AKC Family Dog

AKC Family Dog The American Kennel Club's official magazine for all things canine! Subscribe here! http://www.akc.org/pubs/familydog/

From hands-on training techniques to solving common behavior problems to inspiring and entertaining stories about our canine pals, the experts at the AKC will help you provide the best care for your best friend. AKC Family Dog is the lifestyle magazine for today's busy families who want to enjoy the most rewarding, mutually happy relationship with their special dog.

Show your appreciation of your Chihuahua by posting a picture!
05/14/2019

Show your appreciation of your Chihuahua by posting a picture!

Love all the Chihuahuas ❤️

05/08/2019

What says "adventure" for you and your dog?

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05/07/2019

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AKC Family Dog's cover photo
05/07/2019

AKC Family Dog's cover photo

Measles outbreaks are all over the news these days. How much of a risk does the disease pose to your canine companions?#...
05/06/2019
Can Dogs Get Measles? – American Kennel Club

Measles outbreaks are all over the news these days. How much of a risk does the disease pose to your canine companions?

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With outbreaks of measles on the rise in the United States, people are understandably concerned, This has many pet owners asking: can dogs get measles?

Today we celebrate those never-say-die dogs and the people who love them. Do you have a dog who needs a little extra hel...
05/03/2019

Today we celebrate those never-say-die dogs and the people who love them. Do you have a dog who needs a little extra help? Please share a picture and, if you'd like, tell us a little bit about your story.

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Sharing was turned off......sorry!! You can post your babies now and we'll share them on our page!!

05/01/2019
Dog Save the Queen

Our Queen is one of rare works of art at the AKC Museum of the Dog. She needs a little TLC, and that's where you can come in.

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Do you share your life with purebred dogs? If so, today's the day to shout about it—National Purebred Dog Day. So join...
05/01/2019

Do you share your life with purebred dogs? If so, today's the day to shout about it—National Purebred Dog Day. So join Boca the Leonberger and pal Stazy, a Bulldog, in lifting your voice in a great cheer. And remember to post a picture of your beautiful dogs.

Thank you, reader Apryl Polster, for providing this sweet image.

The latest from DWAA's Young Writers on the Web program.
04/30/2019
Dog Writers Association of America

The latest from DWAA's Young Writers on the Web program.

Did you know DWAA has a Young Writers on the Web program?

Writers who are under 18 years old are encouraged to submit stories about dogs for possible publication on a special section of the DWAA website, and potentially in our newsletter Ruff Drafts as space allows.

We’re thrilled that experienced journalist and editor Mara Bovsun, features editor at AKC Family Dog, will edit submissions and work with young writers to help polish them for publication. The chance to work with a professional of Mara’s caliber is a fantastic opportunity for budding writers!

Moreover, articles published by the program will be eligible as entries for DWAA’s annual writing competition. This is great news since Karen Petit, a prolific author of children’s books, sponsors a special award just for writers under 18 years old! It’s a wonderful chance to receive recognition and win $400!

Here's our latest article from 12-year-old writer, Jayson Kimberly:

The latest from the Dog Writers Association of America Young Writers program, a story of hope, love, and the importance ...
04/29/2019
Dog Writers Association of America

The latest from the Dog Writers Association of America Young Writers program, a story of hope, love, and the importance of keeping promises.

Did you know DWAA has a Young Writers on the Web program?

Writers who are under 18 years old are encouraged to submit stories about dogs for possible publication on a special section of the DWAA website, and potentially in our newsletter Ruff Drafts as space allows.

We’re thrilled that experienced journalist and editor Mara Bovsun, features editor at AKC Family Dog, will edit submissions and work with young writers to help polish them for publication. The chance to work with a professional of Mara’s caliber is a fantastic opportunity for budding writers!

Moreover, articles published by the program will be eligible as entries for DWAA’s annual writing competition. This is great news since Karen Petit, a prolific author of children’s books, sponsors a special award just for writers under 18 years old! It’s a wonderful chance to receive recognition and win $400!

Here's our latest article from 12-year-old writer, Jayson Kimberly:

Today, AKC's agility stars will compete in the first Premier Cup. Do you have a dog who enjoys agility? Show us a pictur...
04/25/2019

Today, AKC's agility stars will compete in the first Premier Cup. Do you have a dog who enjoys agility? Show us a picture!

This is Romeo, a little dog with a big talent for the sport. Read more about him in the current issue of AKC Family Dog magazine. Thank you, reader Barbara Deal for sharing this photo.

Do you agree?
04/24/2019

Do you agree?

i am only powerful (sometimes) when i have treats in my pocket

Show us your Easter bunnies!
04/19/2019

Show us your Easter bunnies!

“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men," said the lead researcher ...
04/16/2019
A Dog's Fur Contains Fewer Harmful Germs than a Man's Beard

“On the basis of these findings, dogs can be considered as clean compared with bearded men," said the lead researcher on a surprising new study.

