Certifying that their breeding stock is health tested in accordance with the recommendations of their breed’s National Breed Club.
Promising that they will pursue AKC provided or AKC approved continuing breeder education so that they stay educated on the best breeding practices, including advances in canine health.
Agreeing to comply with the AKC Care and Conditions Policy, including inspections by the AKC, and promising to share with AKC health testing and continuing education documentation.
Accepting responsibility for the health and well-being of the puppies they produce and for complying with all laws regarding the ownership and maintenance of dogs.
Upholding the AKC’s tradition of breeding purebred dogs that are happy and healthy
Our screening department comprehensively considers many aspects of a breeding program, focusing on five key areas:
Each key area is assessed individually and an assessment is also made on the program as a whole.
By working together as a community committed to transparency, education, and responsible practices, we can make a difference in the dog world – because we’re stronger together. Together, we can give our dogs the world they deserve.
Good Dog is on a mission to connect good with good to weed out the bad. In that pursuit, we have sought out and worked with some of the top academics and practitioners in the field to develop community standards, which are grounded in evidence-based research and backed by science. While there is no “one size fits all” for what makes a breeding program responsible, we are able to use our community standards to evaluate programs consistently. Every member of our community must pass our screening process and meet or exceed our community standards before joining Good Dog.