Sunday, May 28, 2017

The AKC Dog Show is Dying

Back in September American Kennel Club Chairman Ron Menaker wrote a piece entitled "The Show Must Go On" but his numbers were less than optimistic:

The sport of Conformation is the flagship AKC event, and is the sport that is at the very foundation of our Registry....
[T]he trends over the past ten years show us that Conformation is in a tenuous position. “The graying of the Sport” has become something of a buzzword in recent years, but we know that the issue is far more complex than the simple fact of an aging population.
... The numbers show a pretty clear picture.

All-breed and conformation entries have been falling over the past ten years.

Fewer conformation championships have been earned.

Every year, fewer dogs are exhibited in conformation.


Peter Apps said...

Despite Menaker's misleading labelling, conformation shows are not in any sense of the word a sport.

dp said...

Good news!