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Orange County Convention Center goes to the dogs on Dec. 14 & 15 for Canine Extravaganza

by Seth Kubersky

Canine Extravaganza, the nation’s largest celebration of dogs and home to the AKC National Championship, returns to Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center this December 14th and 15th with new dog demonstrations and furry fun for the whole family.

Canine Extravaganza dog competition
America’s top dogs will compete in Orlando during next month’s 2019 Canine Extravaganza.

Presented by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and Royal Canin, this two-day event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. The weekend’s headliner event is the 2019 AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, where thousands of the nation’s top canine competitors will vie for the coveted Best in Show honor and the highest cash prize offered at any AKC Dog Show.

New this year is the demonstration ring where spectators can watch demos of trick dogs, the Beagle Brigade, and much more. The Diving Dogs competition returns where people can see dogs big and small show off their extreme diving skills, in addition to our popular “Meet the Breeds” expo which allows attendees to meet, play with and learn about more than 140 dog breeds in elaborately decorated booths designed to promote their heritage or pop culture references.

Guests at the Canine Extravaganza can also:

  • See dogs compete in a variety of sports with these major competitions: AKC Agility Invitational, AKC Obedience Classic, National Owner-Handled Series Finals, and Juniors competition in Conformation, Agility, Obedience and Rally.
  • Meet and play with over 150 dog breeds at AKC Meet the Breeds. This interactive, educational showcase helps attendees learn which breeds are best for their lifestyle straight from the experts themselves.
  • Shop one of the largest collections of specialized vendors at the Doggie Boutique mall and pick up unique gifts for your favorite dog lover or pet just in time for the holidays.
  • Kids can participate in the AKC Patch program where they will learn about dog shows.

Live streaming coverage of the evening group competition will begin at 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday on AKC.tv. The AKC Agility Invitational finals will also be live streamed on Sunday evening. AKC.tv is available online, on the AKC.tv app and Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Altice.

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