Nominations open for canine heroes

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The AKC Humane FundSM is seeking nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) to celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind.

Nominations are open now through July 1, and winners will be announced in late 2022. Winners will be highlighted in a made-for-tv special created by AKC productions.

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund honors five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community.

One award is given in each of the following five categories:

Uniformed Service K-9
Eligibility: Full-time working K-9s in the realms of city, county, state, or federal law enforcement; the military; firefighting; customs and border patrol; emergency services.

Exemplary Companion
Eligibility: Dogs without formal training or certification that have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way and have made a meaningful contribution to their owners or communities.

Search and Rescue
Eligibility: Dogs certified to assist in wilderness and urban tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events and locating missing people.

Therapy
Eligibility: Certified therapy dogs working in hospitals, schools, disaster sites, war zones, and wherever else the affection of a good dog can provide comfort.

Service
Eligibility: Service dogs who enrich the lives of physically or mentally disabled owners, including, but not limited to, guide dogs for the blind, seizure-alert dogs, hearing dogs, balance dogs.

Nominees doing therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.

The 2022 AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence are sponsored by Eukanuba™. Honorees of the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE) will receive $1,000 to be awarded to a pet-related charity of their choice, a one-year supply of Eukanuba premium dog nutrition, and an engraved sterling silver medallion.

Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination. Past nominations are eligible for resubmission for these awards. Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2022 must include:

  • A digital photograph of the dog. Files must be larger than 1MB in size and a minimum of 300 dpi. The photo should feature solely the nominated dog.
  • A 500-word-or-less description of how the dog has demonstrated excellence.
  • Dog’s call name, breed, age and sex.
  • Owner’s/Nominator’s name(s), address, phone number and e-mail address.

Nominations can be submitted here, with a photo sent to communications@akc.org.

For more information about the ACE awards or to nominate a dog, visit the AKC Humane Fund Awards For Canine Excellence (ACE) page.

 

SOURCE AKC Humane Fund

American Kennel Club welcomes Biewer Terrier to the pack

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The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and advocate for dogs, announced today that the Biewer Terrier has received full recognition, and is eligible to compete in the Toy Group, bringing the number of AKC-recognized breeds to 197.

“We’re thrilled to have the Biewer Terrier join the registry,” said Gina DiNardo, AKC Executive Secretary, in a press release. “This wonderful little dog makes a great companion for a variety of people, and we’re excited to introduce dog lovers to another fantastic breed that may be a perfect match for their family. As always, we encourage people to do their research to find the right breed for their lifestyle.”

The Biewer Terrier is described as a happy-go-lucky dog with a childlike, whimsical attitude.

Other traits of these pups, according to the press release:

•Their purpose is to love and be loved, making them excellent companions.

•These dogs are loyal and a friend to all they meet.

•Their long coat requires daily brushing to keep it free of mats.

•Biewer Terriers are easy going and don’t need a great deal of exercise. Daily walks and playtime will give them the activity they need.

AKC Recognition offers the breed the opportunity to compete at all levels of AKC-sanctioned events.

Becoming an AKC Breed:

Recognition does not necessarily mean that the breed is a new breed. Many of the breeds that gain full AKC-recognition have existed for many years, and some are ancient. To become an AKC-recognized breed there must be an active following and interest in the breed by owners in the U.S. as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders. There also must be a sufficient population of dogs in the United States geographically distributed throughout the county. Breeds working towards full recognition are recorded in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service® (FSS®). Additional information on the process can be found at akc.org.

About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization, which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. For more information, visit www.akc.org or follow American Kennel Club on Facebook or Twitter @AKCDogLovers

SOURCE American Kennel Club

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Wow! Look at the fur! Pekingese wins best in show at AKC National Championship

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Wasabi being crowned best in show

Pekingese “Wasabi” Wins Best in Show at AKC National Championship

A Pekingese known as “Wasabi” triumphed over more than 5,200 competitors to earn a $50,000 cash prize and the title of Best in Show at the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin, held December 14-15, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

It was the largest dog event in the history of the American Kennel Club.

Wasabi is owned by David Fitzpatrick and Peggy Steinman of East Berlin, Pennsylvania, who, based on this picture, probably spend a lot of time grooming the long-haired pup.

The overall show totals, which include the AKC Agility Invitational, the AKC Obedience Classic, the AKC Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes, AKC National Owner-Handled Series Finals, NADD/AKC Diving Dogs Championship and the Junior-handler events, topped 11,008 entries.

The live stream of all of the weekend events is available for replay at AKC.tv.