AKC Introduces New Medallions To Recognize Top Breeder/Exhibitors

The American Kennel Club is pleased to introduce special medallions to recognize the extraordinary...

The American Kennel Club is pleased to introduce special medallions to recognize the extraordinary accomplishments of exceptional breeders. Breeder-owner-handlers of five or 10 different dogs that have become champions of record who have already earned an original Bred-by Exhibitor Medallion through their participation in AKC Events will receive the distinguished award medallions.

“These breeders and their devotion to and expertise about the sport of purebred dogs are invaluable to the AKC and our sport,” said AKC Vice President of Event Operations Robin Stansell. “These breeders have repeatedly demonstrated exceptional quality by breeding and exhibiting their dogs to championship titles. Breeding is the cornerstone of conformation. These breeders have bred great dogs and have shown the dogs they’ve bred. They consistently meet high standards and set a fine example for other purebred dog fanciers to emulate.”

In addition to recognizing Silver Level Breeders who have earned five Bred-by-exhibitor (BBE) medallions and Gold Level Breeders who have earned 10 BBE medallions, this new recognition program will honor recipients on the AKC website and include them in the pool of outstanding breeders considered for AKC Breeder of the Year (providing all other criteria are met).

Following is from the July 2007 Board Book when the new medals were approved:
 

CONFORMATION EVENTS
Bred-By-Exhibitor Recognition
Darrel Hayes, Robin Stansell, and Bobby Birdsong, AKC Staff, participated in this portion of the meeting by video conference. Upon motion by Mr. Goodman, seconded by Dr. Davies, it was VOTED (unanimously) to approve the following initiatives effective January, 2008:

  • Recognize Silver Level Breeders who have earned five BBE medallions with a new unique medallion.

  • Recognize Gold Level Breeders who have earned ten BBE medallions with a new unique medallion.

  • Recognize Gold and Silver Breeders on the AKC website.

  • Include the Gold and Silver Breeders in the pool of those considered for AKC Breeder of the Year competition if all other criteria are met.