AKC National Championship Draws Entry of More Than 5,300 Dogs in Its 22nd Year

Canine Athletes from the 50 States, Washington, D.C. and more than 20 Countries Will Vie for Best in Show
2022 AKC National Championship


NEW YORK, NY (November 15, 2022) – The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin has a new record-breaking entry. Five thousand three hundred eighty-five (5,385) dogs will compete for the title of America’s National Champion on December 17 and 18, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Combined with the other weekend events, including the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, the AKC Fast CAT Invitational, the Junior events, and special attraction North America Diving Dogs’ (NADD) Santa Splash, the overall show entry totals top a staggering 9,404 entries, remaining the largest dog show in North America.

The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin continues to be one of the world’s premier dog events, and we feel very fortunate to host the knowledgeable breeders, exhibitors and judges who are the heart and soul of the National Championship,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and Show Chairman. “We look forward to an exciting week in December, including our important AKC Fast CAT Invitational, Agility, Obedience, NOHS and Junior competitions.


2022 Highlights:

Best in Show: Judge Mr. Desmond Murphy of Monroe, NY will select the AKC National Championship Best in Show (BIS) winner. The owner(s) of the BIS winner will receive $50,000.

Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show: Mr. Carl Gene Liepmann of Flushing, MI will judge Best Bred-by-Exhibitor in Show from 1,187 entries and the owner(s) of the winner will receive $15,000.

Best in Stakes at the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes will be judged by an elite panel: Mr. Desmond Murphy, Mr. Carl Gene Liepmann, and Mr. Dominic Palleschi Carota These esteemed judges will determine the winner from 1,617 entries to be crowned the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed (Puppy/Junior) of the Year.

AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals: The AKC NOHS Finals Best in Show competition will be judged by Mr. Dominic Palleschi Carota on Saturday, December 17. This invitation-only competition is open to the top ten ranked dogs in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series in each breed/variety from the 2022 qualifying year and drew an entry of 827 dogs. The NOHS Group Finals will also be streamed live on AKC.tv.

Viewing Coverage: There will be extensive live coverage on AKC.tv throughout the Championship week starting on Tuesday, December 13th with the first of three All-Breed dog shows. Also streamed live on AKC.tv will be the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Agility Invitational presented by YuMOVE, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series finals, the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, the Best Bred-by-Exhibitor groups, Best in Miscellaneous, Junior Showmanship, and the evening group competitions. AKC.tv is available online, on the AKC.tv app which is on the Apple Store and Google Play and Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.


AKC National Championship 2022 by the Numbers

  • All 200 AKC-recognized breeds are entered to compete
  • 5,385 entries in the AKC National Championship
  • The largest entries include:
    • 123 Golden Retrievers
    • 120 Labrador Retrievers
    • 118 Australian Shepherds
    • 111 French Bulldogs
    • 75 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
    • 75 Whippets
    • 62 Pugs
    • 59 Chinese Cresteds
    • 58 Pomeranians
  • 827 dogs are entered in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series (NOHS) Finals
  • 142 juniors, ages 9-17, who have met high academic standards and qualification criteria based on year-round competition, will compete in Junior Showmanship
  • 1,617 puppies and junior dogs are entered in the AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes
  • 1,187 Bred-by-Exhibitors in competition
  • 389 dogs entered in the AKC Fast CAT Invitational


Obedience Classic and Agility Invitational by the Numbers

To get more information about the show, visit us at https://www.akc.org/sports/akc-national-championship/ or on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org. AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.

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