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2.  July 2017

AKC ROYAL CANIN NATIONAL ALL-BREED PUPPY AND JUNIOR STAKES
This month we announced the launch of our inaugural AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Stakes that will take place on Friday, December 15, 2017 in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center, in conjunction with the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin held December 16-17, 2017.
This conformation competition was created specifically for puppy and junior purebred dogs ages 6-18 months. (Puppies 6-12 months/ Juniors 12-18 months). The event is open to all AKC-registered breeds including Miscellaneous Class breeds and provides an opportunity for breeders and exhibitors to showcase their breeding program.
Puppies and Junior Dogs are the future of our sport and we want to encourage their growth and success as champions. This competition gives them the opportunity to compete for the honor of being the Best in Stakes Winner and be crowned the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed (Puppy/Junior) of the Year.
We look forward to the Stakes becoming a staple and beloved competition at our National Championship. The premium list and entry information will be available on AKC.org in September. See you in December!

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1. AKC Puppy of Achievement Program 7/31/17

2. AKC ROYAL CANIN NATIONAL ALL-BREED PUPPY AND JUNIOR STAKES


1.  July 31, 2017
THE AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB ANNOUNCES  PUPPY OF ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE PILOT PROGRAM
New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and advocate for all dogs, is pleased to announce the start of its new conformation Puppy of Achievement (POA) certificate program.
The program is designed to create incremental steps of success for those participating in conformation with their puppies. POA points will be earned by winning regular puppy classes or going Best of Breed or Best of Opposite Sex in the 4-6 Month Beginner Puppy (BPUP) competition. Dogs that earn 10 POA points will receive a certificate for their accomplishment. All dogs exhibited in the regular puppy classes or in BPUP competition will be eligible to earn POA points. There is no special entry requirement and no fee associated with the program. Dogs can start earning POA points at shows beginning September 1, 2017.
“We’re excited to launch this program as a way to encourage new puppy owners to continue participating in the sport. Our surveys have shown that new exhibitors are encouraged and likely to continue beyond five shows when they achieve some success,” said Doug Ljungren, Vice President of Sports and Events. “The Puppy of Achievement certificate program is meant to provide a realistic goal new exhibitors can strive to attain while they and their dog gain experience. We look forward to helping new exhibitors stay engaged and encouraged.”
“The POA program is seamless for clubs, superintendents, and judges, as points are earned in existing classes,” said Bri Tesarz, Manager of Dog Show Rules and Programs. “As always, we are here to help make participation in this program as easy and enjoyable as possible.”
AKC is launching the Puppy of Achievement as a pilot program. At the end of one year, all owners who have received a POA certificate will be surveyed about their experience, and next steps will be determined.
To learn more about the Puppy of Achievement program, please visit www.akc.org/events/puppy-of-achievement/. Questions can be sent to eventnews@akc.org.