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Dogs from 50 States and More Than 45 Countries

 Vie for $225,000 at the Largest Dog Show in the Country

 

Event Broadcast airs on ABC Network Television

 Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012

NEW YORK, NY (November 30, 2011) – A record 3,938 dogs will compete for more than $225,000 in cash prizes at the eleventh annual AKC/Eukanuba National Championship (AENC) on December 17 and 18, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The two-day event is held in conjunction with the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC National Obedience Invitational (with entries of 592 and 146 respectively including our first-ever All-American Dogs), the Juniors events (159 conformation + 47 obedience + 50 agility entries) and the Eukanuba World Challenge (44 participants), making for a record-breaking combined entry of 4,976 for all events.

“We’re thrilled to welcome everyone to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship. Not only is it the largest invitation-only dog show in our history, but it is the largest dog show in the country this year,” said Show Chairman Ron Menaker. “This unique event enables AKC to reach out to the public in unprecedented ways to promote the sport and educate families about dogs.”  

The Orange County Convention Center will also host several local kennel club dog shows in the days leading up to the main event. The Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay, Brevard Kennel Club and Central Florida Kennel Club shows will precede the AENC on Dec. 14-16, 2011, making for five full days of dog shows. 

AKC/EUKANUBA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY THE NUMBERS

·         173 AKC recognized breeds are entered to compete.

·         The largest entries include:

o   64 Boston Terriers

o   61 Vizslas

o   58 French Bulldogs 

o   57 Rhodesian Ridgebacks

o   56 Retrievers (Labrador)

o   51 Australian Shepherds

o   50 Havanese

o   50 Retrievers (Golden)

o   48 Dachshunds (Longhaired)

o   46 Rottweilers

o   45 Pugs

o   44 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels

o   44 Border Collies

·         The newest breeds to compete include:

o      3 American English Coonhounds

o      5 Entlebucher Mountain Dogs  

o      9 Finnish Lapphunds

o      8 Cesky Terriers

o    11 Norwegian Lundehunds

o    12 Xoloitzcuintli

·         All 14 AKC Miscellaneous Breeds will be represented.

·         More than 130 “Veterans” (between 7 & 12 years old) are entered. 

·         AKC Meet the Breeds® will feature 166 breeds at decorated booths staffed by experts. (Sat. & Sun. from 10 am to 4 pm)

·         By group, entry totals are: Sporting – 637; Hound – 526; Working – 605; Terrier – 441; Toy – 527; Non-Sporting – 469, Herding – 491 and Miscellaneous – 68

·         Dogs from 44 countries will compete in the Eukanuba World Challenge including Mexico, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The Eukanuba World Challenge is a one-of-a-kind event offering top dogs from around the world, and the winner of the Eukanuba Breeders’ Stakes, the opportunity to compete for the title of “Eukanuba World Challenge Champion” and a total of $15,000 in prize money.

·         Judge Mrs. Polly Smith of St. Stephens Church, Virginia will select the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive more than $50,000 while the breeder(s) of the Best in Show winner will be awarded $15,000.

·         Mr. James Reynolds of Nepean, Ontario, Canada will select Best Bred-By Exhibitor in Show from among 1,328 dogs (35% of the total entry) entered in the Bred-by-Exhibitor (dogs being shown by their owner/breeder) competition, who will be eligible to win the $15,000 cash prize. Same-day streaming video coverage of all regular and bred-by groups and evening events will be provided on akc.org.

·         159 youngsters, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship.

·         Mrs. Zena Thorn Andrews, also a renowned breeder/judge of Dachshunds, will replace Tamas Jakkel to judge Dachshunds (Longhaired).  

·         Ms. Carla M.S. Molinari will judge Sari Brewster Tietjen’s entire assignment.

AGILITY AND OBEDIENCE INVITATIONALS BY THE NUMBERS

·         592 entries in the AKC Agility Invitational - 157 breeds from 46 states. Eukanuba and J & J Dog are proud sponsors of the AKC Agility Invitational.

·         146 entries in the AKC National Obedience Invitational - 55 breeds from 33 states and Canada. Eukanuba and J & J Dog are proud sponsors of the AKC National Obedience Invitational.

·         50 Juniors competing at the AKC National Juniors Agility Competition on Friday, Dec. 16th (8 am to 11 am).

