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Highlights from the November 2006 Board Meeting

(Friday, November 17, 2006)

New York, NY – Highlights from the November 2006 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:

  • The AKC Inspections Program has been enhanced and the following procedure adopted:

    The AKC Kennel Inspections Program will achieve broader coverage and prevent breeders from falling through the cracks by adopting a risk-based system.  This system would ensure that anyone whose breeding reached threshold numbers would be inspected even if their numbers dropped below the minimums in some years; it would require annual inspections of all breeders of 25+ litters and all distributors annually; 18 months inspections of 7+ breeders; and the policy would include a number of random inspections.
  • Effective January 1, 2007, the individual dog registration fee is being increased to $20. This action offsets inflation, standard operating cost increases and takes into consideration recent registration enhancements, including online services and other added-value features. AKC registration fees have historically been raised every few years to account for these factors, with the last increase occurring in 2001. There is no change in the litter registration fee. For more information visit: http://www.akc.org/contact/
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  • The Board approved a non-regular International Class in Obedience, effective January 1, 2008. The intent is to enable American Dogs to better prepare for international competition.
  • Obedience jump heights are to be lowered to 3/4 the height at the withers for Sussex Spaniels and for Kuvaszok, effective January 1, 2007.
  • A number of amendments were made to the Spaniel Hunting Test Regulations, effective February 1, 2007. The details are included in the minutes of the November meeting.
  • Effective January 1, 2007, Kerry Blue Terriers, Pyrenean Shepherds, Norwegian Buhunds, and Swedish Vallhunds, will be eligible to participate fully in AKC Herding Events.

 

The following Delegates were approved:

  • Wayne Harmon, Minneapolis, MN, to represent Cambridge Minnesota Kennel Club
  • Sharon Jolly, El Paso, TX, to represent Rio Grande Obedience Dog Club
  • Judy R. Melear, Fisherville, KY, to represent Louisville Kennel Club
  • Barbara L. Norton, San Jose, CA, to represent Santa Clara Dog Training Club
  • Scott Olund, San Raphael, CA, to represent Poodle Club of America
  • Marile A. Waterstraat, Macedon, NY, to represent Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever Club (USA)