AKC | Pet Insurance Review


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Updated: November 13, 2023

AKC Pet Insurance, administered by PetPartners, Inc., provides comprehensive, affordable pet insurance across all 50 states, and has served as the exclusive pet insurance provider for the American Kennel Club since 2003. Learn more about AKC’s pet insurance plan options, read thousands of customer reviews and get a quote so you can make an informed choice about your pet insurance provider.

out of 5

POSTED: | BY: Kathleen

Haven't had any problems yet!

I had VIP with our other dogs and didnt like them. So when we got the new pups thought I would give the AKC plan a try.We had one disagreement and they wouldn't cover her upset stomach from eating rocks. They said the illness was with in the 30 day waiting period. I resemitted and told them it wasn't a illness it was a accident she ate rocks. At that point they reconsidered and payed the claim. So far they have been really good paying claims. We got the "wellness plan" that covers preventive meds and teeth cleaning which most plans don't cover. I should have signed up sooner and got the Wellness plus plan and they would have paid the spay and neuter procedures.

out of 5


Quick claim processing

We have had the AKC policy on both of our dogs for about a year now. We have had no problem submitting claims or receiving payment in a timely fashion. They have paid all claims appropriatly. Our only disappointment was to find that they did not cover congenital diseases such as hip displaysia. We may look into another plan that does cover ALL congenital conditions. Other than that, I would say this is an excellent plan.

out of 5

POSTED: | BY: Robin

None of them cover "cogenital or hereditary"

I called asking for a list of "congenital" disorders for a border collie and was told there was no way to tell until I bought the insurance, my dog got sick and I turned in the claim for their review. I asked about "hereditary" diseases for a dog of unknown parentage (I adopted a border collie rescue dog). They said the same applies: buy the insurance, wait for your dog to get sick, and we may or may not pay the claim. I decided not to buy the insurance. I found the same disclaimer on all the other policies out there. I suggest putting money away in a savings account every month and call it your pet emergency fund. Hopefully you won't need it, but you can then decide how much to pay yourself back per incident.

out of 5

POSTED: | BY: Joan Lee

Everything is excluded in fine, fine print

We have 2 English bulldogs who are now 16 months old. At the age of 4 months we purchased AKC healthcare for both of them. Our male had a cavity above his screwtail so surgery was performed in 8/2007. This was not covered because they said it was congenital but our vet, who had checked him since the age of 7 weeks, had never discovered it before. Our female started limping on her left hind leg in October of 2007 so our vet referred to a specialist. The specialist suggested inserting pins in her knee since it was very weak. We had this surgery performed in January of 2008 and, of course, this surgery was not reimbursed either. This insurance is a scam - DO NOT PURCHASE SINCE THEY COVER NOTHING!

out of 5

POSTED: | BY: Sister Jacqueline

The Claims Processing Predicament

I've had this Pet Insurance since March when my new puppy came to me as my forever partner to replace my 12-yr-old SD; I've had several visits to the vet and need to process my puppy's claims; it seems impossible to download claim forms from their web sight, and this is bothersome; in responding to the comment whether claims should be processed if more than 90 days go by, to me they should be processed up to six months following treatment; unless the company has some compelling reason to require the 90-day rule, and I can't think of what it would be--if there is such a rule, there ought to be reasonable exceptions to it--on a case-by-case basis. Incidentally, the Dog Law books should be on our shelves for quick reference when needed!

Monthly Cost

$5 – $90 depending on coverage options chosen.


You have a co-pay of 20% after your annual deductible. The pay-out amount is based on your actual vet bill.

Payout Limits

Per incident limit of $1,500 – $8,000 and annual limits of $3,000 – $16,000 depending on your chosen plan.


Choose from $100 – $1,000 annual deductible.

Age Limits

Pets must be at least 8 weeks old to enroll with no upper age limit. Coverage options available for senior pets.

Waiting Period

Coverage goes into effect one day after enrollment. There is a 5-day wait period for accident claims and 14-day wait period for illness claims. AKC Pet Insurance provides 30 days of accident and illness insurance coverage included with AKC registration for newly registered puppies.


Pre-existing conditions are not covered. Customizable plans allow you to add-on coverage for inherited and congenital conditions, exam fees and wellness care. Cancer coverage included in base accident and illness plan.
As one of the first pet insurance providers in the United States, AKC Pet Insurance, administered by PetPartners, Inc., provides comprehensive, affordable pet insurance across all 50 states. Since 2003, AKC Pet Insurance has served as the exclusive pet insurance provider for the American Kennel Club, and helps dog and puppy owners keep their pets safe and healthy. AKC Pet Insurance’s customizable plans allow pet owners to choose their coverage, deductible and coverage limits to create a plan that meets their individual needs and budget.

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