National Purebred Dog Day is celebrated May 1st in honor of purebred dogs and their heritage and diversity. We celebrate the pureness and the predictability of purebred dogs. We celebrate their legacy and the reasons why they were bred in the first place.
This day is an opportunity to talk about responsible pet ownership and to hear stories told by purebred dog owners. We love all dogs and we value their love, but we also need to value and cherish the purpose and predictability of purebred dogs. Today, in the World, there are 400 known dog breeds. Many of these dog breeds are facing extinction. Around 28 Irish and British dog breeds have declining numbers in their own countries of origin.
Historically, dogs were bred for companionship but also for work. Some dogs went hunting, others herded livestock, some of them were service and guide dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs.
Throughout time, purebred dogs have been a big help in science. Dogs have been part of research studies for many animals and human diseases.
Purebred dog breeders, respectable ones, are the people that are caring the torch and the legacy for preserving the purity of the breed and for every next litter of pups to be healthy and happy. Respectable dog breeders also care where their dogs go. They research their new owners and if they don’t fit, they can’t have the puppy.
- On March 10, 2015, Colorado became the first state in the country to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day® by joint resolution of the House and the Senate, and with the endorsement of the American Kennel Club. Since then, the States of Connecticut and Georgia have also recognized the day. In 2017, United States Congressmen and veterinarians, Ted Yoho (R-FL), Ralph Abraham (R-LA) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced a Congressional Resolution (H. CON. RES. 46) in support of designating a “National Purebred Dog Day,” an effort driven by the American Kennel Club.
Read more about National Purebred Dog Day HERE.
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