The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States.
The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry and promoting the sport of purebred dogs. 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. AKC’s programs, events, and services support and enrich the lives of dogs -- purebreds and mixed-breeds alike -- and their families.
Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs, more than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests.
AKC Press Center
AKC Social Media
AKC Business: Reports and Minutes
Judging / Breed Standards / Parent Clubs Resources
Notable AKC Dog Shows, Meet the Breeds® and AKC Events and Awards
In March, 2015 the AKC launched the First Health Microsite: Dog Health: http://www.akc.org/learn/dog-health/
The health microsite includes owner-reader friendly articles on an array of health conditions and health management concerns as well as links to basic training articles and an introduction to competing in AKC performance events.
AKC’s Bred with H.E.A.R.T. Health, Education, Accountability, Responsibility and Tradition® gives AKC a way to engage, encourage and recognize ALL breeders who meet specific health testing standards and who participate in continuing education: http://www.akc.org/dog-breeders/bred-with-heart/
Club, Public and Breeder Education
Legislation – Government Relations
The AKC’s Government Relations Department (GR) is dedicated to protecting the rights of all dog owners, promoting responsible dog ownership and ensuring that laws governing dog ownership and breeding are reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory. http://www.akc.org/government-relations/
Affiliate AKC Organizations
The AKC was an Initiating Partner of the IPFD (2015-2017), and is now a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.