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Dogs from All 50 States and More Than 50 Countries Vie for $225,000 in Cash and Prizes

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Broadcast on ABC Television Network – Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013

Thousands of dogs will compete over five days in a variety of world-class dog sporting competitions on December 12-16, 2012 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center. This spectacular dog celebration tops all other dog events in the nation with over 15,500 combined entries.

Dogs will compete under one roof in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, Eukanuba World Challenge, the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC National Juniors Agility Competition, the AKC National Obedience Invitational, the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition, the AKC Junior Showmanship Finals, and the Orlando Cluster of the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay, the Brevard Kennel Club and the Central Florida Kennel Club dog shows. Learn more at

“The annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship brings together all dog lovers in a way no other series of dog events does, and we’re happy to welcome everyone to Orlando,” said Show Chairman Ron Menaker. “Beyond the competitions be sure to catch the action with AKC Meet the Breeds®, dock diving dogs, celebrity dog appearances, and more. This event showcases the best there is in dog fun and excitement.”

New this year:

Celebrate Dogs!: In addition to the competitions taking place over the weekend, AKC and Eukanuba are inviting the dog-loving public to the nation’s largest canine celebration, Celebrate Dogs!. Open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Celebrate Dogs! will feature dozens of dog-centric activities like the Eukanuba SuperDogs®, AKC Meet the Breeds® booths, DockDogs®, Eukanuba Extreme Soccer Dogs, appearances by celebrity dogs and a canine shopping mall with holiday gifts for dog lovers! Learn more here.

Celebrity Dogs: Visitors will be able to catch special performances by canine super stars The Olate Dogs, winners of the most recent season of “America’s Got Talent.” In addition, Hollywood dog celebrities Stella from “Modern Family” and Yakult from “Suburgatory,” as well as Standard Poodle “London,” the 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show winner, will make special appearances at the event.

Best of Breed Video Streaming: Highlights from the daytime Best of Breed judging and the Bred-By-Exhibitor groups will be video streamed by Bowtie, Inc. at The evening events will be live streamed on Ustream. A link to both streams will be available on


· 175 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.

· 4,181 entries in the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

· The largest entries include:

o 93 Golden Retrievers

o 75 French Bulldogs

o 75 Labrador Retrievers

o 69 Australian Shepherds

o 63 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

o 61 Rottweilers

o 56 Chinese Cresteds

o 55 Boston Terriers

o 55 Papillons

o 123 Miscellaneous dogs entered, representing all 16 Miscellaneous breeds: Azawakh, Belgian Laekenois, Bergamasco, Boerboel, Chinook, Cirneco dell’Etna, Coton de Tulear, Dogo Argentino, Miniature American Shepherd, Peruvian Inca Orchid, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno, Pumi, Rat Terrier, Sloughi, Spanish Water Dog and Wirehaired Vizsla.

· The newest breeds to compete include:

o 14 Russell Terriers

o 5 Treeing Walker Coonhounds

· AKC Meet the Breeds® will feature more than 150 breeds at decorated booths staffed by experts. (Sat. & Sun. from 10 am to 4 pm)

· By group, entry totals are: Sporting – 726; Hound – 545; Working – 627; Terrier – 504; Toy – 641; Non-Sporting – 530, Herding – 485 and Miscellaneous – 123

· Dogs from 42 countries will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge including Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The Eukanuba World Challenge is a one-of-a-kind event offering top dogs from around the world, and the winner of the Eukanuba Breeders’ Stakes, the opportunity to compete for the title of “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion” and a total of $15,000 in prize money.

· Judge Mr. Edd E. Bivin of Fort Worth, Texas will select the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive more than $50,000 while the breeder(s) of the Best in Show winner will be awarded $15,000.

· Mrs. Patricia V. Trotter of Carmel, California will select Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show from among 1,210 dogs (29% of the total entry) entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor (dogs being shown by their owner/breeder) competition, who will be eligible to win the $15,000 cash prize.

· 166 youngsters, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.


· 618 entries in the AKC Agility Invitational – 156 breeds from 45 states. Eukanuba and J & J Dog are proud sponsors of the AKC Agility Invitational.

· 127 entries in the AKC National Obedience Invitational – 49 breeds from 33 states and Canada. Eukanuba and J & J Dog are proud sponsors of the AKC National Obedience Invitational.

· 73 Juniors competing at the AKC National Juniors Agility Competition on Friday, Dec. 14th (8 am to 11 am).

· 46 Juniors competing at the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition on Saturday, Dec. 15th (8 am to 3 pm).

· 12 All-American Dogs competing in Agility and 6 in Obedience.

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National Dog Show and Two New Breeds

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

The NBC Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2012 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and entertainment into America’s living rooms for the 11th year.

