AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Names Australian Shepherd Best in Show

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American Kennel Club

This dog is a force to be, well, reckoned with. CH Propwash Reckon, a 2-year-old Australian Shepherd known affectionately as "Reckon," beat out nearly 2,500 canine competitors for the coveted title of Best in Show at the 10th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship at the Long Beach Convention Center last night.

"We are proud to have Reckon join the family of Best in Show winners at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship," said Show Chairman Ron Menaker. "We had a record-breaking entry this year of highly competitive canine athletes in conformation, agility, obedience and the Eukanuba World Challenge. Congratulations to all the winners!"

Reckon won not only bragging rights at the championship but also the Eukanuba Celebration of Champions Trophy (which is designed to look like its winner), a check for $50,000 and a year's supply of Eukanuba dog food. Reckon is owned by Leslie Frank and Judy Harrington of Kensington, N.H. Last year's winner was Sadie, a Scottish Terrier.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is regarded as one of the most prestigious dog shows in the world, as it includes a range of canine sporting events all under one roof, including the AKC Agility Invitational and AKC National Obedience Invitational. This year, these events featured 3,233 dogs vying to be "top dog" and earn more than $225,000 in prize money.

The event also included the Junior Showmanship competition, which allows handlers 9 to 18 years old to compete. This year, Katie Mazurowski and her English Setter Lamont were awarded the coveted title of Best Junior Handler along with a $2,000 scholarship.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be telecast on ABC Network Television on Sun., Jan. 23, 2011. Check your local listings for times. You won't want to miss the canine fun!

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