AKC eNewsletter

Complimentary 60-Day AKC Pet Healthcare Plan
By Linda Bell, vice president, PetPartners, Inc, for the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan

Matching your puppies with the “perfect family” is a challenge. All kinds of questions go through your mind as you assess your prospective buyers and their suitability for your puppies: Does this family fit your breed; do they understand the implications of owning a dog, as well as your dog; do they truly deserve your special dog?

This pup represents the fruits of your hard work, of your constant reading up on the latest breeding methods, of your research about the best sire, of your late nights with a restless dam, of your time, of your financial investment in the whole process and—perhaps more importantly—of your huge emotional investment in that litter.

So, you ask the prospective buyer, “What plans do you have in place to care for this dog for the rest of his life? He’s going to be like a family member. Have you mapped out a budget for his care, his food, his training around the home?

And what about the health side of things? Health-care bills can soon add up.

However well you care for him, your dog could have an accident or become ill. Would you then have a tough decision to make about what care is affordable, never mind what the dog deserves?”

With a big smile, you announce: “Here’s some good news—the AKC has a range of great pet health plans you can consider. Even better, just by registering this puppy with the AKC, you are eligible to activate a unique Complimentary 60-Day AKC Pet Healthcare Plan. Accidents do happen to puppies, however careful you are! Doesn’t that make good sense?”

You explain to the owner that they must enroll in the Complimentary Plan within 28 days of registering your—sorry—their new puppy with the AKC. Enrollment is easy, either by phone or online, or by mail with a form sent to the owner in the registration package.

Accidents happen and any time of year can pose special dangers for our four-legged friends. So, do your buyers a favor by telling them about the wonderful benefit of AKC registration—the Complimentary 60- Day Plan.

With prices starting at only 68 cents a day, it’s about showing owners a way to start good health practices from the beginning. It’s also peace of mind for you and protection for your furry labor of love, for a job well done!


Real recent claims paid to new AKC-registered owners who had the Complimentary 60-Day AKC Pet Healthcare Plan*
Breed/age of incident
What Happened
Toy Manchester Terrier, 18 mos. 
Hit by a car
$ 500
Cocker Spaniel, 3 mos.               
Broken jaw from dog bite
$ 480
German Shepherd Dog, 11 mos.  
Parvo virus       
$ 500
Bichon Frise , 9 mos.
Swallowed Tylenol
Labrador Retriever, 9 mos.
Snake bite
Pomeranian, 5 mos.

Jumped from owner’s arms and fractured a leg


*Full details of coverage available at PetPartners, Inc., the dedicated provider for the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan. Daily cost given is the equivalent of the Essential Plan’s annual price at 1/365. Annual or monthly payment plans available to U.S. residents in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates and coverage are subject to change. Applications are subject to underwriting. Underwritten by National Specialty Insurance Company.

For more information and a no-obligation quote, visit www.akcphp.com or call, toll-free, 866-725-2747.

  Ronald N. Rella, director, Breeder Services
Email: AKCbreeder@akc.org
Customer Service | Phone: 919-233-9767 | Email: info@akc.org

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