AKC National Championship
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 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.
Best in Show:
|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|
- "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.
- "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.