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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 spotlights the many ways purebred dogs continue to serve U.S. citizens as military working dogs, guide and service dogs, search and rescue dogs, disease detection dogs and more.

“There’s a reason dogs are known as man’s best friend. The special functions and abilities of each unique breed enable them to serve everyone from America’s farmers to our military and law enforcement,” said Kurt Schrader.  “As a veterinarian and farmer for over 30 years, I believe it is important that we set aside a day to honor these animals that brighten, improve, and enhance our lives each day.”

“As a farmer, veterinarian, and military veteran, I can personally attest to the many ways purebred dogs have made a difference in the lives of Americans,” said Abraham.  “Each purebred breed was developed for a specific purpose.  From search and rescue and working dogs to service animals and loyal companions, purebred dogs continue to play a critical role and I am proud to sponsor this legislation that recognizes their contributions to our country.”

National Purebred Dog Day (NPDD) is celebrated on May 1 and was originally created by Colorado dog enthusiast Susi Szeremy in 2013 as a way to increase awareness and celebrate all of the ways purebred dogs better our lives. Thousands of breeders and dog owners from across the United States celebrate purpose-bred dogs and the predictability of breeds during NPDD on all social media platforms.

“The American Kennel Club appreciates this recognition of National Purebred Dog Day,” said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and CEO. “The predictability of purebred dogs not only makes them great family pets, but it also makes them wonderful service dogs, military dogs, search and rescue dogs and working dogs in our society.  It is important to set aside a day to honor the pride, purpose, and preservation of these dogs and to celebrate all they do to enhance our lives.”

Click here to view a copy of H. Con Res. 46.