American Kennel Club Welcomes Mutts For The First Time

For the first time in its 125-year history, the American Kennel Club is allowing mutts to compete alongside pure breeds in their dog shows. OK, so not in every category; mixed breeds are only allowed to compete in the skills-based competitions like Agility, Rally and Obedience. But the message is clear — the organization whose mission has been to “advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs” is finally recognizing the beauty of all dogs. “AKC has always been best known as an advocate for purebred dogs,” says the AKC’s Gina DiNardo, in discussing the change. “But [we’re] concerned about the welfare of all dogs.” And if all dogs are worthy of being shown and celebrated in front of the AKC, maybe less people will be inclined to purchase pure breeds from unethical puppy mills and will adopt instead. And maybe, just maybe, a ribbon is in Lucca’s future … [Washington Post]