I found this article – link attached, thought it was interesting.
I’ve snipped some of her editorial , so you can chew that over. And then respond to the question yourself?
Is the AKC (or in Canada the Canadian Kennel Club) a valued institution? Does is advocate for the betterment of dogs?
Is showing dogs actually creating better bred dogs? If yes, which breeds exactly? I’m curious to hear of a breed that has been recognized by the CKC/AKC and has either been dramatically improved upon, or maybe even saved from disaster. Is there any notable milestones in the recent 30 years that deserve attention.
And generally, what exactly does either of this kennel clubs do that is so valued and necessary and why can we not live without them?
The contrarion opinion is also appreciated
Below are some highlights:
Next in, Heather Houlahan of Raised by Wolves, her wrath prompted by the image of a smiling Leonberger. The Leo, like the border collie and others, is a breed that was “recognized” by the AKC over the intense objections of many of its breeders, who (quite rightfully) saw the move as a money-grab by an ailing organization that (quite accurately) has shown itself an institutional supporter of puppy-mills and a lip-service advocate for better canine health.
Thereafter followed “discussion” that mostly consisted of the desire to see the American Kennel Club bombed into tiny fragments, the pieces then bulldozed into a very deep pit and covered with concrete. Seriously, if you think PETA hates the AKC, you haven’t listened to non-AKC breed advocates. Funny thing is, except for the bombing, bulldozing and cement-covering bits, I agree with these non-AKC breed advocates. The AKC, instead of changing its game to actually be what it pretends to be (‘the dogs’ champion”), is instead doubling down on the same bad bet that has plunged it into a state of financial retreat and increasing irrelevance.
But what do you do with a breed that has been developed for companionship only, like the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel? Or a breed whose purpose has long ago disappeared, like the Bulldog, a breed so utterly and completely destroyed by fashion that last summer at the American Veterinary Medical Association conference, I listened to a presentation where a top specialist said the only way to offer Bulldogs (and Pugs, too) a shot at a life not full of oxygen-deprived, overheated misery is to have their nostrils surgically widened and their soft palates clipped at the time they’re in for a spay or neuter, before the age of one year. Otherwise, noted the veterinarian, many will have to be euthanized young when the build up of scar tissue from their struggles to breathe finally blocks their ability to do so. If, that is, they haven’t dropped dead from overexertion already from walking around the block on a mildly warm day. Folks, if breeding for an appearance not compatible with breathing or walking isn’t animal cruelty, it’s hard to imagine what would be.
First, I will only give TU to all responses. Second, below is my 2cents at this point.
So far, all very good responses and I thank you. I will wait to see if anyone else responds.
If its sole mandate is a registry, why stop at registering births. If (for example) all vets were required to file a "reason for death" certificate for every dog euthanized, wouldn’t that drive better health and breed standards if the consuming public had upfront knowledge of what a breeders track record was – how many died prematurely – how many lived long healthy lives, which ones died of cardio, or cancer or had hip problems etc.
Also, wouldn’t breeders be better informed and avoid breeding mistakes. Is operating in silo’s within breed clubs really sustainable?
In any other industry I have worked in, greater transparency has yielded better results and balanced demand with supply – for the consumer and those that provide value. Perhaps I am naiive, but I would think breeders that truly better th
the breed would benefit and unscrupulous breeders selling sickly dogs would not survive. It would not solve world hunger, but I think quantiatively and qualitatively categorize what for many is still very obscure : BYB, Puppy Mill, Reputable Breeder. Just my 2c