American Kennel Club Agility League Announces First National Championship

1st AKC Agility League National Championship 2023

New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is excited to announce the first ever AKC Agility League National Championship, to be held September 2-4, 2023 at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri.

The event will bring together hundreds of Agility teams from around the country and is open to all teams that have participated in a League season since the program began on May 30, 2022. The next Agility League season starts on May 15, 2023, where there will be one last chance to qualify for the National Championship.

We are thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for Agility teams from all around the country to compete on a national scale,” said Gina DiNardo, Executive Secretary of the AKC. “It’s exciting to witness the continued success of the Agility League program.

The AKC Agility League allows competitors of all experiences to compete on a national level while playing on their home fields or training facilities. Each team is made up of three to eight dogs, and the divisions range from international to novice. Teams compete in 12-week seasons, and the team champions are named at the end of each season.

At the Nationals, the top teams and the top individual dogs in each division will be honored, including the top Veteran Dogs (more than 10 years old) and the top Junior Handlers (18 and younger). The event will also have plenty of fun activities planned for participants.

For more information about the AKC Agility League or the 2023 AKC Agility League National Championship, contact or click here.

  • 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 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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