AKC National Championship

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The AKC National Championship is held by the American Kennel Club every year in December or January in the US. Its primary sponsor is Royal Canin, a premium brand of dog food which has over 60+ breed specific formulas for dogs and cats. Over 5,000 dogs from all over the world come to compete, but only seven go to best in show. It used to be sponsored by Eukanuba, a premium brand of dog food, but Royal Canin took over as lead sponsor in 2016.

The 2018 AKC National Championship will be livestreamed on AKC.TV on December 15th and 16th at 4:45pm EST. The show will premiere on Animal Planet on January 1st at 6pm EST and re-air at midnight

The first National Championship was held in Orlando, Florida in 2001. The 2002 show was also in Orlando. The next show was held in 2003 and was in Long Beach, California. The two 2006 shows were held in Tampa, Florida (the show switched from being held in January to being held in December, which explains why there were two shows, and therefore two winners, in 2006).

This show is no longer sponsored by Eukanuba. It has been sponsored by Royal Canin since August 2016.[1]

Past champions[edit]

Best in Show:[2]

Year Dog Name Call Name
2001 Bichon Frise Special Times Just Right! JR
2002 Kerry Blue Terrier Torums Scarf Michael Mick
2003 Norfolk Terrier Cracknor Cause Celebre Coco
2005 Bloodhound Ch Heathers Knock On Wood Knotty
2006 (Jan) Alaskan Malamute Nanuke's Snoklassic No Boundaries Costello
2006 (Dec) English Springer Spaniel Felicity's Diamond Jim James
2007 Sealyham Terrier Ch. Efbe's Hildago At Goodspice Charmin
2008 Pointer Cookieland Seasyde Hollyberry Holly
2009 Scottish Terrier Ch. Roundtown Mercedes of Maryscot Sadie
2010 Australian Shepherd CH Propwash Reckon Reckon
2011 Standard Poodle GCH CH Jaset's Satisfaction London
2012 Wire Fox Terrier GCH CH Afterall Painting The Sky Sky
2013 Portuguese Water Dog GCH CH Claircreek Impression de Matisse Matisse
2014 Skye Terrier GCH CH Cragsmoor Good Time Charlie Charlie
2015 German Shepherd Dog GCH CH Lockenhaus' Rumor Has It V Kenlyn Rumor
2016 Puli GCHB CH Cordmaker Mister Blue Sky Preston
2017 Spaniel (Cocker) ASCOB GCHP CH Silverhall Strike Force Striker
2018 Whippet GCHP CH Pinnacle Tennessee Whiskey Whiskey
2019 Pekingese GCH Pequest Wasabi Wasabi


  1. ^ "Royal Canin Named the Official Sponsor of the AKC National Championship - American Kennel Club". www.akc.org. 31 August 2016. Archived from the original on 18 December 2016. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  2. ^ "AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin - Exhibitors and Vendors – American Kennel Club". American Kennel Club. Archived from the original on 5 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.

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