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The American Kennel Club, Inc. (“AKC®”) owns and operates this website. By accessing and using this site, you agree to each of the terms and conditions set forth herein, our Privacy Policy, and agree to abide by the AKC’s Bylaws, rules, regulations, procedures as set forth in the AKC Charter and Bylaws, rules, regulations, published policies and guidelines. Additional terms and conditions applicable to certain areas of this website or as to certain transactions are posted in those areas or in connection with a particular transaction, and together with these Terms of Use govern your use of those areas and/or transactions.

AKC reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time without prior notice. Your use of this site following any modification constitutes your agreement to be bound by the Terms of Use as modified. The last date these Terms of Use were revised is set forth below.

You may use this website for lawful purposes only. You may not use this website for any purpose that is prohibited by law or regulations or to facilitate the violation of any law or regulation.

 

PRIVACY POLICY

Our Privacy Policy describes our practices concerning data that you provide or that we may collect about you through this site, and you consent to our use of data in compliance with the Privacy Policy.

Sweepstakes, contest, and promotions may also have additional rules and eligibility requirements, such as age or geographic restrictions.  You are responsible for complying with these rules and requirements.

 

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: LICENSE

The audio and video materials, photographs, text, graphics, logos, designs, interfaces, software, data and other content associated with the services (“Content”) are protected by intellectual property and other laws in the US and in other countries.  You must comply with all such laws and applicable copyright, trademark or other legal notices or restrictions.  You shall not remove or alter any copyright, trademark, or other legal notices marked on the Content.  As between you and AKC, AKC will retain all right, title and interest in and to the services and the Content.  No transfer of ownership to any portion of the Content shall be made as a result of any access you are granted.  Except as specifically provided below, AKC reserves all rights to the service and Content.  You are only permitted to access and view the Content for personal, non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Terms of Use, and may not build a business or other enterprise utilizing any of the Content. Except as expressly authorized in writing by AKC, you may not either directly or indirectly or through the use of any software, device, internet site, web-based service or any other means download, stream capture, store in a database, archive or otherwise copy any part of the Content; upload, sell, rent, lease, lend, broadcast, transmit or otherwise disseminate, display or perform any part of the Content; license any part of the Content; or otherwise create any derivative works or materials based on the Content. You may request to reproduce Content for online or offline use pursuant to AKC’s “Reproduction of Online Materials Policy.”

 

TRADEMARKS

The trademarks, service marks and logos (“trademarks”) used or displayed on this website are registered and unregistered trademarks of the AKC or third parties. You may not use any of the trademarks or logos appearing on this site without written permission from the trademark owner. Trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of AKC include, but are not limited to, AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, Canine Good Citizen®, CGC, DOGNY, Your AKC, AKC Meet the Breeds, AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy®, AKC Rally®, AKC Global Services, American Kennel Club National Agility Championship, Foundation Stock Service, FSS and all associated names, marks and logos. This list is not exhaustive and the absence of a name, trademark or logo in this list does not constitute a waiver of any and all intellectual property rights that AKC has established in any of its goods, services, names or logos. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Nothing in this website shall be construed as granting — by implication, estoppel or otherwise — any license or right to use any trademarks displayed on the website without the express written permission of the AKC or the trademark owner.

 

USE OF OWNER

Throughout this website, AKC uses the term “owner” in various forms. AKC is using the term in a general manner and not in a manner to be construed as synonymous with legal title.

 

THIRD PARTY LINKS

This website contains links to websites which are not maintained by the AKC. Links to third party websites are provided for your convenience and information only. Third party websites are not under the AKC’s control and we are not responsible for the content or accuracy of those sites or the products or services offered on or through those sites. Nor can the AKC guarantee that sites will not change without our knowledge. The inclusion of a link in this website does not imply the AKC’s endorsement of the third party website nor that AKC is affiliated with the third party website’s owners or sponsors.

