Our Favorite Moments From the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

What a weekend! The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship returned to Orlando, Fla., for its twelfth annual show, and there was truly something for everyone. The theme "Celebrate Dogs" was evident as dog lovers from all walks of life came together for the event.

On one hand, of course, was the National Championship itself. Breeds were judged throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, and groups were judged in the evenings. Several special and moving presentations honored junior handlers, exceptional breeders, dogs receiving the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (or ACE) and more.

Best in Show (and $50,000 in prize money) went to Sky (GCH CH Afterall Painting the Sky), a Wire Fox Terrier. Another big winner was London (GCH Jaset’s Satisfaction), a Standard Poodle who represented the United States in the Eukanuba World Challenge, a stunning display of top dogs from around the world competing for a $10,000 prize.

Highlights From the 2012 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

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We couldn't help but spend a little time with this sleepy Saluki at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Meet the Breeds.

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One of our favorite booths won best booth in the Sporting group. We have no doubt this Golden Retriever was well compensated for his stellar portrayal of everybody's favorite reindeer.

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The Greyhounds were a perfect example of their "45 mph couch potato" nickname. Sadly, there wasn't enough room on the couch for us to join them.

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The Borzoi booth was striking enough to win the Hound group, and we certainly agree with that decision.

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"Frenchie" kisses? Who could resist?

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While watching the pro dock divers leap over 20 feet was fun, some of our favorite moments came during the amateur competition, when dogs new to the sport required a considerable amount of coaching to even get in the water. Once they jumped, whether they went 3 feet or 13, the crowd absolutely exploded.

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London, the Standard Poodle representing the United States in the Eukanuba World Challenge, wasn't just the judge's pick; the crowd loved him too!

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Sky the Wire Fox Terrier won Best in Show and proudly posed for photos long after the ribbon was awarded.

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The Reserve Best in Show winner was a Saluki named GCH CH Shiraz California Dreamin', who certainly had her fans in attendance.

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The 2012 Awards for Canine Excellence recipients included Pilot, a service dog; Kirby, a law enforcement dog; Joy, an exemplary companion dog; Keahi, a search and rescue dog; and Benny, a therapy dog.

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