Dear Alan Kalter,
Since its founding in 1884, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has served all who are committed and dedicated not only to the sport of purebred-dogs but to all dogs. As the AKC has grown and expanded, the reach and influence of core-exhibitor breeders has expanded as well. With those breeders in mind, AKC has created the new Breeder of Merit program. It proudly honors breeder/exhibitors’ dedication and hard work as they continue to produce dogs that are healthy, capable, and beautiful. The foundation of today’s AKC, Breeders of Merit have the power to influence, guide, and teach future breeders, exhibitors, and all purebred dog owners.
AKC is excited to welcome all breeders interested in the program who meet the following requirements:
Has a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.
Earned at least 4 Conformation, Performance or Companion event titles on dogs they bred/co-bred.
Member of an AKC club.
Certifies that applicable health screens are performed on the sire and dam as recommended by the Parent Club.
Demonstrates a commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies they produce are AKC registered.
Breeders of Merit will enjoy a multitude of benefits, including:
Breeder of Merit registration applications and registration certificates featuring a special designation.
Complimentary access to online reports.
Access to the AKC Direct toll free number.
Online record support, to ensure that your records are accurate, complete, and easily accessible.
A frameable certificate of distinction, to signify your participation in the program.
Breed-specific web banners that participants can use to proudly promote their involvement in the Program.
Acknowledgement on a special page of the AKC website and in the AKC Gazette.
A Breeder of Merit Lapel pin.
For more information and a downloadable application, go to www.akc.org/breederofmerit, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope you are as excited about the new Breeder of Merit Program as we are.
VP, Registration Services