A Letter From the AKC President – Dennis Sprung

AKC President/CEO Dennis Sprung


Letter From the AKC President Dennis Sprung


Tis the season of gratitude and we have plenty to be grateful for. Each one of you should be very proud of your contributions to our sports. Whether it was exhibiting your beautiful dogs in the show ring, judging, or volunteering at club events, we are grateful for that. Your commitment and dedication to dogs has helped our beloved sports, and our breeds, continue to grow and thrive.

As we end this wonderful year, we look toward our 22nd AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, where we crown America’s newest champion and witness some of the excellence that is a result of responsible breeders with a passion for creating the best examples of their breeds. The AKC National Championship will be held at the Orlando Orange County Convention Center on December 17th and 18th. It is more than just a time to compete, it is an opportunity to gather and create new memories with friends.

During our annual Championship weekend, the event floor will be abuzz with activity featuring several of our sports. The AKC/Royal Canin National All-Breed Puppy and Junior Stakes will celebrate the next generation of puppies and juniors soon to become champions. The AKC Agility Invitational will highlight some of the finest dogs in the country that demonstrate incredible athleticism, and the AKC Obedience Classic will showcase dogs that are masters at executing commands. These events display the best and brightest of our canine athletes and we love to watch them display their talents.

If you are unable to attend the AKC National Championship in person but would love to keep up with all of the action, you have the option to enjoy the events from the comfort of your home. The National Championship Group judging and Best in Show, Puppy and Junior Stakes Groups and Best in Stakes, NOHS Groups and Finals, Best Bred-by-Exhibitor and Groups, as well as Junior competitions in Conformation, Obedience, Rally, and Agility, will be available on AKC.tv (available via your computer or smart phone, and on ROKU, Amazon Fire, and Apple TV) and live in our on-demand library for your viewing pleasure 24/7. Be sure to check AKC.tv for dates and times.

Our dog sport community is a family, and we are deeply grateful that you are a part of it. Your hard work and devotion to our breeds and our sports are key parts of what makes the AKC great. We wish you a happy, healthy, and peaceful Holiday Season and a prosperous and joyous New Year.

Our dog sport community is a family, and we are deeply grateful that you are a part of it.


AKC President/CEO Dennis Sprung portrait photo
Dennis Sprung, AKC President/CEO


  • 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 and mixed breed 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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