What’s in your name? And the AKC Name?
Where is your pride as a Breeder of
quality purebreds? Or are you just
a puppy seller?
How many of you “in dogs” are now afraid
to call yourselves a “Breeder”? Has the
animal rights (AR) movement been
successful? Do you tend to deny what you
used to do with pride? Or are you part
of the newer group who are desperately
trying to find a new name that will make
you look like a good-guy and not one of
You know who “they” are and you don’t
want to be part of the propaganda they
are spreading - that “show breeders” are
just as bad, if not worse than puppy
mills. Let’s face it; some show breeders
are as bad as puppy mills and backyard
breeders. You know who they are too.
So how do you separate yourself now that
the fancy is inundated with them?
Instead of running away from being
called a "Breeder," the name "Breeder"
needs to be rehabilitated. By allowing
the ARs, (fueled by BYBs and unethical
show breeders) to change and demean the
breeding of well-bred purebred dogs, you
fall into their trap and that is
retreat—you lose, they win—game over.
This name change notion is what happened
with puppy mills. The AKC decided to
upgrade that term to "high-volume
breeders." Did it fool you? Change your
mind as to what and who they really are?
I bet not. Changing the name is not
going to work so don't let anyone take
away who YOU are. Don’t let anyone or
any entity define who you are. It would
be a joke.
Sure, there needs to be a distinction
but it should be through education, not
the name itself. Call “them” puppy
sellers. At this point, there has to be
a major campaign to educate the public
and counteract the damage done to
Breeders by the growing number of
unethical dog breeders who in turn give
the ARs groups their ammunition to use
against anyone and everyone who breeds
We must proudly say what a
"Breeder" is and does and why we are
different from the others. We must
educate and teach the public the
important questions they need to ask ALL
sellers prior to purchase, even if they
simply want a family pet. It won’t be
hard for educated buyers to distinguish
well bred puppies, proudly bred by a
loving breeder, show bred or not, from pet store puppies,
back yard breeder puppies and
puppies from the greedy and dishonest
People that are responsible for
carelessly bred dogs need to be exposed
on a national level. They need to be put
in the position of explaining why they
are not a "Breeder” and yet they have
litters. They are puppy sellers. Anyone
can breed a purebred dog; only a Breeder
can breed a well-bred purebred dog.
Who has the money and power to change
the perception if indeed their priority
is to promote the sport of purebred
dogs? Don’t hold your breath!
The purpose of dog shows is/was the
exhibition of breeding stock. (I know
that concept is long forgotten but it
needs to be rehabilitated as well.)
Breeders may well be the only ones left
to make this distinction, to reclaim
status and credibility as Breeders,
putting the other side on the run.
The very important first step is to
dispel the AKC myth loud and clear.
There should be articles published for
the general public stating the truth
about how a “registered” dog/puppy, even
AKC registered, does NOT guarantee
quality or value. That means we need to
be prepared to deal with facts, and
there are plenty of them, facts that is.
The AKC has already admitted publicly
how unreliable the studbook is. Why do
people continue to send their money to
an organization that has failed them? A
“Breeder” should be above that. It’s
time to revolt for your breed and for
yourself. The concept of owning a
quality purebred has been trashed
through greed and politics and the ARs
took no time in using these facts to
their advantage. Your good name and
reputation were lumped together in all
of the bad press.
What are you prepared to do about it?
Members of Parent and regional clubs,
both all-breed and specialty clubs,
should run informational articles in
their local newspapers. What better way
to spend dues money? A specific breed
could be highlighted every month with an
invitation to the public to attend the
next meeting. Tell them a dog or two of
that breed would be on display and they
would have an opportunity to talk to a
Specialty clubs should run articles in
local papers educating people on why
their breed is special as well as advice
on how to buy a dog. The required table
at dog shows full of AKC pamphlets is
totally insufficient; the materials
promote the AKC but not the advantages
of owning a well-bred dog from a
responsible Breeder. And you have to get
people to the show and there is never
enough advertising! There are probably
more people in the pet shops on Saturday
than at the local dog show. How
disturbing is that?
Clubs, in conjunction with pet food
suppliers, could get local news
coverage, even a commercial or two.
Publicity and public understanding about
Breeders might even bring membership to
clubs that once were big and now are
down to 6 members – if they’re lucky.
Flyers could be put up on grocery store
and vet office bulletin boards (right
next to flyers of BYBs) giving notice of
meetings and maybe even an article or
two on the topic of “Breeders” vs.
Dog clubs are groups of people that
share a common interest—dogs. Those
people that are members of AKC clubs
don’t have to act under the umbrella of
their AKC club to achieve their
collective goal of rehabilitating the
name “Breeder.” In fact, it would
behoove “Breeders” and their credibility
to reestablish themselves as a new
organization and to disassociate from
Why? Well let me ask this: How many of
you already feel like the AKC has
abandoned you and the fancy? How many of
you have had an experience with the AKC
where they deliberately ignored evidence
of fraud even when presented with
irrefutable evidence? If not you
personally, someone you know? The AKC
could help the fancy, which provides
them their wonderful PR and tuxedo
nights, but so far it has not. Recent
proposed rules should convince you that
the AKC is moving in the wrong direction
and by undermining the very premise of
its existence. Unfortunately, the
malaise runs deep right now with honest
and concerned Breeders.
It would be hard to get things in
motion, so you need to decide, how much
do you want change? It can’t be any
harder or more costly than sitting back
and watching the people who currently
dominate the AKC change the sport and
the importance of the purebred dog.
Purebred dogs have a terrible
reputation, who allowed this to happen?
Contrary to what you think, this article
has absolutely nothing to do with the
AKC. I know you believe they are the
only game in town and you have no other
options. There’s always another option!
In my opinion, and based on personal
experience (see links below), the AKC doesn’t give a damn
about you or your breed other than they
want your registration money. (Sadly in
some cases, parent clubs can be more of
a social group and protectors of friends
than protectors of their breed.)
So don’t expect the AKC to come riding
in on a big white horse to save the day,
it’s not going to happen. You haven’t
seen them do anything yet, have you?
There is no credibility in the registry.
It’s a lost cause. Puppies born as a
result of backyard breeders, dishonest
show breeders and puppy mills have the
same AKC registration papers as your
dogs, just different names and numbers.
So, how do you figure it offers you and
your puppies any credibility?
I’d like to see “Breeders” stop
registering their dogs with today’s
fraud-riddled AKC. Take a stand and make
your dogs a cut-above the riff-raff that
the registry welcomes and
further taint the studbook and
is written strictly to you breeders who
honestly love your breed, who want to
protect your breed and not the worthless
registration papers and purple ribbons
you have been led to believe give your
dogs credibility. This is written for
Breeders who have had enough and are
ready for change. Still need convincing?
More next time…
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