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Other Canine Policy Issues
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The American Kennel Club (AKC) is dedicated to protecting the rights of all dog owners, promoting responsible dog ownership and ensuring that laws governing dog ownership and breeding are reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory. The AKC Government Relations team monitors a wide variety of issues that have the potential to impact the rights of responsible dog owners, the wellbeing of dogs and the future of purebred dogs. The AKC encourages all dog owners to know, understand, and follow the laws of their jurisdictions and encourages clubs and individuals   to contact AKC Government Relations if you learn of an issue in your community that could impact responsible dog ownership. 


AKC Responsible Policy Videos

Arbitrary Temperature Requirements Can Harm Dogs 

Protecting Due Process Rights for Dog Owners

AKC Position Statements

Canine Legislation Summary Position Statements -- List of all policy position statements

Animal Terrorism

Breeding Regulations and Restrictions

Canine Population Issues

Civil Damages in Cases Involving Injury to Pet

"Dangerous Dog" Control Legislation


Dog Auctions

Dog Fighting 

Dog Training

Ear Cropping, Tail Docking, and Dewclaw Removal

Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act

Groomer Safety and Licensing

"Guardian" v. Owner

Homeowners' Insurance and Dangerous Dogs

Misuse of Service Dogs

Pet Choice 

Pet Imports: Protecting Pet and Public Health

Proper Care and Humane Treatment of Dogs

Protection for Puppy Purchasers 

Protections for Pets under State Domestic Violence Acts

Public Transportation for Dogs

Purebred Dog Breeding

Purebred Dog Rescue

Rehoming of Dogs Previously Used in Research 

Responsible Breeding Practices

Responsible Dog Ownership

Spaying and Neutering


The Advantages of Purebred Dogs

The Right to Keep and Enjoy Dogs

Use of Dogs in Research

Use of Dogs in Sporting, Working, and Competition Activities

Use of Working, Assistance & Service Dogs 

Working and Detection Dogs

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