Congrats to Striker the Cocker Spaniel for being crowned Best in Show at the 2017 AKC National Championship™ sponsored by Royal Canin!

Learn more below about Striker the Cocker Spaniel and his unique heritage!

Learn more about the Cocker Spaniel


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Sam Ryan

Sam Ryan is an Emmy Award-winning studio host and sports reporter covering various sporting events. She has served as a reporter for TBS’ postseason baseball coverage since 2015 and had previously served as a host and reporter for MLB Network, CBS2-NY, CBS Sports, ABC Sports and ESPN. Sam served as a reporter for the live and televised coverage of the AKC National Championship in 2016. She lives on Long Island, NY with her family and their 7-year-old Shetland Sheepdog, Zoe.

Jerry O’Connell

Jerry O’Connell is an actor and television personality, with more than 30 years of experience in the film and television industry, including his roles in iconic films like Stand By Me and Jerry Maguire. His experience extends behind the camera as well, taking on roles as executive producer and director. O’Connell is a dog lover and the proud owner of a German Shepherd dog, Pirate.

Jason Knapp

Jason Knapp currently works for various networks, but is primarily a play-by-play announcer and host for CBS Sports Network, Pac 12 Network, Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, and American Sports Network. In his various roles, he has called action spanning wrestling, football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, baseball, rugby, water polo and swimming. Jason served as a reporter for the live and televised coverage of the AKC National Championship in 2016. A native of Medford, N.J., Knapp currently resides in Clark Summit, Pa.

Megan Leavey

Corporal Megan Leavey completed two tours in Iraq in 2005 and 2006 along with her military working dog, Rex. Upon her discharge in 2007 after being injured in the line of duty and awarded the Purple Heart, Leavey successfully campaigned to adopt Rex upon his retirement. Together, they became the subject of the 2017 biographical film Megan Leavey. After the Marine Corps, Leavey continued to work as a K9 handler in NYC with another explosive detection dog whom she adopted, Patriot.


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