AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB INFORMATION
The sport of purebred dog competitive events dates prior to 1884, the year of AKC's birth. Shared values of those involved in the sport include principles of sportsmanship. They are practiced in all sectors of our sport: conformation, performance and companion. Many believe that these principles of sportsmanship are the prime reason why our sport has thrived for over one hundred years.
The AKC and associate members, such as the TCKC, are dedicated to protecting the rights of all dog owners, promoting responsible dog ownership and ensuring that laws governing dog ownership and breeding are reasonable, enforceable and non-discriminatory.
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program is a two part program that is designed to (1) teach responsible dog ownership to owners and (2) certify dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable, well-behaved members of their families and communities. The TCKC offers obedience courses focusing on the CGC and testing opportunities for the community.