More information is available at American Kennel Club website
- Is a not-for-profit organization. (unlike any other registry!!)
- Is the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world.
- Sponsors more than 22,000 dog events per year, including conformation, agility, obedience, rally,
tracking, herding, lure coursing, hunt tests, field and earthdog trials, and coonhound events.
- Began the AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR)
which has reunited more than 380,000 pets with their owners.
- Conducts thousands of inspections annually to monitor care and conditions at kennels across the country
and to insure the integrity of the AKC registry.
- Features a Canine Good Citizen program - A 10 step test that certifies dogs who have good manners at
home and in the community.
- Created and supports the AKC Canine Health Foundation,
which funds research projects focusing on the genetics of disease, the canine genome map, and clinical studies.
AKC has donated over $20 million to the AKC Canine Health Foundation since 1995.
- Is the only registry that incorporates health screening results into its permanent dog records, and offers
the largest set of DNA programs to verify parentage and genetic identity.
- Nearly 5,000 dog clubs in the United States hold affilitated events under the umbrella of the AKC for
competition of AKC-registered dogs. Some are national parent clubs, others local specialty clubs, and still
others are devoted to a broad variety of events including agility, obedience, field trials, lure coursing,
and herding tests and trials.