2020 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin
Orange County Convention Center
December 12 & 13, 2020
AKC General COVID-19 Protocols (as of October 8, 2020)
An overview of the protocols that must be followed at all AKC Events taking place at the Orange County Convention Center during the week of December 6-14, 2020.
The AKC is maintaining a “Show & Go” event. Therefore, there will be no ringside seating.
All Sporting, Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting Breeds and Junior Showmanship Competition will be Judged on Saturday
All Working, Terrier, Herding Breeds, Miscellaneous and Best in Show will be Judged on Sunday
The 2020 event will showcase the top canine athletes and will also include popular attractions such as the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes and NADD/AKC Dock Diving. The show will once again take place alongside the AKC Agility Invitational, with junior events in Conformation and Agility. Added this year are the AKC National Obedience Championship, the AKC Rally National Championship and the inaugural AKC Fast CAT Invitational.
December 7, 2020
Judge Changes for AKC National Championship
In place of Mrs. Sheila Polk:
Mr. Sam Houston McDonald will judge Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) and Spaniels (Clumber); Mr. D. Scott Pfeil will judge Rhodesian Ridgebacks; Mr. Douglas A. Johnson will judge Xoloitzcuintli.
In place of Ms. Kathi Brown:
Mr. Clay Coady will judge Kerry Blue Terriers; Mr Harold Tatro III will judge the remainder of Ms. Brown’s assignment.
In place of Dr. Thomas M. Davies:
Mrs. Vicki Seiler-Cushman will judge the Working Bred-By-Exhibitor Group
In place of Mr. Michael Faulkner:
Mr. Sam Houston McDonald will judge the Sporting Bred-By-Exhibitor Group; Michael Canalizo will judge Australian Shepherds; Cheslie Pickett will judge Best Junior Handler.
December 3, 2020
Vendors participating at the 2020 AKC National Championship
November 30, 2020
Judging Programs for AKC National Championship, AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy & Junior Stakes, AKC National-Owner Handled Series Final
November 24, 2020
Judge Changes for AKC National Championship
Mr. Clay Coady will judge Bull Terrier (White), Miniature Bull Terrier and Rat Terrier in place of Ms. Kathi Brown.
In place of Mr. Edd Embry Bivin: Mr. Robin L. Stansell will judge Alaskan Malamute, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs, Bullmastiffs and Saint Bernards.
In place of Ms. Helene Nietsch: Mr. William C. Stebbins will judge Dogues de Bordeaux, Great Pyrenees, Neapolitan Mastiffs and Standard Schnauzers; Mr. Robin L. Stansell will judge Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs, Leonbergers, Mastiffs; Mrs. Cindy Stansell will judge American Eskimo Dogs, Chinese Shar-Pei, Dalmatians, Finnish Spitz, Keeshonden, and Schipperkes.
In place of Mr. Thomas W. Coen: Mr. James J. Mitchell will judge Belgian Laekenois, Belgian Malinois, Belgian Sheepdogs, Belgian Tervuren, Bergamasco Sheepdogs, Miniature American Shepherds and Polish Lowland Sheepdogs; Mr. Sam Houston McDonald will judge Icelandic Sheepdogs, Norwegian Buhunds and Swedish Vallhunds; Ms. Sheree W. Moses will judge Pyrenean Shepherds.
October 13, 2020
Hotel Room Blocks Open on Tuesday October 13th
October 1, 2020
RV parking information is now available. This is for on-site overnight RV parking. Space is limited.
February 4, 2020
2020 AKC National Championship Judging Panel Released
ABOUT THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.
ABOUT ROYAL CANIN USA
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