125 Years of Sport


On 17 September 1884, ten men gathered in Philadelphia to create a national organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs. They exuded virtuous ideals-- integrity, continuity and commitment . Since then these ideals have become the core values of the AKC for the past 125 years.


AKC Events and Activities

AKC History
Learn about major milestones, events and people.

AKC Open House
October 2008
February 2009

Celebrate with the AKC
Add your comments and stories.

A Celebration of Dogs
Read poems, prose and anecdotal stories about our furry friends.