The Results Are In!

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On March 20, 2019, American Kennel Club released the Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2018, ranked by registration.  For a record 28th year, the Labrador Retriever has remained in the country’s Top Ten most popular breeds, while the German Shorthaired Pointer continues to make its climb up to the top.   

Check out the full list of AKC’s Most Popular Dog Breeds of 2018 (2019) here.  Find another informative article about the rankings, the Labrador Retriever,  and “Other Movers and Shakers” here!

Promoting Reading Engagement Through Our New AKC B.A.R.K Program (Be A Reading Kid)

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In honor of Read Across America Day on March 2, we have launched our AKC B.A.R.K Program (Be A Reading Kid).  What better time to share our love of reading and dogs through this new and exciting reading program for children of all ages!  This program aims to encourage children to read, specifically with a dog.  Children can read to their own dog or locate a dog in their area through an online database.  This is a great opportunity for children to feel more comfortable around dogs and form a special canine bond.  How does the program work?

  • Participants read a book of their choosing to a dog.
  • Parents submit the number of hours read, along with any other required information.
  • AKC Public Education tracks the information and provides incentives to participants to recognize them for hours read.

We would love to grow our blog readers, so please share this blog post with your network.  Be sure to check back for updates about the AKC B.A.R.K Program!

Introducing New Lesson Plans for Teachers

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Happy Monday to our AKC Public Education Blog Followers!  We thank you for your continued support of our blog.  We appreciate you!

We have recently added FOUR new lesson plans to our Educator Resources page:

K-2: Heredity of Dogs and Plants

3-5: Opinion Writing: Let’s Get a Dog!

6-8: Famous Dog Breeds in Television and Movies

9-12: Mathematical Modeling with Dog Food Brands

Our lessons are created by educators, standards-based, and revolve around dogs!  We encourage teachers to utilize the lessons and share their experiences teaching them in their classrooms.  Teachers can then enter for a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift card, here!  Please reach out to us with any questions at

Please share our blog with your network, and be sure to check back for new posts!


AKC Public Education Takes on Social Media

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Please help us welcome our new Facebook page! We are very excited to now offer a place where we can continue to share all of our upcoming programs and events! We are also excited to have a place where we can create discussions with our followers and can continue our public outreach.

How do you follow our fabulous page?
1. Go to Facebook and search for the American Kennel Club’s main page
2. Locate the “Groups” section on the left hand side of the page
3. Locate the “Learn about Dogs with AKC Education” and click join group!

We hope to see you there!

Lesson Plans for Teachers

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Good Morning!

First I would like to introduce myself, My name is Meredith Saraceno and I am the new Public Education Manager. I have worked at the AKC for 4 years and have been in the Education department for 2 years. I am excited to be part of the wonderful programs we currently have as well as creating new ones too!

I wanted to take the time in this post to highlight our Lesson Plans which are located on our website at: . If you know of a teacher in your area, or are a teacher yourself, these are great lessons to use in your classroom. They are all aligned to national standards and are all about dogs! We have three brand new lessons to share and they are updated monthly, so be sure to check back.

K-2 Math: Learning Subtraction through Hardworking Puppies
6-8 Science: Learning about Energy through Canine Sports
9-12 Social Studies: Digging Deep into the History of Guide Dogs

Of course there is a bonus to using these lessons in the classroom. If you or a teacher you know, teaches one of our lessons in their classroom, they can be entered to win an Amazon Gift card! Check out the official rules here:

Be sure to check back on this blog for more fun updates from the AKC Public Education Team!

Helping Teachers


Most people have been lucky enough to have had many great teachers. Many remember their teachers well into their adult years and some credit their teachers for their success in their higher education and careers.

American Kennel Club values teachers and the contribution they make to the lives of children all over the country.

Three teachers will win a $100 Amazon gift card! To participate, teachers must utilize a lesson plan from the AKC’s Educator Resources page found here and email a photo (or photos) of themselves teaching students engaged in the lesson plan to

Participants must enter by November 9, 2018. To find out more about this contest, click here.

If you know a teacher that could use a $100 Amazon gift card in their classroom, please share this with them. AKC Public Education will continue to work hard to engage, facilitate, and convey to the general public the ongoing importance of the relationships between people and canines through education and outreach. We appreciate all of the teachers that partner with us!

Art Contest at AKC 2018 Responsible Dog Ownership Day

AKC Public Education is pleased to host the 2018 AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Art Contest at the 16th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day in Raleigh, North Carolina on September 8th.

Many wonderful entries from talented artists in grades kindergarten through twelve were received. The public has been invited to view the art displayed at the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building located at 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh, North Carolina.

Through this contest, children have the opportunity to celebrate their love of dogs. Many children chose to depict their own personal dog or one that has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, allowing them to share their special bond and their talent with a large audience.

Hosting an art contest at your event is an excellent way to engage the community and add an exciting new attraction to your event. You can find resources for hosting your own art contest here:

As always, please reach out to us with any questions at



About AKC Public Education

“Everything I know I learned from dogs.” – Nora Roberts

Public Education has existed on and off at American Kennel Club for many years. The Education department, formed in April 2017, consists of the AKC Canine College, Public Education (which moved under Education in June 2017) and Events Education.

The mission of the Public Education Department is to engage, facilitate, and convey to the general public the ongoing importance of the relationships between people and canines through education and outreach.

The vision of the Public Education Department is to advance the sport and the future of purebred dogs by enriching the experiences of our members, building our community, and promoting responsible dog ownership.

We accomplish our goals by creating programs that can be utilized by clubs, as well as the general public. Some of those programs include the AKC Patch Program, Canine Ambassadors, Educator Resources, AKC Canine Clubs and AKC Character Education.

We are consistently striving to improve our current initiatives and create new initiatives to further the sport and the future of purebred dogs.

We always welcome feedback. You may contact us any time at