November 2015 President’s Letter

Each year, we celebrate the core of our sport at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC): our breeders.

The Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show competition continues to make up a large percentage of the AENC entry, with cash prizes for the winners.

We honor seven stellar breeding programs that have greatly contributed to the sport in our annual AKC Breeder of the Year presentation (read more about this year’s Group Honorees here).

Parent Club breeders and members are the stars of the show at AKC Meet the Breeds®, where they generously donate their time to educate the public about their breed and the sport.

We want to continue offering recognition and learning opportunities for our AKC breeders, the best of the best.

This year, with our partners at EUKANUBA™ Dog Foods, we’re presenting the AKC/Eukanuba Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar, powered by Royal Canin and the Theriogenology Foundation, on Friday, December 11 at the Orange County Convention Center.

All breeders are welcome, from first-timers to longtime fanciers.

Presentations will cover reproductive nutrition, breeding methods to facilitate pregnancy, improving breeding success through the use of health databases and an overview of the rapidly increasing development of new genetic tests.

For more information about the seminar, visit the Theriogenology Foundation website at or contact Roberta Norris at or 334-395-4666.

This year’s National Championship has drawn a record entry, so we hope you’ll be joining us. If you can’t, please tune in via livestream or the television broadcast. Coverage will be available on and, and will be aired live on Saturday and Sunday evenings on FidoTV on DISH (channel 245; check your local listings). Hope you enjoy the show.


Dennis B. Sprung

President and CEO