The American Kennel Club is the biggest registry of pure bred dogs in the United States of America. They recognize a smaller number of breeds than does the FCI.
|Non-Profit of For Profit?||Non-Profit|
|FCI Member club?||No - But there is a Letter of Understanding between the AKC and the FCI.|
|Issues Pedigrees for Imported Dogs?||Not if they already possess a pedigree.|
For foreign born dogs to be registered with the AKC, the AKC accepts pedigrees from approved international kennel clubs. These pedigrees allow imported, foreign born dogs to be registered with the AKC. It also allows for breeding with AKC registered dogs, and allows for the dogs offspring to also be registered with the AKC and be issued AKC pedigrees.
The AKC has a Letter of Understanding (aka a Reciprocity Agreement) with the FCI that allows dogs with AKC pedigrees to show and breed in all FCI member countries. The AKC is not an FCI Member Club. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and The Kennel Club (of the UK) also have Reciprocity Agreements with the FCI so that dogs with their pedigrees can also be shown and bred in all FCI Member Countries.
When it comes to rare breed dogs that are not AKC recognized, there is the AKC Foundation Stock Service.