Hosted by Carolyn Manno and Mike janela, the Puppy Pre-Show will feature a series of fun and whimsical events that will put each of the five participating dogs to the test. Participating dogs will be judged in several categories including puppy play time, agility and the magnificent mile-ish.

“Welcoming a puppy is a rewarding time for pet owners, and at Royal Canin we work hard to provide the best possible start for all puppies,” said Jason taylor, Royal Canin vice president of marketing and deputy chairman of the AKC National Championship Show. “The action viewers will see in the Puppy Pre-Show isn’t just entertaining – it’s also an amazing opportunity to learn more about the participating breeds and tips on healthy puppy development, it’s why we are proud to present the Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show, as well as continue our long-standing sponsorship of the AKC National Championship. “

As a leader in pet nutrition, Royal Canin recognizes that nutrition can play a vital role in the health of pets, especially during the important stage of infancy. The puppy is a stage of massive physical and behavioral changes. Nutrition tailored to their specific developmental needs can help them grow from fragile young puppies to strong, healthy dogs. Royal Canin puppy diets offer nutrition tailored to each of the puppy’s growth stages. Puppies grow quickly and their digestive, immune and skeletal development requires high quality protein, vitamins and a balanced content of energy and minerals.

“Growth is a time of rapid change, discovery and new encounters for your puppy,” said Dr. Catherine lenox, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition) and Regulatory Veterinary Manager at Royal Canin. “As puppies grow their immune systems continue to develop, so it’s important to support your puppy with the right nutrients from the start. “

The future champions
Dogs competing for puppy glory in this year’s Royal Canin Puppy Pre-show include:

  • Apple, a Golden Retriever, is likely to be a fan favorite as the Golden Retriever is one of America’s favorite breeds and the most featured breed on television and in movies.
  • Berkeley, a Smooth Fox Terrier, is known as the “Gentleman of the Terrier World” and voted most likely to befriend all of the other competing puppies.
  • Juice, a German Shepherd whose natural aptitude for training and extreme loyalty make her a strong competitor in this year’s agility events.
  • Donatella, a Yorkshire Terrier who is one of the most popular dog breeds in American cities, Yorkies pack a lot of big-city attitude into a small but important package.
  • And finally, but not least, Dina darling is our second puppy representing the toy group, Dina is a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, who is best known for her gentle, gentle and affectionate demeanor.

The Puppy Pre-Show winner will be revealed at the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin on January 2sd at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Following the ABC broadcast, a special Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show broadcast, featuring the winner, will be available on the Royal Canin YouTube page at Monday, January 3, 2022.

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About Royal Canin
Royal Canin is a leader in science-based dog and cat health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has over 50 years of experience providing individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the heart of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets depending on size, age, breed, lifestyle and treatment requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and specialty pet stores across the country. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit and “LIKE us” on Facebook at

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