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AKC To Host Eukanuba World Challenge At AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

(Thursday, June 21, 2007)

-- Top Dogs from 40 Countries Will Compete for Title and Prizes --

New York, NY (June 21, 2007) — The American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce that it will host the inaugural Eukanuba World Challenge in conjunction with the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif. on December 1-2, 2007. This exciting new international competition, which will feature the top dogs from 40 countries, is the first event of its kind.

“The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship started out as a show for the U.S.’s finest dogs and has grown into a prestigious event featuring some of the world’s greatest canine competitors,” said Michael Canalizo, Director of AKC Event Management. “We are delighted to add this new special attraction to the show and we are especially pleased that Eukanuba is generously underwriting all travel costs for these 40 top international dogs to attend and compete at our event.”

The Eukanuba World Challenge is sponsored by Eukanuba with the cooperation of The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). Eukanuba will provide an all expenses paid trip for each dog and two of its owners to attend the competition. The eligible countries include 37 FCI recognized countries in addition to the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Each of the participating countries can select the competing dog based on a ratings system of their choice, or they may designate a show where the Best in Show winner will receive this honor. For instance, the AKC has designated the winner of the previous year’s AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to represent the U.S. in the Eukanuba World Challenge (if that dog is unable to compete, then the Best Bred-by-in-Show winner will be invited).

Anne van Merkensteijn, Associate Marketing Director for Eukanuba Europe stated that “this unique event is possible because of the AKC’s efforts and the cooperation of the kennel clubs participating in the Eukanuba World Challenge through the assistance of The Fédération Cynologique Internationale. All of these parties are cooperating together with Eukanuba to ensure that the crème de la crème of purebred dogs attend this unique competition.”

The competitors in the Eukanuba World Challenge will be divided into three classes based on their geographic region: 1. Europe & Africa, 2. Asia and Australia and 3. The Americas (inc. Canada). One dog will be selected from each of these three regions to compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge finals.

The winner will be awarded the title of "Eukanuba World Challenge Champion" and $10,000. There is a $3,000 prize for the runner up and $2,000 for the first runner up. All international competitors of AKC recognized breeds will also receive an invitation to compete in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. International entries who qualify, will also be eligible for the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show competition

Eukanuba World Challenge Judges

Judge for the World Challenge Winner is: Mr. Karl Resinger - Austria

Judge for the Europe and Africa Section: Mr. Hiroshi Kamisato - Japan

Judge for Asia & Oceania Section: Sr. Miguel Angel Martinez - Argentina

Judge for the America's (inc. Canada) Section: Mr. Luis Miguel Teixeria - Portugal

For more information about the Eukanuba World Challenge please contact Michael Canalizo at mlc@akc.org or 212-696-8213.