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AKC Canine Health Foundation

AKC Canine Health Foundation

The AKC Canine Health Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases in all dogs. Since 1995, we’ve been awarding grants to scientists and professionals to advance canine health research, while providing professional information and resources for today’s dog owner.

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Rescue Network

Rescue Network

The AKC Rescue Network is the largest network of dog rescue groups in the U.S., with more than 450 groups providing fostering and rehabilitation services.

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AKC Reunite

AKC Reunite

AKC Reunite is North America’s largest not-for-profit pet ID and recovery service, providing microchipping and ID services as well as a national recovery database to safely return dogs home should they get lost and, through AKC Pet Disaster Relief, helping local Emergency Management to provide animal care services immediately following disasters.

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AKC Humane Fund

AKC Humane Fund

The AKC Humane Fund offers grants and resources to pet-related organizations across the nation for educating the public about responsible dog ownership.

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Museum of the Dog

Museum of the Dog

The AKC Museum of the Dog is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and in order to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship.

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Protecting Your Rights

Protecting Your Rights

The AKC Government Relations Department (GR) leads advocacy and legislative efforts to protect the rights of all dog owners, promote responsible dog ownership and ensure that laws governing dog ownership and breeding are reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory. AKC GR monitors and addresses canine legislation that impacts dog ownership, and is pleased to offer a wide range of educational materials, policy resources and assistance to dog owners, club/community leaders and policymakers alike.

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Beagle playing with his owner at home.

Sports & Events

Golden Retriever at the AKC National Championship.


Dog shows (officially conformation) may look like beauty pageants, but they’re not. Dogs aren’t compared against each other; they’re compared against the standards of their breed.
Flat Coated Retriever leaping over an agility jump.


An exhilarating way to exercise with your dog, Agility is a fast-paced obstacle course with tunnels, hurdles, and other challenges that your dog completes as quickly as possible.
Labrador Retriever in a Junior AKC Rally trail.


In Rally, you and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, through 10-20 different exercises and, although it’s timed, it's more about proving excellent behavior and teamwork than speed.
French Bulldog running Fast CAT

Fast CAT

This fast-paced event features one dog running at a time, with their speed clocked and converted to MPH. Any dog over 12 months of age that are registered or enrolled with the AKC can participate.
Bulldog in a scent work trial.

Scent Work

In AKC Scent Work, the handler guides the dog through a set search area to find specific odors that the dogs have been trained to detect.
Golden Retrievers in an obedience trial.


Developed in the 1930s, Obedience is one of our oldest sporting events and is open to all breeds. From walking in figure eights to sitting for 1-3 minutes, dogs show off their good behavior.
Bloodhound on a scent in the woods.


Your dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent is on full display in AKC Tracking events.
Shetland Sheepdog herding sheep.


In the sport of Herding, your dog uses his innate herding abilities to move sheep (or other animals) around a field.
Scottish Terrier participating in an Earthdog trial.

Earth Dog

Open to small terriers and Dachshunds, Earthdog tests are non-competitive and assess your dog’s abilities for seeking and locating prey underground.
Pointer hunting in the fall.

Field Trials

Since 1924, these competitions give your pointing breed a chance to show how fast he can run and his keen desire to hunt for and find game.
Sussex Spaniel carrying game in a field.


Hunting tests are designed to test a dog's ability to work with their human hunting companion in a simulated hunting situation.
Norwegian Buhund laying atop a bale of hay.

Farm Dog Certified

The Farm Dog Certified test is a series of twelve exercises in a noncompetitive pass/fail evaluation and open to all dogs over nine months that are registered or enrolled with the AKC.
Italian Greyhound running wearing a lure coursing jersey and running a lure course

Lure Coursing

The lure will lead a pack to run as fast as they can, zig-zagging across an open field in hopes of catching it. The test is a basic performance of coursing that is non-competitive and is pass/fail.
Chinese Shar Pei running in a coursing ability trial.

Coursing Ability

Most dogs have the urge to chase different objects, whether it's a ball or each other during playtime. CAT is a non-competitive, pass/fail event that harnesses their natural instinct.
Black and Tan Coonhound standing in the forest in the fall.


Nite Hunts require coonhounds to hunt at night with a handler and be scored on their ability to trail and tree a raccoon. It is fun to watch and the hounds enjoy doing what they were meant to do!
German Pinscher in a Trick Dog demonstration.

Trick Dog

Since the 1920s and '40s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.
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Irish Red and White Setter puppy playing with a toy outdoors.

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Having a dog is a lifelong journey. Let the AKC be there to support you along the way. Complete your lifetime registration today and access AKC's Canine Care packages, which include essential resources and services available to you throughout every stage of your dog's life.

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