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News from AKC

Posted by CMKC on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 Under: AKC News

More big news from AKC.


Effective July 1, 2012 clubs must offering the 4-6 month puppy class.  Apparently, puppies in this class will not compete for Championship points.  Evidently, AKC will work out some sort of point schedule for this class that will result in the award of a Beginners Title or Certificate.  I don’t have any details about the Beginners Title/Certificate or points schedule at this time.


Effective July 1, 2012 clubs must offering something called an “Open Show.”  Again the details are sketchy.  AKC plans to notify all new registered owners about the opportunity to participate in the Open Show.  It is billed as a family event.  Ostensibly, the show [read class] is for people who are new to conformation showing,  i.e. Novice handlers.  No professional handlers, whether or not they are owners, will be allowed to compete in the Open Show.


Excerpt from the December 16, 2011 AKC Delegates Meeting

Events introduced the four-to-six-month beginner puppy competition increase entries, attract

new exhibitors, socialize puppies with introduction to AKC Conformation games. On

average, clubs that offered this special attraction enjoyed a five percent increase in entries

of these puppies. Many of these were first-time exhibitors and potential new club members.

The Open Show is an upgrade from the currently approved Sanctioned Match and is more

receptive to exhibitors, FSS and miscellaneous breeds. An electronic invitation to new

owners was sent from AKC informing them of the educational training opportunities in both

the four-to-six-month puppy and the open show. It should be noted that no champions or

professional handlers are permitted in these events. It's truly targeting the new exhibitors.

Both of these special attractions are approved to become AKC-sanctioned events in July

2012 and to offer a beginner's title. That's the Certificate of Merit that's currently being

offered to competitors in the miscellaneous class.



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Cambridge Minnesota Kennel Club (CMKC) Fostering an interest in all pure-bred dogs; Holding sanctioned matches, dog shows and obedience trials under the rules of the American Kennel Club; Encouraging good sportsmanship at matches, dog shows and obedience trials; Supporting local charitable or civic organizations, especially those that relate to animal welfare and education concerning dogs.