2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Calls the Hounds to Long Beach

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Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot shows off as the nation's top dog in 2009. Courtesy American Kennel Club

Nearly 2,500 dogs will compete for more than $225,000 in cash prizes at the Tenth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) on Dec. 4 and 5, 2010 in Long Beach. The two-day event is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational (entries of 473 and 117 respectively), the Junior Showmanship competition (134 competitors) and the Eukanuba World Challenge (43 participants), making for a combined entry of 3,233 dogs competing in all events.

“We’re proud to welcome the country’s best conformation, agility and obedience competitors to the 10th edition of our show,” said Ron Menaker, show chairman. “With more than 3,000 total entries, and nearly 40% of the entry from our AKC breeders, the backbone of the sport, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is one of the largest AKC dog shows in 2010 and a great way to cap off a year of exciting competition.”

“Alongside the American Kennel Club, we’re thrilled to host one of the most unique experiences for any dog lover, with thousands of dogs in competition, dozens of vendors, and numerous demonstrations,” said Jason Taylor, external relations manager, Procter & Gamble Pet Care. “We’re pleased to provide a showcase that brings together the best breeders, handlers and champions and that allows the world to truly appreciate ‘man’s best friend.'”

National Championship Dog Show in Long Beach

  • Best in Show Competition – Best in Show judge Mrs. Jean Fournier of Calhoun, Georgia will choose one ultimate winner from the country’s top show dogs from each of the 167 AKC recognized breeds. The owner(s) of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show winner will receive more than $50,000, and the breeder(s) of the Best in Show winner will be awarded $15,000.
  • AKC Agility Invitational – The agility competition demonstrates the versatility and speed of canines as they race against the clock and overcome a challenging obstacle course of tunnels, weave poles, jumps and seesaws. It is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and most importantly, teamwork between handler and dog. The AKC Agility Invitational is run with the support of J & J Dog Supplies.
  • AKC National Obedience Invitational – Obedience trials demonstrate how useful a dog is as a valued companion. Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog also are important. The AKC National Obedience Invitational is run with the support of Lubrisyn.
  • Eukanuba World Challenge – The international challenge will feature top dogs from 43 countries. Rare breeds such as the Cane de Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese and the Eurasier will compete against more traditional favorites for the title of “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion” and a total of $15,000 in prize money.
  • Junior Handlers Top-ranking preteen and teen handlers (ages 9-18), who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition will compete for prestigious wins and scholarship money.
  • AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) – Each year dogs are recognized for their outstanding contributions to their respective communities. There are five categories the ACE Award recognizes: Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Therapy, Service and Exemplary Companion.  These honorees and their owners will be on-hand in Long Beach to receive their awards and be recognized in front of the AENC audience.
  • AKC Meet the Breeds – Showcasing more than 140 breeds, with dogs of all ages, AKC Meet the Breeds® is designed to teach responsible dog ownership while providing an interactive and fun experience for show attendees. Debuting at the event are some of the newest breeds recognized by the AKC – the Bluetick Coonhound, Cane Corso, Leonberger and Redbone Coonhound.
  • Dock Diving Demos – The “long jump” for dogs! Watch a variety of breeds leap off a dock and splash into a pool as they strive to jump the farthest in this exciting event.
  • California Narcotics Canine Association Demos – Learn how dogs work to keep us safe as these law enforcement K9s demonstrate narcotics detection and police canine apprehension.

To purchase tickets and get more information about the show visit www.akc.org/aenc. To receive daily updates and show results via Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/aenc.

The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its rules and regulations govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.

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