The AKC stands for the American Kennel Club. It is a national organization in the United States dedicated to advancing and preserving purebred dogs. The club was founded on September 17, 1884.
The AKC serves as a breed registry and maintains the country’s official records and pedigrees of purebred dogs. It also promotes and supports various canine events such as dog shows, obedience trials, and performance events like agility and tracking.
The AKC establishes breed standards defining each recognized breed’s ideal characteristics, appearance, and temperament. It offers numerous educational programs and resources for dog owners, breeders, and enthusiasts. Additionally, the AKC advocates for responsible dog ownership, health initiatives, and legislative efforts related to dogs and dog breeds.