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AKC Announces New Owner Handler Series

New category kicks off in Jan. 2012 at the Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon

New category kicks off in Jan. 2012 at the Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon

Dogs being shown by their owners make up over 80 percent of dogs currently exhibited in the ring. As a celebration of this dedicated exhibitor segment, the AKC will launch a new non-titling competition beginning in 2012 called the Owner Handler Series. This category will become an adjunct to dog shows across the country.

The AKC Owner Handler competition will be held following Best of Breed judging in each ring. After the judge’s BOB placements are complete, the professional handlers will leave the ring for the judge to select the Best Owner Handler (BOH).

The dog and owner will continue to accrue points for any Group placements or Best in Shows. Series rankings will be compiled based on Best of Breed, Group and Best in Shows. The top-ranked dogs of the series will be posted on the AKC website and the top 10 owner-handled dogs from each breed and variety will be invited to compete in an end-of-year finale.

Dogs owned or exhibited by professional handlers are ineligible for the series. Professional handlers are defined as any person who belongs or has belonged to a professional handlers’ organization, distributed rate cards or otherwise advertised or represented themselves as handling dogs for pay.

Here is a list of the first shows scheduled to offer the AKC Owner Handler Series:

• Dog Fanciers Association of Oregon Saturday, January 21, 2012
• Oakland County Kennel Club  Saturday, January 21, 2012
• Sahuaro State Kennel Club  Saturday, February 4, 2012
• Colorado Kennel Club  Sunday, February 19, 2012
• International Kennel Club of Chicago Sunday, February 26, 2012

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