juliepoudrier Posted July 14, 2006 Report Share Posted July 14, 2006 I don't subscribe to the News & Observer, but I do get papers from neighbors, et al., for use lining the bird cage, etc. As I was separating papers for that use, I happened across this article: http://www.newsobserver.com/167/story/458796.html It's interesting that although AKC recognized the black and tan coonhound in 1945, the article states that there's been little crossover between the show dogs and the real hunting dogs. A direct quote: "Coonhound handlers cared mostly how well a dog could tree a racoon, while the AKC largely focused on the appearance of the dogs." Sound like a familiar story? AKC's reason for pushing for registration? To ensure that the dogs "stick around," as if they are becoming an endangered species (tell that to the coon hunting club just down the road!). The article is an interesting read mainly as a means of learning some of the tactics AKC will use to assimilate all breeds (negotiating with governments to set aside hunting land--only for registered dogs, no doubt; offering free AKC registration to dogs registered with two other registries....). Bleh! J. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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