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The American Kennel Club Chairman's Report

December 2010

--  New Programs and Services Introduced in 2010  --

As we wind down the year, I am pleased to highlight programs and initiatives we have introduced in 2010. In April, the first agility, obedience and rally trials open to mixed-breed dogs in the AKC Canine Partners program were held. So far, 853 AKC-licensed clubs have hosted 2,968 trials, and nearly 600 mixed breed dogs have achieved more than 1,200 titles. We received hundreds of positive comments from dog owners who had been waiting years for this opportunity as well as clubs who welcomed the increased entries in their trials. We're excited to welcome these dogs to next year's AKC Agility Invitational and the AKC National Obedience Invitational.

We also sent a team to the FCI Agility World Championships in Germany and returned with many placements, including a Silver Medal for "Rush" and handler John Nys. We hosted the successful 2010 National Agility Championships in Tulsa, OK and crowned 6 national champions in varying height classes.

We launched the Grand Championship program in May. For the first six months of the program we have seen a 9.6% increase in Best of Breed entries over the same period in 2009. So far 3,420 dogs have earned their Grand Championship in nearly every breed. We further enhanced the program by launching a Grand Champion Ranking System that lists the top 25 dogs in each breed determined by the number of grand champion points they have earned.

In addition to this new conformation title, we have also created new titles in the companion and performance arenas with Beginner Novice in obedience and Endurance Earthdog, respectively. For retrievers that pass the Master National Retriever test three times we now have a new suffix title - Master National Hunter - as well.

For breeders, we instituted the Breeder of Merit program this year as a way to recognize, congratulate and thank AKC's core breeders - the backbone of our sport - and to ensure the continued success of our registry.

We continue to welcome new breeds into the AKC registry as well. As of January 1, 2011, the Norwegian Lundehund, Entlebucher Mountain Dog and Xoloitzcuintli will be our newest breeds. We continue to work with FSS and Miscellaneous breed clubs as they strive towards full recognition.

As a new accommodation for Parent Clubs, we now record parent club performance event titles if AKC does not provide a similar title. The Bloodhound Club of America was the first to apply for title acknowledgment with its "man-trailing event" and most recently, we acknowledged the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever's Working Certificate. Our Parent and Member clubs have also continued to donate their historical documents to our newly expanded AKC Archives.

We reached out to the general public this year with our 2nd annual stand-alone Meet the Breeds event. Thanks to our partnership with the Cat Fanciers' Association and Pet Partners, Inc., we welcomed more than 39,000 people through the doors and achieved nearly 500 million media impressions. We also hosted AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Days with more than 550 events nationwide for the public to attend.

Our good works did not go unnoticed as the AKC Humane Fund Awards for Canine Excellence received unprecedented media coverage this year, with articles in People magazine, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and New York Daily News. Among the canine heroes were dogs that worked in Haiti after the earthquake, rode a surfboard in the ocean to raise money for children's foundations, helped autistic children find service dogs and more.

AKC Companion Animal Recovery also donated more than $400,000 this year to assist organizations across the country with Search and Rescue Grants and disaster preparedness.

Along the business front, AKC has added Lisa Gonzalez to the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing and Communications. In this role, she will provide marketing leadership for the AKC to ensure the long-term sustainability of the AKC brand recognition as well as its future relevance. Her main focus will be growing AKC registrations and Canine Partners enrollments, in line with AKC's mission of promoting responsible dog ownership.

The Board has taken other steps to ensure the future of the sport with its September Board Planning Session that generated many new ideas. And finally, in November the Board formed the "Imagining the Future of AKC" committee to review the needs of the sport and the AKC in the future. The Committee, a blend of board members and staff and chaired by Alan Kalter, includes myself, Vice Chairman Tom Davies, COO John Lyons, VP of Marketing and Communications Lisa Gonzalez and AVP of Registration Development Mark Dunn.

I hope you'll agree that this year has been a very positive year and we look forward to an even brighter 2011.


Ron Menaker




AKC Board Of Directors Meeting November, 2010

(December BOD not available due to Delegates Meeting)
AKC no longer furnishes "highlights" but everyone likes a quick read so we present excerpts from the Secretary's Page:

  • Registration of Dalmatian/Pointer Backcross Descendants - The Board discussed the issue of whether or not to consider the registration of descendents of a Dalmatian Pointer cross. Among the material considered by the Board was information submitted by the Dalmatian Club of America, by the supporters of registering the low uric acid (LUC) dogs, and the report of the AKC Canine Health and Welfare Committee (the latter is attached to these minutes as Attachment A) This discussion was to be continued on the second day of the meeting.  Day 2 - The Board agreed to a proposed agreement, pending acceptance of the Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) Board, which would bring the matter to a vote by the DCA membership in June 2011. The AKC Board would consider this vote, along with other factors in reaching its final decision.

