The Breeder of Merit program allows the AKC to celebrate dedicated, passionate breeders who truly are the backbone of the sport and the foundation of the organization.

A Breeder of Merit is committed to both improving their breed through health testing and selective breeding programs, and proving their breed through achievements in the ring and the field. They are special and will be emulated by new breeders entering the sport. Being a successful breeder does not come easy. Years of hard work, vision , and a willingness to do the right thing are required to be successful. 

To Achieve the Breeder of Merit designation, breeders should:

Certifiy that applicable health screens are performed on the sire and dam as recommended by the Parent Club.

Hold membership in an AKC club.

Have a history of at least 5 years involvement with AKC events.

Earn Conformation, Companion and/or Performance titles on at least 4 dogs they have bred/co-bred.

Demonstrate their commitment to ensuring 100% of the puppies they produce are AKC registered.