Saturday, December 30, 2017

Watch the AKC National Championship on Animal Planet on New Year's Day

Havanese AKC National Championship #AKCDogShow #TheBigDogShow #RoyalCaninDogs

This post is sponsored by Royal Canin. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Royal Canin's sponsorship of the AKC National Championship, but To Dog With Love only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Royal Canin is not responsible for the content of this article.

Looking for an alternative to Bowl Games this New Year's Day? Then mark your calendar for  Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at 7 pm ET. That's when the AKC National Championship Dog Show presented by Royal Canin will premiere on Animal Planet. An encore of the special will air at 11 p.m. ET.

A few weeks ago we attended the event live in Orlando and we can tell you it's an event you won't want to miss!

This is one of the most prestigious dog shows in North America, and the largest, with more than 8,600 entries so there's no shortage of extraordinary dogs. 

AKC National Championship Dog Show Royal Canin #AKCDogShow #TheBigDogShow #RoyalCaninDogs
Oy with the Poodles already! Seriously, the Poodles as well as all the dogs were truly magnificent!

AKC National Championship by the numbers

  • Dogs from 50 states and 44 countries will vie for Best in Show
  • The AKC National Championship celebrates its 17th year
  • The show offers the biggest monetary award in the word of dog sports -- more than $150,000
  • A record number 8,600 entries represent all 190 AKC breeds

Lhasa Apso AKC National Championship #AKCDogShow #TheBigDogShow #RoyalCaninDogs
This show pup reminded me of Rocco Havanese, though this beautiful pup is a Lhasa Apso, ready for the ring

Actor and dog lover Jerry O'Connell serves as this year's guest host, joining co-hosts, sportscasters Jason Knapp and Sam Ryan and AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. As part of the telecast, O'Connell will take the Animal Planet audience on a behind the scenes look at the largest dog show in the country, including highlights from each competition category, including agility, dock diving and Best in Show.

dock diving border collie #AKCDogShow #TheBigDogShow #RoyalCaninDogs
Dock diving pup!
We can't wait to see the show on New Year's Day. In the meantime, check out lots of photos and videos on

And don't forget to tune in to Animal Planet at 7 p.m. ET on New Year's Day for the airing of the AKC National Championship dog show.

Corgi #AKCDogShow #TheBigDogShow #RoyalCaninDogs
This Corgi's ready to rock 'n roll in the show ring.


  1. i would loved to have gone. i watched part of it on the pc. i was trying to see the mini schnauzers, but never could find the classes

  2. i know that guy showing the poodle in this picture, he is from Mebane, NC, he and his wife show and breed standard poodles, min. poodles and russell terriers. i am thinking abt getting a russell terrier puppy from him. they are very nice and do very well at the shows.

  3. Oh wow this looks amazing!! I would love for mum to take me to something like this one day - but apparently I don't have the "discipline"... hmph we will see about that!
    Lots of licks, your good friend Morrie :)

  4. I own none of them but it would be so much fun, isn't it? I have to admit that these all are very well groomed, highly impressed by their appearance and cleanliness.

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    Lots of licks, your good friend Morrie :)




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