AKC National Owner-Handled Series

About AKC National Owner-Handled Series

Did you know that more than 80% of show dogs are handled by their owners? To celebrate the dedication and enthusiasm of owner-handler exhibitors the American Kennel Club has created the new AKC National Owner-Handled Series. This non-titling competition can be held by all conformation clubs.

The AKC National Owner-Handled Series is conducted following Best of Breed judging in each breed ring. All dogs in the BOB competition (including WD & WB) will stay in the ring after the judge makes their placements in BOB competition. The ring steward will ask all professional handlers, household members of and current assistants to a professional handler, and any exhibitor that did not indicate on their entry that they were eligible for the AKC National Owner-Handled Series to leave the ring and then the judge will then select the Owner-Handled Best of Breed.   The dog will accrue additional points for any group placements or Best in Show.

The top-ranked dogs from the AKC National Owner-Handled Series are posted on the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Points Rankingpage. Rankings of the dogs competing in the Series are compiled based on the Best of Breed, Group, and Best in Show placements in this specific Series competition (See Point Schedule).  An end of year competition for the AKC National Owner-Handled Series will be held each year. Dogs that finished ranked in the top ten (plus ties) for their breed for qualifying year will be eligible to compete in the competition.

Dogs owned or co-owned by a professional handler are not eligible for this competition. Dogs cannot be exhibited in the NOHS competition by a professional handler, a current assistant to a professional handler, or a household member of a professional handler. A current assistant is defined as anyone employed by a professional handler on a full-time basis, or, assisting a professional handler at the show or any show during the cluster/weekend.

Professional handlers are defined as any person who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers' organization, distributed rate cards, or otherwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay.

For more information about the AKC National Owner-Handled Series or if you have questions about hosting these events, please contact the AKC Events department at (919) 816-3579 or eventplans@akc.org.