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AKC National Championship Presented By Royal Canin Draws Largest Entry In History Of The American Kennel Club

Dogs from the 50 States, Washington, D.C. and All Over the World Will Vie for Best in Show

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin continues to top itself, drawing record numbers in its 19th year. An entry of 5,284 dogs will compete for the title of National Champion on December 14 and 15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events including the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handler Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship, the Junior events and the AKC Temperament Test, the overall show totals top 11,008 entries , surpassing the AKC 1984 Centennial event and becoming the largest in the history of the American Kennel Club. The event also remains the largest dog show in North America.

"The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin continues to be an experience that welcomes every dog lover," said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman. "Not only does the show consistently garner top notch competitors thanks to our breeders, the more than 1,000,000 square feet of event space allows us to provide a wide array of sports featuring the best canine athletes, vendors selling tons of dog-themed items in time for the holidays, over 160 AKC Meet the Breeds® booths, plus multiple educational and fun opportunities."

Events in the one million square feet of canine-centric space during the National Championship week of December 10-15, leading up to the crowning of America's Champion include the:

2019 Highlights:

Judges: Judge Mrs. Dorothy Collier  of Sapphire, NC will select the AKC National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive $50,000. Dr. Thomas Davies of Brimfield, MA will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show from 1,148 entries and receive $15,000.  Best in Stakes at the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes will be judged by an elite panel: Mrs. Dorothy Collier, Dr. Thomas Davies and Patricia M. Cruz.  These esteemed judges will determine the winner from 1,382 entries to be crowned the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed (Puppy/Junior) of the Year. 

Viewing Coverage: There will be extensive live coverage throughout each day on AKC.tv and the evening competitions begin live streaming at 4:30pm. The Agility finals will also be streamed live on AKC.tv, available online, on the AKC.tv app which is on the Apple Store and Google Play and Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Altice.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals: The AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show competition will be judged by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia on Saturday, December 14. This invitation-only competition is open to the top ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from the 2019 qualifying year and drew an entry of 791 dogs. The NOHS Group Finals will also be streamed live on AKC.tv.


  • All 193 AKC-recognized breeds are entered to compete
  • 5,284 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:
  • 791 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals
  • 159 juniors, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship
  • 1,382 puppies and junior dogs are entered in the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes
  • 1,148 Bred-by-Exhibitors in competition.
  • 1,007 dogs will compete in the North America Diving Dogs/AKC National Championship


To purchase tickets or get more information about the show, visit us at https://www.akc.org/sports/akc-national-championship/ or on Facebook and Twitter.

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.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

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