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A Special Report from AKC Chairman Ron Menaker: AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin – Bigger and Better Than Ever

As time marches into autumn, the new season signals the thrilling culmination of another wonderful year in the sport of dogs. We mark the occasion with an event like no other: The AKC National Championship. Now in its 16th year, our National Championship show will be held this December 17th and 18th in Orlando, Florida,… read more

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NJ Alert: SB1013 Threatens Accepted Responsible Care Practices for Dog Shows and Traveling

The AKC is concerned with many aspects of the bill, and urges all concerned dog owners in New Jersey, especially purebred dog fanciers and enthusiasts, to request that the members of the committee amend the bill as recommended below to ensure that responsible dog owners and handlers are not unreasonably and unnecessarily impacted. New Jersey… read more

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Palm Beach County (FL) Ordinance Would Strike Exemption for Hobby Breeders and Redefine “Pet Dealer”

On September 27, 2016, the Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing and final vote on proposed amendments to the animal control ordinance. The provisions of the ordinance will be applicable to all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County, unless a municipal exemption applies. Although the proposed ordinance includes… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Makes Strides in Tick-Borne Disease Research to Benefit Dogs

RALEIGH, N.C. (September 20, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce ongoing progress through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative. Launched in February 2016, this comprehensive Initiative addresses important health concerns that include Lyme disease, bartonellosis, and… read more

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The AKC Announces 2016’s Breeder of the Year Group Honorees

The American Kennel Club is thrilled to announce breeding programs from the Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting andHerding groups as 2016 AKC Breeder of the Year group honorees. “We are proud to honor some of the nation’s finest breeders with this award,” said Dennis Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “The dogs that carry the… read more

AKC Judge Opens Owner Handling Mentoring Program

DOG SHOW MENTOR FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Lee Whittier, Founder DogShowMentor@gmail.com 802.369.0380   PRESS RELEASE AKC judge opens owner-handler mentoring program October 30, 2016 Vancouver, WA – Many dog world insiders are lamenting the sad state of American Kennel Club dog shows, and while Judge Lee Whittier recognizes the issues, she also rejoices… read more

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Royal Canin Named the Official Sponsor of the AKC National Championship

The American Kennel Club is proud to announce that Royal Canin is now the official presenting sponsor of the nation’s biggest dog show, the AKC National Championship. The world’s largest purebred dog registry and Royal Canin, a leading global pet food company specializing in breed-specific nutrition, reached a multiyear agreement and will be renaming the… read more

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AKC Canine Health Foundation Announces Funding to Address Canine Thyroid Disease

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 29, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces an exciting new grant that aims to address thyroid disease in dogs. Funding for this grant is made possible by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), a… read more

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AKC Suspends Use of Collapsed Tunnel

After concerns raised by the Agility community involving the collapsed tunnel, AKC Agility has suspended the use of this obstacle. See a message from Carrie DeYoung, Director of Agility, below: This past week, the AKC Agility department held their annual field representative meeting. During the meeting, the staff reviewed concerns raised by the Agility community… read more

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Passion Becomes a Practice for Future Veterinarians as Animal Planet Premieres Life At Vet U

        The Six-Part Series Premieres Saturday, October 1 at 10 PM ET/PT Animal Planet takes viewers behind the scenes of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) as six students embark on a journey to graduation – the culmination of four intense, but rewarding, years of never-ending studying, round-the-clock… read more

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