Frequently Asked Questions

About the AKC

 History of the AKC
 AKC functions
 Finding local clubs
 AKC governing body
 Contact AKC
 AKC revenue
 Current job openings


  • What is the function of the AKC?

    The American Kennel Club, a not-for-profit organization established in 1884, maintains a purebred dog registry, sanctions dog events and promotes responsible dog ownership.

    Read AKC’s Mission Statement.

  • Can you please give me information on a local chapter of the AKC?

    The AKC is a "club of clubs." Although we have no individual members, the hundreds of independent dog clubs throughout the United States, which are licensed by us to hold dog events under our rules, do have individual members. These member clubs elect delegates who perform the function that stockholders perform in stock-based corporations. Our offices are located at:

    American Kennel Club
    260 Madison Avenue
    New York, NY 10016

    American Kennel Club
    8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
    Raleigh, NC 27617-3390

  • Who makes AKC rules?

    AKC rules, policies and positions are voted on by our delegate body. Membership of the AKC is comprised of independent dog clubs located throughout the United States. There are approximately 500 member clubs with voting privileges. Each of these clubs sends a delegate to our quarterly meetings and rules are voted on by the delegates.

  • How can I contact you?

    You can access our telephone directory or send us an e-mail. Our offices are open from 8:30am until 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, Eastern Time.

  • How much money does the AKC make and what do you do with it?

    For that information, please read the AKC Annual Reports.

  • Is the AKC currently hiring?

    You can find a list of current openings on our website or you can call our job hotline at (919) 816-3896.