National Purebred Dog Day

A regally posed purebred dog, wearing a fancy collar, showcasing its distinct breed, in a lush park setting..
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Yip, Yap, Yowl! It's National Purebred Dog Day, a day of robust cuteness and regal austerity. It's when we treasure our purebred pals, giving those pedigrees the recognition they deserve.

When is Purebred Dog Day?

It's national purebred dog day on the 1st May.


It's time to fetch your favorite pet photos because on National Purebred Dog Day, we're taking a delightful paws...oops, pause...from our busy lives to celebrate our pedigree pets, the pampered poodles, brave bulldogs and charming collies who've captured our hearts.

Tale of the Tail

Based on digital chatter that we've sniffed out, we detected a rather whopping 2375 mentions of National Purebred Dog Day online. That's a lot of barking! Clearly we all love talking about our purebred pooches. The most mentions were on 1st May 2017 when the internet practically wagged its own tail with purebred doggy delight.

Paw-some History

Celebrated globally, this fur-filled day is designed to value and appreciate the diversity, heritage, and predictability of purebred dogs. But it's not all just puppy love - purebred dogs can serve in frontline roles, such as police dogs or guide dogs, so their contribution is more than just looking cool in a dog show or acting as an adorable doorstop.

Hounds of Honor

This day also paws...erm, pays tribute to purebred dogs for their role in history. From faithful companions to royal households, to the smallest of lapdogs captivated by the world's greatest fashionistas, they've had their paw prints embedded on the timeline of human history.

History behind the term 'Purebred Dog'


The recognition of purebred dogs.

In 1873, the National Dog Show was held in New York City, marking the first time purebred dogs were celebrated and recognized in a major event. This event brought attention to the importance of pedigrees and the preservation of specific dog breeds.


The foundation of the American Kennel Club.

In 1877, the American Kennel Club (AKC) was established, becoming the first national organization dedicated to purebred dog breeds. The AKC's mission was to register and maintain the pedigrees of purebred dogs, as well as promote responsible breeding and dog shows.


Purebred dogs at the World's Columbian Exposition.

The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, showcased various aspects of American culture. One of the highlights was the dog show, which served as a platform for displaying and appreciating purebred dogs from different breeds. This event further popularized the concept of purebred dogs among the general public.

Early 20th century

The rise of kennel clubs and breed standards.

During the early 20th century, kennel clubs around the world started to emerge, each focusing on specific dog breeds. These clubs played a crucial role in refining breed standards, which outlined the ideal characteristics and physical traits for each breed. Breed standards became important benchmarks for judging purebred dogs in dog shows.


The founding of the World Canine Organization.

In 1946, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), also known as the World Canine Organization, was established in Belgium. The FCI set out to promote and protect purebred dog breeds on an international level, coordinating the efforts of national kennel clubs worldwide. Today, the FCI recognizes and classifies hundreds of dog breeds across different countries.

Modern era

Purebred dogs in popular culture and controversies.

In the modern era, purebred dogs continue to have a significant presence in popular culture. They are often featured in movies, advertisements, and as beloved pets of celebrities. However, the concept of purebred dogs has also faced certain controversies, including concerns about genetic health issues and the ethics of extreme selective breeding. Efforts are being made to promote responsible breeding practices and ensure the overall well-being of purebred dogs.

Did you know?

Did you know that purebred dogs are divided into eight major groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding, and Foundation Stock Service Group. How's that for some trivia to chew on?


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First identified

26th April 2015

Most mentioned on

1st May 2017

Total mentions


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