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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.

For those who can’t be in Orlando in person, extensive evening event coverage will be offered free of charge via streaming video at www.akc.org and live.royalcanin.com.

Enhanced Schedule of Events

Tuesday – December 12          

Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay Dog Show

NADD/AKC Diving Dogs

AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Working and Herding Groups

Wednesday – December 13          

Brevard Kennel Club Dog Show

Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience & Rally Trial

NADD/AKC Diving Dogs

AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Working and Herding Groups

              

Thursday –  December 14     

Central Florida Kennel Club Dog Show 

Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience & Rally Trial

NADD/AKC Diving Dogs

AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Working and Herding Groups

AKC Canine Health Foundation Canines & Cocktails Reception

      

Friday – December 15     

AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes         

Specialty Shows / Group Shows

            FSS / Miscellaneous Breeds Open Show

Orlando Dog Training Club Obedience & Rally Trial

AKC Junior Agility Competition

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals – Breeds & Groups

NADD/AKC Diving Dogs

AKC/DJAA Advanced Judges Institute for Working and Herding Groups

Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar powered by AKC, Royal Canin & Theriogenology Foundation

Saturday –  December 16     

            AKC National Championship Dog Show Presented by Royal Canin (Daytime and Evening events)

AKC Agility Invitational

AKC Obedience Classic

AKC Junior Classic – Obedience

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals – Best NOHS in Show (Evening event)            

NADD/AKC Diving Dogs

          AKC Meet the Breeds®

           

Sunday –  December 17    

              AKC National Championship Dog Show Presented by Royal Canin (Daytime and Evening events)

                       AKC Agility Invitational

                       AKC Obedience Classic

           AKC Junior Classic – Rally

           NADD/AKC Diving Dogs

                       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.