The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin® will air on ABC as a three-hour special on Sunday January 2, 2022 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 is AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo and noted sportscaster Carolyn Manno. This year’s AKC National Championship is the largest dog show in North America with 5,051 dogs entered in Conformation from 50 states and Washington, DC and 13 countries. That combined with competitions in Agility, Obedience, the National Owner-Handled Series Finals, Diving Dogs, junior competitions and AKC Fast CAT, brings the total entries to over 8,500. Dogs will compete for multiple titles across various events and more than $150,000 in prize money, the largest in the world of dog shows.
“It is our honor to be able to continue the tradition of this magnificent show and host top canine competitors from around the world,” said Dennis Sprung, Show Chairman and President and CEO of the AKC. “The athleticism displayed across our sports by these well-bred dogs is truly a sight to see, and we’re thrilled to return to ABC to televise our signature event, the crowning of America’s champion, for dog enthusiasts.”
Jason Taylor, Assistant Show Chairman and Royal Canin Vice President of Marketing adds, “At Royal Canin, we are passionate about breeds and what makes each one unique. We are thrilled to share this passion with dog lovers nationwide as they tune in to watch the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin on ABC. Viewers can look forward to seeing an action-packed show that highlights all of the ways dogs are extraordinary, in addition to learning more about dog sports and responsible breeders.”
Award winning company B Live Productions will once again produce the TV broadcast and the livestream.
Additionally, the road to becoming a champion – in the ring or our hearts – starts at puppyhood. In advance of the TV broadcast of the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, Royal Canin will celebrate the magnificence of puppyhood and the dogs bred to be a part of #RoyalCaninPuppy with the third annual Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show.
Hosted by Carolyn Manno and Mike Janella, the Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show will take viewers through a series of fun and whimsical events that put each dog’s puppy-ness to the test! Those competing will be judged in several categories including puppy playtime, agility, and the magnificent mile-ish. Not only are these tests entertaining to watch, but they are also educational for viewers at home hoping to learn more about what all the AKC National Championship entails.
Viewers can watch the Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show on January 2nd at 12pm ET @RoyalCaninUS on Facebook or Instagram and cheer on the Royal Canin Puppies competing for Puppy Best in Show.
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