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RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces the first round of new grants awarded through its Tick-Borne Disease Initiative.

Jason Stull, VMD, PhD, of The Ohio State University will study “Lyme Disease in Dogs: Prevalence, Clinical Illness, and Prognosis.” Lyme disease is a bacterial disease transmitted by tick bites. In people, Lyme is the most common tick-transmitted disease in the US, with over 25,000 cases in 2014. Dogs infected with Lyme disease may not show signs of illness, but underlying impact can be severe. Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Lyme disease in dogs is complicated by limited research and conflicting professional guidance. Following a large group of dogs from different regions of the United States and Canada, the investigators will broaden the understanding of canine Lyme disease by identifying and defining best practices for prevention and control of Lyme disease in areas with different Lyme risks, ultimately improving the health of dogs and their people.

Linda Kidd, DVM, PhD, Western University of Health Sciences, and her team will study “Thrombocytopenia and Occult Vector-Borne Disease in Greyhound Dogs: Implications for Clinical Cases and Blood Donors.” Retired racing Greyhounds are common blood donors for dogs requiring blood transfusions. Low platelet (thrombocytopenia) and white blood cell counts are considered normal findings in Greyhounds, as is protein in their urine. Because vector-borne disease pathogens can cause chronic, clinically silent infection, the researchers hypothesize that infection occurs in, and contributes to blood and urine abnormalities in some healthy-appearing retired racing Greyhounds. This study will compare the prevalence of vector-borne diseases in retired racing Greyhounds and show-bred Greyhounds, and will investigate whether blood and urine abnormalities occur with the same frequency in these two lines of Greyhounds. The results will help veterinarians decide when to pursue infectious disease testing, while also informing best practices for screening canine blood donors.

Mary Anna Thrall, DVM, MS of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and her team will investigate “The Role of Lymphocytes in Canine Monocytic Ehrlichiosis (CME),” an important tick-borne disease in dogs caused by the pathogen, Ehrlichia canis. In an effort to understand the variable severity of the disease amongst dogs, the team will study the role and types of lymphocytes present in Ehrlichia-positive dogs to determine if increased lymphocyte counts and a large number of genetically identical lymphocytes are associated with disease severity. The findings from this study will help advance the understanding of the pathophysiology and accurate diagnosis of canine ehrlichiosis and lymphocytosis.

“This first round of funding through the AKC Canine Health Foundation’s Tick-Borne Disease Initiative shows promising research to address important tick-borne diseases affecting dogs,” said Dr. Diane Brown, CHF chief executive officer. “We are excited about the impact this Initiative will have on canine health and owner awareness of the growing concern over important tick-borne pathogens.”

Funding for CHF grants comes from a number of sources, including: corporations, dog clubs, and individuals who are committed to the betterment of canine health through scientific research. During 2016, all donations to the Tick-Borne Disease Initiative are being matched dollar-for-dollar by the American Kennel Club (up to $250,000). Make an impact and double your donation today: www.akcchf.org/ticks.  

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

New York, NYTo celebrate the dogs who do extraordinary things in the service of humankind, the AKC Humane FundSM is seeking YOUR nominations for its AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence (ACE).  Nominations are now open and winners will be announced in Fall 2016.  

Each year, the AKC Humane Fund pays tribute to five dedicated, hardworking dogs for making significant contributions to an individual or entire community.  Since the creation of the awards in 2000, 80 ACEs have been awarded to dogs of 32 different breeds and one mixed-breed dog from 28 states. Former ACE dogs have included a police K-9 who uncovered the work of a serial killer and a family pet who saved her owner from a bear attack, among dozens of other incredible pups.

“There are so many dynamic dogs to recognize with an ACE Award,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo.  “These canines touch the lives and hearts of those who love them and the world around them. We are proud to honor five of them each year with an ACE Award as a symbol of our appreciation.” 

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 who have nonetheless distinguished themselves in some way that has made a meaningful contribution to the life of his owner or community.

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: Certified 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.

**(Note: Nominees doing service or therapy work without certification are considered in the Exemplary Companion category.)

Honorees will receive an engraved sterling-silver medallion and an all-expenses-paid trip for dog and owner to Orlando, Florida, to be honored at the AKC National Championship in December. A donation of $1,000 will also be made in each recipient’s name to the pet-related charity of their choice. The names of the five recipients will be added to the ACE plaque on permanent display in the AKC Humane Fund Library at AKC headquarters in New York City.

All entrants will receive an ACE Certificate of Recognition in acknowledgement of their nomination.

