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Congratulations to the Breeder of the Year by Sport Winners

The AKC wishes to acknowledge those individuals that have excelled at breeding dogs that have proven to be outstanding in AKC sports. The commitment to preserve, protect and improve a breedrepresents the very essence of the AKC. The AKC Breeder of the Year by Sport Award is given to those who have dedicated themselves to… read more

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COMMERCIAL BREEDERS ARE NOT THE ENEMY (or everything you never knew about professional kennels)

News Flash – Commercial Breeders are not the enemy for show/hobby breeders. They are also NOT “puppymills” as claimed by our true enemy, the animal “rights” cults. USDA LICENSED PROFESSlONAL breeders are NOT “puppymills”. There are currently only 1538 licensed professional breeders in the US. The number of licensed breeders in this country has been… read more

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2017 Canine Breeder Excellence Seminar at Penn Vet

We have expanded this year’s seminar to include not only Veterinary CE credits, but also AKC Bred with H.E.A.R.T. CE credits! Cost if you pre-register is only $75, On-site $125 Registration cost includes breakfast and lunch Webinar session also offered 3/4/2017 When:Saturday, March 4, 2017 Sessions from 9:00 AM – 5:30 PMWhere: Map this event »… read more

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Breeders’ Competition Makes Welcome Return to Crufts

The Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition will take place at Crufts on Saturday 11th March 2017 at the NEC, Birmingham and be judged by Anne Macdonald, breeder of the Mabrooka Salukis. This event, sponsored by Eukanuba, was absent from Crufts 2016, but is making a welcome comeback at the show this year as a stand-alone competition… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Times, they are a’changin’

Soooooo, the Garden…. Westminster Kennel Club members work their collective butts off every year to make this an amazing event. I really, really feel badly for them. I get the impression they were truly blindsided by the failure of the new media package. Our most visible and treasured annual event was made a mockery by… read more

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Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

Some truly lovely guidelines pertaining to end-of-life care for pets have recently been published. I use the word lovely because everything within this document feels exceptionally loving and humane, not only for the animals, but also for their human companions. The guidelines were a collaborative effort, created by the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care… read more

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Bests of Breed to Get Additional Check in Collecting Ring at Crufts

A basic final check of each Best of Breed will be undertaken in the collecting ring at Crufts by officials from the show management and vet teams. The Crufts Committee is mindful that it has a duty of care to all dogs entered at the show and particularly those competing in the arena at Crufts,… read more

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AKC Hosts First-of-its-Kind Regional Legislative Conference

Since 2012, the AKC Government Relations team has hosted Conferences on Canine Legislation for AKC legislative liaisons and state federation leaders. The popular biennial conference brings together in Raleigh, North Carolina, grassroots leaders from across the country — from as far as Hawaii to Maine Raleigh, North Carolina for two days of training and networking…. read more

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Pinellas CO. (FL): Proposed Ordinance Regulates Sellers of One Litter as “Pet Dealers”

The Pinellas County Board of Commissioners is scheduled vote on problematic changes to the county animal ordinance at its February 21, 2017 meeting. Among other provisions of concern, the proposed ordinance would define a person who sells one litter of cats or dogs per year as “pet dealer” and require compliance with kennel and breeder… read more

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Those Pesky Veterinary Myths

Back in the last century when I was in veterinary school, I distinctly remember a dermatology lecture given to our junior class. The lecturer, an internationally respected veterinary dermatologist, stopped mid-way through a talk about nutrition and skin disease to ask: Does anyone in this room believe that when a dog eats bacon grease, the grease… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, She Persisted A popular political slogan, this can be aptly applied to one of the icons of our sport today. When Pat Trotter stepped into the center ring Tuesday night with a strong willed Norwegian Elkhound to compete in her ELEVENTH best in show at WKC, she took the hearts and dreams of a… read more

Cunard presents Rumor, a German shepherd, winner of Westminster Kennel ClubÕs ÒBest in Show,Ó and her family, Kent Boyles, Daniel Oster, Maria Oster and Liz Oster, left to right, with a sailing on Queen Mary 2 during a photo op in New YorkÕs Times Square, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017.  Cunard, a first-time sponsor of the Westminster show, is the only passenger liner to carry pets across the Atlantic on its signature Transatlantic Crossing. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/Invision for Cunard/AP Images)

Cunard Presents 2017 Westminster Kennel Club “Best in Show” Winner with Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2

VALENCIA, Calif., Feb. 15, 2017 – Cunard, the only line to carry pets across the Atlantic, presented Rumor, the Westminster Kennel Club’s Best in Show winner, with an invitation to sail on a Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2 today in New York’s Times Square. Rumor will have an opportunity to take his place in history among… read more

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