It appears the Kennel Club of Britain is about to greenlight LUA Dalmatians into their registry, which means when that happens, the American Kennel Club will be increasingly isolated in its death-grip on racial purity at the expense of canine health and function.
Who speaks for the dogs in America? Not the AKC, that's pretty clear.
Just look at Patti Strand if you have any doubt. Here you will find not only an AKC Board Member, Dalmatian breeder, and dog show judge, but an open apologist for puppy mill registrations, pet-shop sales, and ribbon-chasing within a closed-registry system.
Stand for the health of the dog? Sorry, but at the Dalmatian Club of America and the American Kennel Club that idea seems to take a back seat to blue ribbons and green cash.
I have been hard on the Kennel Club of Britain (for very good reasons), but let me say that they have at least moved forward under the whip.
The shame of the Dalmatian Club of America and the American Kennel Club is now palpable. Leadership? Not a hint of it.
But there is good news: AKC registrations have declined 55 percent over the course of the last 15 years, even as the population of the U.S. has increased by 45 million (17 percent), and the AKC has added 22 new breeds (a 15% increase in dog breeds shown) in an attempt to pad out its sagging membership numbers.
Bottom line: The AKC is a failing institution because the public is no longer buying the failed eugenics theories of the 19th Century.
I count that has a very positive thing in the world of dogs!
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