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The American Kennel Club (AKC) says it needs puppy mills  to survive, re-defined them as "high volume breeders" (HVB).  Why?  Because puppy mills are of more value than “responsible breeders” who breed less, register fewer puppies and produce less income for AKC.


June 2014 update | "Responsible Breeder", a term first used by TheDogPlace.org in 1998 and subsequently appropriated by the American Kennel Club, will no longer be used in the NetPlaces Network.  The meaning has been twisted and commercialized.  What was once called a "puppy mill" can today claim the AKC title of responsible breeder.


If you breed dogs for sport, show ring, dedication to the breed, etc. you are a hobby breeder and you are automatically "responsible."  Anything else is only a clever ploy to put puppy mill produce on the same (saleable) level as a litter from Best In Show parents. 


Hobby Breeder is therefore by definition, the opposite of commercial breeders who mass produce puppies "responsibly" or otherwise.


Before AKC betrayed its avowed "core constituency" by stating that commercial breeders were needed to satisfy demand, hobby breeders met 95% of the demand for purebred dogs.


Before AKC abandoned hobby breeders, people bought from local hobby breeders and owing a "registered", "purebred" dog was a mark of distinction. 


Now the "High Volume Breeders" supply 90% of purebred puppies purchased in developed countries.  The "Petland Deal" opened an international market for purebred pet shop puppies.


Just this month a reader equated HVB with GM, stating "The difference is that malformed puppies can't be recalled and repaired."  Indeed, AKC markets (registers) litters, puppies, and sales transfers, without discrimination or oversight.


The information below is neither condemnation nor defense of the AKC.  The history of puppy mills and the industry's success was and is however, solely dependant on the American Kennel Club.  These articles may help you understand why the AKC steadfastly refuses to promote the well bred hobbyist-created purebred dog.


The non-profit American Kennel Club has branched out into product endorsements, credit cards, and many other money makers but it still depends on voluminous registration income from puppy mills.  When this index was first compiled, the $20 per dog registration fee or $25 per litter plus $2 per puppy (less for puppy mills) generated over $30 million per year income. Even that wasn't enough to support the lavish expenditures, pensions and perks the "new" AKC demanded. See salaries and perks below. 


When the United Kennel Club (UKC) pioneered the use of DNA to verify parentage, AKC was forced to offer DNA.  The Puppy Mills took exception to pedigree verification so they formed their own registries.  "Registered" was synonymous with pure bred and the pet shops had them...  So to win back the bulk of its registration income, AKC offered secret deals and inducements to puppy mills, from reduced fees to free Federal Express service, to (bulk) registering dogs of questionable parentage and finally, the Petland Contract.  AKC Delegates were outraged but AKC ignored the uproar and developed the super secret PRIME software program for pet shops.  (see below)


AKC, PUPPY MILLS, PETLAND; TREACHERY EXPOSED!Originally founded in 1884 for the betterment of pure bred dogs, the American Kennel Club changed its focus to "all about the money."  With the advent of internet, AKC's philosophical and business model changes were documented and the NetPlaces Network reported the open disregard for hobby breeders at "51 Mad Ave".  As TheDogPress continued to expose egregious violations of the American Kennel Club's Mission Statement, the AKC solution was predictable.  The AKC board changed the Mission Statement.   


First, the instant legal definition of ii Puppy Mill, an oft-used term.


1990 AKC Enterprises the new direction a powerful, wealthy company takes.


2000 Puppy Mills - AKC's Best Product?  They make big money for AKC, not hobby breeders.


2001 Legal Puppy Mill Weapon Judge Baxter's simple plan might still work today.


2001 AKC-Hunte Meeting! the worlds biggest registry and the world's biggest puppy mill finally shake hands publically.


2002 THE REINWALD REPORT reveals the truth about Puppy Mill Power in Missouri and


2002 State Forbids Puppy Mill Photos and for any doubters, a Copy of the Amended Amendment


2002 AKC's High Volume Breeders Committee exclusive interview with chairperson Patti Strand.


2002 "Lets Support The Puppy Mills" All-Breed Judge applauds the AKC/Hunte Alliance.


2002 Puppy Protection Act Defeated by Patti Strand, HVBC chair.  Read with open eyes. 


2005 AKC's History & Future a synopsis of how the sport - and dog farming, i.e. Puppy Mills developed.


2006 AKC Buys PAWS? Donates $29,000 To Rick Santorum in one trip. 


2006 AKC's Inducement Letter To Puppy Mills If only you were a puppy mill - What a deal!


2006 Hunte & Hunt TheDogPress publishes State documents revealing trucking partnership.


2006 Hunte Truck Fire Kills 60 puppies locked in cages, on the way to New England pet shops.


2007 Argument For Puppy Mills  AKC says Puppy Mills perform public service.


2008 Update On AKC-Hunte Puppy Mill Deal Investigator McNeal's report isn't pretty.


2008 AKC Silent on Registering Unregistered Dogs A "new service" blocks breeders from genetic research.


2008 AKC's Register Anything Puppy Mill as it ignores foundation to favor its biggest customer.


2008 USDA Definition Of Animal Dealer Excludes Puppy Mills. Why AKC flobbied for PAWS.


2008 Open Letter To AKC Breeder-Judge refutes CEO's justification for AKC's puppy mill support.


2008 AKC-Petland Deal Outrage Delegates, Judges & Breeder letters to TheDogPress force retreat.


2009 PRIME! First peek at AKC’S Secret Pet Shop Software to facilitate point of sale registrations.


2009 AKC's PRIME Software more on software developed for pet shops and puppy mills.


2009 Another Puppy Mill Letter from AKC  HVB get special services, reduced rates, from "the new AKC."


2009 Presidential Salaries and princely perks reveal profits in pushing puppy mill produce!


2011 Hunt Trucking No relation to Andrew Hunte, of the infamous Hunte Puppy Mill;


2011 Backbone Gone? This drew outrage and record reprint requests.


2011 AKC Branding Purebred Dogs sends people to the shelter to adopt instead of buying a purebred.


2011 & 2012 IRS chart of Directors' Salaries And Perks .

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