The Eukanuba Breeder's Stakes

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To further honor dog breeders, the backbone of our sport, Eukanuba Dog Foods proudly unveiled the Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes on Jan. 14, 2010. This special competition was designed to evaluate an overall breeding program rather than a single specimen, with respected breeder-judges assessing the “breeders’ ability to consistently produce superior dogs of uniform type, health and conformation,” according to Eukanuba.

“Our partnership with conformation breeders extends back over 40 years, and this event is the next step in recognizing their hard work and commitment,” said Jason Taylor, External Relations Manager for Procter and Gamble Pet Care.

Each breeder will exhibit three dogs from at least two litters chosen from their breeding program. The first exhibitor must be the breeder of record on all three dogs, and all three dogs must be over one year old. Breeders will be able to enter on the day of the show. There will be no breed judging for this event. All of the breeds in a group will be judged together, including multiple entries of the same breed.

The Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes will be held at prominent North American shows between January and November. The first installment took place in conjunction with the Rose City Classic in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 23.

“The Rose City Classic is very excited to host the first Eukanuba Breeder’s Stakes,” said Patti Strand, Rose City Classic Show Coordinator and AKC Board Member. “Supporting the purebred dog breeder is of utmost importance, and we’re proud to partner with Eukanuba in this exciting new event.”

Each breeder will receive a gift bag for participating, and four placements in each group will be awarded. Prizes for group placements are: 1st, $250 and 40 pounds of Eukanuba dog food; 2nd through 4th, $100 and 40 pounds of Eukanuba dog food. The Group winners will compete for Best in Stakes, which earns an additional $500 plus a paid trip to the December 2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Long Beach, Calif., on Dec. 4-5. The Best in Stakes winners of each regional competition will then compete at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in December 2010 for the final Eukanuba Breeder’s Stake Champion. Last year’s AKC Breeder of the Year will judge the run-off.

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