Friday, March 09, 2007

Should AKC allow mixed breed dogs in competition, part 2.


I think this is going to become a reality. Fine.
It will make many mixed breed owners happy (although it will piss off some of the snobbier purebred fanciers.) It will make it easier for people to compete in more working events by making them available to all dogs regardless of heritage.
It must be noted that there are already many registries and venues for mixed breed dogs to compete: USDAA, CPE, UKC, AMBOR, MBDCA and many others. Granted, I imagine AKC sanctioned events outnumber other registries and AKC holds events most others don't, like Rally Obedience and tracking.
To refresh your memory, here is AKC's information page on their proposal.

My no vote still stands, though.
Why?
Mainly because the AKC is bullshitting you about "protecting the health and wellbeing of all dogs."
If they did, they would not be selling millions of dollars worth of registration papers to the largest commercial puppy breeding operation in the country. They would not be actively courting commercial breeders at all. These breeders do absolutely NOTHING to promote the integrity of purebred dogs and are both directly and indirectly responsible for the killing of millions of perfectly good, healthy animals, mostly at taxpayers expense.
This sort of breeding "advances the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs" how, again?
Here is the Hunte Corporation home page. The largest commercial puppy breeding and puppy broker operation in the country. Probably the world. Yup, AKC recognised.
When the dogs get unbreedable or sick, they're killed off. When they get a little old, or the factory farm gets too crowded, breeding animals are auctioned off by the hundreds. The auction lists are just heartbreaking and horrible to read.

If there is an outreach by AKC to the general public informing people of the way to find a responsible breeder and why rescue and shelter dogs are a gtreat idea, I haven't seen it. If the AKC has done anything at all to inform the general public that "AKC registered" doesn't mean squat about the quality and soundness of the dog except both parents were registered, I haven't seen it. Too many people think that "AKC registered" or "having papers" actually means something special.
Both the information packet and their own mission statement point out that promoting the "AKC message" to a wider group of dog owners is an important goal. What their message is, I'm not sure. It's stated right there on the information page that mixed breeds are inferior and the hope is that when mutt-owners are exposed to purebred dogs they will be encouraged to make their next dog an AKC recognised one.
Whatever.

The organization does good things. The AKC Canine Health Foundation funds research on many doggie health concerns and this benefits all dogs, regardless of heritage. They donate large amounts of money and resources during disasters like Katrina. They sanction responsible breed clubs and tons of working and conformation events.
They are not the bad guys and if this passes, I'm happy that more people will be able to get out and have fun with their dogs, I really am.
If they would just tell the truth, "we need more money so we're considering accepting mixed breed dogs" this would sit much better with me. Truthfulness is so refreshing! I guess I just can't get past the hypocrisy and the snobby attitude is all.
That's why I'd still vote no.

9 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

My vote was yes - Any chance to show my dogs more often and closer to home is welcome.

And although there are so many more issues and motives involved, my opinion is that the AKC thinks it has more power and influence than it actually does.

And really, can my opinion of AKC get any lower? Probably not. And yet I still compete there.

9:00 AM  
Anonymous Great Dane Addict said...

I agree with you. 100%.

10:06 AM  
Anonymous jan said...

You make some excellent points. I got disillusioned with AKC when I found out that while they didn’t sanction them, they didn’t condemn seminars and classes in this area to help people learn how to disguise faults and weaknesses in their show dogs. The word was that AKC judges conducted these for a lot of money. I don’t know how widespread these seminars are, but they certainly violate the spirit of competition and improving the breeds.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Behind Blue Eyes said...

Wow! You've made a lot of posts since the last time I read your blog. I've been so busy lately! That's great that you care about animals so much. Very informative too....I never knew any of this.

4:34 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Have mixed emotions because I love all doggies, in fact, all four-legged creatures.

12:25 AM  
Blogger JJ said...

I just want to watch my hyena dog kick some purebred ass. :-) Inferior my butt!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Semavi Lady said...

Carina, I agree with you.

There are certainly some philosophical dichotomies regarding showing mixed breeds at AKC shows.

It is simply not about snobbery -- but much like the issue that if one wants to enjoy a pastry or creamery ice cream, one shouldn't demand to find the same outlet selling hardware, sushi, or aquarium fish as well as slabs of beef.

It is by definition, a niche for purebred dogs.

AKC realizes it needs to cultivate the attention of the dog owning public. How far will or can it go?

Many who got started in purebreds began with a neutered purebred pet.

Pet issues seem to be very complex now.

2:01 AM  
Blogger yellowdog granny said...

think akc should start a panel of people that go to all these puppy mills and if they don't fit the bill health wise they should not be allowd to show their dogs in any shows..or is that an impossiblity?

1:05 PM  
Blogger jill bryant said...

you had me at puppy mill...there is NO excuse for that from the AKC.

3:46 AM  

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