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New York, NY (April 2, 2013) — Move over college basketball, the dog sport world now has the “Final Five.” This December, the competitive year will culminate with five events in Orlando, Florida. The week’s highlights are three all-breed dog shows, a day of independent specialties and special attractions, and the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. These premiere events will be held on December 10-15, 2013 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

“We’re pleased to add a full day of specialties and special attractions the Friday before the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, with many new features during the week, like “My Dog Can Do That!”, two AKC Advanced Judges Institutes, Breeders Seminars and the AKC Owner-Handler Series end-of-year competition,” said Michael Canalizo, AKC Event Manager. “It’s truly a celebration of all things dog.”

“We are excited to expand the 13th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship to a week-long celebration in the canine world. The week will feature unique breeds, amazing athletes, and the special bond dogs have with their people,” said Jason Taylor-External Relations Manager, P&G Pet Care. “Along with our partners at the AKC, we are aiming to create the most thrilling canine event in the world.”

“The Orlando cluster is proud to take part in this celebration of dogs,” said Linda Rowell, Orlando Cluster Chair. “We’re excited to kick off the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship week and welcome many of the top dogs in the country to Orlando.”


The “Final Five” is comprised of:

  • Dec. 10-12, 2013: Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay, Brevard Kennel Club, Central Florida Kennel Club and Orlando Dog Training Club shows, which include all-breed conformation, obedience and Junior Showmanship competitions.
  • Dec. 13, 2013: A full day of specialties and special attractions, including Eukanuba World Challenge pre-judging, the Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes Finals and the AKC Owner-Handler Series end-of-year competition. Clubs interested in hosting specialties should contact Michael Canalizo at or 212-696-8213.
  • Dec. 14-15, 2013: The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, joined by the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC Obedience Classic (and their respective Juniors competitions). Other activities include Celebrate Dogs!, AKC Meet the Breeds® and My Dog Can Do That!, Best Bred-By-Exhibitor competition, and Eukanuba World Challenge Finals.


The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be held as the only event in one million square feet in the state-of-the-art North-South building of the Orange County Convention Center for the next three years. This new venue also gives attendees access to covered unloading areas, well-lit bathing facilities, closer/more abundant parking and expansive outdoor grass areas for exercise pens.


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New York, NY (April 2, 2013) —
Move over college basketball, the dog sport world now has the…