AKC Facts and Stats

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  • AKC is the largest and second oldest purebred dog registry in the world. Founded on September 17, 1884, the AKC was formed as a "club of clubs" to promote the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Today, the AKC comprises 594 member clubs and over 5,000 licensed and affiliated clubs.
  • The AKC registers 157 dog breeds. (158 as of July 1, 2008 when the Dogue de Bordeaux achieves full recognition)
  • The AKC sanctions more than 20,000 events each year — drawing over three million entries annually.
  • The AKC is the only purebred dog registry in the U.S. that conducts kennel inspections to ensure the health, safety and welfare of dogs. Today, more than 5,600 kennel inspections are conducted each year.
  • The AKC instituted DNA testing in July 2000 for the purposes of parentage verification and genetic identity. To date, there are more than 425,000 purebred dog genotypes on file in the AKC DNA database.
  • Approaching its seventh year, the prestigious AKC/Eukanuba National Championship remains the first and only national dog show of its kind, representing the pinnacle of canine achievement. The top 25 dogs in each breed, as well as any dog receiving an all-breed Best in Show at an AKC show and the winner of a parent club national specialty show held during the qualifying period, receive invitations to the show. Dogs receiving championships from the bred-by class are also eligible.
  • The top-ranked dog in each AKC registrable breed from countries, with which it has reciprocal registration agreements - including the kennel clubs of Venezuela, Hong Kong, Lithuania, Indonesia, Portugal and Costa Rica - are invited to compete at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship . There are 182 foreign registries around the world that issue pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration.
  • The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) was established in 1994 with a $1 million grant from AKC. Today, CHF has granted $20 million for a wide range of canine health research initiatives.
  • The AKC Reunite program was initiated in 1995 to provide lifetime recovery services for microchipped and tattooed animals. To date, more than 3.1 million animals have been enrolled in AKC Reunite and more than 320,000 animals have been recovered and returned to their rightful owners.
  • In 1971, the American Kennel Club held the first Junior Showmanship classes at AKC events. The purpose of Junior Showmanship is to encourage participation in the sport by young purebred dog enthusiasts, to teach good sportsmanship and to educate the next generation of the fancy.
  • The AKC Gazette has been continually published since 1889. In 2003, the AKC launched, AKC Family Dog , a new consumer lifestyle magazine with a focus on the purebred pet dog.
  • There are more than 3,000 Public Education Coordinators and more than 1,200 Canine Ambassadors in the AKC’s Public Education Network, who serve to help educate the general public about responsible dog ownership.
  • Housed in the NYC office, the AKC Library office holds 18,000 volumes of books, magazines and videos, in addition to a major fine-arts collection.
  • The AKC Museum of the Dog in St. Louis, MO, houses one of the finest collections of artwork in the country focusing on man’s centuries-old relationship with the dog.
  • Each year, nearly 35,000 dogs received AKC/Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificates, which rewards dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.
  • Launched in 1994, the AKC website receives an average of 2 million unique users per month and has 14,000 pages of canine-related information.