–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–It’s hard not to love them. With their wagging tails, their playful spirits and their protective barks, dogs have long been called man’s best friend. So it should come as no surprise that dog-lovers can’t get enough of these furry friends.
A popular pastime of dog owners is watching their favorite breeds compete in national show championships across the country. That’s why you won’t want to miss the upcoming event held on January 14 and 15, 2006, where more than 150 breeds of the world’s most competitive and coiffed canines will compete for the crown at the 2006 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship in Tampa, Fla. The event returns to the side-by-side Tampa Convention Center and St. Pete Times Forum.
“The dogs shown at this competition are examples of the work of responsible breeders — people who dedicate their lives not only to the sport, but to creating the most ideal examples of their breed,” says Ron Menaker, show chairman and AKC Chairman of the Board. “Watching or attending the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship is an ideal way for any dog lover to learn more about purebred dogs and witness the human/canine bond in action.”
Dog lovers in the Tampa area will have the opportunity to witness the excitement of the show for themselves. They also can come face-to-face with various canine friends as the championship continues its honored tradition of highlighting responsible dog ownership with “AKC Meet the Breeds.” This showcase provides an excellent opportunity for the public to see the wide variety of breeds while meeting members of the canine fancy, who will share their insights and expertise on the breeds’ unique qualities and characteristics. Adult dogs and puppies from nearly 150 AKC breeds will participate, and an admission to this special event is included with a purchased ticket for the show.
For those who cannot attend the event in person, for the second straight year, this renowned international event, featuring a slate of thousands of the finest dogs from around the world, will be broadcast live by Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, starting at 8 p.m. EST both nights.
Three National Competitions
For the third time, three of the American Kennel Club’s national championships will be featured at one venue: the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, AKC National Obedience Invitational and AKC National Agility Championship. The three events, to be held concurrently, have been dubbed the “Canine Olympics.”
Agility events allow dogs to demonstrate their athleticism and versatility by racing against the clock and overcoming a challenging course of different obstacles. Success requires proper training, as it is a sport of physical skill, control, patience and — most importantly — teamwork between handler and dog.
In the sport of obedience, the dog and handler are judged as a team. Obedience trials test a dog’s ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises on which it is scored.
“With participants from around the globe, multiple competitions, educational displays and fun, interactive activities, this is a canine event unlike any other,” said Gina DiNardo Lash, AKC spokesperson. “Those who can’t experience it in person will enjoy being at home with their family and rooting for their favorite breed as they watch the competition unfold on live TV.”
The excitement of competing in the National Championship isn’t just for adults. The championship features a unique competition for Junior Handlers — competitors between 10 and 18 years of age. These handlers will vie for top honors and scholarship dollars at the National Championship. Eligibility to enter the event is based on the Juniors’ accomplishments in the show ring and in the classroom. To compete, Juniors are required to have five wins in an open-class event with competition present. Juniors also must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 or equivalent for the two semesters completed immediately prior to the closing of entries.
For more information about the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, please visit www.topdogshow.com.
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