About the AKC


The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

(courtesy of AKC.org)


The Government Relations Department (GR)  which includes such programs as:

Protect your Rights,  Political Action Committee.

ABOUT                                                                                                                                The Government Relations department leads the AKC’s legislative efforts.

LEGISLATIVE ALERTS                                                                                              Learn the latest and take action on bills that could impact responsible dog ownership.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER                                                                      New!  Access a list of AKC Government Relations resources available to help you be an effective advocate.

LEGISLATIVE TRACKING                                                                                    Track legislation in your state and nationally that may impact the well-being of dogs and the rights of responsible dog owners.

POSITION STATEMENTS                                                                                   AKC’s official policy position statements on legislative issues.

A.K.C. Rules, Registration & Discipline

So, with all the rules, why are there still so many puppy mills, inbred and sick dogs coming from breeders?  The AKC is not able to monitor every single breeder.  Many breeding facilities fall under livestock laws which is totally different from breeder licensing and standards.  An unethical breeder can pass an inspection by having a public face and a secret,  hidden puppy mill operation.

According to section1 on page 13 of the manual AKC Rules, Registration & Disipline any club or association or person
or persons interested in purebred dogs may make a
complaint against any other club or association or person
or persons for conduct alleged to have been prejudicial
to the best interests of purebred dogs, purebred dog
events or the AKC, which complaint shall be made in
writing setting forth the circumstances.

It will go before the board and they will decide if it should be pursued and charges be placed.  They can prefer charges or suspend from membership in the AKC any member club pending final action by the Delegates in accordance with the provisions of this
section; for conduct alleged to have been prejudicial
to the best interests of the AKC or for violation of the
member club’s constitution, bylaws, or rules. (Section 5)

You may get faster, better results dealing with the breed club.  Fighting puppy mills as a whole is a different ball of wax.  The AKC has no law against inbreeding, you are better off being an informed consumer and doing research before buying.