American Kennel Club

American Kennel Club

American Kennel Club was established in 1884 when a group of twelve sportsmen from different dog clubs banded together to establish one central club. By 1887 The National American Kennel Club Stud Book was assembled and ever since then it has kept a registry of purebred dog pedigrees in the United States. The AKC® is not the only registry for purebreds in the United States, but it is the only non-profit registry.

American Kennel Club

The AKC® promotes events such as Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show’s and the AKC®/Eukanuba National Championship. It is a resource for information about different dog breeds, rescue associations, breeder recommendations, breed health, and much more. They also sponsor tests such as herding, agility, obedience, tracking, Earthdog, herding, and lure coursing.

The AKC® website states the following. “The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.”

Rescue Dog Resource Links


The Kennel Club

For my UK readers and followers here is a link to help you locate and find the right rescue dog or breed. The Kennel Club provides information on choosing, owning, breeding and registering a dog. Further information about finding the correct breeder, veterinarian, dog health, and general advice about caring for your dog and much more is available at their website.

The Kennel Club states the following. “We are the UK’s largest organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. Besides being a voluntary register for pedigree dogs and crossbreed dogs, we offer dog owners and those working with dogs an unparalleled source of education, experience and advice on puppy buying, dog health, dog training and dog breeding.”

The Kennel Club was founded in 1873 by a group of thirteen persons whose desire was to establish a consistent set of rules for governing dog showing and field trials. During the 19th century, dog activities became very popular and experienced explosive growth. The founders aim was to ensure that all dog shows and field trials were run honestly and fairly, additionally paying attention to the competing dogs welfare. Eighteen seventy-four marked the year that the first Kennel Club Stud Book was published. A yearly Kennel Club Stud Book has been published ever since. The book provides a record of results for championship dog shows, field trials, and other dog events such as obedience, and agility. Along with the studbook, a log was begun for all newly registered dogs. Registration records allow all dogs to be uniquely identified and their pedigree tracked. Both the studbook and the registration record have been updated yearly since their inception.

Resource Links

UK KENNEL CLUB / Breed Rescue Division

UK KENNEL CLUB / Public Services

American Kennel Club Rescue Network

American Kennel Club Dog Breeds

Train a New Puppy

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