The fourth annual prestigious Eukanuba World Challenge took place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December hosted at the 10th Annual AKC / Eukanuba National Championships in Long Beach, California. 41 top winning dogs represented their countries from around the globe, competing in one of the four non geographical sections for the highly prized title “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2010” along with the $10,000 prize money.

The ultimate winner and title holder of the “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2010” selected by Judge Carla Molinari (Portugal) was the multi titled, multi BIS winner, the Doberman representing Argentina, “AKC Ch, Grand Ch Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Mexican, Peru Int. Latino American Ch Alex de Akido San”. Bred by his ecstatic co-owner Andrea Laruccia, (other co-owners are Natalia Colombo, Anthony & Sheila Dinardo), he was handled to all his show win successes, including his 90 plus BIS’s, by Miguel Alejandro Vera. Upon exiting the ring Miguel said “I am very emotional, no words can describe how elated I feel about this fantastic win at such a great show with all the top dogs representing their countries”. Andrea added “I cannot believe that we have won, it is so fantastic, this is the best thing that has happened to me as a breeder to win this show. Thanks to Eukanuba for looking after us so well and thanks to the section judge Jaime Ganoza and to the finals judge Carla Molinari.

Carla commented on her winner “I chose the Doberman because he was perfect in his stance and his movement, he did not put a foot wrong. He has BIS quality and he was asking for this win”.

Chairman of the AKC and show chair Ron Menaker said “A true winner, every bit a Doberman, epitomises the breed type.”

Hans Muller, President of the FCI “An excellent event with high class dogs in competition. It could not have been easy for the judge, with the quality of the finalists which was outstanding”.

Richard Learwood, Eukanuba Global Marketing Director “Eukanuba are pleased with yet another excellent well received event, showing extraordinary dogs from around the world. This is what the Eukanuba World Challenge is all about”.

The runner up was the Swedish representative, Charlotte Sandell and Peter Palmedals’s homebred Standard Poodle “Multi Ch Huffish Intensive Care” handled by Charlotte winning $3000 and the first runner up winning $2,000 was the Japanese representative, co-owned by Genji Ozeki and handled by Yoshio Harada Borzoi “AKC / Int & Japan Ch Sunburst Huntsman at Mechta”. The winning country’s Kennel club (Argentina) will be awarded $5,000; all prize awards are courtesy of Eukanuba.


One of the most prestigious events in the glamorous world of show dogs took place at the weekend in Long Beach, California on 12th & 13th December, hosted by the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships at their 125th Special Anniversary Show. 40 Top winning, accomplished international dogs intensely competed for the highly prized Eukanuba World Challenge Champion title along with the $10,000 prize money awarded by the distinguished worldwide judge, Mr Frank Sabella from America. The newly crowned Eukanuba World Challenge Champion 2009 is a Bracco Italiano, Multi BIS & Multi Ch Axel del Monte Alago, owned by Salvatore Tripoli & Bitte Ahrens. Bitte, who was clearly overwhelmed by the win said, “We are so proud to have represented our country and won over these other amazing dogs. This win, awarded by an American judge is truly a once in a lifetime achievement for us and Axel. We were delighted with our World Show BIS however this was something extra special, something we will treasure forever”.

The runner up was Nicklas & Ingunn Erikson’s Saluki Ch Shiraz Califorinia Dreaming was awarded $3,000 and the first runner up Victor Malzoni’s Wire Fox Terrier Ch Sanherping Arepa was awarded $2,000.

Frank Sabella says of his winner “This dog captured my attention and that of the appreciative spectators as he entered the ring. Watching him go around made the hair on my arms stand up. Having gone over him, he fitted his breed standard to perfection. He was selected from an excellent line up of dogs, he was absolutely outstanding in type”

Richard Learwood, Eukanuba Global Marketing Director said, “It’s great to see this magnificent Italian bred dog representing his country and winning among such extraordinary top class competition. The Eukanuba World Challenge goes from strength to strength, and continues to grow in prestige and has fast become one of the most coveted events in the dog show calendar. It is great to work with the American Kennel Club and the FCI to continue this high level of success.”


