I AM disappointed to see that the American Kennel Club and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, in particular the latter’s Asia and Pacific Section, are still in a stalemate over this ridiculous blacklisting of judges.

One really would have thought better of the AKC, at least, and hope that it would have behaved with a bit more dignity.

Let’s hope that now Ron Menaker has returned to the position of board chairman, which he was forced to vacate a few years ago under the AKC’s term limits rules, he will use his undoubted diplomatic skills to sort things out as quickly as possible.

This really isn’t in anyone’s interests, is it? One rather expects that the world leaders of the dog scene will show a bit more maturity than do some of the world’s political leaders, but no, it seems that sadly just the same sort of considerations affect our little world as they do in the ‘real’ world.

As I pointed out a few weeks ago, one of the victims of this affair is the American parent club for the Japanese Chin, which had invited, after a members’ vote, Hiroshi Kamisato to judge the national specialty. He is both a world-renowned all-rounder and a distinguished breed specialist and surely his opinion would have been of enormous value to the exhibitors and the breed in the US.

But he of course comes from the region of the FCI whose initial actions caused all this trouble, and so the AKC’s retaliatory restrictions apply to him. The Chin Club has therefore appointed a replacement ‘home-grown’ judge, much I gather to the disappointment of many Chin people who had hoped to show under someone from the country of origin.

I can’t help but wonder what would have happened had the club decided to go ahead with Mr Kamisato’s appointment. Obviously points towards the AKC champion titles would no longer have been on offer at the show, but would the members still have continued to support the event just to get the opinion of the expert judge of their choice? Just a thought…