Anyone, including the dog’s owner or handler, may submit a nomination form.  Submissions for the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence for 2016 must include:

·         A non-returnable, original print or digital photograph of the dog. All digital photos 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 and phone number. E-mail address if available.

Nominations will be accepted through July 31, 2016 and should be submitted here, with a photo sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or mailed with a photo to:

 

ACE Awards 2016

The AKC Humane Fund

260 Madison Avenue, 4th Floor

New York, New York 10016

For more information about the ACE awards or to download a nomination form visit the AKC website.

 

The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry, announces the launch of its newest award, the AKC Paw of Courage, in an effort to show appreciation for the many sacrifices that working dogs make while serving and protecting our country. This award specifically recognizes the extraordinary sacrifices of dogs who have been severely injured or killed in the line of duty.

“These working dogs possess great courage and dedication,” said AKC Vice President Gina DiNardo. “They continuously put their lives on the line, and have sacrificed their own safety, well-being, and in some cases even their lives, to keep us safe. Each dog awarded with the AKC Paw of Courage has made a significant sacrifice in the line of duty.”

Any working dog is eligible to receive the AKC Paw of Courage; the award is not specific to purebred dogs. Recipients of the award, or their former human partner, will receive a 2016 AKC Paw of Courage medal along with a certificate. In addition, the recipients will receive a photo and profile on akc.org.

The first 2016 AKC Paw of Courage recipients are:

K9 Officer Ogar: of Smith County Constable’s Office – Precinct 5, TX

K9 Ogar, a one-year-old Belgian Malinois of Smith County Constable’s Office in Texas, was shot and killed while attempting an apprehension this past January. K9 Ogar and his handler, Deputy Constable Kevin Petty, were conducting a routine traffic stop when a vehicle fled, leading to a pursuit. The vehicle was wrecked and the subject evaded on foot into a wooded area, and K9 Ogar was deployed. During this confrontation, K9 Ogar was shot and killed. Deputy Constable Petty says, “Ogar sacrificed his life to save mine.” He says that Ogar was always right by his side and looked at him with true love and devotion.

When K9 Ogar was not on duty he was like any other family dog. He loved to run circles around the swimming pool with Deputy Constable Petty’s two young girls. He also enjoyed playing tug of war and catch and was a master escape artist. From the moment he was brought home by his handler, he fit right in with the family. According to his handler, Ogar had mastered the combination of being both soft and strong simultaneously. He loved any attention he could get and in exchange, all he asked for was love. K9 Ogar touched many lives in his time as a K9 officer and he is dearly missed each and every day.

K9 Officer Jag: of Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Dept., CA

K9 Jag was an eight-year-old Belgian Malinois who served with the Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department for five years. During his annual state certification, he was struck by a vehicle. “K9 Jag was everything a handler and a school Police Department could want. He knew his job and did it well,” says his partner, Sergeant Arlin Kocher. He describes Jag as intense, energetic, sweet and powerful. K9 Jag was the first ever Twin Rivers Unified School District Police Department’s canine. He excelled in every aspect of his career; credited with hundreds of narcotics searches, over 50 suspect surrenders and three apprehensions throughout his time in the department.

Equally as important, K9 Jag also spent a ton of time doing public outreach in the schools and nearby communities. Students, staff and parents looked forward to seeing Jag on a daily basis. He was adored for being sweet and friendly while also serving as their fierce and dependable protector.

Throughout his career, K9 Jag competed in countless events and won numerous awards. According to his partner, Sgt. Kocher, K9 Jag wouldn’t let anyone leave a room without petting him. At the end of his shift, he was always eager to go back to the Police Department where the fellow officers were waiting, for what he thought was just to play with him. K9 Jag is sorely missed by Sergeant Kocher as well as the entire Twin Rivers USD as a uniformed working dog as well as a family dog.

K9 Officer Betcha: of Rutland County Sheriff’s Office, VT

K9 Betcha was a two-year-old Australian Cattle Dog who served as a narcotics/tracking K9 at the Rutland County Sheriff’s Office in Vermont. He was with the Sheriff’s Office for about a year when he was struck and killed by a vehicle while in the line of duty. “He was my fourth K9 partner but my first dog that I can say was my therapy,” says his handler, Deputy Sheriff Edward Hunter of Betcha. Deputy Sheriff Hunter has been in police work for 35 years and says that K9 Betcha truly helped him cope with his past and present in the job. When Betcha was off-duty, he loved playing Frisbee and driving down the road with his head out the window allowing people to snap pictures of him as he passed by. K9 Betcha gave his life for his career and is greatly missed by his partner, and his off-duty family, as well as his family at Rutland County Sheriff’s Office.

