Saturday, January 31, 2009


Although we already know the outcome, we should all be tuning in tonight to watch the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on the Animal Planet at 8:00 PM EST. The show has only been around for eight years, but it already rivals Westminster in prestige. Although the show draws the top show dogs in the country (Eight of 2008's top ten dogs competed), over 43 percent of the entries are in the Bred By Exhibitor competition, making this BBE BIS the most coveted award of it's type anywhere. This show has several other important distinctions:
  • It is the only event organized and held solely by the AKC.
  • It is strictly by invitation only.
  • It offers significant prize money, a total of over $225,000.
  • It invites international competitors.
  • It awards the AKC Breeder of the Year.
  • It invites nearly 4,000 dogs to compete in three national AKC events, conformation, obedience, and agility.
  • It showcases the AKC Meet the Breeds, with representatives from 157 AKC National Breed Clubs.
  • It is the only all breed qualifying show in America for entry into Crufts
  • It offers sizable scholarship awards for its Junior Handler winners.
So don’t expect us to be answering the mail between 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM, we will be at the show!


  1. I always enjoy all the dog championships every year but this year the format is not nice. There is no showing of the judge examining the dog and not all the dogs are shown in each group. What's the deal? I expect to enjoy the night watching all the dogs not just a few. I have never felt so rushed through any show before. Usually I feel part of the audience but not tonight, I feel as if I'm on a runaway treadmill and it's not enjoyable. NOT HAPPY