Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Have you heard?

The AKC is starting a mixed breed program this fall. Starting on October 1 mixed breed dogs may register with the AKC and participate in companion programs such as agility, obedience and rally.

Click here to read the press release about the program.

The agility community is a-buzz about this news. The posting on the AgileDog list are flying. Most, I must say, are positive.

What's your opinion?


Diana said...

I think ist a good thing. But I do find it funny becasue I always would hear people complain that mixed breeds couldnt do AKC agility. Thats why they like USDAA better. So I went to my first USDAA agility trial. I was so excieted to see different dogs run. Well guess what. I only saw one mixed breed that day. Mostly I saw border collies. I was really surprised. I thought to myself, what is everyone complaining about. ( That was a couple of years ago) Diana

Kathleen Stoltzfus said...

Pretty much negative. AKC is a pure bred registry with part of its mission being the promotion of pure bred dogs. Sorry.

Sheltie Owner said...

Kathy, thank goodness you said that. I think this is a move away from their "mission statement" and seems to me to be just a new way to make money. They're missing a slice of the market, and this will help tap that resource. Maybe hard economic times forced this decision, not the ultruistic "we care for all dogs" motive.

Acadia Shelties said...

Well I have made my thoughts known about this in many different places. I am disappointed with the decision to go ahead with this program.