Highlights from the November 2004 Board Meeting

New York, NY – Highlights from the November 2004 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as...

New York, NY – Highlights from the November 2004 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:


  • The Board amended AKC’s cruelty conviction policy providing for an appeal on the grounds that the conduct was not prejudicial to the sport of purebred dogs. The appeal must be accompanied by a $200 fee, which is returned if the appeal is granted.

  • American Water Spaniels are to be classified as flushing spaniels for the purpose of participation in Hunting Tests for Spaniels, effective June 1, 2005. This action was taken at the request of the American Water Spaniel Club.

  • The Board, at the request of the English Setter Association of America, approved a National Amateur Stake for English Setters, effective June 1, 2005.

  • A number of italicized explanations were added to the Rules and Standard Procedures for English Springer Spaniel Field Trials to clarify the eligibility requirements for judging a water test, to limit the number of puppy stakes for field trials and to raise the eligibility requirements for judges of English Springer Spaniel Field Trials.

  • The Board approved numerous changes to the Tracking Regulations, as recommended by the Tracking Advisory Committee, effective June 1, 2005. The changes are printed in the November Board minutes.

  • The Agility Regulations were amended, effective March 1, 2005, to raise the entry limit in a trial to 330.

  • A grant of $100,000 was made to the AKC Canine Health Foundation to sponsor a 2005 Parent Club Canine Health Conference.


The following Delegates were approved:

Lee Arnold, to represent Southern Colorado Kennel Club

Marge B. Calltharp to represent Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America, Inc.

James E. Dearinger, to represent Des Moines Obedience Training Club, Inc.

Sharon Deputy to represent Field Spaniel Society of America

Michael H. Houchard to represent Conyers Kennel Club of Georgia

Linda Ayers Turner Knorr to represent Greenville Kennel Club

Richard J. Lewis, Selah to represent Yakima Valley Kennel Club, Inc.

Thomas E. Sandenaw to represent Great Dane Club of America, Inc.

William F. Stifel to represent Westminster Kennel Club

Zane K. Sullivan to represent Five Valley Kennel Club

Dorothy Welsh to represent Chicago Collie Club