7-year-old male German Shorthaired Pointer CJ, the 2016 Best in Show Westminster Kennel Club superstar, died last month. His untimely passing sent shockwaves through the dog world and beyond. The Canine Review spoke with the people closest to him, the judges in awe of him, and veterinarians who – with owner Valerie at the helm – made a herculean effort to save him.
What kind of prepping and primping goes on backstage at the world’s most prestigious dog show? How much work goes into getting these dogs ready for their close-ups? Grandmother and granddaughter duo, Karen Duprat and granddaughter Brielle Duprat, respectively, spoke with us about their Havanese champions, Fenway and Moose. Brielle, 12, was missing school for […]
Champion Spaniel Is Ejected From Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: TCR Talks With Dog And Owner Moments After
***This piece has been updated*** [Following publication, Westminster Kennel Club spokesperson Lisa Peterson provided the following statement in an email to The Canine Review: “The Irish Water Spaniel had been excused, not disqualified. According to AKC Dog Show Rules, excusal and disqualification are two separate reasons to ask a dog to leave the ring. If […]
“Daniel” the Golden Retriever has won the Sporting Group. Congratulations to “Daniel” ! Next up is the Working Group… Stay tuned for much more TCR coverage. Our Julia Kott is getting an exclusive with Simone the Irish Water Spaniel who was removed??? from the ring. What happened? Handler Hannah Loonsk, whose mother is the president […]
On Monday, we met Una, the Coton de Tulear who finished in second place for her breed behind an impressive competitor hailing from South Korea. (We tried to talk to the first place Coton, but he was mired in a hair maintenance emergency.) We also met “Pancakes” the black pug, age 2, from San Diego. […]
If there is any state in America where a retail pet-sale ban would be expected to sail through with minimal opposition, it’s Colorado. The state epitomizes what happens when the “adopt, don’t shop” message wins hearts and minds. According to state officials, Colorado pet stores import only about 4,000 pups from other states to fill […]
A new breeder profile is available. Reporter Zach Brooke visited Legacy K German Shorthaired Pointers and wrote this profile: ….Koustaal says she got her start in the dog world with German Shepherds, helping to train K-9’s to assist police. But when her lifestyle changed and took on new priorities, the kind of dogs she bred […]
A new breeder profile is available. Reporter Karin Winegar sheds light on RiverRock German Shepherds. Learn about AKC Breeder of Merit and professor emeritus of psychology at St. Cloud State University, Dr. Zoa Rockenstein and her operation. “I am strict about things, because I am a preservation breeder,” Dr. Zoa Rockenstein explained. “I do not […]
The American Kennel Club (AKC) is the world’s brand name authority on dogs. It has such credibility that a holding company licenses the AKC name to sell AKC-branded pet insurance, much the same way the AARP sells its endorsement to United Healthcare to brand its Medicare insurance.[i][ii]
However, a three-month investigation by The Canine Review found that the go-to authority on dogs is designating thousands of breeders as “Breeders of Merit” without any prerequisite onsite inspection, even as the AKC assures the public on its website that it considers them “the most conscientious and most committed breeders.”[iii] The AKC’s business model and simple math reveal that terms like “routine” and “thorough” are misleading. In fact, even if only the 11,000 Breeders of Merit were subject to inspections, “routine” and “thorough” would be a stretch, as The Canine Review’s examination will show.
The oldest, largest, and most prominent dog registry in the world, the AKC attracts about 2 million visitors every month to its online Marketplace.[vi] There, they can use the AKC’s “Puppy Finder” to search for AKC-registered puppies and breeders, including the approximately 11,000[viii] AKC “Breeders of Merit” who all supposedly meet the AKC’s requirements.[ix] The AKC’s credibility is such that, according to the AKC Board of Directors’ published minutes of a November 2016 meeting[x], “[AKC.org is] the number 1 content site among all dog sites.”[xi]
However, The Canine Review has found that the world’s authority on dogs is making promises on its website about its quality controls that it cannot possibly be keeping. For example, the AKC promises visitors to the Marketplace that all puppies listed “receive health care, good nutrition, socialization, and love from day one” because all breeders listed “are subject to routine kennel inspections….”[vii]). Yet the math behind the AKC’s business model, explained in detail below, makes such quality controls impossible….
CEO Dennis Sprung and other AKC officials would not comment when asked to discuss the Marketing Plan cited in the July 2015 Board Minutes. Brandi Hunter, the AKC’s spokeswoman, provided an answer presumably intended to address several questions, including our questions about an apparently top-secret Marketing Plan: “There will be no divulgence of marketing plans, internal case reviews or operating costs that are not already publicly available. Those are internal documents and are confidential.”