Highlights from the April 2008 Board Meeting

Highlights from the April 2008 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows: The...

Highlights from the April 2008 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:


  • The following Executive Officers were elected:

    • Dennis B. Sprung, President and CEO

    • John J. Lyons, Chief Operating Officer

    • James T. Stevens, Chief Financial Officer

    • James P. Crowley, Executive Secretary

  • The Board clarified its interpretation of change in appearance in Chapter 11, Section 8 of the Dog Show Rules to include drugs and other substances that could have the effect of obscuring, disguising or eliminating any undesirable characteristics.

  • The Foundation Stock Service Guidelines were modified so that an FSS breed with at least 1,000 dogs enrolled may be considered for full recognition after six months in FSS. All breeds would still remain in FSS for a minimum of eighteen months.

  • The Kennel names "Surrey" and "Kenobo" were permanently retired for English Cocker Spaniels at the request of the English Cocker Spaniel Club of America.

  • The Rally Regulations were modified to clarify that for team competitions "If jumps are required, they will be set based on the height of the smallest dog on each competing team."

  • Effective January 1, 2009, all Agility Trial Secretaries who administer more than nine events in a calendar year will be subject to licensing.

  • The revisions to the Pug breed standard, previously published in the AKC GAZETTE, are approved, effective June 3, 2008.


The following Delegates were approved:

  • Dennis E. Daigle, Milton, FL, to represent Pensacola Dog Fanciers Association

  • Pam Goldman, Somerset, NJ, to represent Chaparral Kennel Club

  • Carol A. Meyer, Indianapolis, IN, to represent Central Indiana Kennel Club

  • Deborah D. Mulvey, Waterbury Center, VT, to represent Green Mountain Dog Club

  • Shelley C. Roos, Broad Run, VA, to represent Middleburg Kennel Club

  • Glenda Stephenson, Palm Bay, FL, to represent Space Coast Kennel Club of Palm Bay