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Nearly 2,500 Top Dogs from 50 States and 16 Countries Compete for $225,000 and Top Honors at Sixth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

(Tuesday, November 14, 2006)

--Canine Competitors in Conformation, Agility and Obedience Face Off in Long Beach, California--

NEW YORK – The American Kennel Club® and Eukanuba announced today that 2,449 dogs will compete in the Sixth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on December 2 and 3, 2006 in Long Beach, California. The show is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational (entries of 451 and 97 respectively) making for a combined entry of nearly 3,000 dogs competing in all three events.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will air live on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel starting at 8 p.m. EST both nights. Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on February 11, 2007.

“In its sixth year, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship has grown to become one of the world’s most competitive, unique and prestigious canine competitions,” said Ron Menaker, Show Chairman. “To put the size and scope of the event in perspective, we are expecting at least 25,000 spectators and utilizing 400,000 square feet of event space. We look forward to returning to Long Beach where we will welcome the thousands of competitors who have traveled from every state in the nation as well as abroad. All of those in attendance plus millions of TV viewers will enjoy seeing the world’s top dogs, breeders and handlers live, all in one location. The show is truly a one-of-a-kind experience for any dog lover.”

Invitations for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship were extended to the 25 top-ranked dogs in every AKC recognized breed and variety, dogs that completed their AKC championship in the Bred-By-Exhibitor class, National Specialty Winners as designated by the breed’s parent club and every dog awarded Best in Show at an all-breed AKC show during the qualifying period. Top dogs from recognized foreign registries also were invited.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship offers more than $225,000 in total prize money. The owner/s of the Best in Show winner will receive over $50,000 while the breeder of the Best in Show winner is awarded $15,000.

Over 950 dogs representing nearly 40 percent of the total are entered in the “Bred-by” competition. The owner/breeder/handlers bring their best breeding stock to compete for cash prizes, including a $15,000 prize awarded for Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show.

“Breeder/Owner/Handlers are honored at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship as at no other dog show in the world,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “The Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show competition takes place during the live telecast so viewers are educated about the pivotal roll these men and women play in our sport. We are delighted to reward these dedicated breeders.”

“We are also very proud of the 164 youngsters, ages 9-18, who have met high academic standards and achieved success in the ring in order to qualify to compete in Junior Showmanship,” added Sprung. “We salute the hard work and dedication of our young fanciers who are tomorrow’s leaders of our sport.”

AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS:

  • All 153 AKC registered breeds are entered to compete. This includes:
    • 66 Dachshunds (three varieties)
    • 46 Beagles (two varieties)
    • 34 Poodles (three varieties)
    • 32 Basset Hounds

  • By group, entries total: Sporting – 322; Hound - 394; Working - 347; Terrier – 363;
    Toy - 329; Non-Sporting – 298 and Herding - 232.
  • 116 International entries including Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Norway, India and Peru
  • 964 “Best Bred By Exhibitor” Entries 164 Junior Handlers

AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE INVITATIONALS BY THE NUMBERS

  • Agility : 451 total, 48 states (plus the U.K., Argentina, Puerto Rico and Canada), 128 breeds
  • Obedience: 97 total, 31 states, 50 breeds

For more information about the Sixth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, please visit www.akc.org or www.topdogshow.com.