PUPPY MILLS INDEX
Authoritative historical documentation on AKC and puppy mills, re-defined as High Volume Breeders because millers are of more $$$ value than hobby breeders who register fewer litters.
When TheDogPress.com exposed the long relationship between the AKC, Andrew Hunte, and puppy mills in 2009, AKC countered with the claim that the American Kennel Club needed puppy mills to survive. With the ugly secret out, what did the American Kennel Club do to correct it? AKC re-defined puppy mills as "high volume breeders" (HVB) and tasked judge/AKC Board member Patti Strand with convincing the dog fancy that was necessary and acceptable.
Why would any business betray what it claims as its Core Constituency? Simple. Because puppy mills are of more financial value than “responsible breeders” who produce less income for AKC.
"Responsible Breeder" is a term originally "trademarked" by TheDogPlace.org in 1998. The term was subsequently appropriated by the American Kennel Club in mid-2011. Therefore what was once correctly called a "puppy mill" can today claim the AKC title of responsible breeder and even AKC Breeder Of Merit. Yes, even puppy millers can get AKC Champion titles.
Hobby Breeder is by definition, the opposite of commercial breeders who mass produce puppies "responsibly" or otherwise. A hobby breeder studies canine health, genetics, and reproduction and competes in dog shows, obedience, field, or performance events.
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 breeders and owning a "registered" purebred dog was a mark of distinction.
Now "High Volume Breeders" supply nearly 90% of purebred puppies, aided by AKC's "Petland Deal" which opened an international market for purebred pet shop puppies.
DNA background: When the United Kennel Club (UKC) pioneered the use of DNA to verify parentage, AKC was forced to also offer DNA testing.
The Puppy Mills took serious exception to DNA pedigree verification and formed their own registries. The result was that "Registered" became synonymous with purebred 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 ignored the outrage from hobby breeders and in an apparent move to further lock down the puppy mill market, the American Kennel Club developed the PRIME software program for pet shops. (see below)
Originally founded in 1884 for the betterment of pure bred dogs, most would agree that the American Kennel Club has changed its focus to "all about the money" and open disregard for hobby breeders. As TheDogPress.com continued to expose egregious violations of the American Kennel Club's Mission Statement, the AKC solution was predictable. The American Kennel Club changed the Mission Statement, repeatedly... This is the most recent American Kennel Club Mission Statement
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First, the instant legal definition of ii Puppy Mill, an oft-used term.
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