NEW YORK, NY (November 10, 2010) – Nearly 2,500 dogs will compete for prizes at the Tenth Annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) on December 4 and 5, 2010 in Long Beach, California. The two-day event is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invita-tional and the AKC Obedience Invitational (entries of 473 and 117 respectively), the Junior Showmanship competition (134 competitors) and the Eukanuba World Challenge (43 partici-pants), making for a combined entry of 3,233 dogs competing in all events. Dogs from 49 States and more than 40 Countries will be in competition.
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“The top dogs from across the country have entered the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, including our new AKC Grand Champions, so we expect this event to be one of most hotly contested Championships yet,” said Ron Menaker, AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show Chairman. “In addition to the conformation dog show, we’ll have the hardest working dogs in the nation at the AKC National Obedience Invitational and AKC Agility Invitational. Nearly 40% of our entry also comes from the Bred-By-Exhibitor competition, which showcases dogs bred by AKC breeders, the backbone of our sport.”
Judge Mrs. Jean Fournier of Calhoun, Georgia will select the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner.
Mrs. Polly Smith of St. Stephens Church, Virginia will select Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show from the 953 dogs that are entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor (dogs being shown by their own breeder) competition, making up 39% of the entry who will be eligible to win. Same-day video coverage of the Bred-by-Exhibitor Groups will be provided on akc.org
134 youngsters, ages 9-18, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.
By group, entry totals are: Sporting – 393; Hound – 340; Working – 434; Terrier – 345; Toy – 306; Non-Sporting – 290, Herding – 327 and Miscellaneous – 31
Dogs from 43 international countries will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge including Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The Eukanuba World Challenge is a unique event offering top dogs from countries around the world the opportunity to compete for prestigious international recognition. Rare breeds such as the Cane de Pastore Maremmano-Abruzzese and the Eurasier will compete against more traditional favorites for the title
Also Eukanuba will be televised on Jan 23- . On ABC “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion”.
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