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AKC National Championship Presented By Royal Canin Draws Entry Of More Than 5,700 Dogs In Its 23rd Year

Canine Athletes from the 50 States, Washington D.C. and All Over the World

 Will Vie for Best In Show


The AKC® National Championship presented by Royal Canin has a new record-breaking entry. A grand total of 5,762 dogs will compete for the title of America’s National Champion on December 16 and 17, 2023 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events, including the AKC®/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, the AKC® Agility Invitational presented by YuMOVE, the AKC® Obedience Classic, the AKC® National Owner-Handled Series Finals, the AKC® Fast CAT® Invitational and the Junior events, the overall show entry totals top a staggering 9,807 entries, remaining the largest dog show in North America.

“We are thrilled that the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin continues to maintain its status as one of the world’s leading dog events, and that is in large part to the knowledgeable breeders, exhibitors and judges who are the heart and soul of America’s National Championship,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman. “Along with our important Agility, Obedience, AKC Fast CAT, NOHS and Junior competitions, it is sure to be an exciting week in December.”

2023 Highlights:

Best In Show: Judge Mr. Clay Coady of Paradise Valley, AZ will select the AKC National Championship Best In Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive $50,000.

Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show: Mr. Terry Stacy of Durham, NC will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show from 1,272 entries and the owner(s) of the winner will receive $15,000. This competition is for dogs that are handled by their breeder/owner.

Best In Stakes at the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes will be judged by an elite panel: Mr. Clay Coady, Mr. Terry Stacy, and Mr. Dennis B. Sprung. These esteemed judges will determine the winner from 1,717 entries to be crowned the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed (Puppy/Junior) of the Year.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals: The AKC NOHS Finals Best In Show competition will be judged by Mr. Dennis B. Sprung on Saturday, December 16. This invitation-only competition is open to the top ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from the 2023 qualifying year and drew an entry of 875 dogs. The NOHS Group Finals will also be streamed live on AKC.tv.


Viewing Coverage: There will be extensive live coverage on AKC.tv throughout the Championship week starting on Tuesday, December 12th with the first of three All-Breed dog shows. Also streamed live on AKC.tv will be the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Agility Invitational presented by YuMOVE, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series finals, the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor groups, Best In Miscellaneous, Junior Showmanship, and the evening group competitions. AKC.tv is available online, on the AKC.tv app which is on the Apple Store and Google Play and Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.


  • All 200 AKC-recognized breeds are entered to compete
  • 5,762 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:

•   147 Golden Retrievers

•   137 Dachshunds

•   130 Australian Shepherds

•   113 French Bulldogs

•   103 Labrador Retrievers

•   90 Chihuahuas

•   87 Rhodesian Ridgebacks

•   74 Poodles

•   69 Whippets

•   65 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

•   59 Doberman Pinschers

•   56 Biewer Terriers

  • 875 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals
  • 153 junior handlers, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship
  • 1,717 puppies (6-12 months) and junior dogs (12-18 months) are entered in the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes
  • 1,272 Bred-by-Exhibitors in competition
  • 435 dogs entered in the AKC Fast CAT Invitational


To get more information about the show, visit us at https://www.akc.org/sports/akc-national-championship/

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