Heinz 57's, Mystery Mutts and Malti-Terri-Poo's Unite!
For the first time in the 125-year history of the American Kennel Club — the venerable organization whose mission is to "advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, and maintenance of purebred dogs" — mutts are finally being allowed to compete alongside the champion bloodlines. The momentus event ooccurred at the Mattaponi Kennel Club dog show in Manassas, Virginia last weekend.
While mutts are not yet allowed in the "beauty contest" portion of the dog show, where judges valuate how precisely a dog conforms to its breed's standards, mutts are being allowed entry in the skill-based contests. Skill based contest include agility, rally and obedience – were officially opened to mixed breeds last month.
Hmm..how about a contest for disobedience – my dogs would dominate! The AKC is euphemistically referring to mutts at the show as "All Americans."
I think this is great and that it's about time that all the smart, beautiful, one-of-a-kind mutts be given a chance for some time in the spotlight – do you agree? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
Source: The Washington Post
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