News Bites


8 Ways to Celebrate Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Every June, a wonderful day comes along: Take Your Dog to Work Day! While our Pets at Work program means we have pets bounding through our headquarters every day, we still use Take Your Dog to Work Day as an excuse to put on an all-out extravaganza. Here are 8 ways your workplace can make this… read more

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New Conformation Judging Approval Process – Effective: September 1, 2015

Read the entire new Judges Approval Process here.  Dear AKC Conformation Judges and Delegates, I would like to share some exciting news from our June, 2015 Board of Directors meeting. As many of you know the Board has been working to define a new Judging Approval Process which will assure our exhibitors have access to… read more

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Handlers and Dogs Killed on Way to World Show – Names of Those Believed to Have Died

SIX PEOPLE and between 11 and 19 dogs have been killed in a head-on collision in Russia involving exhibitors, breeders and handlers on their way to the World Show in Milan. Reports suggest that the deceased are four women handlers and the driver of a minibus – a Mercedes Sprinter – they were travelling in,… read more

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Oregon State Senate to Consider Debarking Ban

The American Kennel Club Government Relations department has just learned that a bill is moving through the Oregon State Legislature that would ban the practice of debarking unless it is medically necessary to treat an injury, illness, or congenital defect. The AKC opposes House Bill 3494, which would restrict the rights of responsible dog owners… read more


Sussex Hills Kennel Club Donation Supports Local K-9 Unit

Kudos to the Sussex Hills Kennel Club for donating canine oxygen masks to each dog-and-handler pair of the the Morris County K-9 Squad (NJ). Club members visited the squad’s kennel to deliver the masks. While they were there, the officers gave the club members a tour of the facility, introduced them to their dogs, and demonstrated… read more


Putnam Kennel Club Supplies Fire Departments with Rescue Kits

By Flo Laicher, Putnam Kennel Club Delegate Wanting to serve the pets and pet owners in our community, members of the Putnam Kennel Club, Inc. (PKC) started a project to donate rescue mask kits to the fire departments in Putnam County, New York. This kit gives the fire department’s emergency responders an additional tool to… read more

May 2015 Presidents Letter

Do you know a deserving fancier or dog that should be honored with an AKC Lifetime Achievement Award (LAA) or an AKC Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE)? Both award programs are seeking nominations now, so please let us know who you think deserves to be recognized. AKC member clubs can nominate fanciers for… read more

First Case of Canine Flu Surfaces in Georgia

Veterinarians in Georgia are treating a dog for symptoms of canine flu—the first case of the disease to surface in that state. The sick dog was brought to the University of Georgia’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital and has tested positive for the disease, according to news media reports. Veterinarians there won’t know until later this week… read more


HSUS and Real Humane Societies: Apples and Oranges

The Humane Society of the United States talks a big game about the importance of caring for animals, but when comparing HSUS’s track record with real humane societies, it is abundantly clear that providing direct care to animals isn’t something the organization does efficiently. The numbers provided in the most recent HSUS report show that this… read more


Two New DNA Testing Schemes For Beagles Approved

The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for Factor VII deficiency (FVIID) and Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome (IGS) in Beagles, following consultation with the Beagle Health Coordinator on behalf of the breed clubs. A list of laboratories the Kennel Club is able to record results from can be found on the worldwide DNA… read more

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