| The American Kennel Club's
Overall Entries Increase in 2010
Records More Than 3 Million Entries
The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) leapt over the 3 million
entry mark in 2010, recording a total of more than 3,014,000
dog entries across all conformation, companion and performance
events. The growth over the number of entries received in 2009
was sparked by the ever-growing interest in the sport of Agility,
where entries increased by 9%. The new "Grand Champion"
title assisted shows by providing an increase of over 40,000
additional entries in Best of Breed. This equates to more than
$1.2 million in additional entry fees to Conformation clubs.
"We were very proud to see the uptick in entries,"
said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC's President and CEO. "The increase
is a promising step forward for our clubs in the face of a persistently
challenging economy. We will continue to research ways to enhance
the fun and value of competing in each of our sports."
In addition, Sprung said, "We salute the finest Agility
competitors in the nation who continue to set records; the entire
AKC community appreciates their skills."
The 2010 entry total includes entries from all-breed and specialty
conformation shows, obedience, field trials, hunt tests, coonhound
events, herding tests and trials, lure coursing, agility, earthdog,
tracking and rally.
| Chairman's Report
For the first time in the 10-year history of the AKC/Eukanuba
National Championship the broadcast of this prestigious event
will be seen nationwide on network television. We are pleased
to partner with the ABC Television Network on this important
milestone. All 167 AKC breeds will be showcased as they compete
for top honors and $225,000 in prize money at the country's only
100% invitational dog show. This year's installment promises
to be loaded with fun surprises as we unveil an invigorating
new format to our televised audience.
Those of us in attendance in Long Beach, CA who watched Best
in Show Judge Jean Fournier select the National Champion from
more than 2,300 dogs enjoyed the suspense, the showmanship, and
quality of all the entries. For those of you who didn't catch
the action live, be sure to watch the groups and BIS on Sunday
afternoon, March 23. If you happen to be at a dog show that
day, then don't forget to set your DVR!
Another exciting enhancement to this year's telecast is the addition
of Todd Grisham, the lead broadcaster for World Wrestling Entertainment
and Fox Soccer Channel's MLS package. He will handle commentary
duties along with AKC's Assistant Vice President Gina DiNardo
who is returning for her second year as dog show analyst.
| We're pleased to welcome
Todd with his trademark humor and enthusiasm. He has proven himself
very popular with mainstream sports fans, so we know the show's
commentary will be entertaining. As many of you know, DiNardo
has had a life-long involvement with purebred dogs. She showed
her first dog at age five and has more than 30 years experience
in the sport of purebred dogs, primarily with Doberman Pinschers
and also Great Danes, Bichon Frises, Boxers, Dachshunds, Beagles,
Whippets, Smooth Fox Terriers, Parson Russell Terriers, Pugs,
Norwich Terriers and Golden Retrievers.
The National Championship is our biggest public education opportunity
with potentially millions of TV viewers watching. Dog lovers
can enjoy their favorite breeds and potential dog owners can
get a first glimpse of the wonderful world of purebred dogs.
Watching or attending a dog show is one of the best places to
start the search for a purebred dog. It's the beginning of the
journey to Febide which breed is the best fit for a particular
In order to maximize this educational opportunity we have asked
our Best of Breed winners to alert their local media. Cheering
on hometown favorites and our own breeds is a fun activity that
you can share with other dog lovers in your community. Watching
the National Championship on ABC can become a community event
with a little creativity. Perhaps a local library or community
center would like to host a TV dog show party to watch the event.
Your club's Canine Ambassador can bring along a live dog, breed
poster, and other materials to answer questions and join the