Excitement builds in Orlando for the AKC National Championship

December 13, 2016 by  

Some people may feel that the biggest occasion in December is Christmas, but for certain dog breeders and handlers there is another event that exceeds the excitement of even the most celebrated day of the year. The 2016 AKC National Championship is set to take place in Orlando this year and the tension is mounting for all of the competitors.

Since 1884, the American Kennel Club has presented awards to outstanding examples of recognized breeds. The organization is now the largest purebred dog registry in the world and holds over 22,000 competitions each year. The National Championship is the highlight of its annual events and a coveted title for all breeders and owners of champion purebreds.

The AKC maintains strict standards for each breed, class and competition. The points are counted and recorded according to specific regulations. Dogs that make it to the national competition have the opportunity to win a grand prize of $15,000, but the title and the boost to the breeder and handler’s reputations is even more desirable to most competitors. The auditorium is filled with fans that enjoy watching the exciting and unpredictable event, and dog lovers around the country tune in to the live broadcast to see the canines in action.

Dogs, whether ‘National Champions’ or not, can be made to feel special by including their best photos on holiday cards and including their antics in the annual family Christmas newsletter. These reminders of each special holiday together are as rewarding as any prize ribbon.

The Championships take place December 17 and 18.