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AKC Canine Partners Anniversary

by Elizabeth A. Brown

The American Kennel Club (AKC) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its Canine Partners program, founded in 2010.

The program was developed to welcome mixed-breed dogs and other dogs not eligible for AKC Purebred Registration, and their owners, into the AKC family. It promotes the strengthening of the human-canine bond by encouraging training, responsible dog ownership and pet owner education.

As of June 2020, more than 420,000 dogs and their owners have taken part in the program. Together, they have earned more than 21,000 AKC titles in the Companion Events categories, including Agility, Tracking, Rally and Obedience.

The fee for the program is $35. The benefits include:

  • AKC Canine Partners Program Official Certificate and ID number

  • Eligibility to participate in Agility, AKC Rally, Obedience, Tracking, Scent Work, Fast CAT and Coursing ability tests and more

  • Eligibility for AKC recognition of titles earned

  • Lifetime enrollment in AKC Reunite Lost & Found Recovery Service with Reunite collar tag

  • One Year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine

  • Complimentary office visit with veterinarian in the AKC Veterinary Network

  • 30 days of Pet Insurance Coverage

  • Opportunities to connect with other owners of mixed-breed dogs

Dog owners can enroll in the Canine Partners program by completing the simple form online at

Elizabeth A. Brown, CPA, is Treasurer for the Asheville Kennel Club, the Hendersonville Kennel Club, and the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club, and the Hendersonville Kennel Club delegate to the American Kennel Club.


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