AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge

Are you missing the fun and competition of dog shows? Maybe you always wanted to try but weren’t sure where to start? In these times of social distancing, we invite the dog fancy community to come together virtually to celebrate our beloved dogs in a new way. The AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge is an online conformation event for AKC-recognized breeds and the Miscellaneous class.

A portion of each $25 entry will be donated by AKC to Take the Lead, a 501c3 organization dedicated to assisting participants in the dog sport who are suffering from life threatening or terminal illnesses, as well as assisting those affected by natural disasters and the COVID-19 pandemic.

How to Enter

To enter the Virtual AKC Top Dog Challenge, visit AKC Shop to purchase your $25 entry. You will receive detailed instructions on how to create and submit a video of your entry that you will upload to the virtual event. Winners will be displayed on the challenge leaderboard once judging completes.


How the Challenge Works

Here’s how the AKC Virtual Top Dog Challenge is structured:

Dogs must be at least six months of age

Participants enter into one of two classes in the appropriate breed

Puppy (at least 6 and under 12 months)

Open (any entry including CH of record)

Separate classes for dogs and bitches

Each class is judged individually and placed 1st-4th

1st place from each class (up to 4) is then judged to determine Best of Breed

Best Puppy selected from the 1st place from the dog & bitch puppy classes

Each BOB advances to the Group competition to be judged later

Each Best Puppy advances to the Puppy Group to be judged later

Groups (regular & puppy) are judged and placed 1st-4th

Group Winners advance to Best in Show (regular & puppy) to be judged later

BIS & Reserve BIS selected from each competition

Puppies could potentially compete in both groups/BIS (if awarded BOB in its breed)


What Should a Video Entry Include?

All entrants are to upload a video of their dog. Video should not exceed two (2) minutes in length and should include the following components:

Dog in stack from the front, rear and side.

Display of appropriate oral exam (show front, sides and/or open mouth as appropriate)

View of dog gaiting from the side, coming & going. (i.e. around the ring & down and back)

Dog presented in a free-stack


Challenge Dates

Important dates to note:

Entries Open: Friday, June 5

Entries close: Friday, June 12

Breed winners: Wednesday, June 17

Group winners: Thursday, June 18

BIS: Friday, June 19

  • 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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