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— Recognizing the Breeder/Exhibitor —

NEW YORK (December 18, 2003) — The American Kennel Club and The Iams Company are pleased to extend special recognition to the breeders of AKC registered dogs.

The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship has truly become a breeder’s showcase for AKC registered purebred dogs. To further recognize these devoted individuals who are the heart and soul of the sport, the eligibility criteria for entry has been enhanced to include Champions that have earned all of their points from the Bred-By-Exhibitor Class.

All dogs completing their championships during the October 8, 2003 to October 5, 2004 qualification period, with all championship points earned from the Bred-By-Exhibitor Class will be extended an invitation to enter the January 15, 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Show in Tampa, Florida.

“While over 20,000 dogs complete their AKC championships each year, less than 4,000 earn their titles by obtaining all of their points in the Bred-By Exhibitor Class,” said Show Chairman, Ron Menaker. “There is nothing to compare with the justifiable pride shown by breeders in the ring with the dogs that are the product of all their hard work, perseverance, and dreams. It is our privilege to be able to give them the recognition they so richly deserve.”

As dogs qualify, they will receive the prestigious American Kennel Club Bred-by-Exhibitor medallion and can look forward to an invitation to enter the show. Thanks to the support of The Iams Company, all Bred-By Exhibitor class award winners, as well as the Bred-By-Exhibitor Variety Group winners, placements and the winner of the Best Bred-By-Exhibitor in Show competition will receive significant cash prizes.