K9 Officer Krijger: of Norfolk Police Department, VA

K9 Kirjger, a four-year-old Belgian Malinois of the Norfolk Police Department in Virginia was shot and killed following a violent barricade situation this past January. Police were responding to a domestic violence call when the man barricaded himself inside his home with his wife as a hostage. After several hours, the man exited the home opening fire on the officers, fatally wounding Krijger.

K9 Krijger’s partner, Officer Ryan McNiff began his partnership and friendship during a 16-week training course. During the training, the duo became proficient in numerous skills including: obedience, tracking, open area searches, agility, building searches, apprehensions, and control commands. Even more importantly, Officer McNiff and Krijger learned to work together and to trust one another. “Krijger was not only my partner, he was also my best friend”, says Officer McNiff. “Krijger taught me many things about courage, honor, loyalty and friendship”. K9 Krijger has assisted in locating evidence for countless crimes and he is responsible for over 30 felony apprehensions. Not only was he constantly busy keeping the city safe, Krijger also performed many public demonstrations within the schools and the community. In his off-duty hours, K9 Krijger could be found hanging out on the patio enjoying a bone or running around the backyard with one of his many toys. Krijger loved backyard barbeques with his off-duty family and enjoyed relaxing by the fire pit at night.

When it came to making the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect his partner and his fellow officers, Krijger did not hesitate. “I truly believe that because of him, I am a better police officer and person”, says Officer McNiff. K9 Krijger’s sacrifice is deeply appreciated by his fellow officers, his partner, his off-duty family and the entire community that he served. He is commemorated by his community as a true hero.

For downloadable images of the recipients, click HERE.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 4, 2016) –  The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, marks Pet Cancer Awareness Month by providing free educational resources and research updates on canine cancer to dog lovers throughout the world.

“During the month of May, CHF focuses on providing news and information to help educate dog owners about the cutting-edge research and improved treatment options in the field of canine cancer, while also emphasizing the continued need for further research,” said Dr. Diane Brown, chief executive officer of CHF.

Canine cancer treatment options continue to improve and many have a One Health benefit, providing insight and better treatment options not only for our dogs, but for their human companions as well. For example, CHF has awarded a grant to Dr. Rowan J. Milner at the University of Florida to study vaccine development against osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer that is diagnosed in nearly 10,000 dogs per year and also afflicts children.

CHF recently learned of Mya, a German Shorthaired Pointer who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Mya received radiation and chemotherapy treatments that were originally developed to treat the same disease in children. Mya’s inspirational story speaks to the importance of canine cancer research and the benefits it holds for both species.

Since 1995 CHF has funded over $11.5 million in canine cancer research. Over 200 research grants have provided breakthroughs in treatment options and diagnoses, and have helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level, allowing veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively.  

Dog owners and dog lovers can directly impact the future of canine cancer research by making a donation to CHF. New or lapsed donors who have not given to CHF since December 31, 2013 will have their contributions matched dollar for dollar by the American Kennel Club (up to $500,000).

Visit www.akcchf.org/caninecancer to access free resources and to learn more about canine cancer.

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About CHF 
For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases that impact all dogs, while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

 

New York, NY – March 24, 2016 – Assisi Animal Health congratulates their colleague, Karolynne M. McAteer, Assisi’s Director of External Communications, on her election to the 2020 Class of the Board of Directors of the American Kennel Club (AKC). McAteer was elected to the board at the organization’s March Quarterly Delegate Meeting held in New York City.

“We are so proud of Karolynne and this most prestigious achievement. She is our voice of the pet owner and her selfless devotion to dogs and all things canine is unwavering. We are thrilled to join in congratulating her for this latest accolade,” said John Wilkerson, PhD, Chief Executive Officer of Assisi Animal Health.

McAteer is a long-time Irish Setter breeder, an American Kennel Club Breeder of Merit and shows her dogs in confirmation and in the field. Prior to her election to the board, she sat on the Field Trial/Hunting Test committee. She remains the Delegate for her parent club, The Irish Setter Club of America.

Apart from her involvement in dog shows and field trials, Karolynne is head of live streaming at the AKC Eukanuba National Championships and at the Westminster Kennel Club.  About Assisi Animal HealthAssisi Animal Health was acquired in 2013 by John Wilkerson, a successful medical industry entrepreneur and life science growth investor. Assisi Animal Health is a science-based company specializing in offering clinical therapeutic solutions to veterinary professionals. The Assisi Loop is sold directly only to veterinary professionals or by veterinary prescription to pet owners. The company helps veterinary professionals and pet owners collaborate in delivering the optimal level of care to animals. For more information, visit Assisi Animal Health. Follow Assisi Animal Health on Twitter @assisiloop or Facebook.About the American Kennel ClubFounded 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. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC holds more than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information visit www.akc.org. Become a fan of the American Kennel Club on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @AKCDogLovers.

