The Canaan Dog National Specialty was held in Tucson, AZ on November 13, 1998, in conjunction with three All-Breed AKC shows that weekend. The AKC shows included Agility and Obedience events on Saturday and Sunday.
Judges for the Specialty were Carol Kriesel for Sweepstakes/Futurity, Richard Mysliwiec, SR, for Junior Showmanship, and Kenneth Henrichson for Breed judging. Show Chair: Marge Rinehart. Co-Chair: Barbara Burr. Trophy Chair: Marge Rinehart.
There were over 50 entries for the Specialty. Many Canaani also competed in the AKC All-Breed shows, including Catalina's Felix to the Max who took Herding Group I on Saturday and Sunday and Herding Group IV on Monday. Fuligin Ged Tycho earned leg towards his C.D. with a fifth-place score of 189.5 in Novice A Obedience on Sunday. Noelle Renteria, handling Pleasant Hill Tahoe Mist, CD, was best Junior Handler at the Specialty, and best Novice Junior on both Saturday and Sunday.
Best in Sweepstakes: Pleasant Hill Alexandra, Breeder/Owner Donna L.
Dodson, By Ch. Pleasant Hill Jordan X
Pleasant Hill Teshura.
Best of Opposite in Sweepstakes: Mad River Walk on the Wild Side, Breeder Leal and Cynthia Grupp, Owner Sandra Sailer, Cynthia Grupp, By Arayl's Ziv Ben Ze'Ev X Ch. Mad River Starcomber.
Winners Dog: Mad River Tahoe Zephyr,
Breeder Cynthia Grupp, Owner Robin Renteria, By Ch. Pleasant Hill Jordan X Ch. Pleasant
Reserve Winners Dog: Pleasant Hill El'Vess Eh'Ren, Breeder Donna Dodson, Owner Abra Grupp, By Pleasant Hill Seth X Pleasant Hill Krystall.
Winners Bitch: DaySpring Beraiah Ha'Aretz, Breeder/Owner Parker Flowers, By
Shvatim Confidence X Pleasant Hill Marnina (handled by Chris
Reserve Winners Bitch: Cherrysh Asherah, Breeder Sandra Fournier, Owner Mark Nunez and Theresa Zimmerman, By Spring Lad X Briel's Hatikvah Bat Ariel, CGC.
Best of Breed: Ch. Mad River
Bosley, Breeder Cynthia Grupp, Owner Katherine O'Bryan, By Pleasant Hill
El'Vess Eh'Ren X Ch. Pleasant Hill Roxanne.
Best of Winners: DaySpring Beraiah Ha'Aretz
Best of Opposite Sex: Ch. Mad River Scheherazade, Breeder Cynthia Grupp, Owner Leal & Cynthia Grupp, By Ch. Pleasant Hill Jordan X Ch. Pleasant Hill Roxanne.
Stud Dog: Ch. Pleasant Hill Jordan,
Breeder/Owner Donna Dodson, By Pleasant Hill Seth X Pleasant Hill Yetta.
Brood Bitch: Ch. Pleasant Hill Roxanne, Breeder Donna Dodson, Owner Leal & Cynthia Grupp, By Gevaht Noam Barzeelai X Pleasant Hill Yetta.
Junior Showmanship, Novice Junior: Noelle Renteria, Pleasant Hill Tahoe Mist, CD, Breeder Donna Dodson, Owner Robin Renteria, By Pleasant Hill Matok X Pleasant Hill Sapir.
Photos of the winners were made available by the AKC.