REPORT - MARCH
The American Kennel Club has recently launched several
new competitive opportunities for exhibitors in Performance Events and
Agility, and I’m pleased to update you about the success and progress of
- The Blue Grass Coursing Club and Greyhound
Association of Northern Georgia hosted the first AKC
Coursing Ability Tests at the end of February. This new
Titling event, which tests the dog’s ability to course, opens up the
fun of Lure Coursing to beyond sight hounds to all dogs - purebreds
There were 28 different
breeds of all shapes and sizes coursed, including a Newfoundland, Great
Dane, Boxers, Cardigan Welsh Corgis as well as mixed-breed dogs. The
first dog to earn a Coursing Ability Title was “Juno,” a Belgian
Tervuren who also earned his AKC Championship three weeks prior.
The clubs received 158
entries over the five tests, and approximately 75% of the dogs passed,
but the real focus was on camaraderie and fun. Competitors provided
positive feedback, cheered on each other’s dogs and enjoyed the day. We
look forward to seeing this event expand to clubs across the country.
A big thank you goes to Doug Ljungren, AKC’s Performance Events AVP, for
bringing this new sport to life!
- In Agility, I’m pleased to announce the creation
of the Preferred Agility Championship title, or
PACH, which will take effect July 1st. Originally scheduled for
2013, we’re happy to implement it almost 2 years ahead of schedule
to recognize our Preferred Agility dogs. Dogs must achieve a minimum
of 750 championship points and 20 double qualifying scores from the
Excellent Standard and Jumpers with Weaves classes to obtain the
The PACH title is also retroactive, so
that any dog that met the requirements prior to July 1st, 2011 will have
PACH prefix added to their AKC registered name in the registration
- We are also looking forward to the upcoming
15th annual AKC National Agility Championship, in
Lexington, VA on April 1-3. We have a record-breaking 1,136 entries,
including for the first time ever Canine Partners listed dogs. And
for even more fun, we’re using Twitter to publish real-time results
of every run in every ring (ex. ,
etc.). We hope the exhibitors and spectators really enjoy this!
- Finally, we’re pleased to announce the
first Master Agility Champion mixed-breed dog. “Prince
Doggie,” a 5-year-old from Michigan completed the MACH title
requirements on February 20 at a trial in Dexter, Michigan. This
title came just ten months after the Canine Partners program
enrollees became eligible to compete in AKC Agility, Obedience and
Rally trials. It’s impressive to note that this accomplishment was
achieved by a first-time dog owner! Congratulations to Prince
We hope all of these new events will attract new dog
owners to the world of AKC events! We look forward to showing the
public the fun they can have with their dog as well as providing new
competitive avenues for our long-time competitors.
For the latest updates and coverage on these new
programs, stay tuned to www.akc.org and
AKC’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
PRINCE DOGGIE MAKES
Prince Doggie Leaves Paw Prints in AKC History Books as First
All-American Master Agility Champion
The American Kennel Club is pleased to congratulate
“Prince Doggie,” the first All-American dog and
AKC Canine Partner enrollee
to achieve the Master Agility Champion (MACH) title. The
five-year-old dog, owned by Tacarra Andrade and Michael Marshall
of Novi, Michigan and handled by Andrade, completed the title
requirements for the highest honor in Agility on February 20,
2011 at the Canine Combustion Dog Agility Club trial in Dexter,
“As soon as I saw [an Agility competition], I knew that it was
what Prince Doggie was meant for. He was so rambunctious and
would often make up his own little obstacle courses around the
house,” Andrade said. “Agility seemed like the perfect activity
for Prince to be able to use all of the energy he had, but in a
more controlled and safe way.”
Through the end of 2010, AKC Canine Partners listed dogs had
earned 1,944 titles, including 1,408 Agility Titles, 155
Obedience Titles and 381 Rally titles.
For more information about the AKC Canine Partners program,
To get started with your dog in Agility, Obedience or Rally,
Doggie with owners Tacarra Andrade & Michael Marshall
and Judge Sarah Beathard
Credit: Raymond Dutton Photography,
Prince Doggie going through the tunnel
Credit: Raymond Dutton Photography,
THE EVOLUTION OF THE AKC DELEGATE BODY
From Catherine Bell: An article about AKC Delegates written
by Jim Crowley.
"This article would be good for the new people in the sport of dogs.
Can you please share with our club members?. I think it is very
Today, AKC is a corporate entity with a well-established structure
consisting of three interrelated components.
- The AKC Board has the overall responsibility of managing the
organization and for maintaining its stud bood.
- The AKC Staff carries out the directions of the Board of
Directors and runs th AKC operation on a day-to-day basis.
- The Delegates have the responsibility for adopting and amending
Bylaws and Rules and for electing the 13 member Board, from among
their own ranks.
As AKC prepares for the future, it is important to see how it
evolved into what it is today.
to read the entire article.