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
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.
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
2010 Best in Show winner
“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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