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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 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


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


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


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


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


AKC Humane Fund Announces Winners of the 2016 Sir John D. Spurling, OBE,KCVO Scholarship

Today the AKC Humane Fund, Inc. is proud to announce the recipients of this year’s Sir John D. Spurling Scholarship, which celebrates the human-canine bond. This honor is bestowed every year on five full-time students who are enrolled in courses of study that contribute to the well-being of dogs and the advancement of responsible pet… read more


New Survey Confirms Dog Owners are Emotionally Connected to Their Dogs But Knowledge Gap May Exist About Healthy Aging in Their Canine Companions

Does your dog stare at you for no apparent reason? Does he bark to get your attention? If so, you may be witnessing his cognitive skills in action, even if you didn’t know it. A new online survey1 of dog owners from Purina Pro Plan, a leader in canine nutrition, asked one-thousand dog owners about healthy… read more


New AKC Position Statement: Freedom of Choice & Education is Pillar of Successful Dog Ownership

On August 8, the American Kennel Club (AKC) Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Canine Legislation Position Statement on Pet Choice. The statement (below) takes a strong stand in support of pet choice, education and responsible pet selection as a foundation for successful long-term pet ownership. It also affirms AKC’s opposition to legislation that… read more


Dog Show Superintendents Associations Response to AKC Proposal to Alter Closing Time to 11:59pm

To: AKC Dog Show Rules Committee and All Delegates From: The Dog Show Superintendents Association August 2016 – The Dog Show Superintendents Association is committed, like you, to creating a customer friendly environment for all clubs and exhibitors. We also share the mutual goal to grow our sport and work every day to assist in… read more

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