The AKC is a not-for-profit organization and the largest purebred dog registry in the world. We are the sports-governing body for over 22,000 dog events a year, including conformation (dog shows) and exciting sports like agility, obedience, rally, tracking, lure coursing, earthdog, herding trials, among others. But the AKC is so much more! Through our programs, events, and services we support and enrich the lives of dogs -- purebreds and mixed-breeds alike -- and their families.

Who We Are


A listing of all departments and their organization role.


Inside the AKC

Awards and Honors

Celebrating individuals whose dedication has led to significant contributions on a national level.


Library and Archives

One of the largest libraries devoted to dogs in the world, containing approximately 18,000 volumes, and the only national repository dedicated to the sport of the purebred dog.


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Our Locations

Find our Headquarters and Operations Center.


Job Opportunities

Working together, our motivated and talented employees have brought the AKC much success.



Definitions for dog words that you may not be familiar with.


Website Information

Important information and frequently asked questions.


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