AKC National Championship: 2018—Another One For The Books!


  • January 24, 2019
  • By Dennis Sprung, President & CEO of The American Kennel Club

AKC National Championship

by Dennis Sprung

2018—Another One For The Books!

This year’s AKC National Championship Dog Show served our constituency better than ever before. Taking place on over 1 million square feet in the Orlando Orange County Convention Center, there were more than 5,000 entries competing for the title of Best in Show. Combined with the other weekend events including the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, AKC National Owner-Handler Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship, and the Junior events, the totals top 9,023 entries, making this the largest dog event held in the United States. Competitors came from 49 states and more than 21 countries. In our 18th year, this show has become one of the premier dog show events in the country as America’s breeder showcase.

The AKC National Championship Dog Show was designed to demonstrate the best of responsible breeding programs and to the celebrate the undying love for our canine companions. It is our goal, each year to make the show a memorable experience for breeders, exhibitors, judges, delegates and dog lovers alike. We work to showcase the 192 AKC-recognized breeds and to educate the public on responsible dog ownership and choosing the right breed for their lifestyle. Proudly, many Parent Clubs are represented at the AKC Meet The Breeds.

We honored breeders who have impacted the sport and committed to the responsible breeding of healthy, happy dogs with our annual Breeder of the Year award. We also honored five wonderful dogs with the AKC Humane Fund ACE Awards. These dogs are valuable parts of their communities and continue to make a difference in each life they touch.

In addition to the action at the event, we were able to livestream over 40 hours of content on AKC.TV, bringing viewers coverage of various sports including the Puppy and Junior Stakes, Dock Diving, Agility, Best in Show and more.

As always, I thank our sponsor Royal Canin for their commitment to the show and the health of dogs. I commend the AKC Board and staff who work throughout the year to make this show possible and continue to move our mission forward. We are excited for next year and look forward to having you join us again in 2019 in Orlando. 

ALl the best,

Dennis B. Sprung

President & CEO of The American Kennel Club

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