Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Find out who's a good dog at the AKC National Championships this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2016 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Yep, that's Alan Grayson holding a big silver doggie dish on the left.
  • Yep, that's Alan Grayson holding a big silver doggie dish on the left.
Dogs, as the old saying goes, are man’s best friend. But they’re also our most cherished genetically modified organism. Millennia of selective breeding has resulted in a rainbow of canine shapes, sizes and intrinsic behaviors. And throughout those thousands of years, the eternal question has persisted: “Who’s a good dog?” The AKC National Championship is an attempt to answer the question using a lot of rubrics and pageantry. During the day, dog enthusiasts can check out the breed-specific competitions, meet the breeds and check out a diving dog competition. The evening shows are more like what you see on television, with the Best in Group competitions and the illustrious Best in Show award. More than 400 different breeds in seven different categories trot around the ring to see which dog conforms best to an ideal standard. If that seems unfair to you, remember that the judging, though done by experts in the breeds, is entirely subjective. So if your opinion of who’s a good dog differs from the judges, don’t fret. Just go home, open the treat box and let your best friend know that they’re your pick for Best in Show.

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daytime judging), 5 p.m. (evening judging) Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 17-18 | Orange County Convention Center, 9800 International Drive | | $10-$25

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

December 8, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation