This is a move that was overwhelmingly supported, even insisted on (as much as the Delegate Board is able to) by breeders. Go us!!
I wish there were not so many strings attached–I would much prefer, and I think many breeders would agree with me, a straightforward permission to participate that is much like the current PAL / ILP program. As long as a dog is spayed or neutered, he or she should be able to compete in the companion events. I have high hopes that this is only the first move, and full inclusion will follow.
Welcoming mixed breeds is good for everybody. It makes us put our money where our mouth is – if purebreds do it better, we should be able to prove it. And when we DO prove it, owners who decide to get serious in a particular sport, or who want to breed, will choose a a well-bred purebred. It’s an exponentially better scheme for attracting new breeders than the ill-fated and ill-received strategy to go after retail puppy sales will ever be.
Unfortunately, the new mixed-breed scheme will only take effect at stand-alone obedience/agility/tracking/rally events – I hope this changes, and fast. But remember this the next time you’re at a show. Be friendly to the person who looks lost and confused; he or she may be checking this whole thing out in preparation for trying to register their little malte-whatever. The better impression we give to everyone who shows up, the more they’ll want to get involved.