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This section of the AKC website offers practical information as well as facts and statistical information on a variety of dog-related topics. The information provided will ensure you have the proper skills to successfully choose, raise, and train your new canine friend.

About the AKC

Founded in 1884, the AKC is the largest purebred dog registry in the world. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.


Meet the Breeds

Facts about the breeds recognized by the AKC.


Survey Data

Highlights from surveys conducted by the AKC on a variety of dog-related lifestyle, economic, and other topical trends.


How to Find the Right Dog

Each of the breeds recognized by the AKC has its own unique temperament, coat type, size, energy level and appearance that make it uniquely suited for particular family settings.


Canine Care and Safety

Tips to ensure you and your dog have a long and happy relationship.


AKC Events and Programs

Each year, the AKC sanctions more than 22,000 events, drawing more than three million entries annually. Dog shows, obedience trials, hunting tests, lure coursing, and earthdog tests are designed for dogs of every breed and inclination.


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