AKC Approves Grand Champion Title for Show Dogs

The American Kennel Club will begin offering Grand Champion titles in May.

Posted: April 20, 2010, 2 a.m. EDT

Scottish Terrier

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2010 Best in Show winner

Top-winning conformation dogs now have the opportunity to step up their game. On April 15 the American Kennel Club, the largest all-breed registry in the United States, announced that it will offer a new title, the Grand Champion, at AKC conformation events beginning May 12.

“Many Champions are retired after earning their titles and this creates a dilemma for breeders,” Robin Stansell, AKC vice president of event operations, says in a press release. “We are excited to offer the Grand Champion title as a way to encourage these quality dogs to return to the ring.”

Dogs compete for the Grand Champion title during the Best of Breed/Variety competition at all-breed, group and specialty shows, and judges award Grand Champion points to the Best of Breed/Variety, Best of Opposite Sex, Select Dog and Select Bitch winners. Dogs who earn a Grand Champion title will receive an invitation to the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, which takes place in December.

To learn more about the Grand Champion Title, visit the AKC’s website.


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Deborah   Spring Grove, IL

11/6/2010 11:15:38 AM

I think the Grand Champion Title is
its a great idea for those who show and are taking their breed of choice to the next step..

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Stephanie   North Canton, OH

4/21/2010 7:03:20 PM


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Melissa   farmington, NM

4/21/2010 10:42:54 AM

right on!

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4/20/2010 10:29:24 PM


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