I’ve been keeping track of the blog postings on the AKC’s decision to allow mixed breeds to compete in somewhat apartheid-tainted classes, and (as expected) there’s a lot of resentment about the, you know, apartheid.
I hope the AKC (and here I of course mean the Board of Directors) is paying attention, because this shows two things: One, that owners who run mixed-breed dogs DO pay attention to AKC events, and theoretically would in fact participate if the restrictions were lifted. This really could be the money maker the AKC needs. (I don’t resent the AKC for needing to make money – a ton of what they do is subsidize shows and events, so I WANT them to make a lot of money and keep my entry fees to the “ridiculous” level rather than sending the needle into “obscene.” And I would like them to do it without registering more commercially bred puppies.)
The second thing the AKC needs to realize is that people who run mixed breeds are not second-class citizens; they are intelligent and serious and they deserve the consideration that any registrant does. Ticking them off is not a good idea. If there are so few slots in an event that inviting mixed-breed dogs fills them too fast, can’t we figure out a way to recognize commitment? Members of a tracking club get the first dozen slots and then the rest are open? Can’t we be a little smarter about this?
In fact, that’s pretty much all that needs to be asked: Can’t we be a little smarter about this?