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Expert Advice: Did You Know? Why The Bernese Mountain Dog Is Truly An ‘All-Around’ Dog
The Bernese Mountain Dog has a long history as an "all-around" dog, having been developed in the midlands region of Switzerland as a multi-purpose farm dog devoted to his owner and family. Today's Berners continue that heritage in star fashion—they excel as multi-talented workers and eager-to-please companions. The breed's national parent club, the Bernese Mountain […] | December 10, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? 5 Collies Who Are Real-Life Lassies
Everyone knows Lassie, the brave Collie who guarded the little farm boy, Timmy Martin, with her life. Week after week, Lassie dragged her trouble-prone charge from the brink of disaster. From her very first incarnation, in Eric Knight’s classic Lassie Come Home in 1940, her name—and her breed—has been synonymous with intelligence, courage, love, and […] | November 18, 2015
Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Life With Weimaraners: Tips from a Breeder
Carole Lee Richards got her first Weimaraner in 1978. She was just looking for a pet at the time, but her interest in the breed quickly grew, and eventually she bred her first litter and was competing in dog shows. Since then she has bred many champions, become an AKC judge, and handled Weimaraners in […] | November 12, 2015
Expert Advice: Lifestyle What Dog Is Right For Me?
Congratulations on making the exciting decision to bring a puppy or dog into your home. Whether your new addition will be your first dog or another in a long line of family pets and whether you’re looking for a new purebred puppy or an older rescue dog, we at the American Kennel Club hope to […] | November 6, 2015
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Expert Advice: Did You Know? Celebrating the Cocker Spaniel
With their ever-wagging tails, handsome appearance, soulful eyes, and friendly temperament, the merry Cocker Spaniel has deservedly often been in the ranks of most popular dog breed. In fact, the breed was number one in AKC rankings from the late 1930s to the 1950s, and then again during the mid-1980s. Along the way, a divergence in type […] | November 6, 2015
Expert Advice: News Illinois Police Officer Gets Belgian Malinois K9 Partner Thanks to Local Dog Club
>While in training, Belgian Malinois Jax was taught to respond to commands in both Dutch and German. Jax was 18 months old at the time and was largely chosen due to his suitable temperament. As we saw with Nikko, correct temperament is a critical characteristic of a successful police dog. In the breed standard, the […] | November 4, 2015
Expert Advice: Breeding Tips & Best Practices Responsible Breeders Reach Out With a Positive Approach to Fight Anti-breeder Sentiment
As a dog trainer and an instructor for puppy socialization classes, I can’t help but notice that almost all of the purebred puppies I see (and many popular purposely-bred mixes) are not from good local breeders but were purchased through the Internet. It’s actually quite astonishing: On a whim, anyone can Google a breed, click […] | November 3, 2015
Expert Advice: Common Behavior Issues Leaving Their Calling Card – Curbing the Issue of Marking
AKC GoodDog! Helpline Trainer Erin Rakosky gives tips for preventing your dog from marking Marking is not relieving oneself – it is leaving small amounts of urine on items (trees, bushes, couch) to leave their “calling card” and to say “this is mine.” It seems natural for canines, but is very annoying to humans. This often […] | October 29, 2015
Expert Advice: Did You Know? The Papillon: A Work of Art for Any Age
The Papillon is a small, lively dog from the Toy group. Often depicted in paintings by Renaissance masters (Titian was especially fond of them), these elegant dogs were extremely popular with the nobility of the time. While the origins of the Papillon aren’t exactly clear (they were originally called Dwarf Spaniels), it is generally accepted […] | October 21, 2015
Expert Advice: News The American Kennel Club Promotes Mari-Beth O’Neill and Keith Frazier
New York, NY – The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is pleased to announce the appointments of Mari-Beth O’Neill to Vice President of Sports Services and Keith Frazier to Vice President of Optimization and Support Services. “Through their years of dedication and demonstrated leadership they have helped us make strides in the sport and support services […] | October 16, 2015

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