2010 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Qualifying For and Entering the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship

Due to the 2009 Show being open to all dogs: Those who qualify under any criteria will have an additional year of eligibility. These dogs will receive their invite early October of 2010.

Qualifying Dates For AKC/Eukanuba National Championship:
October 8, 2009 to October 12, 2010
October 8, 2008 to October 7, 2009 (2009 eligibility year)
October 10, 2007 to October 7, 2009 (2 year, BBE/Puppy BBE & Internationals)

Entries Close: November 3, 2010

Automatic Qualifiers

Dogs automatically qualify for the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship by meeting any one of the following criteria:

  • Dogs ranked in the top 25 of their breed (by breed points only) at the end of the qualifying
    period (1 Year)
  • Dogs receiving an all - breed Best in Show at an AKC show held during the qualifying period (1Year)
  • Dogs winning Best of Breed at a parent club national specialty* (1 Year)
  • Dogs completing their Grand Championship during the current qualifying period ( 1 year)
  • Dogs completing their championship with all points earned from the bred-by-Exhibitor Class during the current and prior Qualifying periods of October 10, 2007 to October 7, 2009 (2 Years)
  • Dogs completing their championship with all points earned from the Amateur Owner Handled Class during the current and prior Qualifying periods of October 8, 2008 to October 7, 2009 (2 Years)
  • The seven top breed winning dogs from over 60 International Registries and the Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed winners from Crufts (2 Years)

* In the event a parent club holds more than one national during the qualifying period, the club will designate which show will “count” as the national specialty for AKC/Eukanuba National Championship purpose.

Other Ways to Qualify

  • Dogs earning their championship during the qualifying period with all of their points earned as Breeder/Owner handled originating from Puppy and/or BBE class may be eligible for an invitation. All of the points do not have to be earned during the qualifying period, but the championship does. Send this downloadable form to request an invitation based on these criteria, please email Michael Canalizo at mlc@akc.org.

  • In the spirit of consistency we are offering eligibility to those dogs that obtain their championships Shown by their Amateur Owner Handler with wins from the Puppy Class and/or Amateur Owner Handled Class. This follows the same criteria as that of the Puppy/BBE qualifications:

    Dogs earning their championship during the qualifying period with all of their points earned as Amateur/Owner handled originating from Puppy and/or Amateur Owner Handled class may be eligible for an invitation. All of the points do not have to be earned during the qualifying period, but the championship does. Send this downloadable form to request an invitation based on these criteria, please email Michael Canalizo at mlc@akc.org.

  • Miscellaneous breeds who have won a CM (Certificate of Merit title) or at least three (3) Best of Breed, WITH COMPETITION or One (1) Best in Misc. class, WITH COMPETITION may be eligible for an invitation.

    This eligibility in the Miscellaneous Class is for the following breeds: 

    American English Coonhound
    Cesky Terrier
    Chinook
    Entlebucher Mountain Dog
    Finnish Lapphund
    Norwegian Lundehund
    Rat Terrier
    Russell Terrier
    Treeing Walker Coonhound
    Xoloitzcuintli

    Any breed recently accepted as a fully recognized breed will be invited as per the qualifying criteria published.

    Send this downloadable form to request an invitation based on these criteria, please email Michael Canalizo at mlc@akc.org.

  • Attn: All World Show Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex winners from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 events will be eligible for entry. These winners* must contact Michael Canalizo at: mlc@akc.org for an invite.

    * Must be an AKC recognized breed in order to compete at the National Championship.

    If your dogs name is not on one of these lists and you believe they are eligible please contact Michael Canalizo at: mlc@akc.org