(NewsUSA) – Thousands of the world's most competitive and
coifed canines will compete for the crown at the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa,
Fla., on Jan. 14 and Jan. 15.
The top-ranked 25 dogs from each of the 153 AKC-recognized breeds are invited to the event
to compete for cash and prizes totaling more than $225,000. The National Champion will win $50,000.
The show will be broadcasted live by Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel starting at 8 p.m. EST
"The dogs shown at this competition are examples of the work of responsible breeders –
people who dedicate their lives not only to the sport, but to creating the most ideal examples of
their breed," said Ron Menaker, show chairman and AKC Chairman of the Board. "Watching or attending
the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is an ideal way for any dog lover to learn more about
purebred dogs and witness the human-canine bond in action."
The Tampa Convention Center and St. Pete Times Forum will house three championship
events during the weekend: the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship; the AKC National Agility
Championship; and the AKC National Obedience Invitational. The events have been dubbed the "Canine
Nearly 2,500 dogs competed last year, including 108 competitors from foreign
registries representing 16 countries.
Agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by
racing against the clock and overcoming a challenging course of different obstacles. Agility is the
AKC's fastest-growing canine sport.
In the sport of obedience, the dog and handler are judged as a team. Obedience trials
test a dog's ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises.
"With participants from around the globe, multiple competitions, educational
displays and fun, interactive activities, this is a canine event unlike any other," said Gina
DiNardo Lash, AKC spokeswoman.
The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship also features a unique competition for
Junior Handlers – competitors between the ages of 10 and 18 who will vie for top honors and
For more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, visit www.topdog show.com.