AKC Announces Expansion of National Owner-Handled Series Program

AKC Announces Expansion of National Owner-Handled Series Program

New York, NY – The AKC is pleased to announce the expansion of the National Owner-Handled Series by launching the NOHS Levels of Achievement program. Owners and their dogs can obtain Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum recognition by earning a pre-determined number of lifetime NOHS points.

Since 2012, the AKC National Owner-Handled Series has highlighted quality dogs being exhibited by their owners and provided a venue for the owner/handler to demonstrate their dedication to the sport and compete against their peers.

“We are pleased to recognize the accomplishments of all dogs and their owner-handlers going back to the start of the NOHS program,” says Doug Ljungren, Executive Vice President of AKC Sports & Events. “The Levels of Achievement will acknowledge these exhibitor’s hard work and passion for their dogs and enthusiasm for the sport.”

A commemorative pin and downloadable certificate is provided for the highest Level of Achievement a dog has earned at the time the expansion is implemented.  A pin and certificate will be awarded for each higher Level of Achievement earned.

Additional information about the NOHS Levels of Achievement program can be found here. Comments or questions should be sent to awards@akc.org.

  • 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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