NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida introduced House Congressional Resolution (H.Con Res. 170) to support National Purebred Dog Day.
"Everyone knows that if you want a friend in Washington DC, you should get a dog. They are loyal, loving, and fill us with great joy.
As a veterinarian for 30 years, I have seen all kinds of animals and breed of dogs. Purebred dogs possess traits that have been selected over hundreds, even thousands of years which enable them to perform certain tasks very well," Yoho said.
"It's the special characteristics in each individual breed—the German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Saint Bernards, and Border Collies, to name a few—that make them unique and that enrich all our lives. Because of their contributions and service to us, it is only fitting we set as side a day to give them the recognition they deserve. After all, they are man's best friend."
This resolution joins Senate Resolution 447, introduced earlier this year by Senator Thom Tillis, which designates May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day. The resolution highlights the crucial role that purebred dogs and breeders of purebred dogs have played in United States history and spotlights the many ways purebred dogs have served U.S. citizens as military working dogs, guide and service dogs, search and rescue dogs, disease detection dogs and more.
National Purebred Dog Day was originally created by Colorado fancier Susi Szeremy in 2013 as a way to increase awareness and celebrate all of the ways purebred dogs better our lives. Thousands of breeders and dog owners from across the United States celebrate purpose-bred dogs and the predictability of breeds during NPDD on all social media platforms.
"The American Kennel Club thanks Senator Tillis and the United States Congress for recognizing the importance of National Purebred Dog Day," said Dennis B. Sprung, AKC President and CEO. "Purebred dogs faithfully assist us in many important capacities and we greatly appreciate the dedicated and responsible breeders that have worked immensely hard to preserve and advance their breeds and responsible dog ownership."
Click here to view a copy of H Con. Res 170.
The American Kennel Club, founded in 1884, 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 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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