The American Kennel Club’s Care and Conditions of Dogs policy has been updated as of June 1, 2012. Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports on the new guidelines that emphasize several aspects of canine care that directly impact each individual dog. Learn how kennel inspections will cover an expanded checklist, including the positive interaction of every dog with people on a daily basis.
Temperament is an important quality that helps to define type in every breed. Although character can be hard to define, it is always breed-specific, and recognition of excellence in this area preserves breed type. In today’s Back Story, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler wonders if type is compromised when every dog in the ring is trained to display a generic show dog attitude.
Many of this year’s top show dogs are featured in their own beautiful mini-websites on Best In Show Daily. Simply click on a banner ad to see the dog’s up-to-date show history, plus a slide show of photos that reveals exactly why it’s a top dog.
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AKC Updates Care and Conditions of Dogs Policy
By Christi McDonald
The American Kennel Club is the only dog registry in the United States that maintains a policy outlining the conditions under which breeding dogs should be maintained and the care they should receive and that conducts inspections to assure that its policy guidelines are met. The AKC’s Care and Conditions of Dogs policy was updated as of June 1, 2012.
Beginning in 1991, the AKC Compliance Department was given the funding for a “dedicated proactive inspections team.” more
Training Against Type
By Billy Wheeler
I was sitting with a fellow Terrier owner at a recent show, watching one of our Terrier breeds being judged when she said, “I am so tired of seeing Terriers shown like little Dobermans.” That got me to thinking. Are we training our show dogs against type? Despite the fact that many of our standards are specific in description of temperament, a Best in Show ring at a highly competitive show may have seven dogs that all show the same laser focus on their handlers, moving about the ring like automatons. more