To receive an invitation to the 2005 National Championship, dogs must be ranked in the top 25 of their breed, by breed points only, at the end of the period of October 8, 2003 to October 5, 2004. Any dog receiving an all breed Best in Show at an AKC show held during this period will also receive an invitation.
The top ranked dog in each AKC registrable breed will be invited from those countries around the world with registries that issue pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration. The system used to select the top dog in each breed will be determined by each country's national kennel club.
All dogs completing their championships during the October 8, 2003 to October 5, 2004 qualification period, with all championship points earned from the Bred-By-Exhibitor Class, will be extended an invitation to enter the January 15, 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show in Tampa, Florida.