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|The American Kennel Club now has a program that will allow mixed breeds dogs to compete in some of their events.
Mixed Breed Program Details
The Board and Staff have been considering a program for mixed breeds since January 2005. After extensive research, including gathering feedback from AKC Delegates, AKC Clubs, and mixed breed dog owners, the Board unanimously approved a program for mixed breed dogs at the April 2009 Board Meeting. This followed the non-binding resolutions passed by an overwhelming majority of the Delegates at the March 2009 meeting asking the Board to reconsider a program for mixed breeds.
The details of the program are presented below. Thank you to all Delegates, club officers, and club members who have provided feedback over the years. The program, which includes a Listing Service and Competition Eligibility, is a result of many years worth of research. You have been an integral part of the process and the feedback received has been invaluable.
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Effective October 1st, 2009, mixed breed dog owners can list their dogs with the AKC’s new mixed breed program.
Dogs in the program will be issued an ID number.
Dogs must be spayed or neutered.
The fee for the program will be $35.
In Phase I, listed dogs will receive:
A certificate of participation
A competition card, with their identification number. This number allows mixed breeds to compete in AKC Agility, Rally, and Obedience events
Access to a community of dog lovers interested in supporting all things canine, including the AKC Humane Fund
Affiliation with an organization that:
Actively supports the right to own and breed dogs responsibly by fighting anti-ownership legislation at the local, state, and federal level
Donates millions to canine health research, making all dogs healthier in the long run
Proactively responds to disasters like 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina, reaching out to all dog owners in need during stressful times
The Listing Service will be enhanced in Phase II. In Phase II, effective July 1, 2010 participating dogs will also receive:
Discounted enrollment in the AKC CAR Lost & Found service, which includes a collar tag and 24-7 recovery services
An AKC Supporter window decal
Free CGC certificate for dogs that pass a CGC test
Copy of The New Puppy Handbook and/or sample of Family Dog magazine
Free initial veterinary visit
Trial offer of pet health insurance
Discount coupons to an online dog store
The Listing Service will be enhanced again in Phase III, allowing owners of mixed breed dogs to have access to interactive website with fun features such as forums, picture contests, dog care video downloads, information on pet-friendly businesses, advice from experts, etc. The effective date for the new website will be determined in the future based on the needs of those enrolled.
Competition in Companion Events
Effective April 1st, 2010, the competition parameters governing mixed breed participation in AKC Agility, Rally, and Obedience events:
AKC clubs will have the option to hold mixed breed classes for Agility, Obedience, or Rally events. Those clubs electing to hold mixed breed classes will offer the same classes for mixed breed dogs and purebred dogs.
Mixed Breed classes can only be held at standalone AKC Agility, Obedience, and Rally Events. The class could not be offered at All Breed Shows, Group Shows, or independent specialties, even if Agility, Obedience, or Rally events are being held.
The definition of standalone AKC Companion event is an AKC Agility, Obedience, or Rally event that is not held on the same date AND show site as an AKC all-breed show or independent specialty.
Mixed breed dogs will compete in separate class divisions from AKC purebred dogs.
The club is not required to hold the classes in separate rings under separate Judges. The purebred classes can be held in the same ring, under the same Judge, as the mixed breed classes. Placements and titles will be scored and awarded separately.
For example, in Agility in the Regular class, all purebred dogs entered in the Regular 16 inch class will run, followed in the same ring by the mixed breed dogs entered in the Regular 16 inch class.
Allows event-giving club to decide if group exercises in Obedience, specifically long sits and downs, should be combined to save time or should be completed separately. The club is not required to hold the classes in separate rings under separate Judges. Placements and titles will be scored and awarded separately.
Mixed breed dogs will earn different titles from purebred dogs.
Mixed breed dogs will earn titles with a Mixed Breed suffix (i.e. NAM-Novice Agility Mixed Breed)
Dogs competing in the class will be eligible to earn similar (but separate) titles as purebreds, including MACH-M (Master Agility Champion Mixed Breed), OTCH-M, and RAE-M.
Dogs competing in classes will NOT be eligible for National Championships or Invitational events.
The mixed breed concept that was approved has strong support from AKC Delegates and other key fanciers.
In a strategic planning survey in January 2005, 65% of the responding Delegates either supported mixed breeds in AKC competition or had no opinion on the issue.
In a telephone survey of 84 all-breed, training, and specialty clubs that hold agility and obedience trials, 78% supported AKC clubs having the option to offer classes for mixed breeds at their trials.
In a Fancier Survey completed by 21,017 exhibitors, Delegates, club members, club officers, and dog owners in February 2007, 70% of respondents agreed AKC clubs should have the option to offer classes for mixed breeds at Companion events. 67% of exhibitors, 65% of Delegates, 65% of club members, and 60% of club officers agreed.
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