|Barked: Thu Feb 14, '13 7:43am PST |
|As an owner of a 35 lb Aussie, it drives me crazy to have people constantly ask if she's a mini. I resent having to clarify that my dog is a "standard". I have plenty of hands on experience with Minis in the various sports in which I'm active, and some are quite nice dogs, but I would say that the majority of the most drivey dogs don't have the most stellar temperaments.
Minis are currently in the "Miscellaneous" category. The AKC has the following to say about the category and what needs to happen for a breed to move up to full recognition.
The recognition process begins with a written request to compete in the Miscellaneous Class from the National Breed Club. To be eligible for consideration to become an AKC recognized breed, the following general criteria must be met:
A demonstrated following and interest (minimum of 100 active household members) in the breed (in the form of a National Breed Club).
A sufficient population in this country (minimum of 300-400 dogs), with a three-generation pedigree. Dogs in that pedigree must all be of the same breed.
Geographic distribution of the dogs and people (located in 20 or more states).
AKC must review and approve the club's breed standard as well as the club's constitution and by-laws. Breed observations must be completed by AKC Field Staff.
If a substantial nationwide interest and activity in the breed is demonstrated and the above criteria met, the information is presented to the AKC Board of Directors for consideration to compete in the Miscellaneous Class.
Moving from Miscellaneous Class to Full AKC Registration
While there is no established "quota" or timetable for adding new breeds, dogs typically compete in the Miscellaneous Class for one to three years. At the end of the first year, AKC contacts the National Breed Club for updates on the number of dogs and litters recorded, and the number of dogs who have entered events since being eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous Class. Finally, the club must have held matches, local and national breed specialty shows, judges' workshops and breed seminars.
When all criteria are met, the information is presented to the Board of Directors for full recognition."
I think the whole process is rather silly, and I think that intentionally limiting the gene pool of a relatively new breed like a Mini Aussie over a poor criteria like size/weight is asking for trouble.
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