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The American Kennel Club, Inc. (“AKC”) grants nonexclusive, limited permission to website owners to develop a link (“Permitted Link”) from the owner's website (the “Linking Site”) to the AKC website home page ( or any other page of the AKC website, subject to the following terms and conditions:

Permitted Links shall be:

  1. text-based and may use the words “American Kennel Club,” “AKC,” “” or “” or
  2. a link containing a graphic banner provided, upon request and at AKC's sole discretion, by AKC. No changes, additions or modifications shall be made to the graphic banner provided by AKC. To request a graphic banner contact

“Framing” any page of the AKC website or altering the presentation or appearance in any way of any page of AKC's website is prohibited.

Nothing on the Linking Site shall imply, suggest or represent any affiliation, sponsorship, endorsement, approval, association or relationship between AKC and the Linking Site.

Permitted Links shall not be used or associated with any defamatory, scandalous, inflammatory, profane, pornographic, obscene, indecent or unlawful website or material; shall not be used in or associated with any manner that disparages or adversely affects the name, reputation and goodwill of AKC; shall not be used in or associated with any manner that falsely represents or misleads the public regarding AKC; and shall not be used in or associated with any manner which infringes or violates the rights of a third party.

In no event shall AKC be liable for any content on the Linking Site or for any loss or damage resulting from use of a Permitted Link. The Linking Site, by its use, agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless AKC against all claims, actions or proceedings, including but not limited to expenses, costs and attorneys fees, arising out of or based on use of a Permitted Link and/or the Linking Site.

AKC retains and reserves all rights in and to all AKC proprietary material, including but not limited to trademarks, service marks, logos and other marks, and copyrights appearing on the website. Except for the permission granted hereunder, which is limited solely to the right to link, nothing from the AKC website may be posted on a Linking Site or anywhere else without express written permission.

AKC reserves the right to terminate permission granted hereunder at any time for any reason. Upon termination, all links to AKC's website immediately shall be removed and all uses of AKC's proprietary material shall immediately cease.

AKC reserves the right to amend this at any time without prior notice. If AKC changes its , we will post those changes on this page. By maintaining a link to any page of the AKC website, you agree to be bound and abide by these terms and conditions, as well as other terms of use on the AKC website.

Third Party Links

This website contains links to websites which are not maintained by the AKC. Links to third party websites are provided for your convenience and information only. Third party websites are not under the AKC's control and we are not responsible for the content or accuracy of those sites or the products or services offered on or through those sites. Nor can the AKC guarantee that sites will not change without our knowledge. The inclusion of a link in this website does not imply the AKC's endorsement of the third party website nor that we are affiliated with the third party website's owners or sponsors.