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New York, NY – Highlights from the April 21-22, 2014 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows.


Full details on these actions, as well as other actions taken, are included in the minutes for the meetings, which will be posted on the AKC website.

  • In accordance with the requirements of the 2014 New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act, the Board adopted a revised Whistle Blower and Conflict of Interest Policy. The latter applies to AKC Board members and candidates for the AKC Board as well as key employees. Both policies are attachments to the April Board minutes.

  • The Board amended the Conformation Judging Approval procedures as follows:

    • Effective June 1, 2014, the masking of judging applicants will be discontinued.

    • The meeting of all requirements must be verifiable upon request by AKC rather than documented with the application. The documentation must be retained by the judge for one year from the date the applicable breed was approved.

  • Effective for shows held on and after October 9, 2014, if a club is to offer any Special Attraction with competition at its show, e.g. Best Puppy, Best Veteran, it must also offer the National Owner-Handled Series. Also, effective for shows held on and after October 9, 2014, the Group and Best-in-Show judges for the NOHS must be submitted with the judging panel for the regular show.

  • The Berger Picard was approved to compete in the Herding Group, effective July 1, 2015.


The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its 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. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.


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New York, NY – Highlights from the April 21-22, 2014 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as…