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Expert Advice: Dog Breeding AKC Government Relations Helps Protect Your Dogs, Breeding Program
As a breeder, you are dedicated to your dogs and your breed. You spend countless hours, time, and energy to ensure your dogs are healthy, well cared for, and loved.  And the American Kennel Club is committed to partnering with you to help achieve these goals through a myriad of programs, education, and resources. One […] | October 9, 2018
PETS Act Australian Shepherd Puppy
Expert Advice: Government Relations Federal PETS Act Lays Framework for Protecting Pets During Natural Disasters
One of the most significant concerns for pet owners during times of natural disaster is ensuring the safety and care of their animals. Shortly after Hurricane Katrina, the federal Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act (“PETS Act”) was passed to address these questions and issues.  This law and subsequent amendments require that when the Department of […] | February 1, 2018
Breed Bans American Staffordshire Terrier
Expert Advice: Government Relations Why Breed Bans Affect You
Does your dog have almond shaped eyes? A heavy and muscular neck? A tail medium in length that tapers to a point? A smooth and short coat? A broad chest? If you said yes to these questions, then congratulations, you own a “pit bull” …At least according to the City and County of San Francisco’s […] | February 1, 2018
Expert Advice: News Oregon Supreme Court Decision Not the Landmark Case Animal Rights Advocates Claim
By Jessica Acito, GR Intern, and Phil M. Guidry, J.D., GR Sr. Policy Analyst Last week the Oregon Supreme Court handed down a decision in Oregon v. Newcomb regarding the relationship between animal cruelty and a dog’s legal status as personal property.  The court allowed a blood sample, taken from a dog seized without its […] | February 1, 2018
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Expert Advice: Government Relations Patti Strand: More regulations needed for animal shelters and rescues
Over the past 30 years, shelters have done an extraordinary job of ending dog overpopulation in many parts of the United States. Their success has created some empty spaces at shelters, which has led the people who run those organizations to scramble for pet inventory or risk going out of business. The lack of shelter […] | July 25, 2017
Basenji Puppies
Expert Advice: Government Relations Another Study Links Sterilization with Certain Health Risks
The results of a retrospective study recently published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology provides additional evidence of a link between sterilization status and certain health risks.  Correlation of Neuter Status and Expression of Heritable Disorders, by Belanger, et al., concludes that several conditions showed an increased risk associated with neutering.  The authors emphasize that, “the […] | July 7, 2017
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Expert Advice: Government Relations Delaware Becomes 19th State to Ban Breed-Specific Legislation
On Friday, June 2nd, 2017, Delaware Governor John Carney (D) signed House Bill 13, which is intended to protect the rights of responsible Delaware dog owners by prohibiting any dog from being declared “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” under state law simply based on the dog’s breed. The bill would also prohibit municipalities from enacting laws […] | June 14, 2017
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Expert Advice: Government Relations NAIA President Discusses Dangers of Unregulated Rescue Import Industry
The absence of regulations on animal shelters and rescues that import hundreds of thousands of dogs, transports them across state borders, and are sold at rescues and shelters threatens the health and safety of American families, homeland security, and animals. In the United States, dog breeding has become highly regulated which has addressed the issue […] | May 25, 2017
US Capitol Police K9 Unit receive AKC K9 Officers Award
Expert Advice: Events United States Capitol Police K-9 Unit Receives AKC K-9 Award
AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung presented the Award to United States Capitol Police Chief Matthew R. Verderosa, Assistant Chief Steven A. Sund, Deputy Chief Fred P. Rogers and Technician Shawn Haynes, who were accompanied by Will, a black Labrador Retriever. “I am honored to present this award,” said Sprung. “It is a token […] | May 4, 2017
West Highland White Terrier in front of building with American flags
Expert Advice: News Congressional Veterinarians Introduce Resolution Honoring Purebred Dogs
U.S. Congressmen and veterinarians Ted Yoho [R-FL-3], Ralph Abraham, [R-LA-5], Kurt Schrader [D-OR-5] and have joined forces across the aisle to introduce a Congressional Resolution in support of National Purebred Dog Day. The resolution highlights the essential and important role that purebred dogs and breeders of purebred dogs have played throughout United States history and […] | April 13, 2017

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