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 11, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce that at a board meeting on March 6, 2016, the AKC Canine Health Foundation elected the following new Directors:

  • Sue M. Copeland is an award-winning journalist, former editor of Horse & Rider Magazine, and author of more than a dozen books for both the horse and dog worlds. She is a successful conformation competitor, and owner of GCH Derby's Toast With Gusto, “Gus,” the top-winning Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in breed history (conformation).
  • Wayne Jensen, DVM, PhD, MBA, brings more than 30 years of experience in the animal health industry, including veterinary practice, research, product development, business development and research grant funding. Dr. Jensen is professor and interim head in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and owner of a veterinary practice with his wife, Tracey, also a veterinarian. He trains and competes in retriever field trials and hunt tests.

In addition, J. Charles Garvin, MD was elected as the Chairman of the Board. Dr. Garvin is an active ophthalmic surgeon and has been president of a 72-physician medical practice for 25 years. Dr. Garvin has been closely associated with Dalmatians since the 1960s, having served as president of the Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) multiple times, as well as a member of their board for nearly 35 years. A life member of DCA, Central Ohio Kennel Club and Marion Ohio Kennel Club, Dr. Garvin has been an AKC Delegate since 1990 and currently serves as President of the DCA Foundation and Marion Ohio Kennel Club. He is also a member of the American Kennel Club Board of Directors.

“I am excited to take on this challenge of following those who have led this organization so successfully these past two decades. Working together with the board, staff, donors and volunteers, we have the opportunity to expand the reputation, engagement and influence of the AKC Canine Health Foundation throughout the canine world,” said Dr. Garvin.

To learn more about the AKC Canine Health Foundation board of directors, please visit our website.

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases impacting all dogs while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

 

AKC's President and CEO, Dennis B. Sprung was recognized during Westminster week by being present the Anne Rogers Clark Hall of Fame Award and being inducted into the Hall of Fame presented by Dogs In Review.  Beginning in 1986, the award is one of the most prestigious in the world of dogs and honors people who have made significant contributions in it.

"I am delighted to see Dennis be recognized for his leadership of our organization" said Ron Menaker, AKC's Chairman of the Board.  "His accessibility to everyone and his thorough knowledge of our business are appreciated. "

Sprung is the 30th recipient of the award; former winners include Dr. Josephine Deubler, Julie Gasow, Walter F. Goodman, Anna Katherine Nicholas, Wendell Sammet and Tom Stevenson, among others.

"It was indeed an honor to be able to present a great friend recognition for a prodigious award.  He's in excellent company and deserves to be," said Michael Canalizo, who presented the accolade.

In 1993 Sprung was presented with the FIDO Award voted in by clubs and members of the DWAA as Dogdom's Man of the Year.

  

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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.  Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog.  For more information, visit www.akc.org.

AKC, American Kennel Club, the American Kennel Club seal and design, and all associated marks and logos are trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks of The American Kennel Club, Inc.


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RALEIGH, N.C. (February 4, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent, treat and cure diseases in all dogs, announces that 30 grants have been awarded in 2015 to researchers studying canine disease. These grants, totaling nearly $1.5 million, will continue to build on CHF-funded advances in veterinary medicine and biomedical science, impacting both canine and human health.

“The projects funded this year are a combination of innovative science and technology, and studies to address the immediate and practical medical needs of all dogs,” according to Dr. Diane Brown, CHF’s chief executive officer. “Research ranges from heritable disease, reproductive health, cancer and infectious disease, and includes projects to understand the needs and health of working dog populations, all with an emphasis on better health for dogs and their people.”

CHF administers annual health polls to provide real-time data on the concerns of dog owners and on unmet areas of need in veterinary medicine. Using this information, projects are chosen to build on the depth and breadth of CHF’s 20-year history of health research for dogs. Each grant awarded has specific aims to fill critical knowledge gaps in veterinary medicine, leading to better care options for both the common and the complex health issues of dogs. CHF also invests in training the next generation of scientists to address the health needs of dogs through its Clinician-Scientist Fellowship Program, awarding three Fellowships in 2016.

