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Entries are now open for the 2018 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, which returns to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) North/South Concourse this December 15th and 16th.  Entries are also open for the 2nd annual AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, which will take place on Friday, December 14th at the OCCC. Both premium lists and all event updates can be found by visiting the AKC National Championship event page.

The AKC National Championship is considered one of the world’s premiere dog events. It is the largest dog show in the United States and the only show hosted by the American Kennel Club. The National Championship is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the National Owner-Handled Series Finals, AKC Meet the Breeds® and Junior competitions in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally®, and showcases more than 5,000 of the top national and international canine athletes in the world.

Hotel room blocks are open for those traveling to the event.  Visit the AKC National Championship  Hotel and Travel page for more information.

For those who can’t be in Orlando in person, full event coverage will be highlighted on akc.tv. AKC.TV is available on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV.

Schedule of Events: December 11th – 16th

Tuesday – December 11      

  • Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay Dog Show
  • FSS/Miscellaneous Breeds Open Show
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Hound and Toy Groups

Wednesday – December 12    

  • Brevard Kennel Club Dog Show
  • FSS/Miscellaneous Breeds Open Show
  • Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience & Rally Trial
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Hound and Toy Groups
  • AKC Institute for Aspiring and Newly Approved Judges

Thursday –  December 13   

  • Central Florida Kennel Club Dog Show
  • Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience & Rally Trial
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Hound and Toy Groups
  • Judging Junior Showmanship Seminar
  • AKC Canine Health Foundation Canines & Cocktails Reception

Friday – December 14   

  • AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes
  • AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals – Breeds & Groups
  • Specialty Shows / Group Shows
  • Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience & Rally Trial
  • AKC Junior Agility Competition
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Hound and Toy Groups
  • Judges Education Coordinator Symposium

Saturday –  December 15   

  • AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin (Daytime and Evening events)
  • AKC Agility Invitational
  • AKC Obedience Classic
  • AKC Junior Classic – Obedience & Rally
  • AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals – Best NOHS in Show (Evening event)
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • AKC Meet the Breeds®
  • Regalia – A Royal Celebration for those who Champion Purebred Dogs, hosted by Royal Canin

Sunday –  December 16  

  • AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin (Daytime and Evening events)
  • AKC Agility Invitational
  • AKC Obedience Classic
  • AKC Junior Classic – Obedience & Rally
  • NADD/AKC Diving Dogs
  • AKC Meet the Breeds®
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