  • Executive Session - None Listed at this meeting.

  • AKC Canine Partners Program - The staff provided a status report - through the end of October 2010, 578 unique AKC Canine Partners dogs have earned 1,265 titles in companion events

  • Imagining the Future of the AKC There was discussion and a consensus that AKC should consider the needs of the sport and the organization in the future. The Chairman appointed a Board/Staff committee to consider this subject and to report back to the Board in February 2011. The committee consists of Alan Kalter, Chair, Ronald Menaker, Dr. Thomas Davies, John Lyons, Mark Dunn, and Lisa Gonzalez.

  • Article VII, Section 1 of AKC Bylaws - The Board reviewed a proposal from the Greater Collin Kennel Club to amend Article VII, Section 1 of the Charter and Bylaws of The America Kennel Club to preclude someone from being re-elected to the AKC Board of Directors for a full term of four years after they have served two consecutive terms. This will be discussed further at the January Board meeting.

  • Treeing Walker Coonhound - The Board reviewed a petition from the Southeastern Treeing Walker Association (STWS). STWS seeks acceptance into the American Kennel Club Stud Book for the Treeing Walker Coonhound and requests that the Treeing Walker Coonhound become eligible to compete in the Hound Group. This will be discussed further at the January meeting.

  • Appointment of PAC Board Members - There was a motion by Dr. Newman, seconded by Ms. Scully, and it was VOTED (unanimously) to reappoint Mr. Alan Kalter, Ms. Nina Schaefer and Ms. Gail LaBerge and to appoint David Helming to serve two-year terms on the AKC PAC Board. Dr. Newman also thanked Mrs. Strand for her service to the PAC Board.

  • AKC Judges and Visiting Judges Annual Maintenance Fee - The Board discussed the possible adoption of an annual maintenance fee schedule for all Conformation, Obedience and Performance judges. No action was taken.

  • Judges Temporary Referral Policy - The Board reviewed a staff proposed policy to permit AKC to place a hold on an AKC approved judge’s eligibility to judge or to accept assignments in abeyance on a temporary basis, pending the outcome of certain criminal charges. Following a motion by Dr. Smith, seconded by Dr. Newman, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve a Judges’ Temporary Referral policy, effective January 1, 2011. The new policy follows:
    When an AKC-approved judge is charged by a government entity with cruelty, inhumane treatment of animals, or similar offense involving inhumane or cruel treatment of dogs, or charged by a government entity with any crime involving moral turpitude, especially as it concerns dog related activities, AKC may temporarily place the judge on referral, which would have the effect of temporarily holding the judge’s approval to judge or accept assignments in abeyance. The purpose of this procedure is to prevent the judge from judging or from accepting assignments to judge while the charges are pending. If and when the charges are resolved and AKC’s inquiry into the matter determines that no action will be taken by the AKC to cause a suspension of judging privileges, the temporary judging referral will be removed.

  • Appeals Committee - Dr. Newman gave the report of the Appeals Committee (Dr. Newman, Mr. Arnold, Ms. Scully). The Committee denied Ms. Wild’s appeal. The decision was reported as follows:  The Board considered Ms. Mary Wild’s appeal of a suspension that was imposed because she violated the AKC’s Cruelty Convictions Policy. Specifically, the Appeals Committee considered that Ms. Wild was convicted of eight counts of animal abuse (knowingly failing to provide adequate care). As a result, the Committee determined that Ms. Wild’s conduct was prejudicial to the sport of purebred dogs and her suspension was properly imposed. The committee further considered the penalty which was imposed and concluded that it was appropriate. Ms. Wild was suspended for life, effective August 9, 2010 and a $3,000 fine was imposed.

  • FSS Breeds to become Licensed to Hold Performance Events - Following a motion by Dr. Davies, seconded by Mr. Arnold, it was VOTED (affirmative: Dr. Davies, Mr. Arnold, Mr. Marden, Mr. Goodman, Mrs. Strand, Ms. Scully, Mr. Menaker, Mr. Kalter, Dr. Newman, Mr. Ashby, Dr. Garvin; opposed: Dr. Haines, Dr. Smith) to allow parent clubs of FSS breeds that are eligible to participate in a performance event to become licensed to hold those event types, effective December 1, 2010.

