General Membership Minutes from February available on-line.


ronThe 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 these programs.

  • 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 and mixed-breeds.

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 championship.

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 database.  

  • 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 Doggie!

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.


Ron Menaker 

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, Michigan.

“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, visit www.akccaninepartners.org. To get started with your dog in Agility, Obedience or Rally, visit www.akc.org/events.

 Prince Doggie with owners Tacarra Andrade & Michael Marshall and Judge Sarah Beathard
Credit: Raymond Dutton Photography, www.rayduttonphotography.com
Prince Doggie going through the tunnel
Credit: Raymond Dutton Photography, www.rayduttonphotography.com

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 interesting."

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.  Click here to read the entire article.



Deborah reports, "One of my bred by exhibitor class champions finished his Grand Championship Feb 4th. GCH Baileys Lucky Black Jack. We worked hard to get there and I am very pleased with his wins in BOB competition". 

GCH Bailey's Lucky Black Jack

DOB: 8-22-08 

Sire: Ch Ascot Bailey Walk the Line

Dam: Ch Bailey Drivin' Ms Daisy Keleven


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