AKC Government Relations Policy Resources

Dealing with a specific issue in your state/community? Here you can find a breakdown of our resources by topic. We encourage you to print these resources and distribute them to lawmakers, fellow dog owners, or anyone your wish to educate about canine legislation. We also have limited print copies of the brochures available for lawmakers.

Don’t forget that the AKC Government Relations Department is here to help you! We can provide letters to lawmakers, alerts to local clubs, legislative analysis, and a wealth of other resources. Contact AKC GR at (919) 816-3720 or doglaw@akc.org to learn how we can support you in your fight to protect responsible dog ownership!

Breed-Specific Legislation/Dangerous Dogs
AKC Position Statement: “Dangerous Dog” Control Legislation
AKC Position Statement: Homeowners’ Insurance and Dangerous Dogs
Breed-Specific Legislation Issue Brief
The Deed... Not the Breed
Issue Analysis: Why Breed-Specific Legislation Doesn’t Work
Dangerous Dog Legislation Packet: Discussion, position statements and sample laws concerning dangerous dog laws (Contact AKC Government Relations to order)
Sample Letters to the Editor – Breed-Specific Legislation – Word | PDF | Text
Sample Letter to Lawmakers – Breed-Specific Legislation – Word | PDF | Text

Breeder Regulations
AKC Position Statement: Breeding Restrictions
AKC Position Statement: Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act
AKC Position Statement: Proper Care and Humane Treatment of Dogs
AKC Position Statement: Protection for Puppy Purchasers
AKC Position Statement: Responsible Breeding Practices
AKC Care & Conditions Policy
Responsible Breeding Practices Issue Brief
Issue Analysis: The Value of Responsible Dog Breeders
Issue Analysis: Conformation Shows – More Than Just a Pretty Face
Safe Housing for Dogs
Sample Letters to the Editor – Breeder Regulations – Word | PDF | Text
Sample Letters to the Editor – Breeder Regulations – Ownership Limits – Word | PDF | Text
Sample Letter to Lawmakers – Breeder Regulations – Word | PDF | Text

Consumer Protection/”Puppy Lemon Laws”
AKC Position Statement: Protection for Puppy Purchasers
Consumer Protection Legislation Packet – Discussion, position statement and sample laws concerning "puppy lemon laws" (Contact AKC Government Relations to order)

Debarking
AKC Position Statement: Debarking
Issue Analysis: Dispelling the Myths of Cropped Ears, Docked Tails, Dewclaws, and Debarking

Dog Parks
Establishing a Dog Park in Your Community – booklet (download only)
Establishing a Dog Park in Your Community – handout
Establishing a Dog Park in Your Community – brochure

Ear Cropping/Tail Docking/Dewclaw Removal
AKC Position Statement: Ear Cropping, Tail Docking and Dewclaw Removal
“Cropping and Docking” Issue Brief
Issue Analysis: Dispelling the Myths of Cropped Ears, Docked Tails, Dewclaws, and Debarking
Sample Letter to Lawmakers – Ear Cropping/Tail Docking – Word | PDF | Text

Guardianship
AKC Position Statement: “Guardian” v. Owner
The Dangers of “Guardianship” – brochure
The Dangers of “Guardianship” – printable flyer

Limit Laws
AKC Position Statement: The Right to Keep and Enjoy Dogs
“Dog Limit Laws” Issue Brief
Animal Limit Laws: Better Alternatives – brochure ( hard copies available for lawmakers )
Animal Limit Laws: Better Alternatives – printable flyer
Limit Law Sample Letter to Editor – Word | PDF | Text
Limit Law Sample Letter to Lawmakers – Word | PDF | Text

Mandatory Spay/Neuter
AKC Position Statement: Breeding Restrictions
AKC Position Statement: Canine Population Issues
AKC Position Statement: Spaying and Neutering
Mandatory Spay-Neuter Issue Brief
Issue Analysis: Why Mandatory Spay/Neuter Laws are Ineffective
Issue Analysis: Conformation Shows- More Than Just a Pretty Face
Mandatory Spay/Neuter Sample Letters to the Editor – Word | PDF | Text
Sample Letter to Lawmakers – Mandatory Spay Neuter – Word | PDF | Text

Non-Economic Damages
It’s About the Dogs! Non-Economic Damages Claims Harm Animal Wellbeing