RHP Facility Criteria


  • Kennel must be neat and clean -- free of dirt, fecal accumulation, odors and parasite infestation.

  • Good ventilation and proper temperatures must be maintained within healthful comfortable limits for the dogs.

  • Fencing must be sturdy and well maintained -- being of substantial strength and height to safely secure dogs.

  • Exercise areas must provide adequate shelter from wind, rain, snow and direct sunlight.

  • There must be functioning fire extinguishers and working smoke alarms in place.

  • Individual containers filled with clean drinking water must be available to each dog.

  • The inside and outside facilities must be of proper size to accommodate the breeds and number of dogs cared for by the handler. Crates used to transport dogs to shows and portable exercise pens DO NOT constitute an acceptable kennel facility. It is unacceptable to maintain dogs in crates in a travel vehicle while at home.

  • Facility must be in compliance with any local or state regulations.


Size Recommendations for facilities:

**The height of the inside/outside fencing will be dependent upon the breeds that are using the areas and whether the tops are covered.

The width of the pens inside and out will also be dependent on the breeds being housed as long tailed breeds need wider areas to keep from knocking their tails on enclosures. There must be at least one fenced in exercise area that is totally secure -- top, bottom, and sides to prevent escape.

To request an application, e-mail handlers@akc.org or call 919-816-3884.

You may also write to:
American Kennel Club
Attn: Handlers Department
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390

Very Small -under 15 lbs. I.E. - Toys 22" x 18" x 18" 10' x 2' x **
Small Dogs - 15 to 35 lbs. I.E. - Terriers, Cockers 30" x 24" x 36" 10'- 20' x 3'x **
Medium Dogs - 35 to 60 lbs. I.E. - Dalmatians,Springers 48" x 48" x 36" **15' - 25' x 4' x ****
Large Dogs - 60 to 100 lbs. I.E. - Goldens, Shepherds 60" x 60" x 48" 30' x 5' x **
Extra Large Dogs - 100+ lbs. I.E. - Danes, Saints, Wolfhounds 72" x 72" 60" 40' x 6' x **