Eukanuba/AKC National Championship dog show airs Saturday

The 12th edition of the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship for dogs will air at 2 p.m. EST Saturday, Feb. 2 on ABC (check local listings).

The event features dogs vying for the top prizes and special features such as a ceremony honoring hero dogs. American Kennel Club’s Gina DiNardo and ESPN anchor Todd Grisham will share commentary duties during the broadcast.

“Viewers will be able to see each Best of Breed winner compete in the group ring, watch highlights from our Breeder of the Year and AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence presentations, and much, much more,” DiNardo said.

Two new AKC-recognized breeds will make their AKC/Eukanuba National Championship debut during the broadcast -– the Russell Terrier and the Treeing Walker Coonhound. Watch them compete during the broadcast and learn more about their history and function at

During the broadcast, AKC will host a Virtual Viewing Party at 2 p.m. EST with behind-the-scenes tidbits on Facebook and a Tweet Chat on Twitter using the hashtag #celebratedogs. Fans can stop by to root for their favorites, chat with other dog show enthusiasts or post a photo of their dog enjoying the broadcast.

Highlights from the daytime Best of Breed judging and the Bred-By-Exhibitor groups are also available on the AKC website.

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