“All-American” dog winner in AKC national obedience invitational

January 18, 2012 by  

The American Kennel Club National Obedience Invitational was held last month in Orlando, Florida in which an “All American” dog, which is a mix of breeds, named Twister came out in first place in his division. The National Obedience Invitational event is an ‘invitation only’ event and Twister was the first All-American breed to qualify for the event and be invited. The AKC National Obedience Invitational uses printing services to send out its information and invitations to those dogs that have been ranked as one of the top three dogs in the Obedience Trial Championships or by high rankings in regional obedience competitions.

Twister is a mix of Border Collie and Jack Russell breeds and started training in 1992 under the direction of his owner Pat Mann. Matt Twitty who is a member of the Lakeland Canine Academy is Twister’s obedience coach.

In 2010, All-American dogs were not permitted by the AKC to participate in its invitational events. Once that restriction was lifted, Twister registered in the Canine Partners Program of the AKC and won obedience titles of Companion Dog Excellent, Utility Dog and Utility Dog Excellent, Obedience Master and Obedience Trial Champion which enabled him to be asked to participate in the National Obedience Invitational.

The AKC National Obedience Invitational had more than 4,000 dogs competing in the event. Starting in 2011 and running through 2015, the National Obedience Invitational will continue to be held in Orlando and co-sponsored by the Agility Invitational and Breed Conformation. This show is designed for the top dogs in the nation to compete in a variety of obedience and other events.