Welcome Mat for Mutts at the AKC
Back in May we discussed the AKC allowing mixed breeds to compete with the purebreds. There was a lot of great feedback here at AgilityFusion, and elsewhere on the internet as well, apparently! AKC has changed their stance on the Mixed Breed titling system and competing due to ‘compelling feedback’ from the community.
AKC decided to allow mixed breeds to compete in any agility trial WITHIN the same classes. This is different than their previous ‘separate class’ distinction that was obviously not accepted as well and clubs thought too confusing. This means the AKC can now really compete with USDAA and CPE in their agility offerings (and rally and obedience as well!). This’ll begin April 1st (I know, really?) So your mixed breed dog can now compete head to head with the purebreds, and may the best dog win!
Clubs have the choice not to enroll in the Mixed Breed program (called the AKC Canine Partners Program), but it is anticipated that all will. Why limit your clubs’ venue by not allowing registered mix breeds? there’s money to be made in it, after all!
You can register your Mix here:http://www.akc.org/mixedbreeds/listing_benefits.cfm and you can find trials that allow mixes at http://www.akc.org/events/search/index.cfm?action=refresh_index&active_tab_row=2&active_tab_col=3&fixed_tab=8&mxb_flag=Y I think this will definitely make it easier to get competitions in areas that don’t have a lot of venue options.