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American Kennel Club (AKC) and Royal Canin joined together to release a new Stakes in the AKC National Championship in Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida in December 15th-17th, the new event will happen in 15th, while the championship starts 16th and 17th of December.

The newest addition is AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes. President and the CEO of AKC, Dennis B. Sprung, stated, ““Puppies and junior dogs are the future stars of our sport,” and with this new addition to the show a larger focus on future dogs are placed and with the importance of the AKC National Championship being the best of the best, this new event will be showcasing the best of the future dogs. This will also show case the breeding programs the breeders have.

Judging the new Stake will begin at breed and divided by age groups. Each class is divided by sex.

  • Puppy, 6-9 months
  • Puppy, 9-12 months
  • Junior, 12-15 months
  • Junior, 15-18 months

There would be 8 class winners and they will compete for Best of Breed. Those that will take breed will be AKC Royal Canin National (Breed) (Puppy/Junior) of the Year. In which they will proceed to their groups and compete as well, those that get group will be AKC Royal Canin National (Group) (Puppy/Junior) of the Year. 4th through 1st will also have prize money ranging $25-$1,000. Groups will compete in Best in Stakes, the winner will be AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed (Puppy/Junior) of the Year.

All information came from the recent press release that AKC put out.


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