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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:

Sporting Group

Dogs in the Sporting Group were bred to hunt game birds alongside humans both in the water and on land. Examples of breeds in this group are the English Cocker Spaniel and Labrador Retriever.

Hound Group

Dogs in the Hound Group were mostly bred to hunt game. Examples of breeds in this group are the Beagle and Greyhound.

Working Group

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.

Terrier Group

Dogs in the Terrier Group were bred to hunt and kill vermin. Examples of breeds in this group are the Airedale Terrier and Cairn Terrier.

Toy Group

Dogs in the Toy Group are often small in size and were bred to house companions. Examples of breeds in this group are the Chihuahua and Pug.

Non-Sporting Group

Dogs in the Non-Sporting Group are often companion dogs, varying in size, function, and origin. Examples of breeds in this group are the Chow Chow and Poodle.

Herding Group

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

Sporting Group

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.

Sporting Group winner: 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.
Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Sporting Group winner: 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.

Hound Group

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.

Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Hound Group winner: 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

Working Group

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.

Working Group winner: 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.
Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Working Group winner: 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.

Terrier Group

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.

Terrier Group winner: 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.
Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Terrier Group winner: 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.

Toy Group

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.

Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Toy Group winner: 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.

Non-Sporting Group

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.

Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Non-Sporting Group winner: 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.

Herding Group

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.

Herding Group winner: 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.
Photo by Vicki Holloway (C) AKC
Herding Group winner: 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!

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