 

APPLICATIONS

You agree that all information supplied by you to register or list a dog or litter through this site is true, correct and complete. You understand that the listing/registration is not guaranteed and listing/registration fees are nonrefundable. You understand that if you are submitting an application on behalf of another you must have the written authority to do so and will upon request be required to provide to the AKC the written authorization. The written authority must explicitly state that you have been given permission to submit the particular application(s) on behalf of another. You can find sample written authorizations at (sample.)You also represent and agree that you are in good standing with the AKC. You understand and agree that any misrepresentation submitted by you through the online application process may result in the cancellation of the registration or listing of the dog and its descendants or the litter and the members of the litter and their descendants. The submission of false information to register or list a dog or litter could also result in the loss of your AKC privileges. Additionally, the submission of false information may result in AKC refusing service, suspending or terminating your account without notice. By supplying your contact information including but not limited to an email address, address and/or telephone number, you consent to receive communications from AKC and third parties.

 

YOUR ONLINE ACCOUNT

If you use this site, you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account and password and for restricting access to your computer, and agree to accept responsibility for all activity that occurs through your account or password. You must provide AKC with accurate and complete information and must update the information when it changes

AKC does not allow for the creation of an Online Account by a person under the age of eighteen. AKC policy requires that dogs or litters registered or listed in the names of children be properly authorized by the minor’s parent or guardian. With respect to an Online Account, this means the parent or guardian must establish, maintain and submit information on behalf of the minor.

ONLINE RECORD KEEPING

If you use the Online Record Keeping service of the AKC, you understand and agree that all the information that you input into the records will be stored on AKC servers or third party servers. You understand and agree that the AKC will have access to and the ability to use this information. This will include but is not limited to use for determining compliance with AKC Rules, Regulations and policies and contacting individuals to whom you have transferred a dog or puppy. Pursuant to AKC’s regulations for record keeping you must maintain a printed copy (hard copy) of all records required apart from the computer storage or storage discs. In using the Online Record Keeping service of the AKC in relation to registered co-owned dogs and litters, you understand and agree that the records will be able to be accessed by all registered co-owners and that each registered co-owner will have the authority to enter and change the information. You understand and agree that both the registered sire owners and registered dam owners will be able to access the mating records for the particular mating between the two dogs and will be able to enter and change the information.

 

USER SUBMISSIONS

You agree that any submissions you make to the site may be refused, edited, removed, modified, published, transmitted and displayed by the AKC without notice and you waive any rights you may have with respect to such editing or modification or notice. By submitting anything to the site, you grant AKC a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty free, license to the submission to the AKC or any third party the AKC designates to use, copy, transmit, excerpt, publish, distribute, display, create derivative works of, modify or adapt in any form or media the submission. AKC reserves the right to refuse, delete, move or edit any of the submissions in its sole discretion. Except as provided in the Privacy Policy, AKC does not guarantee that your submissions to the site will be private.  You should not provide submissions that you want to remain private.

 

REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES

You represent and warrant that any materials, postings, feedback, User Submissions of any kind that you submit to this site or a Social Media Site are owned by you and will not (a) violate or infringe upon the rights of any third party, including copyright, trademark, privacy or other personal or propriety rights; (b) contain any libelous or otherwise unlawful material or (c) are conduct prejudicial to the AKC.

 

INDEMNIFICATION

You understand and agree that you are personally responsible for your behavior on the site. You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless AKC, its affiliates, and their respective directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, licensors and any third party providers to the site, service or content from and against all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs (including, but not limited to, direct, incidental, consequential, exemplary and indirect damages), and reasonable attorneys’ fees, resulting or arising out of your use, misuse, or inability to use the site, the service or the content, or any violation of the Terms of Use or any breach by you or any user of your account of any of your representations and warranties.

 

THIRD PARTY CONTENT

AKC may provide third party content (including advertisements) on the site.  AKC does not endorse or evaluate third party content, and AKC does not  assume responsibility for third parties’ actions, submissions or omissions. The AKC has no obligation to monitor User Submissions or Third Party Content.  You agree that AKC will not be liable of User Submissions or Third Party Content or any loss or damage resulting therefrom.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA SITES

