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AKC Announces Staff Promotions and Appointments

New York, N.Y. – The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry and leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce the promotions and appointments of several of its employees. Mark Dunn has been appointed Senior Vice President of Registration and Customer Development which encompasses Registration Development, Registration Services, Breeder… read more

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Preventing Congenital Hypothyroidism with Goiter in the Toy Fox Terrier

With a personality much bigger than their diminutive size, the toy fox terrier (TFT) is a fun and feisty breed well known for their charming and entertaining personalities. Originally created by the breeding of various toy breeds to the smooth fox terrier, like other terriers, TFTs still love the thrill of the hunt and are… read more

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Overreach, Dark Motives, the Sad Case of Paul Upton and his German Shepherds

Picture if you will a hardworking man who has pulled himself up by his bootstraps from a childhood of poverty. He builds a successful kennel business from the ground up and runs that business for 30 years raising and showing dogs, training and boarding. This is a man who has never asked anyone for help…. read more

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Westminster 2016 It’s Wonderful, it’s Weird and it’s Wowza!

Let me start by saying this is my first time attending the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and my overall impression is it’s Wonderful, it’s Weird, and it’s just Wowza! This prestigious event is unlike any dog show I have ever been to and of course the dogs and the handlers are all truly Wonderful. … read more

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Pacific Coast Pekingese Club Celebrates 100 years

The Pacific Coast Pekingese Club (PCPC), founded in Los Angeles in 1916, celebrates its centennial anniversary this year! When our club was formed in 1916 — and then joined AKC as a member club in 1917 — Los Angeles was a small city center surrounded by farms, ranches, and orchards.  The film industry was only… read more

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The Foxhound – The First British Pedigree

When I was a child I used to long for the school summer holidays as it often meant escaping down to Midhurst in West Sussex and staying on my Aunt’s family farm. Her uncle was Master of one of the local packs (kennelled on the farm) and I loved watching these beautiful hounds being fed… read more

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Petlog ‘Meltdown’ as Chipping Log Goes Live

PETLOG’S website is reported to have been in ‘meltdown’ at the end of last month as the new law making microchipping of dogs compulsory came into force.   People were said to be unable to get through to the Kennel Club’s database by phone either, as the lines were constantly engaged with an ‘unprecedented’ number… read more

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As the Wheels Turn – Integrity – A Line in the Sand

“To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.” — Douglas Adams (author, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) Two separate items caught my eye today as I cruised the blogosphere and social media. One was about dyeing dogs, the other written… read more

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Louisiana Information: Quick Moving Bill Seeks to Limit Sources of Purpose-Bred Dogs

An amended version of Louisiana Senate Bill 337 (original text here, adopted amendments here), which seeks to restrict retail pet stores’ sources of dogs and cats, was unanimously passed by the Senate Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 6.  The bill is now awaiting final passage in the State Senate.  The… read more

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Broward County, FL Adds Warrantless Searches to Breeders Permit – Hearing tomorrow 4/12 URGENT!

The American Kennel Club’s Government Relations team has just been made aware that the Broward County Commission will discuss amendments to the county’s existing breeder permit including requiring permit holders to submit to warrantless inspections of their private homes. The AKC strongly encourages dog owners and breeders to attend tomorrow’s hearing or to contact the… read more

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