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Highlights from the October 2007 Board Meeting

(Friday, October 12, 2007)
Highlights from the October 2007 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:
  • Dates and locations for future AKC Delegate Meetings were set as follows:
    June 8-9, 2008 (Sunday/Monday) - Boston, MA area (Quincy, MA)
    September 8-9, 2008 (Monday/Tuesday) - New York City Area
    December 15-16, 2008 (Monday/Tuesday) - Long Beach, CA
    March 9-10, 2009 (Monday/Tuesday) - New York City Area


  • The following breeds will be eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous Class at shows, effective July 1, 2008: Cane Corso, Cesky Terrier, Icelandic Sheepdog, and Leonberger. The Dogue de Bordeaux will be eligible to compete in the Working Group at shows, effective July 1, 2008.


  • An exploratory committee was appointed to evaluate the current alignment of breeds within the seven variety groups to determine if a different alignment would better serve the Sport now and in the future. The members are: Dr. Thomas Davies, Chair, Marieann Gladstone, John Nielsen, Karen Burgess, Dr. Robert Smith, Dr. William Newman, Robert Fisher, R. William Taylor, Dr. Alvin Krause, and Robin Stansell. Robin Stansell will serve as AKC staff liaison. A representative from the Dog Show Superintendent's Association will also serve on the committee.


  • At the request of the English Springer Spaniel Field Trial Association, a policy was adopted to prevent a client from entering a field trial stake that their professional trainer is judging.


  • Clubs were given options they may exercise in preparing judging schedules to improve exhibitor convenience. The full details are in the minutes of this meeting.


  • Revisions to the Whippet breed standard as published in the AKC GAZETTE were approved effective January 1, 2008.


  • The new breed approval policy for Conformation judges, as it applies to the first application, have been amended, effective January 1, 2008. The full details are in the minutes of this meeting.


  • The Board approved a Classified Advertising Program for clubs, whereby AKC provides templates for ads highlighting both AKC and the club, and the club receives an educational credit for running the ad. The details are in the minutes for this meeting.
The following Delegates were approved:
  • Kay N. Allred, Cumming, GA, to represent Sawnee Mountain Kennel Club of Georgia
  • Martha V. Dean, Lexington, KY, to represent Irish Wolfhound Club of America
  • Betty Grotophorst, Belleville, WI, to represent Badger Kennel Club
  • Chari Magnan, Weirsdale, FL, to represent Greater Ocala Dog Club
  • James L. Marshall, Santa Fe, TX, to represent Galveston County Kennel Club
  • Jeannette Nieder, Greenfield, NH, to represent Merrimack Valley Kennel Club
  • Patricia B. Staub, Ashland, VA, to represent Greater Fredericksburg Kennel Club
  • Kenneth L. Wadley, Township of Washington, NJ, to represent First Dog Training Club of Northern New Jersey