True to CHF’s mission, several of the newly awarded grants have a One Health emphasis where outcomes of the research project have the potential to benefit human, as well as canine health. One such example is the study of dogs with respiratory and skin diseases that live in the homes of children with asthma. Findings from this study will help unlock the complexities of these health conditions in both species.

CHF is committed to canine cancer research, and one such example is the funding of a $432,000 grant to better understand and prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive and deadly form of cancer in dogs. This grant, awarded to Dr. Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD, professor at the University of Minnesota, joins the American Boxer Charitable Foundation, the Golden Retriever Foundation, and the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation, thus emphasizing the impact CHF donors have in advancing collaborative research.

Funding for CHF grants comes from a number of sources, including: corporations, dog clubs and individuals who are committed to canine health research. Dog lovers are encouraged to make a donation to support healthy dogs by visiting www.akcchf.org.

The complete portfolio of new grants for 2015 can be downloaded in PDF format. Or, view and search all active and past grants in CHF’s full grant portfolio

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation works to prevent, treat, and cure diseases impacting all dogs while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 27, 2016) – The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF), a nonprofit organization committed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases in all dogs, is pleased to announce that for the second consecutive year, more than $500,000 has been raised through the American Kennel Club (AKC) Donor Challenge program.

The AKC Donor Challenge program matched contributions dollar-for-dollar made to CHF during 2015 from new donors and donors whose last gift was prior to December 31, 2012. The campaign provided added incentive for dog lovers throughout the world to double their impact on canine health.

“We value our partnership with the American Kennel Club and we are grateful for their long-standing support of the Foundation,” said Dr. Duane Butherus, CHF board chairman. “The AKC Donor Challenge provides us a great opportunity to reach out to new donors and connect on our shared commitment to healthy dogs.”

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, CHF has dedicated more than $45 million in canine health research projects and educational programs. Funds raised by CHF support grants for canine health researchers who are working to help advance veterinary medicine by providing better care options and more accurate diagnosis for both common and complex health issues. Funds also provide educational resources for dog owners, breeders and veterinary professionals. 

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About the AKC Canine Health Foundation

For more than 20 years, the Raleigh, NC-based AKC Canine Health Foundation has leveraged the power of science and research to improve the lives of dogs and their people. The Foundation is committed to prevent, treat, and cure diseases impacting all dogs while providing professional information and resources for a new breed of dog owner. Take action because you care; find out more online at www.akcchf.org.

Over 3,000 dogs representing all 50 states and more come to New York

to compete in three different events.

 

The 140th Westminster Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show, on Monday and Tuesday, February 15-16, 2016 in New York City, reached a combined entry this year of over 3,000 dogs in three competitions. This world-famous dog show has a long history of bringing the best examples of their breeds to the viewing public as the second-longest continuously held sporting event in this country, beginning in 1877. In 2014 the show expanded to include the Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and new this year is the Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. Continuing a tradition to display only the highest level in the sport, this competition was an invitation-only event for top-ranked obedience dogs.

This 140th premier dog show drew an entry of 2,752 dogs. There are 199 breeds and varieties eligible for this year’s show. The breeds with the largest entries are Labrador Retrievers (51), followed by Golden Retrievers (50) and French Bulldogs (48). Plus, seven breeds are making their first Westminster appearance this year: Sporting Group - Lagotto Romagnolo (9), Hound Group - Cirneco dell’Etna (10), Working Group - Boerboel (11), and Herding Group - Berger Picard (20), Miniature American Shepherd (14), Bergamasco (8) and Spanish Water Dog (10). There are 130 foreign entries and 91 entries in Junior Showmanship. Dog show judging at the breed level, along with benching and Junior Showmanship preliminary competition, will take place on Piers 92/94 at 711 12th Ave. in New York City. Group and Best In Show judging, as well as the Junior Showmanship Finals, will be held at the world-renowned Madison Square Garden on Monday and Tuesday evenings, as has been the case virtually every year since the show began in 1877.

The third annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will take place on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Pier 94. There are 330 dogs entered representing 28 states with the largest numbers coming from New Jersey (81), New York (75) and Connecticut (31). The competition will feature dogs of all breeds and mixed breed dogs (All American dogs) showing spectators and the television audience why the American Kennel Club calls agility “the most exciting canine sport for spectators.” Finals will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1 from 8-10 p.m. ET.

Along with the agility competition on Saturday will be the 7th Annual AKC Meet the Breeds. This is the second year for the popular Meet & Compete event. This a joint effort between Westminster and the American Kennel Club provides an opportunity for people to interact with over 100 breeds and learn about responsible dog ownership. Due to strong response last year, Meet the Breeds has expanded to both Piers.