·         48 Juniors competing at the AKC National Juniors Obedience Competition on Saturday, Dec. 17th (8 am to 3 pm).

·         9 All-American Dogs competing in Agility and 6 in Obedience.

To purchase tickets and get more information about the show visit www.akc.org/aenc. To receive daily updates and show results via Facebook, visit www.facebook.com/aenc and www.facebook.com/americankennelclub.  

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The American Kennel Club (AKC), founded in 1884, maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world. Its rules and regulations govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year.

         

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (October 19, 2011) The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) has awarded the Robert L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship to Rebecca Csomos, Ph.D., who is originally from Toledo, Ohio. A student at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Csomos receives $2,500 for her veterinary studies and interest in canine heart diseases.

 

“I was ecstatic and honored to receive the CHF scholarship,” said Dr. Csomos, who is using the scholarship to pay for her tuition at UPenn. “I adore purebred dogs and respect the mission of CHF. It is nice to have CHF support a rising VMD-Ph.D. who aspires to work in translational medicine for dogs.”

 

Dr. Csomos, who has always had a keen interest in scientific research, earned a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular pathology from the University of Michigan. While there, she primarily studied cell death signaling in cancer, the innate immune response, and the effects of copper on protein function. She is taking this background and now applying it to canine disease research.

 

“When I started vet school, I volunteered in the Cardiology department to help with enrollment for an ongoing study by Boehringer Ingelheim to assess the use of Pimobendan in Dobermans with asymptomatic dilated cardiomyopathy,” said Dr. Csomos. That volunteer work moved her to rescue a purebred Doberman named Euro, now three years old. “I love Dobermans and  

Cardiology. I hope to complete a residency in Cardiology and conduct clinical research to help advance our understanding and treatments for dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in Dobermans, arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) in Boxers and other cardiovascular diseases that afflict dogs.”

 

The Robert L. Kelly Memorial Scholarship is named for one of CHF’s founding directors and former American Kennel Club board member and is presented annually to students pursuing dual degrees in veterinary medicine and research.

 

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information about the Foundation.

 

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About CHF

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established by the American Kennel Club in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.

 

NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

 

 AKC Canine Health Foundation honors these service dogs by funding research

 

RALEIGH, N.C.: September 7, 2011 The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon have left lasting impacts on the American population. While many human rescuers are showing respiratory health problems a decade later, their canine colleagues have had minimal setbacks, according to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine 9/11 Medical Surveillance study.

 

With nearly $500,000 of financial support from the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), the study monitored the long-term health impacts on 95 search-and-rescue dogs deployed to the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Staten Island landfills. Researchers also compared their health to a control group of non-deployed search-and-rescue dogs.

 

“The most striking thing is that many of the humans that responded have developed reactive airway diseases, such as asthma, sinusitis or other chronic infections in their nasal sinuses. The dogs on the other hand have fared extremely well,” explained Dr. Cynthia Otto, DVM, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine associate professor of critical care and principal investigator of the research. “They’re not developing any problems with their lungs or sinuses. That is a real surprise.” 

Dr. Otto pointed out that the vast majority of canines suffered minor cuts and scrapes despite not wearing protective gear. Kaiser, now a 12-year-old German shepherd, was one of only four dogs in the study that required stitches while working at Ground Zero.

 

“On our second day there, Kaiser sliced a pad on the pile,” said Tony Zintsmaster, Kaiser’s trainer and a charter member of Indiana Task Force One. “Once he was stitched up and felt better, Kaiser went back to work. He was quite amazing. He was able to adapt to the situation and showed great agility. He seemed happiest when he was on the pile working.”

 

Zintsmaster, along with other handlers who participated in the study, submitted annual X-rays, blood samples and surveys on their dog’s health and behavior to researchers.

 

Tom Andert and his 12-year-old chocolate Labrador Tuff are former members of Missouri Task Force One and also participated in the study. “Not only was my veterinarian performing the X-rays, taking the blood work and reading the results, but Dr. Otto was looking at them as well. It was a piece of mind to know that Tuff was healthy,” Andert said. “It was a comfort every time they came back and said, ‘You have a healthy dog.’“

 

The study also found that the average lifespan of deployed dogs was 12.5 years, while non-deployed search-and-rescue dogs lived an average 11.8 years. Today, at least 13 deployed search-and-rescue dogs that were part of the study are still alive.

