New York, NY (October 17, 2017) – Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, which returns to the Orlando Orange County Convention Center’s North/South Building this December 16th and 17th. The all-day event pass includes daytime events, evening group finals and Best in Show (on Sunday). Daytime hours are 8am – 5pm, and doors open at 4:30pm for the evening judging. Included in the all-day ticket is General seating for the evening competition which will be on a “first come, first served” basis. Visit www.CanineExtravaganza.com to purchase tickets.
The largest dog show in the United States and the only show hosted by the American Kennel Club, the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin is considered one of the world’s premiere dog events. 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 Juniors competition in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally®, and showcases more than 5,000 of the top national and international canine athletes. In addition to these competitions, there are plenty of fun events going on throughout the day for everyone to enjoy:
Returning this year is the extremely popular North American Diving Dogs competition, where canine athletes will show off their extreme water diving skills.
Meet and play with hundreds of dog breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds®. This interactive, educational showcase helps individuals learn which breeds are best for their lifestyle, straight from the experts themselves.
Take the family to the Fun Zone presented by pet insurance provider PetPartners, Inc. where kids can take part in all sorts of fun activities.
See exciting demonstrations throughout the day at the Eukanuba Demonstration Ring, such as AKC Trick Dogs, AKC Scent Work, nutritional talks, and much more!
Shop one of the largest collections of specialized vendors at the Doggie Boutique mall and pick up unique gifts for your favorite dog lover or pet just in time for the holidays.
Kids can participate in the AKC Patch program where they will have tons of fun and learn about dog shows.
K-12 students in Orange County, Florida can take part in an art contest leading up to the event for a chance to win prizes and have their artwork on display at the AKC National Championship. Click HERE for more information.
Enhanced Schedule of Events
Tuesday – December 12
Wednesday – December 13
Thursday – December 14
Friday – December 15
Specialty Shows / Group Shows
Saturday – December 16
AKC Meet the Breeds®
Sunday – December 17
AKC Meet the Breeds®
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. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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ABOUT ROYAL CANIN USA
Royal Canin USA is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 40 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcanin.us.