"AKC National Championship Dog Show," a New Year's Day Tradition, Returns to Animal Planet

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27 December 2018
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AKC National Championship
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"AKC National Championship Dog Show Presented by Royal Canin"
Tuesday, January 1 at 6 PM ET on Animal Planet

         Just in time to ring in the new year, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious dog shows, the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, returns to Animal Planet as a four-hour special on Monday, Jan. 1, 2019 at 6 p.m. ET/PT.  An encore of the special will air two hours following the conclusion of the premiere beginning at midnight, and it will also be available in its entirety on Animal Planet GO.
 
AKC National Championship
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          The AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin will feature thousands of dogs from around the world competing for various titles across multiple events and more than $150,000 in prize money, the largest in the world of dog shows. Audiences will see highlights from each competition category, including agility and dock diving, and the show will culminate with the highly anticipated Best in Show. 
 
AKC National Championship
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         New this year, a roster of dog-loving celebrities has been assembled to captain their respective #TeamDog groups and rally dog owners to share which team they’re on and who they think will take top honors at this year’s AKC National Championship.

The celebrity #TeamDog line-up includes:

 
AKC National Championship
Mario Lopez and his French Bulldog
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•  EXTRA Host Mario Lopez and his French Bulldog “Julio Cesar Chavez Lopez” representing the Non-Sporting Group and #TeamFrenchie
•  Actress and Host McKenzie Westmore and her greyhound “Asha” representing the Hound Group and #TeamGreyhound
•  Multi-platinum Selling Artist Brett Young and his Chihuahua “Oscar” representing the Toy Group and #TeamChihuahua
•  Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and her Golden Retriever “Nash” representing the Sporting Group and #TeamGolden
•  Hallmark Channel Host Cameron Mathison and his Doberman “Red” representing the Working Group and #TeamDoberman
•  Actor Kellan Lutz and his Australian Shepherd “Koda” representing the Herding Group and #TeamAussie
•  Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and his Wheaten Terrier “Zoey” representing the Terrier Group and #TeamWheaten

        Dog lovers are invited to show their #TeamDog spirit by posting a photo of their dog to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, tag Royal Canin and share which #TeamDog they’re cheering for – all for a chance to have their dog’s photo featured in this year’s TV special.
 

          Sportscasters Russ Thaler and Sam Ryan will spearhead the broadcast team, along with expert analysis from AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. B Live will once again produce the TV broadcast and livestream.

 
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