  • Increase in Recording Fees for Herding, Earthdog and Lure Coursing - The Board discussed a Staff recommendation to raise the recording fee for the Herding, Earthdog and Lure Coursing sports from $3.00 to $3.50 per entry to make it consistent with other AKC events. These three sports were AKC approved during the period 1990 to 1992. The recording fee has been the same since inception. There was a motion by Mr. Goodman, seconded by Mrs. Strand, to consider the above at this meeting, waiving the usual prior notice requirement. This motion was VOTED and approved (unanimously).  There was a motion by Mr. Arnold, seconded by Ms. Scully, and it was VOTED (unanimously) to adopt this recommendation, effective for events held on and after March 1, 2011.

  • Performance Event Application Fee Refunds - The Board discussed a Staff recommendation to discontinue the practice of refunding a club its AKC event application fee if its Performance event is cancelled. Following a motion by Dr. Garvin, seconded by Dr. Davies, it was VOTED (unanimously) to consider the matter at this meeting, waiving the usual prior notice requirements. Following a motion by Dr. Garvin, seconded by Mrs. Strand, it was VOTED (unanimously) to adopt this proposal.

  • Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) – Recording of Parent Club Titles, The Board reviewed a request from the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA) (NSDTRC-USA) to accept its Working Certificate Test as a Parent Club performance event in which AKC acknowledged titles can be earned. As there was no objection to this request, Staff will implement the requested action. AKC will record all three titles that are earned at the performance event; Working Certificate (WC), Working Certificate Intermediate (WCI) and Working Certificate Excellent (WCX).

  • German Longhaired Pointer participation in AKC Pointing Breed Hunting Tests, The Board reviewed a request from the German Longhaired Pointer Club of North America to allow the German Longhaired Pointer to compete in AKC Pointing Breed Hunting Tests. Without objection the German Longhaired Pointer will be added to the list of breeds eligible to participate in Pointing Breed Hunting Tests effective July 1, 2011. There was no objection.

  • Four to Six Month Puppy Competition - The Board reviewed the staff’s recommended proposal for the addition of a 4-6 month beginner puppy class to be held as a special attraction at All-Breed and Specialty conformation events. This will be tried at a number of clubs on a trial basis.

  • Boston Terrier, The Board reviewed the results of the Boston Terrier Club of America’s ballot to its membership on proposed revisions to the Color section of its breed standard. They will be published in the Secretary’s page of the AKC Gazette.

  • Additional Group Placements - The Board considered and discussed amendments to the Dog Show Rules to create a Reserve Best in Show Placement, and a Fifth and Sixth group placement at Group and All Breed Shows. No action was taken at this meeting.

  • Parent Club for the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno - The Board discussed selecting the club that is to be the AKC Parent Club for the Portuguese Pedengo Pequeno. Following a motion by Dr. Newman, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (affirmative: Dr. Newman, Ms. Scully, Dr. Haines, Mr. Menaker, Mrs. Strand, Dr. Garvin, Mr. Ashby, Mr. Kalter, Mr. Goodman, Mr. Arnold, Dr. Smith, Mr. Marden; opposed Dr. Davies) to designate the Portuguese Podengo Pequeno of America as the AKC Parent Club for the breed.

  • Black Russian Terrier Club of America - The Board VOTED to approve the membership application. This will be voted on at the December 2010 Delegate Meeting.

  • Finnish Lapphund - The Board approved a petition from the Finnish Lapphund Club of America to move the Finnish Lapphund into the American Kennel Club Stud Book on June 1, 2011. The Finnish Lapphund will be eligible to compete in the Herding Group on June 30, 2011. AKC will maintain an open registry for the breed until 2014.

  • Breeds Eligible for Miscellaneous Class - The Board voted to advance the Azawakh and Belgian Laekenois to the Miscellaneous Class effective June 30, 2011.

  • Parent Club for Miscellaneous Class Breeds The following clubs were approved to be the official AKC parent club to represent their respective breed as it moves into the Miscellaneous Class: The Dogo Argentino Club of America - Dogo Argentino, The Peruvian Inca Orchid Enthusiast Club - the Peruvian Inca Orchid.

  • The Board discussed the concept of a special Owner Handler competition consisting of a series of events, allowing for a national and regional ranking. This will be discussed further at future meetings.

  • Deceased Judges; Mr. Rufus C. Burleson - Mr. Martin H. Runge

  • Reinstated Judge, The Judging eligibility of the following person has been reinstated; Ms. Karen Pratt

  • Resigned Judges; Mrs. Trudy B. Mangels - Ms. Kathy L. Wilkins / Emeritus Judge; Mr. Robert H. Fine

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