The American Boxer Top Twenty Competitions was created in 1989 by Bruce and Jeanne Korson (Laurel Hill Boxers), to recognize those dogs who best exemplify the boxer breed. The Top Twenty is a separate Competition from the ABC but held in conjunction with the American Boxer Club National Specialty. It can only be won once, as the winner is not allowed to compete again.
**Dogs eligible for this competition are the best of the Breed. They are selected on the basis of the number of dogs and bitches that they have defeated in their Best of Breed wins. Group and Best in Show wins are not counted. The statistics come directly from the American Kennel Club and include all wins from January 1st through December 31st of each year.
The Top Twenty Committee selects the judges for this event. Members of the Top Twenty Committee who are either the owner or breeders of a dog in competition are ineligible to nominate or vote for the judges. The identity of the judges is not revealed until the evening of the competition. There are three judges: an AKC licensed judge licensed to judge Boxers and at least four other breeds in any Group, breeder or Breeder-judge, and a handler.
Our support should be given to the Top Twenty Competitions as it adds prestige to the breed. We should be proud of these dogs and bitches. They ARE truly the best of the Breed!
On May 5, 2009 the "People's Choice Award" was first given. This award gave the spectators the chance to evaluate each of the dogs and then make their choice for the BEST. By filling out the ballot located in the Top 20 catalog, and deposit it in the “People’s Choice Award” box the ballots are tabulated. The winner is announced at the ABC Dinner and awarded the People’s Choice Plaque and Rosette. The "People's Choice Award" was discontinued in 2013, but due to popular demand was brought back in 2014.
**Excerpt from Top Twenty Catalogs
The Top Twenty Throughout The Years
Click on the year to see the entire list or click on the name of the winner to see their picture.
Judging Procedure For The Top Twenty Event
Past Top Twenty Qualifiers - Alphabetical Listing
Special thanks for assistance with information: Sturlene Arnold, Velda Rounsaville, Top Twenty Catalogs, The Boxer Review and The Boxer Ring.