Owner David Peek said Wednesday that he and Kristina Rickard, both of Redding, have been reunited with two Akitas, including a grand champion.
Sheriff's Lt. Shane Robley says deputies recovered the van in Compton.
Two Welsh Pembroke Corgis the pair had brought to compete in a dog show in Long Beach are still missing.
No one has been arrested.
Investigators say they believe the thief was targeting the van that was stolen from a motel in Bellflower Monday night or early Tuesday morning.