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Eukanuba challenge welcomes more countries

Eukanuba Woeld ChallengeEukanuba, the global premium dog food company, triumphant on the tremendously successful and highly acclaimed 2007 inaugural Eukanuba World Challenge, announces that an additional 12 countries have been invited to participate in the 2008 Challenge, bringing the total to 52 countries, The event scheduled to take place on 13th & 14th December will be hosted at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championships at Long Beach, California, USA.

Anne VanMerkensteijn, Global Associate Marketing Director for Eukanuba says: ”As a worldwide company we are delighted to be in a favourable position to announce an additional 12 countries who have been invited to participate in this unique competition. The proven success of Eukanuba working with the AKC, the FCI and the National Kennel Clubs' has resulted in a cohesive relationship with excellent benefits and opportunity to the breeders, owners and their champion dogs. I am extremely enthusiastic about the Eukanuba World Challenge. It promises to be another exciting year as each of the participating countries selects and announce their Top Winning Dog who will represent their country at this prestigious event”.

David CotterDavid Cotter, Associate Marketing Director for Eukanuba Europe added, “Eukanuba was first sold at dog shows in 1969, 3 years before it became available in pet food stores. It was known as ‘The secret weapon of champion breeders’. The Eukanuba World Challenge is the latest innovation in our history of working with breeders and kennel clubs to show the magnificence of dogs. Addition of 5 European countries will make the Challenge even more exciting to all enthusiasts of the sport of pure bred dogs.”

The National Kennel Club from each participating country will be responsible for the selection process, or in a few cases according to clear rules allowing for an independent selection of the Top Dog. The European Section will be divided into two divisions, this along with the Asia and Oceania and the Americas sections, will give the four world renowned judges (one for each section) to each select three winners. Hans Muller, President of the FCI will select the ultimate winner of the title Eukanuba World Challenge Champion, the runner up and the first runner up.

Further and updated information is available on All breeders, owners and potential participants are invited and encouraged to register their interest by either talking to their Eukanuba Local Breeder representative or by visiting the website.

Countries invited to participate in the 2008 event are (* denotes new countries): Europe & South Africa - Austria, Belgium, Croatia,, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United. Kingdom, *Bulgaria, * Cyprus, * Estonia, *Luxembourg, *Turkey. Asia and Oceania - Australia, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, * China, *New Zealand, *Philippines, *Taiwan. The Americas including Canada - Argentin