The Akita Club of America is a member of the American Kennel Club and, as such, is the only National Akita Breed Club which is recognized and sanctioned by the AKC. The main objectives of the Akita Club of America are the preservation and protection of the breed and improvement of the character and conformation of the Akitas as described in the official breed standard.  The Akita Club of America hosts an Annual National Specialty Show and Annual Meeting, which rotates throughout the country. A major goal of the Akita Club of America is to provide educational information about the breed to club members, the general public, and to prospective judges. READ MORE>>

President's Message

It is nice to have the tail of winter at our backs with spring just around the corner. I am always happy to lose that extra hour of sleep in exchange of an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. I am not sure if it’s the changing of seasons which has an effect on our National judges, but we seem to have some issues once again. To clarify, ACA had one judge, Paula Nykiel, who disqualified herself by judging within 6 months of her assignment with ACA. Furthermore, several people have inquired as to a second judge being disqualified, this second judge was not a judge hired by ACA; it was the Regional judge hired by RMAC. The new judges will be listed on the website upon confirmation of their assignment acceptance. READ MORE>>

2015 National Specialty

2016 Akita Club of America

National & Pre-National Specialty
Obedience & Rally Trials

September 5th - 10th, 2016

Hotel Information:

The Westin Westminster
10600 Westminster Boulevard
Westminster, CO, 80020
General Information: 303-410-5000  •  Hotel Reservations: 866-716-8108

The Westin Westminster Hotel has created a personalized Web site for Akita Club of America 2016 National Specialty Week. (September 4, 2016 - September 11, 2016) Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from February 1, 2016 to September 14, 2016.


  • $99 single/double; $119 Triple; $119 Quad
  • Cutoff time for both reservations at the negotiated rate and cancellations without penalty: 5pm MDT 8/12/16
  • $40 non-refundable deposit for dogs in the room
  • Maximum number of 3 dogs in rooms

Event Schedule:

RMAC Regional Specialty**
Rally Run-Through
RMAC/ACA Evening Event (6:00—10:00pm)
Judge Ms. Jean Pero
PreNationals Obed/Rally
Top Twenty Mandatory Meeting
Top 20 (6:00pm)
Judge Ms. Cynthia Hutt
Judge Ms. Linda Scanlon
ACA Obedience/Rally
CGC Testing (1/2 hour after judging)
Annual Meeting (7:00—11:00pm)
Judge Ms. Linda Scanlon
Judge Ms. Susan Cargill
BEC Seminar (3:00pm)
Judge Ms. Patricia Mills
Dogs/Bitch Classes
Stud Dog/Brood Bitch
4-6 Month Puppy
JEC Seminar (4:00pm)
Auction (6:30—10:00pm)
Judge Dr. Sophia Kaluzniacki
Best of Breed
Junior Showmanship
Owner-Handled Best Of Breed
Best Puppy
Best Bred By Exhibitor
Best Veteran
Banquet & Cocktail Hour (6:00pm)
Silent Auction (concurrent with Banquet)
Judge Ms. Nancy S. Amburgey
(*Monday is Labor Day / **No Sweepstakes offered)
Schedule Subject to Change
President Keith Venezia
Show Chair Laurie White
Assistant Show Chair Coleman Nemerov
Treasurer Matthew Dimon
Obedience Chair Laurie White
Obedience/Rally/Performance Events Performance Committee/Anita Palmer
AKC Interface/Corresponding Secretary Sandi Soto
Website Liaison Anita Palmer
Regional Specialty Patti Dolezal
Auction Sherry Lockrem
Breeders Education Lynn Morgan, Francee Hamblet & Hollie Walker
Catalogs and Advertising Kathy Amrine
Challenge Trophies Keith Venezia
Chief Ring Steward John Newland
Crufts Certificates Sherry Wallis
Emergency Coordinator Coleman Nemerov
Flyer Anita Palmer
Futurity / Maturity Donna Bennett
Grounds Frank Ingemi
Judges Education Sylvia Thomas
Judges Hospitality Bev Vics
Judges' Welcome Bags Laurie White
Parade of Titleholders and Rescue Mark Elliot
Reserved Grooming Angel Swift
Reserved Seating Donna Bennett
ROM Chair Elea Warf
RV Parking Francee Hamblet
RV Parking Hollie Walker
Site Coordinator Jo Ann Charnik
Site Coordinator-Assistant Frank Ingemi
Top 20 Top Twenty Committee
Trophies Linda Ingemi
Trophy Sponsorships Linda Ingemi
Vendors Mark Elliot
Ways & Means Teresa Brown
Welcome Party Members of the RMAC/ACA