The 2008 Eukanuba World Challenge was a spectacular universal extravaganza, a pinnacle in the canine show calendar. This event featured 52 of the world’s most prominent top winning dogs.

They were flown to Long Beach, Calif., from around the globe to vie for the highly regarded title “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion,” along with the $10,000 prize money. This awe-inspiring “challenge” hosted at the principle AKC/Eukanuba National Championships Dec. 13-14, was made possible by Eukanuba, the global and pioneering company of premium dog nutrition, working in cooperation with the American Kennel Club and the FCI (The Fédération Cynologique Internationale).

“With 52 international competitors at the Eukanuba World Challenge it was an incredible experience to see so many excellent quality dogs at one venue,” said Ron Menaker, Show Chairman. “We are very fortunate to have an experienced judging panel of highly regarded breed experts to evaluate the world’s top winning dogs. This World Challenge event is a highlight during the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship with nearly 400,000 square feet of event space, 3,000 dogs in competition, dozens of vendors, 148 educational displays and numerous demonstrations. There is nothing that can compare to this complete canine extravaganza.”

The 12 “World Challenge” finalists, having been initially selected from their section (three dogs from each of the four pre-designated geographical regions), were judged by the distinguished Hans Muller, FCI President and All Breed Judge.

He revealed the Eukanuba World Champion 2008 as the Saluki “Dakira Sawahin” from Germany, owned, bred and handled by Dagmar Hintzenberg-Freisleben. After winning the Challenge, an ecstatic Dagmar declared, “I got it; I made a dream come true.”

Said Muller, “It was tremendous and thrilling to be involved with the Eukanuba World Challenge in Long Beach. I consider it a great honour to have been invited to judge some of the world’s top dogs. The Eukanuba World Challenge is truly something special, an event with a very specific glamorous and prestigious flavour, something which every judge would like to have the opportunity to see and judge once in one’s career. The event is two years old now, and I see a great future for it thanks to the help, the support and the expertise of Eukanuba, AKC and the FCI, which I sincerely thank. Breeders all over the world are able to produce excellent dogs, healthy and in conformation with their breed standard. These are the most important considerations when producing dogs. Once again, congratulations to ‘my’ winner, “Dakira,” and to all the other competitors for qualifying. It was a great ‘Challenge,’ and I do hope that everyone had as much fun as I had.” 


Two days, 40 dogs and one winner of this international competition. Vice President of the FCI, Mr. Karl Reisinger declared Vamos the Eukanuba World Challenge champion at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship show in Long Beach, California. The Federacion Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the American Kennel Club (AKC), and Eukanuba worked with kennel clubs from around the world to create this innovative and unique event.

The Eukanuba World Challenge Champion is “Multi-Champion Very Vigie Vamos A La Playa” (Vamos). This stunning 3-year-old male American Cocker Spaniel from Switzerland, along with his handler Hughes Schuh, defeated 39 of the world’s top winning dogs to take home the title, trophy and $10,000 prize money. Vamos was selected to represent the Europe/South Africa section within the competition and was judged by Mr. Hiroshi Kamisato from Japan. Mr. Laurent Pichard and Ms. Joelle Doucet are Vamos’ breeders and owners.

From the Americas and Canada section, Multi-Champion Wizard Black de Akido San took the honors of runner-up. Mr. Luis Miguel Pinto Teixeria from Portugal was the judge responsible for putting him in the running. This striking 2-year-old male Doberman Pinscher from Argentina was handled to his success by Miguel Vera. He was bred by the Akido San Kennel and is owned by Andrea Laruccia, Carols Souto, P Cannizzaro & E & T Souza.

The first runner-up came from the Asia and Australia section and was judged by Mr. Miguel Angel Martinez from Argentina. “Champion Border Lane JP Moonshining Jasper” is a handsome 3-year- old male Border Collie from Japan. His breeder and owner is Hideka Tamura. Jasper was successfully handled to his win by Mr. Tatsuki Oneyama.

Only one champion was named, but all three section judges and everyone in the audience agreed that the quality of dogs taking part in the Eukanuba World Challenge was excellent.