Orange County Convention Center going to the dogs

American Kennel Club's national championship to be held in Orlando

Local 6 News at 6:00p
Local 6 News at 6:00p

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The Orange County Convention Center has gone to the dogs.

Through Sunday, the convention center is home to the American Kennel Club's Eukanuba National Championship.

This is one of the largest shows in the country, with nearly 15-thousand dogs competing and more than 120-thousand expected attendees. The AKC estimates each exhibitor spends around $1,500 in the City Beautiful, pumping about 40-million dollars into the local economy.

The top dogs in the world hit the ring this week, competing for points and bragging rights. Potter is the number one Portuguese Podengo Poqeuno in the nation. It's a new breed, with only about 400 in the USA.

"He's definitely a crowd favorite and a good representation of the breed," said handler David Williams.

Corrine Kolzow won the Junior Handler of the Year title. She is showing five dogs.

"This is what you work for all year. All the top dogs are here and you want to come down and compete against the top dogs."

Admission is free through Friday, and then does go up for Saturday and Sunday. For ticket prices, click here

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