AKC National Obedience Championship

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How many dogs will be eligible to participate per breed in the Obedience Championship?  3 dogs per breed will qualify to attend. If there are more than 30 dogs that qualify in a specific breed, then a percentage of the total will be eligible to compete.
  2. Are PAL/ILP dogs eligible? Yes. All breeds eligible to compete in AKC Companion Events are included.
  3. Are dogs that are enrolled in the AKC Canine PartnersSM program eligible to compete? Yes, any dog enrolled in the program that is eligible and meets the requirements will is eligible to compete.
  4. What is the Qualifying Period? The qualifying period for both the 2013 National Obedience Championship is December 1, 2011 - November 30, 2012.
  5. How will the dogs be determined for the Obedience Championship? Each dog must be ranked in the top 25 dogs by number of OTCH (Obedience Trail Championship) points or ranked in the top three of their respective breed by OTCH points.
  6. Can I earn eligibility to the Obedience Championship in any other way? Yes, through the Obedience Regional Competitions. For more detailed information on Regional Events please visit, http://www.akc.org/events/obedience/noi/.
  7. How can I find out where my dog is ranked for the Obedience Championship? We are currently working to provide reports for this event; information will be posted once the reports are complete.
  8. Will there be Group Exercises at the Obedience Championship? Yes, the group exercises will be performed on Saturday. The order will be posted the morning of the event.
  9. If I enter more than one dog, will my dogs be separated for the Group Exercises? Yes, we will make every effort to separate your dogs adequately.
  10. For the Obedience Competition how will I know which ring to start in and which ring to go to next? You will receive via email a copy of the ring layout and your armband number prior to the event. At the bottom of ring layout you will find the armband numbers that will start in that ring. Find your armband number that will be your starting ring. After you have completed the exercises in the first ring you will move clockwise to the next ring - to the right. For example if you start in ring 1 you will move to ring 2, if you start in ring 6 you will move to ring 1.
  11. Will entries be limited? Obedience Championship entries are NOT limited. But if after the closing date we receive less than 125 entries from dogs that are eligible, then dogs on the reserve list will be eligible to enter.