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Nearly 2,500 Top Dogs From 50 States and 40 Countries Compete For $225,000 and Top Honors at Seventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

(Wednesday, November 14, 2007)

Canine Competitors in Conformation, Agility and
Obedience Descend on Long Beach, California

NEW YORK, NY (November 14, 2007) The American Kennel Club® and Eukanuba announced today that 2,444 dogs will compete for a total of $225,000 in cash prizes at the Seventh Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on December 1 and 2, 2007 in Long Beach, California. The show is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational (entries of 470 and 95 respectively) making for a combined entry of nearly 3,000 dogs competing in the three events.

New to the show this year is the inaugural Eukanuba World Challenge. This inaugural international competition will feature top dogs from 40 countries and six continents. Rare breeds such as the Spanish Greyhound and the Azawakh will compete against more traditional favorites such as Poodles and Dalmatians for the title of “World Challenge Winner” and a total of $15,000.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be simulcast on Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel on Saturday, February 2, 2008 from 8-11 PM (ET/PT).  Highlights from the AKC Agility Invitational will air on Animal Planet on Sunday, February 10, 2008 from 8-9 PM (ET/PT).

“The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a unique experience for any dog lover –whether they are watching it on TV or enjoying it in person,” said Ron Menaker, Show Chairman.  “With nearly 400,000 square feet of event space, 3,000 dogs in competition, dozens of vendors, 148 educational displays, numerous demonstrations and now 40 international competitors in our World Challenge event, there is nothing that can compare to this complete canine extravaganza.”

Invited to compete in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship are:

    • The country’s top 25 dogs (based on breed points) from each of the 169-AKC recognized breeds and varieties eligible to compete
    • Every Best in Show winner from AKC all-breed shows held during the qualification period
    • Reigning National Specialty winners
    • Breeder/owner handled Champions from the Bred-by-Exhibitor and/or Puppy class
    • International competitors from across the globe

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

Over 981 dogs representing nearly 43 percent of the total are entered in the “Bred-by Exhibitor” 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.

In addition 159 youngsters, ages 9-18, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.

The Long Beach Convention Center has long been the home to the Dog Hair & Egg Nog Cluster of dog shows held by local kennel clubs. These shows continue to be held in the three days prior to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship with a combined entry of nearly 6,700 dogs.

AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

  • 156 AKC registered breeds are entered to compete. This includes:
    • 33 Pugs
    • 32 Australian Shepherds
    • 27 Boston Terriers & 27 Basset Hounds
    • 25 Parson Russell Terriers & 25 Borzoi
  • By group, entries total: Sporting – 322; Hound - 356; Working - 368; Terrier – 336; Toy - 350; Non-Sporting – 277 and Herding - 277.
  • 187 International entries including Australia, Slovenia, Romania, Sweden, Ecuador and Israel (includes 38 of the World Challenge entrants who are also eligible to compete in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship).
  • 159 Junior Handlers

AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE INVITATIONALS BY THE NUMBERS

  • Agility - 470 total; 129 breeds from 41 states (plus the Puerto Rico and Canada)
  • Obedience - 95 total;  30 breeds from 44 states (plus Canada)

For more information visit www.akc.org.
Purchase tickets at http://www.akc.org/invitational/2007/tickets.cfm

 

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