A Peek At The 2017 American Kennel Club National Championship Winners

The Show That Is A Must See Event For Dog Lovers on January 1

By Catalina Barrios


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I love dogs and am always thankful when I see an abundance of them everywhere I go. The happiness they bring to my life is priceless and cannot be described. If you’re like me and love seeing them on TV, then I have some great news to share with you.

The American Kennel Club (AKC), which maintains the largest list of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of showing purebred dogs in the United States, will be airing their 2017 National Championship on Monday, January 1, 2018 at 7:00 PM EST on Animal Planet. If you do not currently subscribe to this channel, don’t worry, because you can also view live streams from the competition that took place on December 16 and 17, 2017 in Orlando, Florida via the American Kennel Club>American Kennel Club website.


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The 2017 AKC National Championship is fortunate enough to have actor, television personality and dog lover, Jerry O’Connell as a guest host, joining sportscasters, Jason Knapp and Sam Ryan and AKC Executive Secretary, Gina DiNardo as co-hosts. This is one of the most distinguished dog shows in North America with more than 8,600 participants from around the world competing for various prestige titles, and includes the biggest monetary award in the world of dog sporting competitions. The winner goes home with a $50,000 USD cash prize and the National Champion title.


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Dogs are evaluated in different competitions where they demonstrate their highest level of training as well as teamwork with their handler.

This year’s renowned world competition is not one to be missed, as the winners of the 18th annual American Kennel Club Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence will be honored.


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These awards honor five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities. The award categories are: Uniformed Service K-9, Service, Therapy, Search and Rescue and Exemplary Companion Dog.


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The 2017 AKC National Championship will showcase more than 180 AKC recognized dog breeds, where dogs will show their agility and obedience in a variety of competitions from which group winners will be selected.


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In addition to the regular competition, there is also a junior competition held at the AKC National Championship. To compete in this event, participants must be under 18 years old and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 or equivalent.

We are proud to bring you some of the 2017 American Kennel Club winners and strongly encourage you to watch the competition. This is an event you will enjoy watching with your family, including your furry friends. All the dogs competing are absolutely beautiful and represent the best-in-class among specific pedigrees from the world’s most reputable and trusted breeders.



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This Alaskan Malamute won in the Working Group category. Dogs in this group are bred to perform jobs such as pulling sleds, performing water rescues and guarding property.



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This Pekingese won in the Toy Group category. I’ll admit, this is one of the breeds I had never heard of before. Dogs in this group are very popular due to their manageable size.



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This gorgeous Smooth Fox Terrier won in the Terrier Group category. These dogs are very active and are family oriented and friendly. One of the key facts associated with them is that they enjoy being trained and learn very quickly.

We won’t reveal the overall winner, so tune in on January 1st, 2018 for your full dose of pedigree pooches!