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Calling All AKC Exhibitors!
January AKC Board Minutes covered
same classes for Mixed Breeds (Designer Dogs) and Purebreds, cloned
dogs registration, lower numbers for new FSS breeds, and PUPs legislation. The Dog Press would like your feedback.
Just click "Yes" or "No" to Agree or Disagree.
free to comment, but please keep it short.
I'm not in the show world but I see what is said .
My comments are my own but the editor said I should ask for your input. I wondered why anyone would support an AKC that
takes in $60 million a year but doesn't seem to fight for the breeders or the
dogs when it comes to bad dog legislation? Talking about something
isn't the same as doing it.
To me it looks like AKC thinks it's OK to have mutts mixed in with
purebreds, one step from Designer Dog classes... And coming from a
background in livestock, I understand how important a plentiful
gene pool is to the health and fertility of farm animals.
I have extracted verbatim from the Minutes.
I will tabulate your votes and comments and we will report
back to you later this month.
#1 AKC Canine Partners
– Competition at AKC Events, Dr. Davies presented ... the idea
of expanding Canine Partners by removing some of the restrictions placed
on it. Many clubs have been reluctant to undertake the logistics of
conducting two separate sets of classes for purebred dogs and
mixed-breed dogs. A number of All-Breed clubs have also expressed an
interest in the program and would like the option of including
mixed-breed dogs in their Companion events. AKC Management sought the
input from the Delegate Obedience, Tracking and Agility Committee. All
eleven members of the committee unanimously supported removing the
restriction which limited mixed-breed competition to stand-alone events.
Eight out of the eleven supported having purebred and mixed breed dogs
competing in the same classes for the same awards and titles. Following
a lengthy Board discussion, the Board felt it appropriate that in
response to our constituency we could enhance the program based on each
club being given the choice to offer these classes.
There was a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Mr. Kalter, and it was
VOTED (affirmative: Dr. Davies, Mr. Kalter, Mrs. Schaefer, Mrs. Strand,
Mr. Arnold, Mr. Menaker, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Ashby, Mr. Marden, Dr. Smith;
opposed: Dr. Haines, Dr. Newman, Dr. Battaglia) to consider the matter
at this meeting, waiving the usual prior notice requirement. There was a
motion by Dr. Smith, seconded by Mrs. Schaefer, to divide the question.
This motion failed with the VOTE (affirmative: Dr. Smith, Mrs. Schaefer,
Dr. Newman, Dr. Haines, Dr. Battaglia, Mr. Menaker; opposed: Mr.
Goodman, Mr. Marden, Mr. Ashby, Mrs. Strand, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Kalter, Dr.
There was a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Mr. Kalter and it was
VOTED (affirmative: Dr. Davies, Mr. Kalter, Dr. Smith, Mr. Ashby, Mr.
Arnold, Mrs. Strand, Mrs. Schaefer, Dr. Battaglia, Mr. Menaker, Mr.
Goodman, Mr. Marden; opposed: Dr. Haines, Dr. Newman) to:
1. Remove the requirement that there be separate classes for mixed-breed
2. Award the same titles to all dogs competing in AKC Companion Events.
3. Permit any club holding an AKC Obedience, Rally, or Agility trial to
accept entries for mixed-breed dogs enrolled in the Canine Partners
Program. This would be at the club’s option, and would apply to both
stand-alone events and events held in conjunction with dog shows.
Is this the plan to mix mutts and purebreds, how will anyone
(spectators) know the difference between purebred dogs and mutts in the
beginning? I feel, eventually the mutts will be the purebreds.
agree with AKC's Canine Partners - mixed breeds in
classes with purebreds.
Disagree, this opens the door for designer dog breeds in
#2 Registration of Cloned
Dogs The Board discussed a request to
register the clone of an AKC registered Labrador Retriever. The Board
reviewed the input of the Scientific Health and Welfare Advisory
Committee and the Labrador Retriever Club as well as material submitted
by the owner.
There was a motion by Mr. Kalter, seconded by Mrs. Strand, and it was
VOTED (unanimously) to consider the matter at this meeting, waiving the
usual notification requirements. Following a motion by Mr. Kalter,
seconded by Dr. Smith, it was VOTED (unanimously) to deny the request to
register cloned dogs. It was pointed out that the dog, if neutered,
would be eligible to obtain a PAL and to compete in AKC Companion
Events. This will be considered for a vote at the February 2010
agree, register cloned dogs with AKC.
Disagree with registering cloned dogs.
#3 FSS Guidelines.
The Board discussed a Staff recommendation to amend the Foundation Stock
Service Guidelines with regard to number of dogs with three-generation
pedigrees that must be enrolled in order to request Miscellaneous class
Status. Staff is recommending the enrollment requirement be lowered from
a minimum of 300-400 dogs to a minimum of 150-200 dogs with complete
three-generation pedigrees in the AKC Foundation Stock Service to be
eligible to request Miscellaneous Class status once a Parent Club has
been selected for the breed. This will be considered further at the
February 2010 meeting.
agree to lowering FSS pedigrees.
Disagree with lowering FSS pedigrees.
#4 Federal “PUPS”
legislation. The staff gave the Board an
update on the status of federal legislation aimed at restricting dog
breeding under the federal Puppy Uniform Protection and Safety Act
That’s it? AKC will only Educate not help fight
against bad legislation. They are leaving it up to individual groups to put
out their money and time to fight legislation that affects even the
small hobby dog breeders?
I thought AKC is supposed to be about pure bred dogs and represent the
interests of good breeders.
It's OK that AKC just Educates & Updates on proposed
should help fight (financially) against bad legislation.