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— Simulcast on Animal Planet and Discovery Channels On Super Bowl Weekend —

The American Kennel Club and Eukanuba announced today that the seventh annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will premiere as a simulcast on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel Saturday, February 2, 2008. Check your local listings to confirm air times.

The event will once again be held in Long Beach, CA in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational, showcasing a multitude of canine talents under one roof. In total nearly 3,000 of the world's top dogs will vie for honors on December 1 and 2, 2007. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship awards a total of $225,000, including $50,000 to the Best in Show winner.

This year the event will also feature the inaugural Eukanuba World Challenge. This exciting new international competition will feature the top dogs from 40 countries and is the first event of its kind.

“This Super Bowl weekend air date is appropriate considering that the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is the Super Bowl of dog shows within the world of dog sports,” said Michael Canalizo, Director of AKC Event Management. “With the top show dogs plus the nation's most athletic and obedient canines — and now the top international competitors — we are gearing up for the most exciting event yet.”

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will repeat multiple times following the premiere. Visit our website for a complete list of air dates.