Lovable mutts coming to an AKC show near you

Posted By elaine on May 24, 2010

When you think of dog shows, you think of perfectly coifed purebreds strutting their stuff, but things are a changing.

After 125 years of its existence, the American Kennel Club is letting mutts, or “All Americans,” compete in AKC shows in their own category as part of their  “Canine Partners” program. The mixed breed dogs won’t be judged in conformation classes that are based on breed standards, but instead on performance events like agility, rally and obedience.

Whether raising a puppy or helping an adult dog learn new manners, the best way to ensure your dog becomes a well behaved member of the household is to build a relationship through training and engaging in fun activities that will strengthen your bond,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Whether dogs lovers are ready to enter one of the many events now open to mixed-breeds or are just interested in watching the action, these events offer a great opportunity for dog lovers to learn about dog training in a fun and supportive environment.

If you and your four-legged friend want to participate in an AKC Rally, Agility and Obedience event, over 2,000 clubs across the nation are holding events in 2010, including several right here in Colorado.  

The Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club in Loveland will offer all the performance events for mixed-breeds during their three day show  over the  4th of July weekend  and Roaring Fork Kennel Club will host two days of events for “All Americans” later that month.

 So far the numbers have been fairly good in the “All American” events, especially considering it is so new.

“We are excited that our mixed-breed entries in AKC Rally, Obedience and Agility classes totaled more than 500 around the country during this first weekend,” said AKC Spokesperson Gina DiNardo. “Purebreds and mixed-breeds had the chance to show off their skills and highlight that it’s the time you spend training and bonding with your dog that really matters the most.”

The AKC is hoping to prove that they are about dogs, not just bloodlines and that by introducing all dog owners to the world of dog shows, the clubs and events can only get better.  I myself am looking forward to seeing the lovable mutts showing in these events, and I think dog owners will have a good time competing with their dogs.  I know it has been a great source of enjoyment for me and my dogs!

Before you head to the show though, you do need to register your All American in the AKC.  If you do this by May 31st you can save $10.

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