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October 2012 AKC Board Meeting Highlights


Date:             October 25, 2012

Contact:       AKC Communications

Phone:          212-696-8228

E-mail:           communications@akc.org



New York, NY – Highlights from the October 22-23, 2012 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows. Full details on these actions, as well as other actions taken, are included in the minutes for the meeting, which are posted on the AKC website, within one week of the meeting.


  • The Board authorized the extending of an offer of employment for a new Chief Operating Officer. John Lyons, the current COO is retiring in January, 2013.


  • After a thorough discussion, the Board decided that in 2014, the AKC Board will begin investigating the best response to the property leases expiring in 2018 and 2020, and the advisability of office consolidation.


  • The Board added the Kennel Club Boliviana (KCB) to the list of registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration.


  • The Board established a $50 processing fee for the handling of club membership lists, which are required to be submitted annually. The fee will be waived for clubs submitting their lists in an acceptable electronic format. This fee will become effective July 1, 2013.


  • The fee for the registration of an imported dog was raised to $100, effective January 1, 2013.


  • The discipline guidelines for sexual harassment have been expanded to cover inappropriate comments and/or conduct regarding but not limited to another individual’s race, color, religion, disability, national origin, age, sexual orientation, or gender.


  • The Board removed the moratorium on Parent Clubs requesting a lowering of jump heights for their breed in obedience. An application form has been developed for any Parent Club wishing to make such a request.




The American Kennel Club (AKC) proudly celebrated its 125th Anniversary in 2009. Since 1884 the not-for-profit organization has maintained the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world, and today its rules govern more than 20,000 canine competitions each year. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its nearly 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Companion Animal Recovery and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.


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