From Animal Planet:
The Planet’s Greatest Dog Show Broadcasts LIVE from California Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, at 8 PM (ET) on Animal Planet —
On December 2 and 3, more than 150 breeds of the world’s most competitive and coiffed canines compete for the “National Champion” title at the sixth annual AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Long Beach, Calif. These four-footed stars prance around the ring, exuding enthusiasm and sheer anticipation when the winner is announced.
Live for the third consecutive year, Animal Planet broadcasts this renowned international event, which returns to the Long Beach Convention Center after its two-year run in Tampa, Fla. The televised event, beginning at 8 PM (ET) on both nights, is hosted by former Entertainment Tonight personalities Bob Goen and Leanza Cornett and is simulcast on the Discovery Channel.
“We are excited that this one-of-a-kind canine extravaganza is returning to Long Beach,” said Gina DiNardo Lash, AKC spokesperson. “This city and facility are ideal for hosting thousands of dogs and tens of thousands of dog lovers; it’s also an ideal setup for our live broadcast on Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. We know that millions will be watching around the country, cheering on their favorite breed.”
The AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP features a slate of thousands of the world’s finest dogs as they gather for the coveted and crowning title. Nearly 2,700 dogs from every AKC-recognized breed and variety competed in last year’s competition; this included dogs from all 50 states and 20 foreign countries.
The AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP provides in-depth competition coverage and behind-the-scenes features about the owners, breeders, trainers and handlers. In addition, Animal Planet shares expert health and training tips and personal stories of some of finest dogs of their breeds, making this a show that’s more than just standards, points and judges.
Dog lovers in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area have the opportunity to witness the excitement of the show for themselves. The AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP continues its honored tradition of highlighting responsible dog ownership with “Meet the Breeds,” a showcase of the wide variety of breeds. It’s a chance to meet members of the canine fancy who share their insights and expertise on the breeds’ unique qualities and characteristics.
“The dogs shown at this competition are examples of the work of responsible breeders – people who dedicate their lives to the sport and to creating the most ideal examples of their breed,” said Ron Menaker, show chairman. “Watching or attending the AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP is an ideal way for any dog lover to learn more about purebred dogs and to witness the human/canine bond.”
The AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP offers the only sizeable monetary award in dog shows, with cash and prizes totaling more than $225,000. The National Champion wins $50,000. The previous “Best in Show” winner, CH Nanuke’s Snoklassic No Boundaries, an Alaskan Malamute better known as “Costello,” earned more than $80,000 when he was crowned National Champion, Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show, and Viewer’s Choice all on the same night.
Invitations Distributed Internationally
All AKC parent club national specialty “Best of Breed” winners join the ranks of top dogs invited to the sixth annual National Championship. As in the past, invitations are issued to dogs ranking in the top 25 of their breed. Any dog receiving an all-breed “Best in Show” at an AKC show held during the qualifying period also receives an invitation. In addition, the top-ranked dog in each AKC-registered breed is invited from those countries around the world with registries that issue pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration. The system used to select the top dog in each breed is determined by each country’s national kennel clubs. Dogs from Asia, Europe and South America are expected to compete.
Eukanuba Viewer’s Choice Award
Animal Planet viewers at home have the opportunity to decide their favorite dog for themselves by visiting Animal Planet’s web site (www.animalplanet.com) during the live event on December 2 and 3, and participating in the Eukanuba Viewer’s Choice Award. Find out who the lucky dog is at the end of the event on December 3.
The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization that maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees more than 18,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs each year. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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