What do you think?

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Dogs shed fewer microbes during medical scanning than do bearded men

Just a little something to lighten the mood on this, the cruelest day of the cruelest month of the year.
04/15/2019

Just a little something to lighten the mood on this, the cruelest day of the cruelest month of the year.

Happy tax day!

It's National Pet Day. Show us a picture of the wonderful animals in your life.
04/11/2019

It's National Pet Day. Show us a picture of the wonderful animals in your life.

Can you relate?#AKCFamilyDog
04/10/2019

Can you relate?

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It's Tongue-Out-Tuesday, say dogs on staff Emily and Cleah.Post a picture of your dogs observing this canine-centric wee...
04/09/2019

It's Tongue-Out-Tuesday, say dogs on staff Emily and Cleah.

Post a picture of your dogs observing this canine-centric weekly ritual.

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Your Friday SmileThe blaze destroyed almost everything in the building, except the will of one plucky pup.#AKCFamilyDog
04/05/2019
Couple reunited with dog feared lost to massive Brooklyn blaze

Your Friday Smile
The blaze destroyed almost everything in the building, except the will of one plucky pup.
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A Brooklyn couple whose home was destroyed in a fire on Wednesday was reunited with their beloved dog Thursday morning after the pooch miraculously survived the inferno. Minnea Lin and her husband,…

04/04/2019
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A puppy shares a little sunshine, as dogs do every day of their lives.

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Just dropping by to bring you a little sunshine! 😍☀️

04/03/2019

Dogs and Ponies Show
The inaugural AKC Agility Premier Cup will bring top canine and equine athletes together for the first time. The agility competition will be run in conjunction with the Longines Masters of New York on Thursday, April 25, at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The nation’s top 60 AKC agility teams have been invited to compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes. The Longines Masters attracts the world’s top-ranked equestrians and an international audience of horse enthusiasts, as well as celebrities from the arts, fashion, and business. Premier Cup highlights will be aired on AKC.TV, available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV.

Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.com/akc-agility-premier-…/…/2608380

Meet Poppy! This do-it-all dog just happens to be a Basset Hound!#AKCFamilyDog
04/02/2019
Dog Star of the Month: Poppy the Athletic Basset Hound

Meet Poppy! This do-it-all dog just happens to be a Basset Hound!

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Karen Prichard and her Basset Hound, Poppy, are out to prove that all dog breeds can be athletic and participate in dog sports.

News Flash: AKC is bringing a new breed into its fold! Meet the Pouchie.Thank you to our colleagues at AKC Gazette for b...
04/01/2019

News Flash: AKC is bringing a new breed into its fold! Meet the Pouchie.

Thank you to our colleagues at AKC Gazette for bringing us the latest from the fancy.

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AKC Announces New Breed

The American Kennel Club is proud to announce the addition of a new breed to the Terrier Group, effective April 1. The Silver-Coated Pouch Terrier is known for his hardy constitution and characteristically “wobbly” but surprisingly efficient movement, capable of tremendous reach and drive. Like so many breeds, the history of the SCPT is lost in the mists of time, but we know that his association with humans reaches back to antiquity. His lush, silver-sable double coat needs only minimal maintenance, requiring a bath only about once a year or whenever he becomes smelly. A defining characteristic of the breed is his gently rounded (though not roached) back, with his long, somewhat hairless tail carried low and continuing the graceful curve of the topline. The tail is traditionally undocked.

Fanciers especially praise the breed for ease in puppy-raising, as the dams have a habit of carrying the litter around with them in the female’s unique abdominal pouch until the pups are ready to go to their new homes. Like most terriers, the “Pouchie” (as he is known by his adoring fans) can be fierce as needed when confronting his prey, but otherwise he is very docile and largely goes about minding his own business at a slow pace, so he makes a wonderful companion for the owner with a more sedentary lifestyle. The breed is also well suited to owners with insomnia, as the Pouchie tends to enjoy activity during the night and into the wee hours of the morning.

With the breed’s stubbornness and independence, training can be a challenge, and a lack of response to sensory signals such as bright oncoming lights can cause frustration for the trainer. The breed is not recommended for the agility aficionado; although they are excellent climbers and manage the A-frame with astounding skill, they seem incapable of jumping even the smallest of hurdles.

The Pouchie comports himself well in the show ring, although as outlined in the standard judges should note that the bite is not to be examined, and the breed is not to be sparred. Experienced exhibitors know to always remember that if the Pouchie feels threatened he may suddenly collapse in the ring and will resist any attempts to get him to resume the down-and-back or whatever else he was supposed to be doing. If this occurs, it is recommended that the steward have the exhibitor gently drag the entry to a safe location outside the ring. It will also be the steward’s job to reassure any spectators or novice exhibitors who may be alarmed at the Pouchie's apparent lifeless state that he will in fact be OK in several hours.

