Message from the Board Breeders Committee Chairman
Walter F. Goodman has been active in the sport since 1940, when his renowned Glamoor Skye Terrier kennel was founded. He was first approved as a judge in 1977, is president of the Montgomery County Kennel Club, and has served on many AKC Board committees. Mr. Goodman has been the AKC Delegate from the Skye Terrier Club of America since 1976.
Lisa Croft-Elliot ©AKC
Since its founding in 1884, the American Kennel Club has been the organization of choice for people who are devoted to purebred dogs. The love of dogs and the commitment to preserve, protect, and improve a chosen breed represent the very essence of the AKC.
And, to further that mission, the American Kennel Club strives to recognize and assist those breeders who maintain and improve the form, function, health, and distinctive type and character of purebred dogs, through dedication to a specific breed, the world of purebred dogs, and the principle of responsible dog ownership.
Over the last several years especially, the AKC Board and staff have worked together to launch myriad services and programs to celebrate and help our breeders, who truly are the heart and soul of our sport.
I am proud to have been on the AKC Board since 1988 and the chair of the Board Breeders Committee since its inception in 2003, during which time many of these banner initiatives were launched.
- The American Kennel Club Breeder of the Year award acknowledges some of our top breeders who have successfully devoted decades to their chosen breed as well as serving as mentors to the breeders of tomorrow, thus ensuring the continuation of the sport.
- The AKC/Eukanuba National Championship has annually added attractions and competition to spotlight the breeder-owner-handler.
- The quarterly AKC Breeder newsletter contains information and timely articles written by respected individuals from the world of purebred dogs.
The Bred-by-Exhibitor Medallion program acknowledges those breeders who have finished a homebred champion from the Bred-by-Exhibitor class. In 2008, this popular program will be broadened to honor those breeders who have qualified for 5 and 10 medallions.
The AKC/AKC CHF Breeders Symposia are open to all breeders, experienced and novice, and anyone with a true dedication to dogs. The programs include topics relevant to a modern and responsible approach to canine breeding and medicine. The symposia offer dog breeders a forum to meet, learn and share ideas, concerns, and expertise.
Walter F. Goodman with Ch. Glamoor Good News en route to Best in Show at Westminster, 1969. Courtesy Walter F. Goodman.
- Online Record Keeping allows breeders to view, create, and maintain breeding records, AKC litter and puppy registration information, as well as puppy records, all free of charge to any breeder with a “My AKC” account.
- Since its launch in the last quarter of 2003, Online Litter Registration has been one of the most popular web-based AKC services for breeders.
- Online Dog Registration allows registrants who obtain their puppy from a single individual to complete the dog’s registration in just minutes.
- The Full-Litter Registration program gives breeders the option of registering a litter and individually registering each puppy in the litter, all at the same time, using one application form and with discounted fees.
- Online Breeder Classifieds remind the public to first visit a breed’s AKC parent club web site or contact the parent club’s breeder referral. They also provide an opportunity for breeders who have puppies available to list contact information on the AKC web site.
- Breeder-specific web pages increase communication between the AKC and breeders, announce online services, and provide a resource for all breeders.
- Veterinary Network offers newly registered puppies a complimentary first veterinary-office visit with one of the more than 3,200 practices enrolled in the program.
I invite you to visit www.akc.org to find out more about these and other programs being introduced by the AKC to show our appreciation to you, the AKC breeder.—W.F.G.