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Yesterday, a resolution was introduced in the U.S. Senate to declare May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day. 

Senate Resolution 447 “designates May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day in celebration of purebred dogs and the many service and companion benefits purebred dogs have and continue to provide to the United States.”

The resolution further “honors the dedicated and responsible breeders who work to preserve and advance their breeds and responsible dog ownership throughout the United States.”

The American Kennel Club is proud to support National Purebred Dog Day as part of its goal of preserving the future of purebred dogs and advancing and the health and wellbeing of all dogs.

AKC honors purebred dog breeders whose commitment, vision and high standards have developed, sustain, and continue to advance purebred dogs as unequaled family and working companions. Purebred dogs exhibit consistency in size, appearance, temperament and instincts. This enables prospective owners to choose a puppy that fits their particular lifestyle and increases the likelihood of a long, successful lifetime in that home. AKC is proud to advocate for purebred dogs, breeding for type and function, the sport of purebred dogs, and for breeders who are committed to the health and wellbeing of dogs and preserving their unique breeds.

About National Purebred Dog Day:

The May 1 National Purebred Dog Day movement was created by Colorado resident and Puli fancier Suzi Szeremy to celebrate the diversity, heritage, and predictability of purebred dogs.  Colorado became the first state to designate a National Purebred Dog Day in 2015, and the Illinois House of Representatives has recently introduced a resolution as well.

The AKC is proud to support Senate Resolution 447 and National Purebred Dog Day.  We invite you to join us in celebrating the pride, predictability, purpose, and preservation of these dogs that have done so much to enhance our lives.

What You Can Do:

  • Contact your US Senators and ask them to support Senate Resolution 447.  Let them know why purebred dogs are important to you.  Visit the AKC Legislative Action Center and type your address in the “Find Your Elected Officials” box to find the name and contact information for your US Senators.


  • Contact Senator Thom Tillis and thank him for introducing Senate Resolution 447 and designating May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day.  Be sure to let him know if you are a North Carolina resident. 

    Senator Thom Tillis
    (202) 224-6342
    E-mail form:

  • Read more about National Purebred Dog Day and how you can help us celebrate on May 1.