AKC will now welcome mixed breeds
Have you heard the news? That AKC will be allowing mixed breeds into certain venues? Straight from the horses mouth, you can read about it here. AKC says the primary reason they are doing this is for ‘legislation power’. Basically the more dogs they have on their leash, the more clout they have to lawmakers.
The plan is that starting October 1st 2009 you will be able register your mixed breed with AKC. Then in April 2010 you will be eligible to compete in mixed breed classes and “stand-alone” agility, obedience, and rally events. Hmmmm….
I have to admit, I have mixed feelings. Not because I don’t want to see our All Americans participating and excelling in agility. It’s just that I have always thought of the AKC as an organization whose philosphy is pure-bred dog ownership and overseeing the registration and title accomplishments of such. Other organizations (such as USDAA and CPE) we respect for simply being agility event organizations (without the same philosphy), and so we expect that these would allow mixed breeds. I don’t know, maybe I’m odd, but whether I agree with philospophys or not, I admire consistency of philosphy with actions. Such clear voices and focused visions are refreshing in today’s complex world. Many an organization has drifted from their original mission because they did not stick to it, and suddenly they find themselves a totally different entity before they even realize what happened.
Anyway….thoughts? I’d like to hear from you.
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