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The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is pleased to announce the expansion of its Breeder Education platform to include new courses and materials.  With Royal Canin USA as the sponsor, the AKC continues its long-standing commitment to advance the health and welfare of all dogs by creating one of the world’s foremost online breeder education libraries.

In addition to AKC-owned breeder education materials, famed dog author and Breeding Expert Claudia Waller Orlandi, Ph.D., has also made her books, ABC’s of Dog Breeding and Practical Canine Anatomy & Movement, available on the Breeder Education web pages.  Orlandi has been an AKC Breeder of the Year and is also a judge and former chairman of the Breeders/Judges Education Committee for the Basset Hound Club of America. She also shares her vast knowledge on dog breeding at seminars and symposiums held around the world.

“Knowledge is power in all phases of our lives,” Orlandi said. “The more a breeder knows about the science of breeding healthy dogs, the more they can control canine genetic diseases in their breeding programs.”

The AKC is also partnering with the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) to convert some of its excellent breeder content into educational courses, including the CHF and Zoetis Reproduction Series: Whelping and Dystocia.  Additionally, How Nutrition Influences Reproductive Performance, a course developed and presented by Jill Cline, Ph.D and Rick Kesler, DVM from Royal Canin for the AKC Breeder Excellence Seminar series, delves into the important topic of how nutrition impacts reproduction will also be made available.

Breeders may access the educational materials at no cost and may opt to be tested on the material and receive a certificate upon passing the examinations, for an additional fee.

“Responsible breeders are always learning, but it can be difficult to find convenient educational opportunities on the latest breeding best practices,” said Mark Dunn, VP, Registration & Customer Development, AKC.  “The AKC is committed to improving the education and capability of all breeders as well as the happiness and health of all purebred dogs.”

Anyone interested in dog breeding may access the Royal Canin USA sponsored AKC Breeder Education courses free of charge at

For more information on AKC Breeder Education, please visit /dog-breeders/breeder-education/

The platform offers enriched materials for continuous education.