For many, there’s no better way to kick off the new year than watching dozens of great dogs compete in the American Kennel Club’s (ACK) annual flagship event. But with a surge of Covid-19 cases causing event cancellations across the country, many people have wondered if the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin will take place on New Year’s Day in 2022? Here’s when and where your family can attend this fun, relaxing and entertaining event.
No, there will be no dog show on New Years Day
Until recently, families could tune in on New Year’s Day to watch thousands of purebred dogs of all shapes and sizes compete in the AKC National Championship. Traditionally, the contest broadcast has lasted around three hours and has been the perfect thing to watch while your family enjoys a quiet afternoon at home after ringing in the New Year the night before.
This year, however, viewers won’t find the annual dog show on TV on January 1st. But that doesn’t mean the event won’t air at all. It will be. And not too far after New Year’s Day.
But the AKC dog show Will Air in 2022
Dog lovers won’t have to wait too long to see their favorite breed of dogs prancing on the event’s infamous red carpet. The 2021 AKC National Championship airs January 2, 2022 on ABC starting at 2 p.m. ET.
“It is our honor to be able to continue the tradition of this magnificent spectacle and welcome the best canine competitors from around the world,” said Dennis Sprung, show president and AKC president and CEO, in a recent statement. . “The athleticism displayed in our sports by these well-behaved dogs is truly a sight to behold, and we are thrilled to return to ABC to televise our signature event, the crowning of the American Champion, for dog enthusiasts.”
The previously taped championship can also be streamed on demand via the AKC website. Those without access to ABC may be able to attend the event when it airs on Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, or fuboTV. All you will need is a subscription to one of these services.
Don’t miss the Royal Canin Puppy pre-show
Before watching over 5,000 adult dogs compete for various titles, celebrate the wonder and adorableness of puppies with the third annual Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show, which will be streamed on the Royal Canin Facebook and Instagram pages at 12 p.m. pm ET on Jan. 2, 2022.
The 20-minute pre-show will see five puppies go head-to-head in a series of fun and whimsical events designed to test their “puppy state”. Puppies will be judged in a number of categories, including puppy play time, agility and beautiful mile-ish. Puppies competing this year include Apple, a Golden Retriever; Berkeley, a smooth fox terrier; Juice, a German Shepherd; Donatella, a Yorkshire Terrier; and Dina Darling, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The Puppy Pre-Show winner will be announced at the AKC National Championship.
You can also catch a special Royal Canin Puppy pre-show, featuring the winner, on the Royal Canin YouTube channel from January 3, 2022.
The 2021 AKC National Championship was held in mid-December at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, seating for spectators was limited and face masks were required. Over $150,000 in prizes were awarded this year, with the Best in Show winner receiving $50,000.
But to find out which dog was named best in show, you’ll need to tune in to ABC on Sunday, Jan. 2, to find out who will take home the big prize.
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