AKC 'Canine Olympics' Targeted for January

A large number of the world's most competitive and coifed pets can compete for the crown in the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 14 and Jan. 1-5. The top-ranked 25 dogs from each one of the 153 AKC-recognized types are invited to the function to compete for cash and gifts totaling over $225,000. The National Champion may win $50,000. The show will soon be broadcasted live by the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet starting at 8 p.m. EST both nights. 'The dogs shown at this competition are examples of the work of responsible breeders - people that devote their lives not merely to the activity, but to making the most perfect examples of their breed,' said Ron Menaker, present chairman and AKC Chairman of the Board. 'Watching or joining the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is a perfect method for any dog lover to learn more about purebred dogs and witness the human-canine bond in action.' The Tampa Conference Center and St. Pete Times Forum can house three championship activities through the weekend: the AKC/Eukanuba Nationwide Championship; the AKC National Agility Championship; and the AKC National Compliance Invitational. The activities have now been named the 'Canine Olympics.' Almost 2,500 dogs ran this past year, including 108 rivals from foreign registries representing 16 countries. Speed activities allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and beating a class of different limitations. Agility is the AKC's fastest-growing canine activity. Within the sport of obedience, the dog and handler are evaluated as a group. Dig up further about copyright by visiting our thought-provoking use with. Compliance tests test a dog's capability to execute a given group of exercises. 'With individuals from around the globe, multiple contests, educational exhibits and fun, interactive actions, this is a canine event unlike any other,' said Gina DiNardo Lash, AKC spokeswoman. The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship also includes a unique opposition for Junior Handlers - competitors involving the ages of 10 and 18 who will strive for top honors and grant dollars..