(Husky Puppies) The American Kennel Club has more for you to learn about dog breeds!
If you're a dog owner, you probably have heard of the American Kennel Club. The AKC has promoted the breeding and welfare of pure bred dogs since 1884 (see history) and has encouraged and sponsored events across the country in which pure bred dogs compete to demonstrate their competence, temperament, and physical qualities originally intended by the breed's design.
Until the internet came along, the AKC was not an easily accessible entity, unless you were a breeder or involved in breed competition. If you had a full-bred dog, you sent in an application and a small fee to the AKC and you got your dog's papers. That was pretty much it, unless you wanted to breed your dog.
Once online, though, the AKC reached out to a broader public through educational programming and information, not just about full-bred dogs, but information relevant to all dogs, such as articles on training, health, and care for your dog. And what dog owner hasn't watched The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, sponsored by the AKC?
Now, the AKC has made a bigger commitment to its general public with its own television station - AKC-TV - which debuted a few weeks ago. It's clear that its purpose is to further the public's knowledge of and investment in pure bred dogs by educating the public about the dogs and introducing them to AKC registered dog breeders and trainers. There has been a downward trend in the purchase of full-bred dogs; people are adopting more pets and, most likely, many are still wary of 'puppy mills,' and afraid of being scammed by an unauthorized breeder.
You can catch AKC's weekly program on AKC.org or AKC.com from any web-accessible device, as well as AppleTV and soon-to-be-announced other platforms.The videos and other educational materials are available 24/7 and the programs will change each week.
I can tell you that you will fall in love with every breed you see on the AKC videos, but beyond that, you will learn a lot about why different breeds are the way they are, and that's fascinating!