Monday, February 15, 2016 marks the inaugural Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster. The nation’s top obedience dogs were invited to fill a limited 35-dog entry. Competition will consist of existing AKC approved Open and Utility Exercises with some modifications. Exercises will include hand signals, retrieving over high jump and scent discrimination. There are 34 dogs from 17 states led by New Jersey and Ohio with 5 each. Golden Retrievers represent the largest entry with 13. Like agility, the obedience competition was open to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs at the highest level of the sport. Competition will be held at Pier 94.

The evening Group competition will be televised live each night from 8-11 p.m. ET. Monday’s telecast of the Hound, Toy, Non-Sporting and Herding Groups will be on CNBC. Tuesday’s telecast will be on USA Network and will include the Sporting, Working and Terrier Groups, as well as Best In Show. Televised since 1948, Westminster will once again be America’s most widely-watched live telecast of a dog show. Breed judging during daytime hours will be posted with live streaming video and results on westminsterkennelclub.org and the Westminster App.

All Westminster week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

Tickets are available through westminsterkennelclub.org.

140th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Entries       (subject to final audit)

Entries have come from 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and 12 foreign countries. New York has the most entries with 270, while California follows with 219. Rounding out the top five states are Pennsylvania (203), New Jersey (190), and a tie for fifth with Florida and Ohio (118).

The 12 foreign entries are led by Canada with 113. Dogs are also entered from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Slovenia and Thailand. Many other foreign-owned dogs are entered from U.S. addresses, and in the final compilation there will certainly be additional foreign countries represented.

Sporting breeds (476):  Brittanys 13, Lagotti Romagnoli 9, Pointers 22, Pointers (German Shorthaired) 34, Pointers (German Wirehaired) 7, Retrievers (Chesapeake Bay) 17, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 5, Retrievers (Flat-Coated) 22, Retrievers (Golden) 50, Retrievers (Labrador) 51, Retrievers (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling) 15, Setters (English) 29, Setters (Gordon) 10, Setters (Irish) 18, Setters (Irish Red & White) 7, Spaniels (American Water) 1, Spaniels (Boykin) 5, Spaniels (Clumber) 7, Spaniels (Cocker) ASCOB 6, Spaniels (Cocker) Black 11, Spaniels (Cocker) Parti-Color 8, Spaniels (English Cocker) 15, Spaniels (English Springer) 27, Spaniels (Field) 10, Spaniels (Irish Water) 5, Spaniels (Sussex) 4, Spaniels (Welsh Springer) 8, Spinoni Italiani 11, Vizslas 28, Weimaraners 12, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 5, Wirehaired Vizslas 4.

Hound breeds (390): Afghan Hounds 25, American English Coonhounds 2, American Foxhounds 3, Basenjis 13, Basset Hounds 12, Beagles (13”) 11, Beagles (15”) 21, Black and Tan Coonhounds 8, Bloodhounds 9, Bluetick Coonhounds 4, Borzois 18, Cirnechi dell’Etna 10, Dachshunds (Longhaired) 14, Dachshunds (Smooth) 21, Dachshunds (Wirehaired) 28, English Foxhounds 2, Greyhounds 14, Harriers 1, Ibizan Hounds 8, Irish Wolfhounds 9, Norwegian Elkhounds 11, Otterhounds 6, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeens 16, Pharaoh Hounds 16, Plotts 4, Portuguese Podengo Pequenos 14, Redbone Coonhounds 6, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 38, Salukis 7, Scottish Deerhounds 5, Treeing Walker Coonhounds 4, Whippets 30.

Working breeds (448): Akitas 12, Alaskan Malamutes 8, Anatolian Shepherd Dogs 1, Bernese Mountain Dogs 27, Black Russian Terriers 15, Boerboels 11, Boxers 19, Bullmastiffs 19, Cane Corsos 15, Chinooks 0, Doberman Pinschers 28, Dogues de Bordeaux 18, German Pinschers 5, Giant Schnauzers 14, Great Danes 28, Great Pyrenees 15, Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs 13, Komondorok 2, Kuvaszok 4, Leonbergers 20, Mastiffs 17, Neapolitan Mastiffs 1, Newfoundlands 13, Portuguese Water Dogs 21, Rottweilers 28, St. Bernards 6, Samoyeds 25, Siberian Huskies 39, Standard Schnauzers 14, Tibetan Mastiffs 10.

