AKC Departments


AKC Archives

The AKC Archives distinguishes itself as the only national repository dedicated to the sport of the purebred dog.

The AKC Archives began in 1998 as a service to Parent Clubs. Since then, it has grown to include AKC Member Clubs and AKC Administrative records. The initiative also includes an oral history program dedicated to capturing the lives of prominent men and women in the sport.

The collections offer a rare glimpse into the AKC Member Clubs, Parent Clubs and AKC Administrative records, which detail breed standards, histories of the organizations and interviews with significant figures in the sport.


Canine Good Citizen® STAR Puppy®

Government Relations

Club Education/Booth Services

The Club Education Department is responsible for the AKC Information and Education Booth Program.

The booth presents an impressive selection of printed educational and informational materials for both the novice and the seasoned fancier. The materials offered include rule books, regulations, brochures on how to get started in various AKC events and how to be a responsible dog owner, to name a few. The booth is staffed by AKC employees with knowledge of the world of dogs and the AKC. They provide information and recommend materials on everything from how to find a puppy to how to join a club in your local area.

The booth travels to dog shows and educators', legislators', and veterinary conferences all across the nation. If your club would like to request the booth's presence at your show, please send your request to Barbara Ohmann, Director of Club Education, located in Raleigh, NC.

The AKC Booth Mission

  • Represent the American Kennel Club in a professional and positive manner at all times.
  • Provide accurate information and supply educational material.
  • Encourage the promotion of AKC purebred dogs and AKC events at all levels of interest.

Club Relations

AKC Reunite

DNA Operations

Conference and Travel

AKC's Conference and Travel Department coordinates the details and arrangements for all Delegates meetings, conferences, seminars, committee meetings, special events and activities and more. This includes everything from sleeping rooms, meeting space, food functions, equipment needs, negotiating airline discounts for meetings, providing special ground transportation, and generally making sure that everyone connected with the AKC is being properly taken care of while attending AKC functions and events.

Delegates: If you are attending an AKC meeting and you need assistance or advice with hotel or travel arrangements, contact Paula Spector at pspector@akc.org.

Customer Service

The AKC Customer Service Department is dedicated to providing you with the latest information.

American Kennel Club
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
phone: 919-233-9767
e-mail: info@akc.org
e-mail: orderdesk@akc.org

The AKC's Customer Service call center receives over 65,000 phone calls monthly. The questions range from registration matters to the ordering of publications. We are dedicated to serving your needs and answering your questions. Please feel free to call us any weekday between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm (ET). For more information, please visit our Contact AKC section.

Event Operations

This division processes the applications for and records the results from Conformation and Obedience events and licenses professional dog show superintendents.

Comments or questions regarding the planning or processing of sanctioned and licensed Conformation Shows, Obedience Trials, Matches and Sweepstakes may be directed to eventplans@akc.org.

Comments or questions regarding the processing and recording of the official results of all licensed Conformation and Obedience events as well as confirmation of titles and issuance of certificates may be directed to awards@akc.org.

Handlers Department

Human Resources

Most AKC divisions focus on providing services to our external constituents -- the Fancy and others who either own purebred dogs or participate in AKC-sponsored events. The Human Resources Division is uniquely focused on the employees and retirees of the American Kennel Club

Human Resources provides a wide range of internal services to help ensure that AKC:

  • is staffed with capable, motivated employees;
  • has compensation and benefit programs to attract and retain employees;
  • has policies and procedures that foster good employee relations and comply with all applicable employment laws; and
  • provides appropriate training and development opportunities for its employees.

Investigations and Inspections

The AKC is the only purebred registry in the United States with an ongoing routine kennel inspection program. The AKC has a dedicated team of field inspectors who visit kennels to help breeders while ensuring the proper care and conditions of AKC-registered dogs and verify that breeders are maintaining accurate records for their dogs. Since 2000, AKC field inspectors have conducted over 45,000 inspections nationwide.

Judges Education Department

The Judges Education Department provides support and educational experiences for current and prospective conformation judges. In addition we also provide guidance and educational tools to those individuals that are administrating seminars or other educational activities. Educational programs such as the AKC Advanced Judges Institutes, Procedural Seminars and Judging Junior Showmanship are developed, coordinated and conducted by this department.

Judging Operations

The Judging Departments are divided into 4 different areas which maintain the judges and activities for AKC competition:

  • Conformation Judges
  • Performance Events
  • Coonhound Events
  • Companion Events 

Junior Showmanship/National Juniors Organization


The American Kennel Club maintains one of the world's largest libraries devoted to dogs, the development of purebred dogs and the sport and enjoyment of dogs. Open to the public, the Library's mission is to serve as a public reference collection and archive on matters relating to purebred dogs and the various roles they play in our lives. The Library presently contains approximately 18,000 volumes including foreign and domestic stud books and bound periodicals. In addition there are extensive collections of videos, stamps and bookplates as well as vertical files of clippings and magazine articles. Bound volumes of the AKC GAZETTE, the official publication of the American Kennel Club from 1889 to the present, as well as all AKC Stud Books are also easily accessible to researchers.


Public Education

Public Relations

The AKC public relations department works with the print and electronic media to communicate the AKC's philosophy and convictions concerning purebred dogs. In addition, the Public Relations department executes various initiatives which reinforce the public's and the fancy's positive image of purebred dogs and the sport. The topics focused on range from selecting the right breed and seasonal dog care, to advice on travelling with your dog.

Performance Events

Performance Events are considered to be "breed specific". This means that the breeds that are eligible were developed in order to perform this function. There are almost 100 AKC recognized breeds and many FSS breeds that are eligible to enter some type of performance event. There is a great deal of pleasure in watching your dog's inherent skills develop as its training progresses.



The Registration Department routinely registers thousands of dogs monthly. If you have questions regarding the registration of your dog, please feel free to call 919-233-9767, e-mail info@akc.org, fill out a form online or write to the AKC at:

American Kennel Club
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
Foreign registration inquiries can e-mail foreign@akc.org.

Special Services

The Special Services Department was created as a group of "dog-intelligent" staff to provide a premium level of service to the core constituency of AKC -- Delegates, active breeders/exhibitors, active club members, cluster chairmen, judges, and AKC staff. The Special Services staff is thoroughly familiar with the functions of all AKC's departments so that they know immediately where to go to obtain information or solve a problem. Their service now extends beyond the core constituency.


Veterinary Outreach