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American Kennel Club Introduces New #AKCDOGSTARS for 2021

Popular pups mix fun and education to promote dog sports and responsible dog ownership.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The American Kennel Club (AKC) announces the newest members of #AKCDogStars, an Instagram influencer program. This educational program aims to spread information about dog sports and responsible dog ownership while also capturing the realities of these dog’s lives both inside the ring and out.

“Since the launch of #AKCDogStar last year, we’ve received such engaging and positive responses from followers all over the country and from around the world,” said AKC Executive Secretary Gina DiNardo. “Many individuals are amazed at how the canines exceed society’s perceptions of their respective breeds. This year, we wanted to keep the momentum going by selecting canine influencers who continue to defy all expectations while they strive for excellence and have fun doing it.”

The second wave of influencers include: Solo & Luna (Beaucerons), Bauer (Golden Retriever), Kirby (Brussels Griffon), and Dash (Border Collie). These four influential canines participate in a wide range of dog sports from Rally to Dock Diving to Agility and even some Barn Hunt! Each dog is busting myths about their breed and demystifying the world of AKC dog sports for their followers.

The group of participants featured a Cane Corso, German Pinscher, Basset Hound, two Border Terriers, and two Old English Sheepdogs, all of which leveraged the power of social media to spread excitement and education on different dog sports and training.

Follow #AKCDogStars and @americankennelclub to learn about these AKC ambassadors!

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