Danish-Swedish Farmdogs are an AKC-FSS Breed!

Danish-Swedish Farmdog AKC Foundation Stock Service
I’m so excited! Check it out! Shortly after I imported Jet from Sweden back in July of 2009, I knew, in the back of my mind, that Danish-Swedish Farmdogs needed AKC. I wrote about it at length in my post about FCPR and International Registrations back in January of 2010. A whole year ago. Since then I’ve been able to find some great friends in the Farmdog community who understood where I was coming from. And together they and I put together a packet to send to the AKC to apply for recognition with the AKC Foundation Stock Service! Check out the AKC-FSS breeds… and check out the Danish-Swedish Farmdog AKC-FSS page!

We were accepted back in October 2010, but it needed to go to the AKC Board of Directors meeting in January of 2011. We received notice after that meeting that our Farmdogs were accepted! Waahooo!

I will admit to you that my opinion of the AKC has grown immensely since all this started. The AKC doesn’t write standards or change rules.. the AKC is basically a club of dog clubs. Not unlike the FCI itself. And now the US Born Farmdogs will be able to get AKC pedigrees (as long as people register their dogs with AKC-FSS). These dogs will then be able to show in conformation shows all over the world, in FCI member clubs. They will also be able to get breeding approval with dogs in other countries, countries which require approvals for all their dogs’ breeding.

Before this, the Farmdogs only had ARBA or UKC pedigrees. While this was all fine and good, these pedigrees were not recognized by any FCI member clubs. There was an agreement between the Danish Kennel Club and ARBA, to allow for dogs to breed and show in Denmark… and this was an awesome agreement pre FCI. Once the DSF became an FCI recognized breed, we needed the biggest, strongest kennel club in the USA. That’s the AKC. And the AKC is the only FCI recognized club in the USA. The AKC is not an FCI member club (there is one FCI member club per country), but the AKC has a Letter of Understanding (aka Reciprocity Agreement) with the FCI. This agreement allows AKC pedigreed dogs to be accepted in all FCI member countries.

This is huge for our Danish-Swedish Farmdogs. It’s not just a door opening to the rest of the world, half the house just blew off! The limitations that we’ve been sitting in since Farmdogs got FCI recognition in 2008 have now been stripped away!

I’m thrilled. I feel like I got a Farmdog, then swept through the country to change the status of the Farmdogs in the USA for the better. I’m glad that I met like-minded people! Not only did we apply for AKC-FSS status, we’ve also started a new club, Danish-Swedish Farmdogs USA (DSFUSA). We’ll be doing lots of fun things in the club, too, check out the website for more information! The club is not limited to just Farmdog owners. We plan to have webinars about health and sports and other things, and host events all over the country. So come join up!

So now I have to calm down and get back to work. I just had to share.

What I Like About the AKC

Tatum In The Sun
This is a cute picture of Tatum laying in the sun when I was working in the yard the other day. She is a good girl.. though a complete brat, and I just adore her. 🙂

So as for the title of this post. I’ve been to lots of various dog shows and trials in my years in dog sports, and I’m starting to really appreciate the value that the AKC has. I used to bad mouth them and say how they are just a business that wants to make money… and well, maybe that is true. But at the same time they have some really good things about them.

First of all, their shows are run immaculately. They are organized and well planned. Their website has great information that is easily accessible, and you can look up your dog information for free. You can even find information on other dogs. When you get titles, they title certificates are sent out to you quickly. And I’m not all about titles, but titles to me represent all the fun things I’ve done with my dogs, and so yes, I like the certificates. I also LOVE to be at calm well run shows. The obedience is very well done. They have trouble passing rule changes, true… and I think that novice obedience needs something different to make it fun other than a bunch of heeling. And I’d love to see the open out of sight stays done away with. And sometimes rules are slow to change, but at least there is a committee that makes these changes and evaluates what needs to be done. Instead of like some venues (NADAC to be specific) that is run by one woman who makes all the rules and they change so much and are so stupid that it’s just frustrating to even trial with them anymore.

The AKC doesn’t have Lipofuze… and they don’t police puppy mills and back yard breeders. And in this country where spay and neuter legislation is so fought against (I won’t state my opinion about that in this post) maybe they are just supporting the freedom of the breeders. I dunno. I wish there were more ethical breeding, i wish there wasn’t an endless supply of rescue dogs, I wish the AKC could do more about that, but I haven’t read up on it much so I really am not informed enough to offer an opinion.

Some AKC breeds do split into conformation types vs. performance types, but that happens all over the world and the AKC doesn’t have any control over that. I prefer a dog that can work, do it’s job, what it was bred to do, and still be built in a good way. I do wish there were more health regulations in conformation, not just what the dog looks like. Maybe that will come in time.

The AKC is recognized world wide. They are not an FCI member club, but they have an agreement with the FCI and their pedigrees are accepted world wide.

So I dunno, there’s bad about the AKC, but there’s also good about the AKC. So I’m not really as down on them as I used to be.

That’s my 2cents worth about the AKC for today! 😉