While some may worry that the sport of purebred dogs is losing its following, entries at the upcoming AKC/Eukanuba National Championship indicate things are on the upswing. The AKC reports that a record-breaking entry of 3,938 dogs will compete for the coveted Best in Show title and $225,000 in cash prizes. The 11th annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship will be held on December 17 and 18 in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center.
Dogs from over 45 countries and all 50 states will be in the running for the top slot. “We’re thrilled to welcome everyone to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Not only is it the largest invitation-only dog show in our history, but it is the largest dog show in the country this year,” says Show Chairman Ron Menaker. “This unique event enables AKC to reach out to the public in unprecedented ways to promote the sport and educate families about dogs.”
Factoring in participant amounts for other events including obedience and agility, the combined entry is 4,976 dogs for all AKC/Eukanuba National Championship events. Catch the event when it’s broadcast on ABC Network Television, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.
There are 173 AKC-recognized breeds entered to compete. The largest entries include:
64 Boston Terriers
58 French Bulldogs
57 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
56 Labrador Retrievers
51 Australian Shepherds
50 Golden Retrievers
48 Dachshunds (Longhaired)
44 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
44 Border Collies