Yesterday I learned that the AKC is adopting a program for mixed breed dogs. While this is something that has been discussed and debated for several years, I have to say I was rather surprised to see this announcement so soon.
In a nutshell, this program will allow mixed breeds to be registered with AKC with a mixed breed designation effective October 1, 2009. Effective April 1, 2010, mixed breeds will be allowed to compete in AKC agility, rally, and obedience events. The kicker here is that the mixed breeds will compete in separate class divisions from the purebreds and will earn different titles. They will also not be eligible for National championships or invitational events - If you are interested in the specifics, please click here to learn more.
While I have mixed emotions on the subject in general, I think this could be a good program - at least for me personally. We have so many AKC trials in this area - many within a 20 minute drive. I would love the opportunity to trial so close to home, and while I'm perfectly happy to compete with Indy in NADAC or USDAA, there just aren't many trials that are as convenient. Not to mention the fact that most of our friends trial in AKC. For us as a team, I really don't care about the titles or the fact that they would come with a "mixed" designation...I would just like the opportunity to play the same game as everyone else...if I *choose* to do so.
I know that this new program will have a lot of folks upset - and while I find the whole "separate but equal" notion rather humorous, I view it as an opportunity - take it or leave it...but at least we will hopefully have the option to participate if we choose. I say hopefully because ultimately it will be up to the clubs who put on the trials to decide whether or not to allow the mixed breeds. I do hope that the clubs will welcome this program - I'm sure there is some concern that this would take away opportunities for the purebreds, but at least in my area, I don't think this will be a big issue. For example, in this weekend's NADAC trial out of the 114 dogs entered, only 8 are "All-American" (including Indy). And I've been to some trials where Indy has been the only mixed breed entered.
I could go on, as there are a lot more heated opinions regarding AKC and this topic in general, but for now I'll just say that on paper it looks good to me. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how it plays out. In the meantime, we're having a lot of fun with the idea that Indy will soon be able to ride the "AKC bus" even if it means we might have to sit in the very back. ;)
Speaking of Indy, here's some recent pictures of my favorite spotted mutt!
Party of Four! | Venice Pet Photography
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