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May 1 Marks National Purebred Dog Day

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Approximately half of all dogs in the United States are purebred dogs whose breeds were developed to work alongside man as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, Conservation Dogs, military dogs, trackers, hunting dogs and herders – and always, to be companions, helpers, and the heartbeat of a family and home. To recognize those breeds, National Purebred Dog Day was established.

National Purebred Dog Day

While every dog should be valued whatever its ancestry, National Purebred Dog Day recognizes the 300+ distinct dog breeds and varieties recognized worldwide, each breed a “bit of history with a pulse,” each the legacy of the culture that created it for a reason.

Some of our breeds are in danger of extinction, such as the Skye Terrier which is outnumbered globally by Panda Bears.

From Lassie and Rin Tin Tin, to Uggie and Air Bud, from Marmaduke and Fred Basset, to Snoopy and Presidential pets, Bo, Barney, Fala and Laddie, purebred dogs have had a place in American history and culture.

Colorado Recognizes National Purebred Dog Day

On March 10, 2015, Colorado became the first state in America to recognize May 1 as National Purebred Dog Day.

State legislators voted on a joint resolution introduced by Rep. Polly Lawrence to mark a day that celebrates the diversity, heritage, predictability and contributions of the purebred dog.

National Purebred Dog Day has the endorsement of the American Kennel Club (AKC).

For more pet holidays, see our Pet Holiday calendar.

For More Information on National Purebred Dog Day

National Purebred Dog Day is May 1