Great news from the American Kennel Club (AKC): they're now going to allow mixed breed dogs to compete for AKC titles in events!
Nemo's heritage is unknown (we think Great Dane and Hound), but he's certainly a mix of breeds. I've wanted to do tracking with him, but have been unable. Until now. Guess that means we'll have to get crackin' on training for our trackin'! (Corny, aren't I?)
Here are a few paragraphs from the AKC announcement:
The mixed breeds program will be implemented in three phases. As of
October 1, 2009 owners can begin enrolling their pets and receive an
AKC ID number. Then beginning April 1, 2010 enrolled dogs will be
eligible to compete in mixed breed classes at stand-alone AKC Agility,
Obedience and Rally events. Soon after they will have access to
benefits such as discounted AKC Companion Animal Recovery Lost and
Found service, a free AKC Canine Good Citizen® certificate for dogs
passing the CGC test, a free initial veterinary visit, a trial offer of
pet health insurance and discounted coupons for dog supplies.
The third phase will offer a dedicated Web site where dog owners can
interact via an online community with discussion forums and access dog
care video downloads, advice from experts and the most up-to-date news
on canine health and welfare. The site will be continually enhanced
with new features and benefits in order to respond to the changing
needs of pet owners.
his is a great news for those love mixed breeds. Thank for AKC for doing this. I wish every country has an AKC….
They will have entry to benefits such as reduced AKC Associate Pet Restoration missing and found service.