The holiday special (noon – 2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC and is watched annually by a total of almost 20 million viewers. Over 170 breeds vie for “Best in Show” honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation will air on NBC in primetime on Friday from 8-10 p.m. ET.

“Families now know to find the National Dog Show Presented by Purina on Thanksgiving Day at noon following the Macy’s Parade,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network. “With the encore presentation Friday night, these great dogs get to show their stuff in primetime.”

The special is a celebration of America’s fascination with man’s best friend, hosted by John O’Hurley, the “Seinfeld” ensemble actor (catalogue king J. Peterman) and ultimate champion on ABC’s inaugural “Dancing With The Stars.” O’Hurley is joined by expert analyst David Frei, who is the voice of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on USA Network and America’s foremost authority on the sport.

The National Dog Show also boasts a powerful online presence at and at Because of heavy interest from breed enthusiasts around the world, those platforms offer a look at every dog in the group competition, featuring the walks, examination and judging of all the breed-winning canines. The online video will include extensive highlights from the TV special and video from the 10 Best In Show winners who were crowned on Thanksgiving Day over the event’s first decade. The sites will also feature behind the scenes photos and video, capturing all of the backstage energy generated by 1,500-plus eager canines.

Unlike traditional dog show coverage, the two-hour special’s unique content is facilitated by the open format of the event, one of only five remaining “benched” shows in which the dogs are on display all day for the visiting public.

The show will spotlight two new AKC-recognized breeds, both of which will be making their major-event and national television debuts. The Russell Terrier and Treeing Walker Coonhound will be introduced to the American television audience as part of the family entertainment special airing on NBC affiliates across the country.

Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows to Debut Six New AKC Breeds in Competition

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center, November 19-20

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows including The National Dog Show presented by Purina® will introduce six new breeds at their annual fall cluster of Shows November 19th and 20th at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center in Oaks, PA.

The six will be among over 160 American Kennel Club (AKC) sanctioned breeds on hand as almost 2,000 dogs compete for the prestigious title of “Best in Breed,” “Best of Group” and Best In Show.” The new breeds making their competition debut include the following:
Entlebucher Mountain Dog – These highly-energetic herding dogs are easy to train and possess an excellent work ethic. A native of Switzerland, the Entle is medium-sized, strongly muscled and generally tricolor, but can be black with tan markings.
Norwegian Lundehund is nicknamed the “Puffin Dog”, because it was originally used to hunt puffin- a kind of penguin. This loyal and playful dog makes an ideal, easy-to-live-with companion. It is a member of the Non-Sporting Group.
Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) is one of the world’s oldest breeds and is said to be the first canine of the Americas. Central American and Mexican lore is that the Xolo is able to ward off evil spirits and intruders. The breed comes in three sizes- toy, miniature, and standard – and makes an excellent companion. The Xolo is a member of theNon-Sporting Group.
American English Coonhound is a descendant of the English Foxhound. Bred to adapt to rougher terrain, this member of the Hound Group was typically used for fox and raccoon hunting. Renowned for his speed and endurance, the breed requires regular exercise and activity to stay in peak shape. These Coonhounds are pleasant and sociable with both humans and dogs.
Cesky Terrier is one of the Czech Republic’s national breeds. A less excitable breed of terrier, the Cesky was developed to be worked in packs and has traditionally been used in small game hunting. Sporting a silky charcoal coat, the Cesky requires moderate grooming. These active terriers require constant exercise and socialization.
Finnish Lapphund is native to the Arctic Circle and was originally used for reindeer herding. The Lappie has a sweet, expressive face which is constantly likened to that of a teddy bear. Its double coat makes it intolerant of heat. This friendly, sociable breed makes an excellent companion. The Lapphund is a member of the Herding Group.

The Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dog Shows run November 19 & 20 and include the taping for the broadcast of The National Dog Show presented by Purina® on NBC Thanksgiving Day to over 18 million viewers. Plan to bring the children! Get up close to the breeds and speak with their handlers. See Diving Dogs and Go Dog performances each day plus the MetroKids® Family Fun Zone showcases fun festivities that will make the weekend one to remember. Watch the Shows in person at the Greater Philadelphia EXPO Center at Oaks, located just off the Oaks exit of Route 22, 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia and just five miles from King of Prussia and Valley Forge. There’s plenty of free parking.

Tickets can be purchased online at Save some cash and experience all of the fur-raising fun twice with the two-day adult pass, which shaves $8 off regular two- day admissions. A one-day child ticket costs only $7, half of a one-day adult ticket. Plus, children 3 and under are admitted free.

This year, add 2,000 new best friends to your circle at the Kennel Club of Philadelphia Dogs Shows! Visit for more details. Follow the Show for the latest updates on Facebook and Twitter!
Note: New Breed descriptions sourced from