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The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has drawn record entry numbers in its 16th year. An entry of 4,710 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 17 and 18, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience ClassicAKC National Owner-Handler Series FinalsNADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship, and the Junior events, the overall show totals top 7,000 entries, making this the largest dog show held in the United States since the AKC 1983 Centennial event and the largest dog show North America.

“The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin is a one-of-a-kind experience for any dog lover,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman. “With more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space, top canine athletes competing in a wide variety of dog sports, tons of vendors selling unique dog-themed items in time for the holidays, more than 150 AKC Meet the Breeds® booths and more, there is nothing that can compare to this canine extravaganza.”

The AKC National Championship evening competition will be streamed live beginning at 6:00 p.m. each night on, and live on Fido TV . The show will be televised on Hallmark Channel on January 23, 2017 6-9 PM ET/PT.

Check out the incredible AKC National Championship numbers below.

AKC National Championship by the Numbers

  • All 190 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.
  • 4,710 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:
    • 141 Golden Retrievers
    • 127 Dachshunds (all varieties)
    • 117 Labrador Retrievers
    • 94 Australian Shepherds
    • 89 Chihuahuas (both varieties)
    • 81 French Bulldogs
    • 68 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
    • 68 Poodles (all varieties)
    • 59 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    • 56 Rottweilers
  • 711 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals.
  • 121 juniors, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.
  • More than 700 dogs will compete in the North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship.

Obedience Classic and Agility Invitational by the Numbers

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