AKC plays good breeders for fools

October 29, 2009 at 2:45 pm Leave a comment

A while back, the top dogs at the American Kennel Club brought to its member clubs a plan to make it easier for “high-volume breeders” to register their “inventory” with the what once was the best “brand”in the dog world.

The members of those member clubs, who pride themselves on being ethical, responsible breeders, responded with torches and pitchforks, and the plan seemed to be shelved.

Except not.

Faced with declining registrations (and so, revenue) because of competing registries that print papers for puppy-mill dogs, including (gasp!) non-purebreds such as puggles, maltipoos, labradoodles and more. These registries had sprung up when the AKC actually cared about the puppy-mill issue — or at least about the integrity of its records of “pure” dogs — and the millers realized as long as a dog had “papers” most pet-store buyers neither knew nor cared what organization (or dude in his basement) printed them.

Add in the defection of puppy-milling scum with a couple of other factors: the greater awareness of health problems associated with small gene pools and the recent cache associated with adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group.

You can even add in the movie “Best In Show” for nailing the nuttiness of the dog-show scene.  I know a lot of people who show dogs, and a lot of completely normal ones. But everyone who has ever shown a dog also knows someone who matches every character in the movie.

The problem for the AKC: It needs the money from the back shop (puppy mills) to pay to keep the display window decorated.

They could change their business model. But instead, they chose to “raise the bar” on high-volume breeders — give their failing brand to “model” operations that may be cleaner and have kennel help with more teeth and a clean smock, but that still ignore what we have known for generations now: A family pet needs to be raised in a family, not in a kennel.

How much is the AKC willing to sell out ethical, reputable breeders? There appears to be no end in sight.

Go here, here and here.

Honestly, I’ve gone from hoping they reform to hoping they implode so we can build an organization that actually does care about dogs, the preservation and protection heritage breeds, reputable breeders and an end to puppy-milling scum on the ruins of this one.

The Kennel Club in the United Kingdom has shown some small signs that it cares more about dogs than “purity.”  I’m still waiting for some small sign that the American Kennel Club cares more about dogs than money.

But all I keep seeing in the opposite.



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