Difference Between AKC and NKC (with Table)

There are many registries of dogs in the United States. Some of these register only the pure breed of dogs and some of these register all the breeds of dogs.

The two such clubs are the American Kennel Club or AKC and the National Kennel Club or NKC. They are the two of the most prestigious kennel clubs in the United States.

The difference between AKC and NKC is that the American Kennel Club or the AKC registers only the pure breed of dogs whereas the National Kennel Club or the NKC registers all breeds of dogs.

The American Kennel Club is strict in the case of registration of the pure breed of dogs whereas the National Kennel Club is not that strict and particular in the case of registering the dogs under it.

Comparison Table Between AKC and NKC

Parameters of ComparisonAKCNKC
DefinitionAKC is a registry in the United States that registers only the pure breed dogs.NKC is a registry in the United States that registers all the breeds of dogs.
AuthenticityDogs registered are authentic and tested.Dogs registered are neither authentic nor tested.
Founded It was founded in the year 1884.It was founded in the year 1969.
StrictnessAKC is very strict in registering the dogs.NKC is not so strict in registering the dogs.
AncestryAncestry of the dogs registered under AKC are authentic and validated.Ancestry of the dogs registered under NKC are not authentic and validated.

What is AKC

AKC or the American Kennel Club is a registry in the United States that registers only the pure breed dogs. The dogs registered under American Kennel Club are more authentic than the dogs registered under the National Kennel Club.

The American Kennel Club registers only the pure breed of dogs. It is extremely strict and particular about the proof of a particular dog that belongs to a certain pedigree. It was founded in the year 1884. It is the largest non-profit purebred club of dogs in the world.

The American Kennel Club registers every dog’s parents and are also registered as the authentic purebreds of the AKC. According to this, the next generation will also get registered in the AKC as they are guaranteed to be the purebreds with their parents being registered in the AKC.

Despite not being a member of the World Canine Organization, the AKC promotes and organizes one of the best dog shows in the United States. The annual dog show organized by the AKC since it was found is the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

Other dog shows organized by the American Kennel Club are the National Dog show and the Eukanuba National Championship. The main reason behind these dog shows is to make purebred dogs a companion of the family.

These shows by American Kennel Club also help in promoting the health of canines and also helps in protecting the rights of the dogs and their owners. It also helps in improving the responsibility of the owners of the dogs towards their dogs.

American Kennel Club

What is NKC

NKC or the National Kennel Club is a registry in the United States that registers all breeds of dogs under it. The National Kennel Club was founded in the year 1969 and was named as the ‘paper mill’ dog registry.

The registered dogs are not that authentic as they have no strictness while registering the dogs. This dog club registers any type of dog of any pedigree. Due to this reason, the dogs registered under the NKC cannot easily enter the dog shows organized by the AKC.

The dogs registered under the National Kennel Club have not been properly tested the authenticity of their DNA and also, there is no such verification about the ancestry of the dog which it belongs to.

As the dogs registered under the National Kennel Club are not authentic, registers any dog of any breed and are not even strict about the validation of the dog’s ancestry, the National Kennel Club was named as the ‘paper mill’ registry for registering any breed of dog.

The National Kennel Club needs to do a little paperwork but still it is not particular with the proof of the dog’s pedigree. The NKC also registers the parents of the dogs that are not purebreds.

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Main Differences Between AKC and NKC

  1. The American Kennel Club registers only the pure breed dogs whereas the National Kennel Club registers all the breeds of dogs.
  2. The AKC was founded in the year 1884 whereas the NKC was founded in the year 1969.
  3. The dogs registered under the AKC are authentic and tested whereas the dogs registered under the NKC are not authentic and tested.
  4. The AKC is very strict in the registration of the dogs whereas the NKC is not very strict in the registration of the dogs.
  5. The ancestry of the dogs registered under the AKC are authentic and validated whereas the ancestry of the dogs registered under the NKC are not authentic and validated.

Conclusion

The American Kennel Club and the National Kennel Club are the two most prestigous dog clubs registry in the United States. Both of them are very different from each other in terms of registration of the dogs.

The American Kennel Club registers only the pure breed of dogs. On the other hand, the National Kennel Club registers all the breed types of the dogs.

The dogs registered under the American Kennel Club are authentic and tested. On the other hand, the dogs registered under the National Kennel Club are not authentic and tested.

This is the reason why dogs of the National Kennel Club cannot easily join the dog shows organized by the American Kennel Club.

The American Kennel Club also registers the parents of the pure breed dogs registered under it and they are also authentic and tested. On the other hand, the National Kennel Club registers parents of the dogs registered under it and they are also not authentic and tested.

References

  1. https://www.tierschutz.vetsuisse.unibe.ch/unibe/portal/fak_vetmedizin/c_dept_dcr-vph/e_inst_tierschutz/content/e191756/e191761/e753472/e753497/DissertationStoll_ger_eng.pdf#page=13
  2. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1046/j.1365-2052.2003.01074.x