The AKC has finally added a mixed breed program. It is about time, too. It is called AKC Canine Partners, http://www.akccaninepartners.org and it is for the registry of any mixed breed dog.
It is for people who would like to compete, with their mixed breeds, in agility, obedience competition, and Rally obedience.
There are many people who own mixed breeds that have worked long and hard to train them and this program allows them to show off this talent.
Agility is a fast paced, athletic sport consisting of dogs running a course, in which they must jump jumps, run through tunnels, pole weave and the like. If you have an energetic dog this is a good sport.
Obedience is precise and emphasizes good manners. It is a team effort which shows the working relationship between owner and dog.
Rally obedience is a course consisting of stations that illustrate tasks the owner and dog must do together. It is not as precise as formal obedience and is energetic and fun.
All of these have Titles ranging from novice to master.
All you have to do is register online,http://akccaninepartners.org and receive your listing number so you can compete. With this listing number you receive: 60 Day trial AKC Pet Healthcare Plan, Lifetime enrollment in AKC CAR lost & found recovery service, CAR collar tag with listing number, One year subscription to AKC Family Dog magazine, AKC Canine Partners Certificate, and AKC Canine Partners decal.
Now people have even more reason to adopt or rescue a mixed breed dog instead of buying a purebred. Mixed breed dogs can & do have just as much intelligence, and trainability as a purebred dog and only need to be given the chance to show it. Now there is a program for doing just that.
Training classes are not just for competition either. The bond and communication that develops will be evident in how your dog behaves in public and in home. Until now most mixed breed owners could only get as far as a CGC title, http://www.akccgc.org. Now they can go as far as any purebred dog.
You can go to the AKC Home page and get info on training places and CGC evaluators to help get you started down the road of success or just come by the Wake Forest Petsmart and see me.