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Nestlé Purina continues its long-standing support of canine health with recent donations to the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) for the 17th consecutive year. Combined, the 2013 donations represent more than $1 million and make a significant impact on the health concerns of all dogs.

When owner-handler Martha Russell and her talented 5-year-old Labrador Retriever “Tubb” went to the line in the 10th and final series of the National Amateur Championship Stake in Roseburg, Oregon, both were calm and confident. And it paid off. Russell and Tubb performed flawlessly in the challenging final series, and in the process won the prestigious 2014 National Amateur Championship Stake.

A handsome 6 ½-year-old Labrador Retriever named “Mully” didn’t need any Mulligans to win the 2017 National Amateur Championship Stake in Mondovi, Wisconsin. Instead, NAFC-FC Mulligan Off The Rainy “T” relied on sheer talent and smarts to perform flawlessly through 10 challenging land and water tests and top 138 of the finest retrievers in the nation.

Bill Benson brought his 9-year-old Labrador Retriever “Roxie” to the National Amateur Retriever Championship in Ronan, Montana, with one goal in mind — to have fun.

Mission accomplished.

NAFC-FC Hardscrabble Roxie McBunn outperformed 134 of the nation’s finest retrievers to win the 2015 National Amateur Championship, and Benson exceeded all his expectations on the fun meter.

He’s big, he’s handsome, and now he’s a “legend” among the great retrievers that have won the prestigious National Amateur Retriever Championship. Meet NAFC-FC Coolwater’s Hawkeye Legend, winner of the 2016 National Amateur Championship held June 18 to 25 in Stowe, Vermont, and his owner-handler, Alexandra “Alex” Washburn of Bruce, Mississippi.

It’s early morning in Vermont, less than 24 hours after the biggest win of their retriever field trial careers, and Alex is already in the yard, tossing bumpers for her “Legend.”

Purina® Pro Plan®-fed sporting dogs are finishing out the year strong! Check out the final sporting results of 2014.

National German Shorthaired Pointer Association (NGSPA) Shooting Dog Invitational
Dec. 4-6, 2014
Gentry, MO

FC Hi-N’s Feed Jake captured top honors at this year’s NGSPA Shooting Dog Invitational, which marked back-to-back wins in the competition for handler Dan DiMambro. The 5-year-old male called “Jake” is owned by breeder Hank Lewis.

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The static buildup on the blue carpet during “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®” didn’t shake “Charlie,” a 4-year-old male Skye Terrier. Led by pro handler Larry Cornelius, GCH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie gave an unwavering and dazzling performance to wow the crowd and judge Beth Sweigart, capturing Best in Show and making breed history.

“Charlie is an outstanding example of the breed. He is well-muscled and has a long, powerful head with a low, level topline and beautiful coat,” Sweigart said.

Purina Director of Conformation Ann Viklund is a leader in promoting canine health and working behind the scenes to support canine health research. Her work has not gone unnoticed.

At the “Canines & Cocktails” gala, held Dec. 14 in Orlando, Fla., the AKC (American Kennel Club) Canine Health Foundation presented Viklund its President’s Award for helping to advance canine health. About 425 dog-passionate enthusiasts attended the event that celebrates achievements in canine health research.

Purina Pro Plan-fed dogs made a clean sweep by winning Best in Show and all the Group Firsts at the inaugural “Beverly Hills Dog Show Presented by Purina.” “Rip” (GCH Fidelis Ripcord), a 3-year-old red male Doberman Pinscher, stole the show by capturing the coveted Best in Show title at the Saturday event held by the Kennel Club of Beverly Hills.

As traditional as turkey and cranberries are on Thanksgiving Day, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina” is a favorite of millions of people who tune in to watch the televised program as part of their holiday. This year’s show promises to be one of the best ever with 2,135 dogs competing, the highest entry in the past 10 years.  

Hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, the National Dog Show is one of three benched dog shows in the country. The Saturday dog show will air on NBC at noon in all time zones on Thanksgiving Day, November 23.

The recent discovery of the causative gene mutation for vestibular deafness in Doberman Pinschers, and the subsequent development of a direct DNA test to identify carriers, is expected to have an impact on reducing the suspected 13 percent of Doberman puppies born with the disorder.

The discovery of the highly contagious H3N8 canine influenza virus (CIV) by researchers at the University of Florida and Cornell University veterinary schools in a community of racing Greyhounds in 2004 represented a rare event in adaptive evolution.1 Experts studying the genetic composition of the virus were amazed to learn that the entire genome of the H3N8 horse influenza virus had transferred to dogs, where it adapted to become a new canine-specific virus.