The American Kennel Club (AKC®), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is excited to announce the first ever AKC Agility League National Championship, to be held September 2nd – 4th, 2023 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri.
The event will bring together hundreds of agility teams from around the country and is open to all teams that have participated in a league season since the program began on May 30th, 2022. The next Agility League Season starts on May 15th, 2023, where there will be one last chance to qualify for the National Championship.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for agility teams from all around the country to compete on a national scale,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the AKC. “It’s exciting to witness the continued success of the Agility League program.”
The AKC Agility League allows competitors of all experiences to compete on a national level while playing on their home fields or training facilities. Each team is made up of three to eight dogs, and the divisions range from international to novice. Teams compete in 12-week seasons, and the team champions are named at the end of each season. The AKC Agility League is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan, YuMOVE and AKC Pet Insurance.
At the nationals, the top teams and the top individual dogs in each division will be honored, including the top veteran dogs (more than 10 years old) and the top junior handlers (18 and younger). The event will also have plenty of fun activities planned for participants.