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American Kennel Club, Royal Canin renew dog show agreement

The American Kennel Club (AKC), the world's largest purebred dog registry, and Royal Canin, a leading global pet food company specializing in breed-health nutrition, are pleased to announce the renewal of a multi-year agreement for Royal Canin to continue as the presenting sponsor of the nation's largest dog show, The AKC National Championship.

New this year is "The Road to The National Championship," a variety of specially-produced content on AKC.TV (AKC's OTT network) that will highlight the journey of various canine athletes as they make their way to the AKC National Championship in December. Content will include live events in conformation, agility, rally, and obedience and more from around the country as well as lifestyle and breed programming.

"We are happy to continue our collaboration with Royal Canin as a sponsor for the National Championship," said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO of the American Kennel Club. "Our show celebrates the very best of the dog sport and continues to grow each year. This renewed relationship enables us to continue to highlight the canine-human bond and the achievements of dedicated breeders from around the world."

Royal Canin was founded more than 50 years ago on the belief that health is unique to every breed and nutrition should be tailored to meet the specific need of each and every dog. Royal Canin offers more than 60 breed-specific formulas, along with age and lifestyle nutrition and a comprehensive therapeutic line of products to help dogs live their healthiest lives.

"As a pet nutrition leader among breeders and a long-time supporter of dog sports, we are pleased to renew and expand our partnership with the AKC," said Kamie Eckert, Royal Canin USA President. "The sponsorship is a perfect complement to our brand philosophy, and we are excited to continue working with the AKC to present one of the most prestigious dog events in the world."

The AKC National Championship is one of the world's premiere dog events. It is the largest dog event in the North America and the only dog show hosted by the American Kennel Club. The National Championship is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the National Owner-Handled Series Finals, and Junior competitions in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally.

The 2019 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin will take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from Dec. 14-15. The event will showcase more than 5,000 of the top national and international dogs, as well as the same competitions and attractions held in previous years, including:

  • Best Bred-by-Exhibitor competition
  • AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy Stakes
  • AKC National Owner-Handler Series Finals
  • AKC Agility Invitational
  • AKC Obedience Classic
  • North American Diving Dogs
  • Juniors competitions in each sport

The Orlando Cluster Shows, including the Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay, Brevard Kennel Club and the Central Florida Kennel Club shows will precede the National Championship at the same site Dec. 10-12.

As in the previous four years, the National Championship will stream the show via a live webcast. Last year's popular live stream on AKC.TV garnered millions of viewers over two days. The 2019 livestream will air on AKC.TV.

Official entry forms and the complete Premium List for the 2019 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin will be available online in mid-September at and Hotel room blocks around the convention center are now open.  For more information, please visit:

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