December 18, 2023

AKC National Championship Dog Show Presented by Royal Canin to Air on ABC Dec. 31

The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin will air as a three-hour special on the ABC television network on Dec. 31, 2023, at 2 p.m. ET. The show features thousands of dogs from around the country and the world competing for the coveted title of America’s National Champion.

Hosting the broadcast are AKC Executive Secretary and spokesperson Gina DiNardo and noted sportscaster Carolyn Manno. This year’s AKC National Championship is the largest dog show in North America, with 5,762 dogs entered in Conformation from 50 states and Washington, DC and all around the world. That, combined with competitions in Agility, Obedience, the National Owner-Handled Series Finals, junior competitions and AKC Fast CAT, brings the total entries to a staggering 9,801. Dogs will compete for multiple titles across various events, with the owner of the Best in Show winner receiving $50,000.

“We are so excited to once again host these top canine competitors from around the world and honor the tradition of this show,” said Dennis Sprung, Show Chairman and President and CEO of the AKC. “The dogs that competed this year are the best of the best and shining examples of responsible breeding and canine athleticism. It’s a thrill to have our show return to ABC on Dec. 31 to watch the crowning of America’s champion.”

Jason Taylor, Head of Pet Specialty Marketing and Acting Retail General Manager, Royal Canin North America, said, “From providing tailored nutrition to dogs to celebrating dogs in the show ring, Royal Canin is enthusiastic about breeds. We are glad to share this enthusiasm with audiences as the largest dog show in North America is broadcast on ABC and we look forward to an action-filled show.”

Award-winning company B Live Productions will once again produce the TV broadcast and the Livestream.

For more information, please visit AKC.

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