Did you know that more than 80% of show dogs are handled by their owners? The AKC National Owner-Handled Series celebrates the dedication and enthusiasm of owner-handler exhibitors and allows them to compete head-to-head against one another in the conformation ring.
The AKC National Owner-Handled Series occurs after Best of Breed judging in each breed ring. Dogs that rank in the top ten for their breed during the qualifying period are invited to compete in this competition. The top-ranked dogs are posted on the AKC National Owner-Handled Series Points Ranking page. See the Point Schedule here.
Start by finding a show that offers AKC National Owner-Handled Series competition, which are listed here.
Then download the entry form which has an Owner-Handled eligible “check box” located below the lines for signature and telephone number. You must check the box on the entry form prior to the closing of the event. There is no additional fee required to enter this competition.
You may compete in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series as long as you are not a professional handler as described here. Professional handlers, household members and current assistants to professional handlers in conformation are not eligible to exhibit in this competition. But dogs who are co-owned by a professional handler or members of their household (as described here) are eligible.
Eligible class dogs that are selected Winners Dog or Winners Bitch are included in the AKC National Owner-Handled Series judging.
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