Dogs from All 50 States and More Than 50 Countries To Vie for Title of National Champion

NEW YORK, NY (November 26, 2013) – Thousands of dogs will have year-end
competition opportunities in a variety of world-class dog sporting events on December
10-15, 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. The week,
culminating with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, tops all other dog events
in the nation with more than 16,300 combined entries.

Dogs will compete in one million square feet of canine-centric event space in the:

“The annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship celebrates the best of the world of
dogs and we’re offering a number of exciting new enhancements in 2013,” said Show
Chairman Dennis B. Sprung. “Beyond the competitions be sure to enjoy Celebrate
Dogs!, special events like the complimentary AKC Breeder-2-Breeder seminar and
expanded video coverage which will offer millions the opportunity to watch one of the
world’s greatest dog shows live.”

2013 Highlights:

Expanded streaming video: Last year’s inaugural live streaming of the AKC/Eukanuba
National Championship garnered more than 1.3 million views, and with 2013’s
enhanced format, we expect even more dog fans to tune in. Dozens of cameras will
deliver more than 300 hours of video coverage from a selection of Friday Specialties,
Special Attractions, and Obedience and Agility, plus every Breed, Group and Best in
Show competition taking place over the weekend. The breed judging for all 190 breeds
and varieties will be available in its entirety as streaming video, while all evening group
and Best in Show judging will be aired live from the show floor, all accessible from the
special site, which will be embedded at

AKC Owner-Handled Series Finals: The inaugural AKC National Owner-Handled
Series Finals will be held December 13th to showcase the owner-handlers that compete
in AKC conformation events. This special invitation-only competition is open to the top
ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from
the 2012 and 2013 qualifying years and drew an entry of 520 dogs.

New AKC Obedience Classic: This new competition will be the first time all levels of
obedience will be offered in a national competition by AKC. The Classic offers four class
levels — Novice, Open, Utility and Masters — open to dogs that met certain qualification
standards. Dog and handler teams will compete in multiple rounds over the weekend
until an eventual winner in each class level is declared.


  • • 177 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.
  • • 4,086 entries in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship
  • • The largest entries include:

o 100 Golden Retrievers
o 96 Labrador Retrievers
o 87 Australian Shepherds
o 73 Chinese Cresteds
o 70 French Bulldogs
o 60 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
o 56 Boston Terriers
o 53 Rottweilers
o 108 Miscellaneous dogs entered, representing 14 out of the 15 Miscellaneous
breeds: Azawakh, Belgian Laekenois, Berger Picard, Boerboel, Cirneco
dell’Etna, Coton de Tulear, Dogo Argentino, Lagotto Romagnolo, Miniature
American Shepherd, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Pumi, Sloughi, Spanish Water
Dog and Wirehaired Vizsla.

  • • The newest breeds to compete include:

o 17 Portuguese Podengo Pequenos
o 17 Rat Terriers

  • • By group, entry totals are: Sporting – 673; Hound – 542; Working – 567; Terrier – 451; Toy – 618; Non-Sporting – 478, Herding – 461 and Miscellaneous – 108
  • • Forty dogs from countries including Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New
  • Zealand and the United Kingdom will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge.
  • The Eukanuba World Challenge is a one-of-a-kind event where each country sends
  • its top dog to compete against other top dogs from around the world for the title of
  • “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion” and a total of $15,000 in prize money.
  • •520 dogs are entered in the inaugural AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS)
  • Final on Friday, December 13th, representing 160 different breeds. Friday entries,
  • including the NOHS Final, specialties and FSS/Miscellaneous Breeds Open Show,
  • total more than 2,600.
  • •Judge Mrs. Barbara Dempsey Alderman of Moon Township, Pennsylvania will select
  • the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s)
  • of the BIS winner will receive more than $50,000 while the breeder(s) of the Best in
  • Show winner will be awarded $15,000.
  • •Dr. Anthony DiNardo of West Hartford, Connecticut will select Best Bred-By
  • Exhibitor in Show from among 932 dogs (24% of the total entry) entered in the Bred-
  • by-Exhibitor (dogs being shown by their owner/breeder) competition. Over $51,000
  • in prize money is on offer for Bred-By Exhibitor owners.
  • •148 kids and teens, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and
  • qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior
  • Showmanship.


  • • 598 entries in the AKC Agility Invitational – 162 breeds from 41 states and six
  • countries. Eukanuba and J & J Dog Supplies are proud sponsors of the AKC Agility
  • Invitational.
  • • 206 entries in the AKC Obedience Classic – 42 breeds from 37 states and Canada
  • and Mexico. Eukanuba and J & J Dog Supplies are proud sponsors of the AKC
  • National Obedience Invitational.
  • • 62 Juniors competing at the AKC National Juniors Agility Competition on Friday,
  • Dec. 13th (8 am to Noon), proudly sponsored by MAD Agility and J&J Dog Supplies.
  • • 32 Juniors competing at the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition on
  • Saturday, Dec. 14th (8 am to 3 pm).

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