Baylie Dog here. I believe every dog should have its day. And, for the first time since 1884, the breed known in polite company as an All-American (a.k.a. mutt) was hobnobbing with the purebreds at a Westminster Kennel Club Agility Championship event. As a non-purebred, All-American, mutt, Great Pyrenees/Border Collie mix, I say, it’s about time! Now we’ll focus our sights on Best in Show; All-American Mutt!
The Masters Agility Championship at Westminster is open to dogs competing at Excellent or Masters level. That would include purebred dogs, mixed breeds registered in the AKC’s Canine Partners program, Miscellaneous breeds not yet eligible for conformation competition, Foundation Stock Service recorded breeds, and Purebred Alternative Listing dogs (purebred dogs that cannot be fully registered).
The agility test is not to be confused with the Best in Show competition, which is open only to purebred dogs, with the papers and pampering to prove it. But, it’s a start! If I had my choice, I would much rather be running and jumping through hoops than spending way too much time in front of the mirror being poked, prodded, dipped and clipped so that I can be a perfectly coiffed pooch at show time. It’s no secret that I have a penchant for all things dirt; including a romp in the mud when that urge strikes.
Kelso, a 7-year-old Border Collie owned and handled by Delaney Ratner of Cape Elizabeth, ME, won the first Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Saturday night before a full house at Pier 94 in New York City.
The prize for the Best All-American (mixed breed) dog was won by Roo!, a 6 1/2 year-old Husky mix owned and handled by Stacey Campbell of San Francisco.