The Roberts Center in Wilmington, Ohio was bustling with obedient dogs on June 18 and 19, with two days of competition in this year’s AKC National Obedience Championship. It all came down to one champion: Golden Retriever “Baker” NOC OTCH13 High Times Shake ‘N Bake UDX8 OGM SH, handled by Korin Bevis of Cannon Falls, Minnesota.
Sunday’s competition started with different exercises in eight rings to narrow down the 160 teams to the 50 that competed on Monday. These 50 teams were narrowed down to the top 20, with top 10 placings and the Champion announced on Monday night.
The 2023 AKC National Obedience Championship Winners
Champion: Golden Retriever “Baker” (NOC OTCH13 High Times Shake ‘N Bake UDX8 OGM SH), handled by Korin Bevis of Cannon Falls, Minnesota.
Second Place: Border Collie “Zayne” (RNC TC OTCH11 AGCH MACH5 PACH RACH Norwood Color Me Zayne UDX11 OGM RM4 RAE3 HSAd HSBd HXAd HXBd MXC PDS MJC PJS MJPB PAX MFG TQX T2B5), handled by Kimberly Berkley of Caseville, Illinois.
Third Place: Shetland Sheepdog “Kylee” (CH OTCH4 MACH2 Aratone’s Royal Keepsake UDX5 OM8 VER MXS MJS), handled by Vicky Gillow of Mebane, North Carolina.
Fourth Place: Golden Retreiver “Juicy” (NOC OTCH11 High Times Totally Sauced UDX9 PCD OGM SH), handled by Sharri Sibert of Schoolcarft, Michigan.
Fifth Place: Border Collie “Zuko” (OTCH4 MACH RACH Bolser Zuko You’re The One UDX4 OM8 RM2 RAE2 HSAd HSBd HXAd HXBd MXB MJB MFB TQX T2B2), handled by Kimberly Berkley of Caseyville, Illinois.
Sixth Place: German Shorthaired Pointer “Wyatt” (GCHG CH OTCH7 Voyager’s Perfect Partner VCD2 UDX9 OGM BN GN GO VER RE MH AX NF THD CGC TKA), handled by Belinda Venner of Saline, Michigan.
Seventh Place: Labrador Retriever “Zayna” (OTCH5 Quantum’s She’s Red Hot UDX4 OM7), handled by Petra Ford of Washington, New Jersey.
Eighth Place: Border Collie “Gio” (OTCH7 Wildfire Anything Goes UDX6 OGM BN RN), handled by Robyn Magee of Chestertown, Maryland.
Ninth Place: Golden Retriever “Maya” (OTCH Mirasol’s Owl About A Dream VCD2 UDX3 OM5 BN RA JH AX AXJ NF CGC TKI), handled by Joanne Dalby of Prior Lake, Minnesota.
Tenth Place: Golden Retriever “Razz” (OTCH Audeo’s Road To Razzmatazz UDX2 OM3 BN ), handled by Louise Bastien of Rigaud Canada, Quebec.
AKC NOC Group Winners
The top four dogs of each Group were given awards after Sunday’s competition. Here are the top winners from each group.
Sporting Group: Golden Retriever OTCH7 Sunfire’s Pride And Joy UDX5 OM8 BN RM RAE AX OAJ NF DS CGC TKA, handled by Kathy Klein.
Hound Group: Whippet Emerald’s Austin UDX OM1 BN RE NA NAJ CGCA, handled by Meleta Galles.
Working Group: Siberian Husky Yetieska’s Silver Lining Of Tshaji UD BN RN CGC TKN, handled by Sharon Wendelgass.
Terrier Group: Miniature Schanuzer OTCH L’s Legacy’s Fortunate Son UDX6 OM9 VER NA NAJ OAP OJP ACT2 RATS CGC, handled by Martin Zarge.
Toy Group: Papillon CH OTCH Wingssong Moves Like Jagger UDX7 OGM GN, handled by Nancy Muller.
Non-Sporting Group: Lowchen Musicbox Opus One UD BN RE AX AXJ OF SWN CGC TKI, handled by Connie Kniseley.
Herding Group: Border Collie RNC TC OTCH11 AGCH MACH5 PACH RACH Norwood Color Me Zayne UDX11 OGM RM4 RAE3 HSAd HSBd HXAd HXBd MXC PDS MJC PJS MJPB PAX MFG TQX T2B5, handled by Kimberly Berkley of Caseyville, Illinois.