(Friday, August 15, 2008)
Highlights from the August 2008 meeting of the AKC Board of Directors are as follows:
- AKC management was directed to aggressively pursue all registrable dogs in the commercial sector where all AKC rules, regulations, and policies are followed and the Chairman and President were authorized to take all necessary steps to provide for the support of management and staff to pursue this objective.
- The Board of Directors unanimously concurred without objection, with a legislative staff recommendation that the AKC move to a neutral position on California Assembly Bill 1634, now known as the "California Responsible Pet Ownership Act." The bill has been radically amended and addresses two major issues resulting from irresponsible dog ownership - dogs that are found roaming and dogs that are not licensed as required by existing law. More information is available here.
- The Pekingese Club of America was denied approval for holding of a Specialty Show on February 8, 2009. This action was based upon years of turmoil in the club as well as questionable actions by the club’s Board of Directors.
- The Board appointed the AKC Nominating Committee that is to select candidates for the vacancies that are to be filled at the March 2009 Delegate Meeting:
Erik Bergishagen, Detroit Kennel Club, Chair
Rey Burgos, Chihuahua Club of America
Blackie H. Nygood, Mispillion Kennel Club
Harry G. Ottmann, Fort Worth Kennel Club
Jack G. Smith, Great Western Terrier Association of Southern California
Carl E. Holder, Beaumont Kennel Club
Patte Klecan, American Bouvier des Flandres Club
- The proposal to develop a program to permit mixed-breed dogs to compete in Companion Events was not adopted.
- Effective January 1, 2010, the American Foxhound will be listed as such on all AKC publications and on all forms rather than as Foxhound (American). This change was requested by the American Foxhound Club.
- The Board voted to open up the Basenji stud book to African imports from January 1, 2009 until December 31, 2013, provided the dogs met the criteria set by the Basenji Club of America. Full details are included in the August 2008 AKC Board minutes.
- The Board approved a letter of understanding with Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), confirming policies and practices that have been followed for years without a written document. This letter is still subject to final ratification by FCI.
- The Finnish Lapphund will be eligible to compete in the Miscellaneous Class, effective July 1, 2009.
- Obedience jump heights were lowered to three-quarters of the height of the dogs at the withers, effective January 1, 2009, for the following breeds: Akita, Bichon Bolognese, Chinese Shar-Pei, Kishu Ken, and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.
- Revisions to the Chihuahua breed standard, as published, were approved, effective October 1, 2008.
The following Delegates were approved:
- Cathy De La Garza, South Houston, TX, to represent Galveston County Kennel Club
- James R. Dok, Shelton, WA, to represent Gig Harbor Kennel Club
- Mary Ellen Fishler, Washington Grove, MD, to represent Poodle Club of America
- Sharon Morgan, Welcome, MD, to represent German Pinscher Club of America
- Margaret K. Mott, Livingston Manor, NY, to represent Norwegian Elkhound Association of America
- Jane Pelland, Foster, RI, to represent South County Kennel Club
- Audrey F. Sutton, Saratoga, CA, to represent Santa Clara Valley Kennel Club