NEW YORK and ST. CHARLES, Mo., December 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / –The AKC National Championship presented by Royal CaninÂ® will air on ABC as a three-hour special on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. The show features thousands of dogs from across the country and the world competing for the coveted title of US National Champion.
The host of the show is the AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo and famous sports commentator Carolyn Manno. This year’s AKC National Championship is the largest dog show in North America with 5,051 dogs entered in conformation from 50 states and Washington DC and 13 countries. This, combined with agility, obedience, owner-managed series national finals, diving dogs, junior competitions and the AKC Fast CAT, brings the total entries to over 8,500. The dogs will compete for multiple titles in various events and over $ 150,000 in prize money, the world’s largest dog show.
“It is our honor to be able to continue the tradition of this magnificent show and to welcome the best canine competitors from around the world,” said Dennis sprung, Show Chairman and CEO of AKC. “The athleticism displayed in our sports by these well-behaved dogs is truly a sight to see, and we are delighted to return to ABC to televise our flagship event, The Crowning of the American Champion, for dog lovers.”
Jason taylorRoyal Canin Deputy Show President and VP Marketing added: âAt Royal Canin we are passionate about breeds and what makes them unique. We’re excited to share this passion with dog lovers nationwide as they tune in to watch AKC National. Championship Featured by Royal Canin on ABC. Viewers can expect to see an action-packed show that highlights all of the amazing ways dogs are, in addition to learning more about dog sports and responsible breeders. “
Award-winning company B Live Productions will once again produce the TV show and livestream.
Plus, the path to becoming a champion – in the ring or in our hearts – begins at puppy age. Ahead of the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin television broadcast, Royal Canin will celebrate puppy magnificence and dogs bred to be a part of #RoyalCaninPuppy with the third annual Royal Canin Puppy pre-show.
Hosted by Carolyn Manno and Mike janella, the Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show will take viewers through a series of fun and whimsical events that will put every dog’s puppy quality to the test! Competitors will be judged in several categories including puppy play time, agility and the magnificent mile-ish. Not only are these tests fun to watch, they are also educational for home viewers hoping to learn more about what all the AKC National Championship entails.
Viewers can watch the Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show on January 2 at 12 p.m. ET @RoyalCaninUS on Facebook or Instagram and cheer on the Royal Canin puppies competing for the Puppy Best in Show.
For more information, please visit www.akc.org/championnatnational
About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a non-profit organization that maintains the world’s largest purebred dog registry and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in United States. The AKC is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. With over 5,000 licensed and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and welfare, strives to protect rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Over 22,000 AKC registered purebred and mixed breed competitions are held annually in accordance with AKC rules and regulations, including conformation, agility, obedience, rallying, tracking, breeding, lure racing, coonhound trials, hunt tests, field tests and dirt dogs. AKC affiliate organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information visit www.akc.org.
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ABOUT ROYAL CANIN United States
Royal Canin United States is a leader in science-based dog and cat health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has over 40 years of experience providing 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 heart of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets depending on size, age, breed, lifestyle and treatment requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and specialty pet stores across the country. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and âLIKE usâ on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcanin.us.
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