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AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OPENED TO ALL COMPETITORS

NEW YORK, NY (April 17, 2012) – The American Kennel Club and Eukanuba are pleased to announce that the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will become an open show awarding Championship and Grand Championship points. This new format will begin with the upcoming AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on December 15-16th, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

“We’re excited to open the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to all competitors,” said Event Manager Michael Canalizo. “Allowing all dogs to compete in the extraordinary competition at the National Championship is an exciting enhancement to the show.”

The top 25 dogs from each breed as well as Bred-By Exhibitor Champions and other special qualifiers will continue to be celebrated with an invitation granting special recognition.

In addition to the conformation competition, the show will still feature the AKC Agility Invitational and National Obedience Invitational, the Bred-By Exhibitor competition, the Eukanuba World Challenge and AKC Meet the Breeds(r).

“Eukanuba is proud to partner once again with the American Kennel Club to present the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship as well as the preceding shows,” said Jason Taylor, Event Manager for Eukanuba. “Watch for updates on the show’s new format and additional enhancements that will be incorporated into the week-long activities.”

For more information about the show, visit www.akc.org/invitational.

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its rules and regulations govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.

Eukanuba offers the most complete food lineup, delivering nutrition that is customized by breed and breed size as well as health and performance requirements. Eukanuba is a division of Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), and you can visit us on the Web at http://www.eukanuba.com or visit Iams at http://www.Iams.com.

Media Contacts:

Lisa Peterson
Director of Communications
American Kennel Club
(212) 696-8228
communications@akc.org

Victoria Seiler
Associate Manager, External Relations
Eukanuba
(513) 622-2967
seiler.va@pg.com

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