Meet the Breeds

The Bearded Collie Club of America took top honors in the Best Booth in Show contest, part of the highly successful AKC Meet the Breeds at the AKC/Eukanuba National Invitational Championship.

One hundred thirty seven breeds were presented by their parent clubs to the interested spectators and visitors at the show. From 12:00PM through 6:00PM, breeders, accompanied by their dogs, answered questions and handed out literature to help the public make knowledgeable, responsible choices about adding the right dog to their family.

Best in Show Booth Committee: Chairman Charles Namey,
Janet Atkins, Beth Canner & Carol Lamb

"The popularity of the AKC Meet the Breeds area and the interest of the media made all the work worthwhile," said Dennis B. Sprung, Vice President of Corporate Relations. "the clubs should feel very proud of the job they did educating about their breed and teaching responsible ownership to so many people."

Helping the public feel they had "met the breed" was one criterion for the booth competition. Other criteria included visual appeal, originality and a theme representative of the breed's history.

AKC's Nancy Matlock interviews
the BCCA mascot, Mac the Dog.

AKC Board Member Ken Marden, Seda Kulatti, graphic art designer from the Orlando Sentinel, and Chuck Tupta, publisher, Dog World Magazine marked their ballots with the following results.

Best Booth in Show

Bearded Collie Club of America


1st - Golden Retriever Club of America
2nd - English Setter Association of America
3rd - Irish Water Spaniel Club of America
4th - Vizsla Club of America, Inc.


1st - English Foxhound Club of America, Inc.
2nd - Scottish Deerhound Club of America
3rd - Basenji Club of America
4th - Irish Wolfhound Club of America


1st - American Rottweiler Club
2nd - Mastiff Club of America
3rd - Akita Club of America, Inc.
4th - Samoyed Club of America


1st - United states Kerry Blue Terrier Club
2nd - Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club
3rd - Bull Terrier Club of America
4th - Border Terrier Club of America


1st - American Shih Tzu Club
2nd - Pug Dog Club of America
3rd - Pekingese Club of America
4th - Papillon Club of America

1st - Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America
2nd - American Lhasa Apso Club
3rd - Bulldog Club of America
4th - Chow Chow Club, Inc.


1st - Bearded Collie Club of America
2nd - German Shepherd Dog Club of America
3rd - Australian Cattle Dog Club of America
4th - Pembroke Welsh Corgi Club of America