Orlando, Florida. Thousand of dogs competed for Best of Breed; the winner of each breed then went on to Group competitions. The winners of each of the seven Groups then competed for the coveted title of Best in Show.
Best in Group
Each breed recognized by the AKC belongs to one of seven breed Groups, outlined below:
Dogs in the Working Group were bred to help humans with important tasks. Today, they excel at a variety of jobs, like search and rescue. Examples of breeds in this group are the Boxer and Saint Bernard.
Dogs in the Herding Group were bred to work with livestock, assisting farmers, shepherds, or ranchers in guarding and guiding animals like sheep or cows. Examples of breeds in this group are the Australian Shepherd and Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
Group Winners of the 2022 AKC National Championship
GCHG CH Collina D’Oro Solo Un Bacio, a Spinone Italiano known as “Josie,” owned by Claire Abraham & Stacey Belt of Lovettsville, VA and bred by Stacey Anderson Belt and Lorne Belt.
GCHS CH Flessner’s Toot My Own Horn, a Bloodhound known as “Trumpet,” owned by Chris & Bryan Flessner &Tina Kocar & Heather Helmer of St. Joseph, IL and bred by Bryan Flessner, Chris Flessner, Tina M Kocar, Heather Buehner.
GCHG CH Crivitz Humphrey Bogart Von Diable, a Standard Schnauzer known as “Bogart,” owned by Amy Shaffer & J Low & W Matthews III & T Skinner of Crivitz, WI and bred by Amy Shaffer.
GCHG CH Goodspice Efbe Money Stache, a Sealyham Terrier known as “Stache,” owned by Margery Good & Emily Bennett & F Bergeron & L Spiegel of Haltom City, TX and bred by Margery L Good, France Bergeron.
GCHP CH Kolmar’s & Los Feliz The Man Of Steel, a Havanese known as “Clark,” owned by Anne Stevenson & Nancy Brown & Gary Brown & L Soar of Seattle, WA and bred by Mark W Kolbe.
GCHG CH Cherokee Legend Encore, a Bulldog known as “Star,” owned by Alaina Moulton, Kevin Mason & Natalie Mason of Glen Rose, TX and bred by Cody T Sickle, Sherry Hazelett, Connie A Chambers.
GCH CH Kaleef’s Mercedes, a German Shepherd Dog known as “Mercedes,” owned by Cynthian Wilhelmy of Edgerton, WI and bred by Sheree Moses, Lauren Figler, Madeline Llewellyn, Jeanne Hamilton.
The AKC National Championship is right around the corner, and you don’t want to miss the action! Tune in to ABC on December 31 at 2 p.m. ET to see who’s crowned Best in Show.
Did you miss last year’s show? You can watch the 2022 AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin on demand on AKC.tv!