Please join us in welcoming this handsome and highly adaptable breed to the Terrier Group.

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(Edited to update (4/2): Sorry, but despite his many charms, the SCPT will not actually be joining the Terrier Group anytime soon ... the above post was created in fun for April 1.)

Opossum image courtesy Rob Goodwin

It's official: Tennessee has a state dog—the Bluetick Coonhound!
03/27/2019
Bluetick Coonhound named official Tennessee state dog

It's official: Tennessee has a state dog—the Bluetick Coonhound!

Tennessee lawmakers officially made the Bluetick Coonhound the state dog of Tennessee, following decades of association between the breed and the state thanks to

Happy Puppy Day from the Bulldog Club of America.Show us your Bulldog puppies!
03/23/2019

Happy Puppy Day from the Bulldog Club of America.
Show us your Bulldog puppies!

It’s #NationalPuppyDay!!
Flood your Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with photos celebrating your beautiful Bulldog puppies!

03/23/2019
American Kennel Club

It's National Puppy Day. Time to howl!

Show us your pups!

It's one of our favorite holidays! 🎉
How are you celebrating National Puppy Day?

For the 28th year, the Labrador Retriever has topped the list of AKC's most popular breeds. Show us your lovely Labbies....
03/21/2019
Labrador Retrievers Rank Most Popular for 28th Straight Year

For the 28th year, the Labrador Retriever has topped the list of AKC's most popular breeds. Show us your lovely Labbies.

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For a record 28th straight year, the Labrador Retriever reigns supreme on the American Kennel Club registry list, a record no other breed has seen.

It's spring. Time to smell the flowers.
03/21/2019

It's spring. Time to smell the flowers.

Happy First Day of Spring! Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather!

Arthur Wardle
"Terriers and Butterflies"
20th Century
Oil Painting

How does your dog measure up?
03/19/2019
AKC.TV Presents - Top 10 Smartest Dogs | AKC.TV

How does your dog measure up?

Dogs can be smart in different ways: a breed with an acute and well ­honed ability to work will be quick to learn how to do its job. A good owner will understand his dog's natural traits, quick study or slow and steady, to bring out his dog's natural smarts. Border Collie, Poodle, German Shepherd, ...

03/15/2019

What are your best remedies for diarrhea? Some of your answers may appear in the upcoming issue of AKC Family Dog.

03/15/2019

What's on your schedule for the St. Patrick's Day weekend? Dog shows? Training? Hanging out?

It's National Napping Day. Show us how your dogs are celebrating.#AKCFamilyDog
03/11/2019

It's National Napping Day. Show us how your dogs are celebrating.

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03/08/2019

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AKC Family Dog's cover photo
03/08/2019

AKC Family Dog's cover photo

What's that about old dogs? Here's an obedience champ who is showing that a gray muzzle is no reason to stop learning an...
03/06/2019
Meet the Oldest Dog in the AKC National Obedience Championship

What's that about old dogs? Here's an obedience champ who is showing that a gray muzzle is no reason to stop learning and competing.

What tricks have you taught your old dog recently?

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More than half of the dogs competing in the National Obedience Championship are considered seniors. We sat down with the oldest dog, 11-year-old Bet.

Shorty the Pug can's stand being away from Marc, his favorite human. But when it's impossible for this senior dog to com...
03/05/2019
Senior Dog with Separation Anxiety Finds Comfort and Cuddles in Mannequin Dressed Like His Dad

Shorty the Pug can's stand being away from Marc, his favorite human. But when it's impossible for this senior dog to come along, he happily snuggles into the arms of a mannequin who resembles his person.

How do you help your dog cope with home-alone time?

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Shorty used to be inconsolable when his dad Marc was away, now he cuddles up to Farc (Fake-Marc) the mannequin.

Ancient roots of the ageless struggle. Can you relate?#AKCFamilyDog
03/04/2019

Ancient roots of the ageless struggle. Can you relate?

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In the endless quest for a graceful way to perform the grossest of chores—poop scooping—one inventor came up with th...
02/28/2019

In the endless quest for a graceful way to perform the grossest of chores—poop scooping—one inventor came up with the idea of attaching the bag to the dog.

What methods do you use for cleaning up after your pet? The best answers may be included in a story in the magazine.

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This is the climbing wall at a gym in Athens, Georgia. Would you try to scale this pup?#AKCFamilyDog
02/28/2019

This is the climbing wall at a gym in Athens, Georgia. Would you try to scale this pup?

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Check out the climbing wall of UGA at a gym in Athens GA

We think they hit all the major points? What do you think?#AKCFamilyDog
02/25/2019

We think they hit all the major points? What do you think?

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