New AKC Position Statement Re-Emphasizes Support for Purebred Dog Breeding

For over 130 years, the American Kennel Club has been dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and well-being of dogs.  This is reflected in AKC events, public education initiatives, inspections, and many programs that celebrate and encourage responsible dog breeding and the preservation of purebred dogs. 

At its April meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved a new canine legislation position statement that re-emphasizes AKC’s dedication to preserving the future of purebred dogs and honors the thousands of excellent breeders whose commitment and dedication to their breeds and their individual dogs make ownership of a purebred dog possible.  

The American Kennel Club is dedicated to preserving the future of purebred dogs. AKC honors purebred dog breeders whose commitment, vision and high standards have developed, sustain and continue to advance purebred dogs as unequaled family and working companions. Purebred dogs exhibit consistency in size, appearance, temperament and instincts. This enables prospective owners to choose a puppy that fits their particular lifestyle and increases the likelihood of a long, successful lifetime in that home. AKC is proud to advocate for purebred dogs, breeding for type and function, the sport of purebred dogs and for breeders who are committed to the health and wellbeing of dogs and preserving their unique breeds.

This, along with clarifications to the AKC’s policy on spay/neuter laws, has been added to AKC policy position statements that reflect our commitment to the health and well-being of all dogs, the preservation of purebred dogs, and the protection of the rights of responsible dog owners and breeders.  Visit the AKC Government Relations Toolbox to view a full list of AKC policy position statements.