The American Kennel Club announced on February 1st that dogs qualifying for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship by completing their AKC Championship from the Bred-By-Exhibitor class will now have a two-year eligibility period in which to compete.
This new criteria will apply beginning with dogs that qualified at the recently held fifth annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship on January 14-15 in Tampa, Florida. Dogs that were eligible to show in January 2006 will again be eligible to compete at the sixth annual event on December 2-3, 2006 in Long Beach, CA. Dogs who qualify for the sixth annual event in Long Beach by earning their AKC Championship from the Bred-By class during the qualifying period of October 12, 2005 October 10, 2006 will receive invitations to enter both the sixth annual and the seventh annual National Championships.
"Going forward we have expanded the competition eligibility period to two years in order to let the breeder determine the optimal ties to showcase their dogs," said AKC Chairman Ronald Menaker. "Many times a promising young dog may finish his Championship before he fully matures. The new eligibility requirement allows breeders to show a qualified dog at either one or two shows."
"Each ear we strive to improve the show and this new Bred-By Exhibitor eligibility is a direct result of exhibitor feedback, " added Menaker.
Currently, to receive an invitation to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, dogs must either be ranked in the top 25 of their breed, have won an AKC all-breed "Best in Show, " National Specialty, or earned all championship points from the Bred-By Exhibitor class culminating during the qualifying period. In addition, top-ranked dogs in each AKC-registered breed are invited from those countries around the world with registries that issue pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration.
ANTIC, March, 2006
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