Fairly or not, homeowners insurance can be difficult to obtain for owners of certain breeds due to the negative publicity surrounding those breeds.  Starting in 2011, thanks to the American Kennel Club, the Hartford Insurance company is offering coverage to owners of AKC registered dogs who have met certain criteria that includes passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test.  From their press release:

“The Hartford and the AKC recognize the importance of responsible dog ownership. In support of this alliance, the Hartford will offer the program to owners of all AKC registered dogs. Owners with breeds historically ineligible for coverage may be eligible if they meet specific conditions demonstrating obedience and responsible dog ownership. This includes passing the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.

“We are pleased that The Hartford is leading the way to providing insurance for responsible families that own purebred dogs,” said AKC President and CEO Dennis Sprung. “By promoting the AKC Canine Good Citizen and S.T.A.R. Puppy programs, The Hartford is also assisting AKC stay true to its mission of helping families have positive relationships with their dogs.”

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. households own dogs and taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen test has become one of the most popular training programs offered by the AKC. As part of this program, dogs are required to pass a 10-step test, in a non-competitive environment, to evaluate the training and demeanor of the animal. The certification is also confirms that the dog is under the appropriate care of a veterinarian. Each year more than 40,000 dogs take the test nationwide. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program is designed to get puppies and their owners off to a positive start while building the foundation for responsible care and ownership. For more information about taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy Program, visit www.akc.org.”

Cross-posted at nhpetsonline

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