The AKC sanctions thousands of dog events each year, which generate significant economic benefits to local communities in addition to the millions of dollars AKC dog owners in Maine spend annually on their dogs.
The AKC conducts ongoing research regarding the economic impact of AKC events in localities throughout the state, as well as of AKC registered dogs in the state. Surveys demonstrate that exhibitors at AKC conformation dog shows spend an average of $685 per show weekend. This means spending by AKC dog show exhibitors for a show weekend could inject more than $1.7 million into the local economy.
Here are the statistics for the State of Maine over the past three years:
2015: AKC licensed and sanctioned 92 events in the state of Maine, in which more than 8,900 dogs participated.
2016: AKC licensed and sanctioned 93 events in the state of Maine, in which more than 8,400 dogs participated.
2017: AKC licensed and sanctioned 101 events in the state of Maine, in which more than 7,800 dogs participated.
And because AKC dog shows are an educational and family-friendly event, large spectator gates can generate additional revenues for cities and towns statewide.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) was established in 1884 to promote the study, breeding, exhibiting, and advancement of purebred dogs. The AKC represents more than 5,000 dog clubs nationally, including 31 clubs in the state of Maine.
For more information or information about the impact of dog shows in other states, visit the AKC Legislative Action Center (www.akcgr.org).
Source: AKC Government Relations Department