Wednesday, April 15, 2009

AKC Confirms that Mixed-Breed Dogs Aren't Real Dogs

SUMMARY: New program for mixed-breed dogs in AKC performance events segregates them from the "real" competitors.

Details are in three posts on this site; read all 3.

And here's a PDF link to the original AKC document that this is a copy of.

4 comments:

  1. Darn them to heck! I've had AKC registered dogs and pure-bred-but-no-papers dogs and Heinz-57 dogs. Believe me when I tell you, they are ALL dogs.

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  2. I am surprised AKC even went this far. To tell you the truth, even though I am sure they are motivated solely by $$$, it is a good first step for them, and I can always compare the results for my mix to the purebreds even if AKC does not. I suspect this foothold will evolve into all dogs playing together. I plan to give it a whirl with my BC/Eskie mix Tika and see how it goes.

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  3. Steph: Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto. But AKC's charter really doesn't allow for randomly mixing breeds. Even creating new breeds seems to be frowned upon, although if you can prove that it's a breed over time, they'll gradually take it in.

    There's been a long discussion of the anti's and pro's on my club's mailing list.

    But what I want to know is--ah ha! another dog named Tika! Where did YOU come up with the name?

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  4. So, the whole separate thing is just weird, and very wrong. But, it's hard to complain that akc is doing something to actually acknowledge mixed breed dogs. I know there are arguments it's for money, but whatever the reason, it's a small (very small) step in the right direction. I'm mixed on if I would support it as a mixed breed owner or not (not being one at the moment, it's hard to say how I would respond). Before being WOAD (without agility dog) I was competing in akc for convenience of trial location and dates

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