According to accusations by both the Humane Society of the United States and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the American Kennel Club is not doing their part to protect dogs and puppies in America.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) was founded in 1884, with a mission to “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.”
For many years, people looking for a breeder have sought out those which have recieved an AKC inspection and certification, under the impression that those breeders were responsible, put the health and well-being of their dogs, both the breeding stock and their offspring, in the highest regard, and that they weren’t operating what has come to be known in recent years as a “puppy mill.”
In the video and interview with American Kennel Club’s director of communications shown below, Lisa Peterson admits that the AKC doesn’t know exactly how many breeders are registered with the group, but that there are only 9 inspectors within the organization that handle each of the thousands of inspections done annually. Further, only a percentage of AKC-registered breeders are ever actually inspected. Still, she insists they’re doing a great job… watch the video and decide for yourself.
Basically, the AKC certification boasted by breeders around the country is no more than a meaningless piece of paper that just about any breeder can buy, regardless of the conditions in which their dogs are kept and raised.
Not only is the AKC certification meaningless, the American Kennel Club is actually going to great lengths to protect these types of breeders. Instead of working with animal advocacy groups to improve the lives of these dogs, the AKC has fought in opposition of stricter laws and increased inspections for breeders.
It is beyond sad that one of the oldest, most well-known dog advocacy organizations, founded on a mission to promote responsible ownership and protect dogs, is not only doing too little to put an end to puppy mills themselves, but they are fighting other advocacy groups that are trying to help.
If you are looking for a purebred dog of your own, find a breeder that you can visit with, that will show you their kennels and breeding dogs. Do not buy a puppy online, from a pet store, or through some other means where you can’t see exactly where the dog is coming from and how they are cared for. Not only would you be supporting the heinous practices going on in these puppy mills, but you’re likely to end up with a very sick little dog on your hands.
Instead, find a reputable breeder in your area and visit their kennels before deciding to make a purchase. Better yet, look for the specific breed you’re interested in through local shelters and rescue organizations.