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The four-hour televised broadcast airing on Animal Planet Jan. 1 at 6P will feature thousands of dogs from around the world competing for various titles across multiple events and more than $150,000 in prize money, the largest in the world of dog shows. Viewers will see highlights from each competition category, including agility and dock diving, and the show will culminate with the highly anticipated Best in Show.

New this year, a roster of dog-loving celebrities has been assembled to captain their respective #TeamDog groups and rally dog owners to share which team they’re on and who they think will take top honors at this year’s AKC National Championship. The celebrity #TeamDog line-up includes:

  • TV Host Mario Lopez and “Julio Ces/ar Chavez Lopez” representing the Non-Sporting Group and #TeamFrenchie
  • Actress and Host McKenzie Westmore and “Asha” representing the Hound Group and #TeamGreyhound
  • Country artist Brett Young and “Oscar” representing the Toy Group and #TeamPomeranian
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson and “Nash” representing the Sporting Group and #TeamGolden
  • TV Host Cameron Mathison and “Red” representing the Working Group and #TeamDoberman
  • Actor Kellan Lutz and “Koda” representing the Herding Group and #TeamAussie
  • Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and “Zoey” representing the Terrier Group and #TeamWheaten

Tune in to cheer for your favorite breeds and join in this celebration of what makes each dog unique and champions in our hearts.

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