The Unchanged Bulldog Standard: Can You Guess The Year?

Game time! Can you correctly guess which years these Bulldogs are from? Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel couldn’t work it out, can you? Year options: 1894, 1943, 1963, 1966, 2014.

Head to AKC’s Facebook page and comment with your guesses for a chance to win a $100 gift card!

Answers will be revealed tomorrow at 1 PM.


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The Teamwork of AKC Obedience

We caught up with competitors at the recent 2014 AKC National Obedience Championship to hear their thoughts about the sport of Obedience. Learn why they love working with their dogs and watch some competitors in action! Find out how to get started in AKC Obedience here.

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In November of last year, AKC received an inquiry from HBO Real Sports. They told us they wanted to do a story about the dog sports in America, how it has evolved and the role that health plays in competition and breed standards. After months of conversation, deliberation, negotiation and preparation, AKC made the decision to go on camera with a vet by our side and promote our positions on purebred health.

You may ask why we would agree to a sit-down on such a controversial topic. The answer is simple. AKC will no longer look at the news media as an enemy to avoid. Rather, we will use the media as a platform to stand up for dogs, breeders, Parent Clubs and owners. We will use the media to stand against our detractors who spread lies and half-truths with reckless abandon.

While we were assured a “fair and balanced” story by producer Jason Samuels with topics to include the tradition, growth and evolution of the sport, our 30 minute interview was little more than an agenda-driven interrogation focused entirely on every ridiculous half-truth and bias associated with purebred dogs and the role of breed standards. We were shocked that correspondent Soledad O’Brien let her history of disliking dogs turn into a prejudiced, angry rant. But it didn’t matter because Dr. Cindy O’Connor, a Theriogenologist vet (not an AKC researcher as HBO misstated), and our AKC spokesperson, Chris Walker, were prepared to take on their badgering and misguided questions…and then set the record straight. When HBO tried to put words in our mouths we fought back with the truth, delivered with respect. They tried to get us to confess to a fantasy conjured from the talking points of our adversaries. But we never broke from the truth, and we never will.

Here’s where HBO Real Sports got it wrong, and here’s what they didn’t show you.

AKC is going to promote what we do every chance we get. We are going to respond to every unfair claim about breeders, every inaccuracy about purebreds, every criticism of the standard and every falsehood about canine health. And we call to you – our breeders, constituents, dog lovers – to join us in standing up for our work, our mission and our dogs.

If you’d like to let HBO Real Sports know how you feel about their agenda-driven piece, we invite you to contact the relevant players via email, phone or social media below:

HBO Real Sports general inquiries

(212) 512-1000 (main HBO switchboard)

HBO Real Sports Facebook page

HBO Real Sports Youtube page

Twitter: @HBO


Rick Bernstein, Executive Producer, HBO Real Sports

(212) 512-1438


Soledad O’Brien, Correspondent, HBO Real Sports

Soledad O’Brien Facebook page

Twitter: @soledadobrien


Jason Samuels, Producer, HBO Real Sports

(212) 512-1262

Twitter: @profsamuels_nyu

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Harrisburg Kennel Club Sponsors K-9 First Aid Course

The Harrisburg Kennel Club, along with the Penn State Hershey Life Lion Critical Care Transport, is sponsoring a course this Friday that teaches first responders how to deal with dogs and other animals in emergencies.

The Life Lion is the helicopter that flew K9 Zeke, the 2013 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) winner in the Uniformed Service K-9 category, to the hospital after he was shot in the neck by a suspect, helping to save his life! Read more about Zeke’s ordeal here.

Our appreciation goes to HKC for sponsoring such an important course. If you’re a first responder in the Northeast, check out the flyer:


Harrisburg Kennel Club also supports the four-legged officers of the Harrisburg Police Department’s K-9 Unit and other area units through its non-profit HKC K-9 Foundation, Inc. Learn more about the good work their Foundation is doing here
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Club Spotlight: Grand Island Kennel Club

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(Zach Mayhew/For The Independent)

Over the weekend, the Grand Island Kennel Club hosted its 53rd AKC All-Breed Dog Show as well as Obedience and Rally Trials.

Watch a clip and read a recap of the Grand Island Kennel Club event, which was covered by local NBC affiliate KHAS and the newspaper The Independent.

We loved this quote from Linda Wahlquist-Soos, a Miniature Schnauzer breeder who attended the show and was interviewed by KHAS-TV: “It builds a relationship between you and your dog that can’t be beat.”


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Be Your Dog’s Best Friend and a Good Neighbor

By Patty Van Sicklen, AKC Government Relations Legislative Analyst


Dog limit laws. Breed bans. “No Dogs Allowed” signs at parks, lakes, and trails. Have you ever considered what prompts such restrictions?

Often, laws and regulations that impact all dog owners are enacted in response to problems created by a handful of irresponsible owners and nuisance dogs. This is one of the reasons that AKC expects all dog owners to be good neighbors and to know, understand and obey laws or rules that pertain to them.

Elected officials are public servants. To get re-elected, it’s important for legislators to be responsive to constituents. One of the best ways for legislators to demonstrate this is to advocate for new laws based on constituent requests. But if legislators only hear negative comments about dogs, the introduction of restrictive new laws shouldn’t be a surprise.

Consider the following scenarios:

Just one dog barking at 2:00 a.m. may disturb an entire neighborhood and trigger a barrage of complaints to city hall.

A vicious dog bites a young child. Even where laws are already in place, a tragic incident prompts calls for overreaching bans that harm responsible owners.

Law enforcement seizes dogs kept by a person in illegal, substandard conditions. Law enforcement action demonstrates that laws are already in place, but coverage of the incident creates a natural desire for action.   

AKC’s flyer on  Be your dog’s best friend and a good neighbor offers a variety of tips you can share to educate dog owners in your community about how to be a good dog owner and a good neighbor. These tips not only make for good dogs and good neighbors, they can also prevent a situation that could easily escalate into restrictive new laws in your community.

For help with specific dog laws and related issues in your community, please contact the AKC Government Relations department at 919-816-3720 or

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The Fun of AKC Rally

We caught up with competitors at the recent AKC Rally® National Championship to hear their thoughts about the sport of AKC Rally®.

Learn why dogs love the sport, find out how to get started and watch some competitors in action!

Find out how you and your dog can get started participating in Rally here.

Have you tried Rally with your dog?

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