 

“These dogs are a national resource and it’s remarkable to know how well they were able to endure such harsh conditions,” said Terry Warren, CHF chief executive officer and general counsel. “It has been an honor to work with Dr. Otto to fund this groundbreaking research. Our goal is to help dogs live longer, healthier lives and this research is one example of that.” 

Because canine and human genomes are similar and most canine diseases also occur in humans, future research could center on learning why the search-and-rescue dogs were able to endure the challenging conditions with minimal respiratory complications. Identifying respiratory genetic markers in canines could lead to the development of treatments of respiratory ailments in humans.

 

“The findings may open our eyes to the difference between dogs and people that makes them so resilient,” Dr. Otto said. “If we could tap into that, we might actually help move human health forward.”

 

CHF is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information about the Foundation.

 

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About CHF

The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established by the American Kennel Club in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Since its inception, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.

-- Nearly 600 RDO Day Events Will Be Hosted Nationwide This September; Also Participate Online During Virtual AKC RDO Days --

 

New York, NY— Dogs are often viewed as members of the family, but it’s important to know what kind of commitment a canine companion requires. To help spread the word, AKC is proud to host AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days (RDO Days) sponsored by Motel 6, with a Flagship Event in Raleigh, North Carolina, a celebration on Facebook and more than 580 events planned across the nation this September. 

 

“We encourage families and pet lovers, along with their dog, to find an event to visit in their community,” said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. “Pick up dog training tips, meet many of our AKC breeds and have your dog take the Canine Good Citizen® test. Hundreds of our clubs are also offering microchipping at their RDO Days. With the recent rise in reports of pet theft, we encourage you to get your dog microchipped and enrolled in a pet recovery service like AKC Companion Animal Recovery

 

To join in the celebration:

 

1)     Find an Event in Your Area: Dog lovers everywhere will attend more than 580 events hosted in local communities by AKC-affiliated clubs, dog trainers, CGC® evaluators, shelters and other dog organizations.

Find an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event in your area at http://www.akc.org/clubs/rdod/events/.

 

Each AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day event is unique but many include obedience/agility/rally demonstrations, Canine Good Citizen® testing, low-cost microchipping clinics, breed rescue information, therapy dog/service dog/police dog demonstrations, safety around dogs for kids presentations, giveaways and other entertaining and educational activities.  Attendees can speak one-on-one with experienced dog breeders and trainers that are active in AKC shows, clubs, and rescue groups. 

 

2)         Use Social Media to Celebrate Online: We’ll be hosting the second annual Virtual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. To participate, share an “Act of Responsible Dog Ownership” with us on any of these pages via your smart phone, tablet or home computer during the month of September. Volunteer at the local dog park or give your dog a good grooming? Tell us on Facebook or tweet about it. You can also “Like” the AKC’s Daily Act of Responsible Dog Ownership, which will be posted on Facebook, and sign the AKC Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise at http://www.gopetition.com/online/9290.html.   

 

AKC’s Flagship Event will take place on Saturday, September 24 from 10 am to 2 pm at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. In addition to all the festivities mentioned above, nearly 30 different AKC-recognized breeds will be on hand for “AKC Meet the Breeds®,” including rare breeds such as the Azawakh, Spanish Mastiff and Cirneco dell’Etna.

 

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days are sponsored by Motel 6. Motel 6 will highlight its commitment to responsible dog ownership this September by working with event-hosting organizations across the country to provide resources and information for pet owners and participating in our flagship Raleigh event.  

 

 

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.

 

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

 

To become a fan of the AKC on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/americankennelclub. To follow the AKC on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/akcdoglovers.

 

 

 

About Motel 6

Motel 6 offers the lowest price of any national chain at more than 1,100 company-owned and franchised locations throughout the United States and Canada. For 25 years, Motel 6 has used the tagline, “We’ll leave the light on for you®,” earning the chain the highest brand recognition in the economy lodging segment. Motel 6 was the first national pet friendly chain, welcoming pets since 1962. Standard amenities include free local phone calls, no long distance access charges, free morning coffee and expanded cable channel line-up. Most locations offer Wi-Fi Internet access, swimming pools and guest laundry facilities. For more information, visit www.motel6.com.

 

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