In certain instances, you may be able to connect and/or link to an AKC social media site including but are not limited to AKC Facebook pages, Twitter account, Google +, YouTube, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Instagram (“Social Media Sites”).  The Social Media Sites are social media locations for community members to connect to and learn about AKC.  AKC’s goal is to provide useful and interesting content about AKC, its activities and events.  AKC reserves the right to (a) refuse, edit, remove, modify any content; (b) block disruptive users and (c) discontinue any AKC Social Media Site.  AKC’s Social Media Sites are not the appropriate place to resolve issues or complaints.  AKC does not create, control, represent or endorse any opinions or statements expressed by others on its Social Media Sites, including those that Follow or Like AKC and those Followed or Liked by AKC.  AKC’s following of another user’s account, “likes” of another page, re-tweets, “favorites,” shares or otherwise re-posting another’s content, does not constitute an endorsement by AKC. AKC is not responsible for the terms and conditions, privacy policy, or content of any social media site.  You agree by posting on a Social Media Site, you grant AKC a perpetual, non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty free, license to the submission to the AKC or any third party the AKC designates to use, copy, transmit, excerpt, publish, distribute, display, create derivative works of, modify or adapt in any form or media the submission.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES

THE AKC MAKES NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, REPRESENTATIONS OR ENDORSEMENTS WHATSOEVER WITH RESPECT TO THE SITE, THE SERVICE OR THE CONTENT. AKC EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS, IMPLIED, STATUTORY OR OTHERWISE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGMENT, WITH REGARD TO THE SITE, THE SERVICE, THE CONTENT, AND ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE FURNISHED OR TO BE FURNISHED VIA THE SITE. AKC DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THE FUNCTIONS PERFORMED BY THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, SECURE, OR ERROR-FREE, OR THAT DEFECTS IN THE SITE OR THE SERVICE WILL BE CORRECTED. AKC DOES NOT WARRANT THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE CONTENT, OR THAT ANY ERRORS IN THE CONTENT WILL BE CORRECTED. THE SITE, THE SERVICE AND THE CONTENT ARE PROVIDED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS.

YOUR ACCESS TO AND USE OF THE SERVICES (INCLUDING THEIR FUNCTIONS AND CONTENT) IS AT YOUR RISK.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

IN NO EVENT WILL THE AKC BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY DIRECT, INCIDENTIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY OR OTHER INDIRECT DAMAGES, ARISING OUT OF (1) THE USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE, THE SERVICE, OR THE CONTENT, (2) ANY TRANSACTION CONDUCTED THROUGH OR FACILITATED BY THE SITE; (3) ANY CLAIM ATTRIBUTABLE TO ERRORS, OMISSIONS, OR OTHER INACCURACIES IN THE SITE, THE SERVICE AND/OR CONTENT, (4) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA, OR (5) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SITE, THE SERVICE, OR THE CONTENT, EVEN IF THE AKC HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF SUCH DAMAGES. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE SITE, THE SERVICE, THE CONTENT, OR THE TERMS OF USE, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE USING THE SITE. BECAUSE SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. IN SUCH STATES, AKC’S LIABILITY IS LIMITED AND WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUDED TO THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

ARBITRATION

YOU AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION, CONTROVERSY OR CLAIM ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THE USE OF THIS SITE, SERVICE OR CONTENT BETWEEN THE AKC AND YOURSELF OR AS TO THE CONSTRUCTION, INTERPRETATION AND EFFECT OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL BE SETTLED BY ARBITRATION PURSUANT TO THE APPLICABLE RULES OF THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION. HOWEVER, PRIOR TO ARBITRATION ALL APPLICABLE AKC BYLAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES MUST FIRST BE FOLLOWED AS SET FORTH IN THE AKC CHARTER AND BYLAWS, RULES, REGULATIONS, PUBLISHED POLICIES AND GUIDELINES.

MISCELLANEOUS

AKC may be required by state or federal law to notify you of certain events.  You hereby acknowledge and agree that such notice will be effective upon AKC posting them in the relevant area of the site or delivering them to you via email.  You may update your email address by visiting your account where you can provide contact information.  If you do not provide AKC with accurate information, AKC will not be responsible for failure to contact you.

AKC’s failure to exercise or enforce any right or provision in these Terms of Use will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.  If any part of these Terms of Use is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under applicable law, that provision will be removed, and the remainder of the Terms of Use will continue to be valid and enforceable.

You authorize AKC to provide information concerning you and your activities to comply with applicable laws or respond to a court order, subpoenas, or other lawful requests, or if AKC thinks doing so would protect your safety or that of another person or protect the security of the services or as otherwise described in the Privacy Policy.

Dated: 3/9/18

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