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AKC Canine Partners Program Springs Into Action With Mixed-Breed Dogs Entering Competition Starting April 1

(Monday, March 15, 2010)

-- All Dogs Now Eligible for AKC Rally®,
Obedience and Agility Titles --

The American Kennel Club® (AKC®) along with hundreds of its licensed clubs around the nation are gearing up to welcome mixed-breed dogs to compete side-by-side with purebreds in Companion Events as part of the new AKC Canine Partnerssm program. Starting April 1, mixed-breed dog owners who have already enrolled in the AKC Canine Partners program will not only receive listing benefits* but also have the ability to enter the exciting world of dog sports and have "Lots More Dog Funsm" with their dog at AKC events.

More than 1,500 AKC clubs are planning AKC Rally®, Agility and Obedience trials open to mixed-breeds in 2010, with more clubs signing on daily. During April alone, several hundred events in large metropolitan areas and small towns around the country will host events. AKC Clubs in the Greater New York Metropolitan area will play host to the first events for the Northeast region at a venue in Freehold, N.J. Clubs in Seattle, Las Vegas, St. Louis and Nashville are hosting some of the many events dog lovers will be able to attend on the first weekend in April.

"Whether raising a puppy or helping an adult dog learn new manners, the best way to ensure your dog becomes a well behaved member of the household is to build a relationship through training and engaging in fun activities that will strengthen your bond," said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. "Whether dogs lovers are ready to enter one of the many events now open to mixed-breeds or are just interested in watching the action, these events offer a great opportunity for dog lovers to learn about dog training in a fun and supportive environment."

To encourage mixed-breed dog lovers to join the fun or to take advantage of these early events, AKC Canine Partners is offering a "Spring Into Action!" enrollment discount. Dog lovers can save $10 on AKC Canine Partners $35 enrollment fee if they list their dogs online by April 30. For those interested in entering AKC events, online enrollment gives dog owners their listing number within minutes, allowing them to enter events on the same day.

The AKC Canine Partnerssm program, sponsored by MMI Genomics, Inc., connects mixed-breed dog owners and provides valuable information about training classes, clubs and AKC programs like AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® and the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program. To find a training club in your area visit www.akc.org/events/trainingclub

*Additional program benefits include lifetime enrollment in AKC Companion Animal Recovery Lost & Found Recovery Service, a complimentary 60-Day trial of the AKC Pet Healthcare Plan**, a one-year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, a frameable Official Decree of Dog Fun and an AKC Canine Partners Decal.

For more information about AKC Canine Partners visit www.akccaninepartners.org. To find an event in your area, visit the AKC Event Search page. Be sure to check the option "mixed-breed", to search for events open to AKC Canine Partner enrollees.

AKC 60-Day
* The 60-Day Trial Plan is provided by the master policy issued to the Association of American Pet Owners. Activation required. Administered by PetPartners, Inc. Underwritten by American Pet Insurance Company, 907 NW Ballard Way, Seattle WA 98107-4607. Not available in all states and only available to U.S. residents. Eligibility restrictions apply. Contact PetPartners, Inc. for terms and conditions. Must be activated within 28 days of AKC Certificate Issued date. Visit www.akcpethealthcare.com/trial or call toll free at 1-866-725-2747.