Responsible Breeders Face Nationwide Concerns

In recent months, responsible breeders all across the country have faced an increasing threat of...

In recent months, responsible breeders all across the country have faced an increasing threat of restrictions on their right to breed, both at the municipal and state level. The defeat of proposed legislation in Virginia and Oklahoma was a positive victory for the purebred dog fancy, but introduction of similar proposals is likely in the future. AKC encourages dog owners to keep alert in their communities and to notify the Canine Legislation department when issues arise.

The American Kennel Club supports reasonable and enforceable laws that protect the welfare and health of purebred dogs and do not restrict the rights of responsible breeders and owners. However, we oppose the concept of breeding permits, breeding bans and mandatory spay/neuter of purebred dogs.

The AKC's Canine Legislation department makes it a priority to help fanciers and dog clubs oppose breeding restrictions. To assist in these efforts, we have developed a wealth of materials that are available on our Web site, or by contacting the department (919-816-3720, doglaw@akc.org).

We appreciate your efforts to help protect the rights of purebred dog owners. By working together, we can help ensure that fanciers will be able to enjoy their sport for many years to come.