AKC Announces Royal Canin’s Sponsorship Of AKC Registered Handlers Program

  • January 24, 2018
  • Press Release - The American Kennel Club

AKC Announces Royal Canin’s Sponsorship Of  AKC Registered Handlers Program


New York, NY – The American Kennel Club® (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that Royal Canin®, a global pet nutrition brand known worldwide for feeding champion dogs for 50 years, will be the new sponsor of the AKC Registered Handlers Program (RHP). The RHP strives to maintain high standards and integrity among professional handlers within the sport of purebred dogs.


“We appreciate Royal Canin’s dedication to dogs and, with their assistance, we look forward to adding resources to the AKC Registered Handlers Program which establishes criteria and standards for responsible, knowledgeable professional handlers," said Timothy Thomas, Vice President, Dog Show Judges. “Royal Canin's invaluable support allows us to conduct critical events that promote the longevity of the sport and help grow dog shows, like our Junior Showmanship and adult handling clinics run by RHP members.”


For 50 years, Royal Canin has been focused on making the most precise and effective nutrition for dogs based on breed, size, age and lifestyle. The brand is a long-time sponsor of the AKC and its programs, including the Breeder of Merit Program, Breeder Education Network, the Breeder Newsletter, as well as being the title sponsor of the largest dog show in North America, the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin.


“Purebred dogs are at the heart of our company. Like the AKC, we share a commitment to quality dogs and the sport of purebreds,” said Jason Taylor, National PRO Sales Director for Royal Canin. “Professional Handlers play a vital role in the sport of purebred dogs and have long been recognized as experts on breeds, training, as well as presenting them in the show ring.  We are pleased to add our endorsement and support for the AKC Registered Handlers Program.”


The AKC Registered Handlers Program establishes criteria and standards for responsible, knowledgeable professional handlers. All handlers enrolled in the Program have made the commitment to follow the guidelines and Code of Ethics as set forth by the AKC. Learn more about the program here.





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Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club 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.

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Royal Canin USA is a leader in science-based cat and dog health nutrition. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has more than 40 years of experience in delivering individualized nutritional solutions. In collaboration with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin places cats and dogs at the central point of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets based on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and pet specialty stores nationwide. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcanin.us.