|Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FL|
The focus of the last week of the show year is in Orlando FL where the season will end with the largest show of the year, the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC). Since its inception in 2001 the AENC has sought to challenge the Westminster Kennel Club, Crufts, and the FCI World Show as dogdom’s most prestigious title. 15 years later only Westminster rivals the AENC as a showcase for the world’s most beautiful dogs. While Westminster can boast a history spanning three centuries, the AENC surpasses Westminster with a venue which is much kinder to exhibitor and spectator and twice the number of entries.
This year the AENC has drawn over 4,500 dogs in the regular classes, the largest entry at any show in a decade. There will be three all breed warm ups, all with entries among the largest of the year. Tomorrow’s Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay show has 3224 entries to consider. Westminster lacks these kind of events to build the drama all week. An example was the 2012 Central Florida Kennel Club show which drew nine of the Top Ten Dogs All Breeds. Judge Delores Burkholder’s final featured six of the seven group leaders. The Hound Group and the Working Group had been decided after considering nine of the group’s top ten.
So put the AENC on your doggy bucket list. You will never have a better opportunity to have dog show experience of a lifetime. We will be here all week covering the competition.