The American Kennel Club (AKC®), a not-for-profit organization, the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, announced the formation of the AKC Purebred Preservation Bank, a 501 C3, not-for-profit canine genetic material repository primarily focused on frozen semen.
The mission of the AKC Purebred Preservation Bank (AKCPPB) is to ensure the viability of purebred dogs both now and in the future, particularly in low population breeds.
While coordinating efforts with non-profit breed-specific clubs, the AKCPPB will educate breeders, clubs, and the public about the importance of safeguarding frozen semen and protecting purebred dog breeds for future decades.
The project began in 2021, with the recommendation from AKC’s President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung that AKC explore establishing a frozen semen program which would increase gene pools, ensure saving of quality producers, and make it easy for each Parent Club to take this step for their breed.
There is no cost to the owner/ donor or Parent Club to donate genetic material.
“The preservation of purebred dogs is at the core of the AKC’s mission,” said Dr. Charles Garvin, chairman of the AKCPPB. “Preserving the genetic materials of our dogs, via frozen semen, will undoubtedly prove valuable for breed preservation, reducing the risk of extinction in breeds with lower popularity and allow us to do the important work of improving our breeds. The AKC is pleased to offer this valuable service and look forward to the many ways it will enhance the legacy of our beloved breeds.”
Preservation of genetic material is not just for the breeds with lower-than-average levels of breeding activity.
Any breed could be susceptible to genetic bottlenecks or difficulties as the discovery of new diseases emerges or other crises arise.
Storing diverse genetic material could address unknown future health concerns and rejuvenate breeding programs.
To learn more about the AKCPPB, visit: www.akcppb.org.