FSS and the Upwardly Mobile
Achieving full AKC recognition is the ultimate goal for fanciers of the breeds enrolled in the Foundation Stock Service. Senior Editor Christi McDonald tells Best In Show Daily readers about the program, created to assist fanciers interested in perpetuating relatively unknown breeds here in the United States. Learn about the breeds that are currently enrolled, and find out how the program helps fulfill AKC’s commitment to ensuring the continuation of purebred dogs.
The first quarter of the year is drawing to a close, and quite a few dog and handler teams have made advances toward the top of their respective groups. Rest assured, Master Blogger Billy Wheeler has been following these upwardly mobile teams as they crisscross the country in search of the next big win. In today’s Back Story, the spotlight is on the dogs that have captured everyone’s attention as they move steadily – even dramatically – up the rankings.
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How a Breed Moves from AKC’s FSS to the Miscellaneous Class
By Christi McDonald
How often do you see a breed of dog that you can’t quite identify? There are well over 300 recognized breeds of dogs in the world, and today it seems that American dog show enthusiasts are more likely than ever to come across a purebred dog unfamiliar to them.
The American Kennel Club currently recognizes 174 breeds. Our neighbor to the north, the Canadian Kennel Club, recognizes 175 breeds. The Kennel Club in Great Britain registers 210 breeds, and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale recognizes more than 330 breeds. more
As we wrap up the first quarter of the show season, I am impressed with how wide open the rankings race is. While our current leaders have a pretty comfortable lead on the field, one should take note how many dogs have moved up the rankings in the last few weeks. Post Westminster the show year begins in earnest, Last year’s leaders who have been contemplating retiring have gone or are making only sporadic appearances and this year’s players have declared themselves. Here are eight dogs that have made impressive advances through the rankings since Mid February.
Five weeks ago, the Tibetan Mastiff, GCH CH Dreamcatcher Major Victory Of Loki, had just entered the Top 100 Dogs All Breeds. more