AKC ‘Canine Olympics’ Slated for January

Thousands of the sector’s maximum aggressive and coifed canine will compete for the crown at the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15.

The pinnacle-ranked 25 dogs from every of the 153 AKC-identified breeds are invited to the event to compete for cash and prizes totaling greater than $225,000. The National Champion will win $50,000. The display could be broadcasted stay by Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel beginning at 8 p.M. EST each nights.

`The dogs shown at this opposition are examples of the work of accountable breeders – individuals who dedicate their lives no longer only to the game, however to growing the maximum perfect examples in their breed,` said Ron Menaker, display chairman and AKC Chairman of the Board. `Watching or attending the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a great manner for any dog lover to examine extra approximately purebred puppies and witness the human-dog bond in action.`

The Tampa Convention Center and St. Pete Times Forum will house 3 championship activities in the course of the weekend: the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship; the AKC National Agility Championship; and the AKC National Obedience Invitational. The occasions had been dubbed the `Canine Olympics.`

Nearly 2,500 puppies competed last year, which include 108 competitors from foreign registries representing sixteen countries.

Agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and overcoming a hard course of various obstacles. Agility is the AKC’s quickest-growing canine sport.

In the sport of obedience, the canine and handler are judged as a crew. Obedience trials check a canine’s ability to perform a prescribed set of sports.

`With individuals from around the globe, multiple competitions, academic displays and amusing, interactive sports, this is a canine event in contrast to some other,` stated Gina DiNardo Lash, AKC spokeswoman.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship also functions a unique competition for Junior Handlers – competitors between the a long time of 10 and 18 who will vie for pinnacle honors and scholarship bucks.

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