AKC Mission Statement
The American Kennel Club Mission Statements change as focus shifts to the bottom line, ALL dogs, non-purebred dog events, canine health, and responsible ownership.
We are searching our old records for AKC's original Mission
Statement. When we updated files to announce changes by AKC, it did
not occur to the webmaster that AKC would take down their previous Mission
Statements. We apologize to readers who count on the NetPlaces Network for
historical records and documentation.
This was the Mission Statement as provided in our Feb 2005 Election coverage.
Maintain a registry for purebred dogs and preserve its integrity.
Sanction dog events that promote interest in, and sustain the process of, breeding for type and function of purebred dogs.
Take whatever actions are necessary to protect and assure the continuation of the sport of purebred dogs.
Then in August 2005, this was included in the Board Meeting Minutes:
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.
Words have meaning. Puzzling is the change from preserving to upholding.
Troubling is deletion of the declarative statement "Take whatever actions are necessary to protect and assure the continuation of the
sport of purebred dogs." Is "protecting" the same as "promoting"?
AKC's expanded Mission Statement as of January 2011:
The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.
Advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs.
AKC's Core Values:
We love purebred dogs
We are committed to advancing the sport of the purebred dog
We are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of our Registry
We protect the health and well-being of all dogs
We cherish dogs as companions
We are committed to the interests of dog owners
We uphold high standards for the administration and operation of the AKC
We recognize the critical importance of our clubs and volunteers
Indeed the "sport of purebred dogs" has welcomed and provided competitions for
non-purebred dogs; Obedience, Agility, Rally, etc. including having adopted UKC
and other popular events such as Flyball, Dock Diving, Barn Hunts, etc.
Welcoming "Mixed Breed" dogs to those events was a positive step on behalf of
all dogs but we must never lose sight of the fact that the American Kennel Club
was formed to assess the type and function of the pure bred dog.
Note: In the online AKC Mission Statement accessed
June 2016, the last paragraph no longer is included.
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