Terrier breeds (319):  Airedale Terriers 19, American Staffordshire Terriers 7, Australian Terriers 11, Bedlington Terriers 16, Border Terriers 18, Bull Terriers (Colored) 2, Bull Terriers (White) 3, Cairn Terriers 12, Cesky Terriers 10, Dandie Dinmont Terriers 3, Fox Terriers (Smooth) 11, Fox Terriers (Wire) 11, Glen of Imaal Terriers 9, Irish Terriers 2, Kerry Blue Terriers 16, Lakeland Terriers 11, Manchester Terriers (Standard) 6, Miniature Bull Terriers 10, Miniature Schnauzers 11, Norfolk Terriers 9, Norwich Terriers 14, Parson Russell Terriers 5, Rat Terriers 7, Russell Terriers 19, Scottish Terriers 10, Sealyham Terriers 2, Skye Terriers 5, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers 18, Staffordshire Bull Terriers 16, Welsh Terriers 9, West Highland White Terriers 17.

Toy breeds (345): Affenpinschers 6, Brussels Griffons 8, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 39, Chihuahuas (Long Coat) 17, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 17, Chinese Cresteds 22, English Toy Spaniels (Blenheim & Prince Charles) 6, English Toy Spaniels (King Charles & Ruby) 6, Havanese 24, Italian Greyhounds 14, Japanese Chin 6, Maltese 18, Manchester Terriers (Toy) 6, Miniature Pinschers 10, Papillons 16, Pekingese 9, Pomeranians 17, Poodles (Toy) 7, Pugs 31, Shih Tzu 14, Silky Terriers 9, Toy Fox Terriers 11, Yorkshire Terriers 32.

Non-Sporting breeds (281): American Eskimo Dogs 7, Bichon Frises 14, Boston Terriers 27, Bulldogs 15, Chinese Shar-Pei 8, Chow Chows 5, Coton De Tulears 9, Dalmatians 24, Finnish Spitz 2, French Bulldogs 48, Keeshonden 15, Lhasa Apsos 13, Lowchen 5, Norwegian Lundehunds 0, Poodles (Miniature) 11, Poodles (Standard) 17, Schipperkes 13, Shiba Inu 14, Tibetan Spaniels 12, Tibetan Terriers 15, Xoloitzcuintlis 7.

Herding breeds (369): Australian Cattle Dogs 11, Australian Shepherds 42, Bearded Collies 15, Beaucerons 7, Belgian Malinois 16, Belgian Sheepdogs 14, Belgian Tervuren 13, Bergamascos 8, Berger Picards 20, Border Collies 17, Bouviers des Flandres 11, Briards 14, Canaan Dogs 6, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 16, Collies (Rough) 12, Collies (Smooth) 16, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs 5, Finnish Lapphunds 5, German Shepherd Dogs 11, Icelandic Sheepdogs 9, Miniature American Shepherds 14, Norwegian Buhunds 4, Old English Sheepdogs 17, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 18, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 12, Pulik 2, Pyrenean Shepherds 9, Shetland Sheepdogs 13, Spanish Water Dogs 10, Swedish Vallhunds 2.

Entries by state:Alaska 3, Alabama 16, Arkansas 5, Arizona 24, California 219, Colorado 37, Connecticut 116, Delaware 13, Florida 118, Georgia 54, Hawaii 11, Idaho 9, Illinois 65, Indiana 41, Iowa 9, Kansas 9, Kentucky 26, Louisiana 24, Maine 7, Maryland 79, Massachusetts 102, Michigan 82, Minnesota 40, Mississippi 6, Missouri 28, Montana 3, Nebraska 9, Nevada 11, New Hampshire 23, New Jersey 190, New Mexico 8, New York 270, North Carolina 80, North Dakota 1, Ohio 118, Oklahoma 36, Oregon 15, Pennsylvania 203, Rhode Island 14, South Carolina 48, South Dakota 4, Tennessee 31, Texas 113, Utah 7, Vermont 13, Virginia 113, Washington 66, West Virginia 8, Wisconsin 40, Wyoming 4.

Others: District of Columbia 3, Puerto Rico 1, Argentina 1, Canada 113, Brazil 1, France 1, Germany 4, Italy 1, Japan 3, Malaysia 1, Mexico 3, Norway 3, Slovenia 1, Thailand 1.

Junior Showmanship: 91

Best In Show judge: Dr. Richard Meen of Toronto, Canada.

