REGISTRY, BREED KENNEL CLUB NEWS
2010 DOG NEWS & VIEWS
2010 saw dog food and vet bills
up, dog show entries down, HSUS legislation gaining ground, and
worst of all, purebred dogs and breeders losing stature.
Barbara J. Andrews,
April 2009 has wasted a ton of money promoting an unpopular cause that directly contradicts
the AKC Mission Statement . For fewer than 600 mixed breed dogs
competing in 3,000 trials? Apparently so, unless you buy the new
mantra that AKC wants to represent “all dogs.” Not content with
rubbing “responsible dog breeders” the wrong way,
mutts/mongrels/crossbreds will be seen at the 2011 AKC Agility
Invitational and the AKC Obedience Invitational.
Korean Jindo Dogs
LAPD? North and South Korea in the news and now the Jindo. Originating on Jindo Island in South Korea,
the mid-sized hunting breed is to be used for detection and service
work by LAPD’s K-9 department. Meg Purnell Carpenter (Overhill
Kennels, the U.K.) became an international emissary for the breed
when she judged there and while she gratefully accepted some of the
prized breeding stock, she would raise an eyebrow at LA’s plan.
good year, earning 3,420 Grand Championship titles in AKC events.
But what’s a show without a system? AKC is launching its own Grand Champion Ranking System
to list the top 25 Grands in each breed. It's a great way to
show off retired champions and support the kennel clubs and AKC.
The AKC Breeder Of
didn’t do as well.
Everyone likes to win awards but this invention was patently geared
towards propping up AKC’s flagging registrations. 5 years in some
aspect of the sport? Easy! Member of an AKC club? No problem.
Certification of (all?) health screenings recommended by the Parent
Club? A juicy bone for vets but rejected by top breeders
along with registering 100% of puppies in every litter. With good reason AKC
breeders fear that “Limited Registration”  would not stop pets
from being bred from and the breeder’s good name maligned.
Perhaps it will catch on this year.
made history and the winners, including all Breed Winners, will be
honored at the Purina Awards Ceremony January 25th
in Albany, Georgia. The public is expected to come out
in large numbers to meet the 2010 winners up close and personal. The
United Kennel Club has a lot more events than conformation and dog
lovers are exploring them, from water tests (as seen on the Outdoor
cable channel) to weight pulling which is even done by toy breeds!
AKC’s Meet The
more fitting than ever as ever more new breeds are admitted.
Gone are the days when a Rare Breed Club worked for years to build
numbers and carefully record generations
of pure breeding. As recently as the 80s, a Japan Kennel Club
registration was unacceptable and TKC pedigrees were scrutinized. Now we register dogs from countries no one can find on a world map! And
speaking of TKC,
The Kennel Club
(England) has been a beacon of quality dogs so we
are shocked to observe its surrender to the Animal Rights wackos.
TKC now says it will refuse to register puppies from any bitch that
has had more than 4 litters or 2 C-sections. The Kennel Club has
slipped its wig – proving how right the colonists were to flee the
monarchy! While it is true that some breeds suffer from
genetically-created health problems and disfigurement, this may well
come back to bite them. The thriving puppy
producing business in the U.K. has, like the puppy mills here,
discovered it simply doesn’t need the elitist, all-controlling
“kennel club.” What a sad day for purebred dogs!
The AKC Humane Fund
grew at a
rapid rate, bolstering the extraordinary good done through the
AKC Companion Animal Recovery (CAR) which donated over $400,000
to Search and Rescue and other organizations. Makes a gloomy year
Puppy Friendly Pet Stores
do not to sell
puppies. The Humane Society just signed its 1000th pet
store; an enviable accomplishment that escaped the notice of dog
breeders. Think of it! Each pet supply store posts (HSUS furnished) signs and
information directing a prospective puppy buyer to a shelter or
other “humane source.” Hats off to Wayne Pacelle! Thumbs down to
AKC for making no attempt at marking the desirability of the
got yet another
infusion from Marketing and Communications. AKC has been doing very
well promoting its many products ranging from credit cards to kennel
runs to dog toys. What is has NOT been promoting is the value and
reliability of the Wellbred Purebred. This editor has
had many conversations with AKC Board Members on that subject. Even
after accepting that “well bred” conflicted with puppy mill (aka
High Volume Breeders) and thus was contrary to the bulk
of AKC’s registration income, top breeders find it hard to tolerate the great American
Kennel Club’s refusal to promote purebred dogs. We are
further insulted by dog food companies advertising mutts during Westminster
and other televised AKC events.
Animal Rights & HSUS
really insulted AKC by setting up shop in its Raleigh NC
Office’s back yard! Worse yet, county and municipal legislators
have snubbed the AKC Legislative department! Guilford County pushed for SB 460, an intensely restrictive state-wide
animal rights law. While it was ultimately defeated, it is easier
to give credit to the NRA, NCRAO and SAOVA than to pinpoint just
what AKC did to stop the “puppy mill bill.” 2011 promises more of
the same with HSUS continuing to wave red flags in front of the
crippled bull known as the American Kennel Club.
Champions Not Cheap,
AKC’s new formula for lowering the point scale in all
divisions was overdue. Any exhibitor who tried to
finish a dog without the added expense of “building a major” can
vouch for that. Even so, the board must have sipped the same Cool
Aid that muddled the minds of The Kennel Club (England) when it
decided not to factor in entry numbers generated by Specialty events.
Translate that to a disproportionate number of easy champions in
those breeds which hold a lot of specialties. AKC also decided not to
include the AKC/Eukanuba show entry numbers AND those shows which
precede it. That may be seen as a wise move to avoid penalizing Florida
exhibitors (starting with the AKC/Eukanuba move to Orlando) but to
omit specialty entries from point scale calculations is downright
dumb. Will a plethora of specialty shows be approved?
also decided to re-calculate every year instead of the previous
three-year schedule. Given the instability of dog shows in a
worsening economy, one wonders why it wasn't done last year!.
AKC Mission Statement
AKC Chairman’s Report
Failure Of Limited Registrations To Protect AKC Breeders
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