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It’s that time of year again. Tickets for the 2018 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin are on sale, which means you need to know what to expect from this year’s canine extravaganza.

2018 Championship Overview

The American Kennel Club and Royal Canin are bringing two days of canine festivities to Orlando, Florida. December 15 and 16, competitors and enthusiasts alike will meet in the Orange Country Convention Center’s North/South building for two solid days of events and competitions. Over 100 dog breeds will be represented, and there’s plenty for the entire family to do, from AKC Meet the Breeds to the Patch Program.

In addition to Best in Show, get ready for some of our other events:

  • AKC Agility Invitational
  • AKC Obedience Classic
  • National Owner-Handled Series Finals
  • AKC Meet the Breeds
  • Junior Competitions in Conformation, Agility, Obedience, and Rally
  • NADD/AKC Diving dogs



Family Fun

Are you bringing the entire family this year? Check out our AKC Meet the Breeds showcase to get to know some of your favorite dog breeds in person and find out more information about the breeds from the experts. Our Fun Zone, presented by PetPartners Inc., is a great place for kids of all ages to participate in exciting activities.

Want to discover which breed is right for your family? Stop by the Team Dog Lounge for a free breed consultation. Already know which breeds you love? Our specialized vendors at the Doggie Boutique mall have something for everyone (and their dogs).

Children are invited to participate in our AKC Patch Program, which is a great way to learn more about dogs and dog shows while earning a patch.

Everyone loves the AKC Trick Dog demonstrations, and we have many other demos throughout the day. We will also be hosting the North American Diving Dogs competition, so make sure you check out this increasingly popular new sport. Watch our diving dogs video at the end of this post.

The Ticket

With so many events to choose from, figuring out what exactly your ticket covers can be confusing. Each event ticket gets you access to the following events:

  • Conformation Breed and Group judging
  • Obedience and Agility Competitions
  • AKC Meet the Breeds
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • Kiddie Fun Zone and Vendors.

Your ticket is only valid for the printed date. You will need to buy an additional ticket for your second day at the National Championships, and general seating is on a first come, first served basis. You can find more information about ticketing and discounts here.

Can’t make it this year? You can watch the live stream on AKC.TV available through Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon FireTV.