Group judges: Ms. Bonnie Threlfall of Cary, NC, Sporting; Ms. Virginia Lyne of Saanichton, B.C., Canada, Hound; Mr. Norman Kenney of Crossroads, TX, Working; Mr. Geir Flyckt-Pedersen of Pinehurst, NC, Terrier; Mr. Jason Hoke of Madison, WI, Toy; Mr. Luc Boileau of Lake Geneva, WI, Non-Sporting; and Ms. Dorothy Collier of Sapphire, NC, Herding. Dr. Wyatt Delfino of New York, NY, will judge the Junior Showmanship finals.

 

3rd Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster Entries

There are 330 dogs entered representing 28 states with the largest numbers coming from New Jersey (81), New York (75) and Connecticut (31).

 

The breeds with the largest entries are Border Collies (49), Shetland Sheepdogs (29), All American Dogs (26), Papillons (19) and in 5th a tie between Golden Retrievers (17) and the combined Poodle varieties (17).

 

Agility entries by breed (330): Alaskan Malamutes 2, All American Dogs 26, American Staffordshire Terriers 4, Australian Shepherds 14, Basenjis 1, Beagles 2, Bearded Collies 4, Beaucerons 1, Belgian Malinois 2, Belgian Tervuren 1, Berger Picards 1, Bichon Frises 3, Border Collies 49, Boston Terriers 1, Boxers 4, Briards 1, Brittanys 1, Brussels Griffons 1, Bull Terriers 1, Cardigan Welsh Corgis 1, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 9, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers 1, Chihuahuas (Smooth Coat) 1, Chinese Cresteds 3, Cocker Spaniels 9, Cotons de Tulear 1, Dachshunds 1, Dalmatians 2, Doberman Pinschers 2, English Springer Spaniels 4, Field Spaniels 1, German Shepherd Dogs 3, German Wirehaired Pointers 1, Giant Schnauzers 1, Glen of Imaal Terriers 1, Golden Retrievers 17, Icelandic Sheepdogs 1, Irish Red & White Setters 2, Irish Setters 2, Labrador Retrievers 14, Lagotti Romagnoli 1, Lowchens 1, Miniature American Shepherds 4, Miniature Schnauzers 4, Nederlandse Kooikerhondje 1, Norfolk Terriers 1, Norwegian Elkhounds 1, Norwich Terriers 2, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers 3, Papillons 19, Parson Russell Terriers 3, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 10, Pointers 1, Pomeranians 4, Poodles 12, Poodles (Miniature) 1, Poodles (Standard) 2, Poodles (Toy) 2, Portuguese Water Dogs 6, Pugs 1, Rat Terriers 2, Retrievers (Curly-Coated) 1, Rhodesian Ridgebacks 1, Rottweilers 5, Russell Terriers 1, Schipperkes 1, Scottish Terriers 1, Shetland Sheepdogs 29, Shiba Inu 1, Siberian Huskies 1, Sussex Spaniels 1, Toy Fox Terriers 1, Vizslas 2, Weimaraners 1, Welsh Springer Spaniels 1, Welsh Terriers 1, West Highland White Terriers 2, Wirehaired Pointing Griffons 1, Yorkshire Terriers 2.

Agility entries by state: Arizona 4, California 18, Colorado 1, Connecticut 31, Delaware 4, Florida 2, Georgia 1, Illinois 6, Indiana 1, Kansas 1, Louisiana 2, Massachusetts 20, Maryland 6, Michigan 2, North Carolina 4, New Hampshire 11, New Jersey 81, New Mexico 2, New York 75, Ohio 12, Pennsylvania 27, Rhode Island 2, South Carolina 1, Tennessee 2, Texas 3, Virginia 9, Vermont 2, Washington 1.

Judges: Ms. Kitty Bradley of Boulder, CO and Mr. Nalle Jannson, Röke, Sweden.

Inaugural Masters Obedience Championship at Westminster Entries

 

Obedience Entries by Breed (34): Belgian Tervuren 2, Border Collies 4, Doberman Pinschers 1, German Shepherd Dogs 2, German Shorthaired Pointers 1, Golden Retrievers 13, Labrador Retrievers 4, Papillons 1, Pomeranians 1, Poodles (Toy) 1, Rottweilers 1, Shetland Sheepdogs 2, Standard Schnauzers 1.

Obedience Entries by State (17): California 2, Connecticut 1, Florida 1, Georgia 1, Illinois 2, Louisiana 1, Maryland 4, Michigan 2, North Dakota 1, New Jersey 5, New York 3, Ohio 5, Pennsylvania 1, South Carolina 2, Tennessee 1, Wisconsin 1, Washington 1.

Judge: Ms. Sharon Ann Redmer of Whitmore Lake, MI.

 

All entry counts are subject to final audit.

 

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