Aloha, New Breeds!
In today’s Back Story, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler takes a look at the “new” breeds that have gained full recognition in the past decade. Numbers cruncher Billy examines their potential impact on the show scene and on the AKC as a whole. How might their addition affect the long-recognized breeds of the nation’s largest and oldest registry? Read The Back Story to find out. And Editor Susan Chaney tells you about a modified proposal before the Hawaiian legislature that seems in favor of the responsible breeder.
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173 & Counting
By Billy Wheeler
173 & counting, breeds that is. Last week I looked at the AKC’s proposal for realigning and expanding the current seven groups of breeds. What struck me as extraordinary was the number of new breeds that were included in the realignment, a staggering 53 additional breeds. While one should not assume that all 53 will be admitted to full recognition by the proposed 2015 implementation date, the best estimates are that the 30 new breeds will added over the next three to five years.
One of the things I love about the dog game is the wide variety of types of dogs we have in the game. Our European counter parts have almost 350 breeds/varieties to enjoy at their shows. I have for some time admired those among us who have worked so diligently to preserve these living records of man’ association with the domesticated dog. more
Two committees of the Hawaii Senate took steps recently to modify proposed Senate Bill 2504 such that, if passed by the legislature, it will not apply to breeders who do not sell puppies or dogs to retail pet stores and will not require those sold by retailers to be spayed or neutered.
The committees changed the definition of “retail pet store” to clarify that it does not include humane societies, animal control, rescue or care organizations, or retail pet stores acting in cooperation with this type of organization. more