Is ARBA doing a disservice to the world
of purebred dogs? Since they seem to be the only "mixed breed"
organization accredited with "recognizing" new/rare breeds you'd think
that they would take such a responsibility seriously? This may have been
the case when Anita first started out, however, from the research I have
been doing, that is not the case any longer!!!
So let's take a moment to look into other developing breeds. How many
decades did it take for the JRT to evolve into what we are familiar with
Parson Russell Terrier
is fully recognized by the AKC, yet the
is not -- why? What about the
that has just joined the ranks of the AKC/FSS? Didn't they all originate
from the same breed? Yet each variation has gone through decades of
selective breeding, controlled by a parent breed club that was focused
on maintaining proper genetic control! The approved all-breed registries
did not get involved until the "breed" met specific requirements -- as
it should be!
If you look at the Dog Fancy magazine, their breed acceptance
policy states <<Breeds advertised in this
section must be purebreds recognized by one of the following national or
international kennel clubs: American Kennel Club (AKC), United Kennel
Club (UKC), American Rare Breed Association (ARBA), Canadian Kennel Club
(CKC), Federation Cynologique International (FCI), Japanese Kennel Club
(JKC), or The Kennel Club (UK)>> I think that we can all
agree that the other organizations have strict requirements for breed
acceptance -- well, all except for ARBA!!
Herding group, Empire Classic,
How did ARBA
manage to be listed with such prestigious organizations?? After
all, it obviously doesn't take much to get your breed
"recognized" by the Slack brothers!!
They may have had a wonderful reputation at one time, but are
they living up to the original vision?
Let's take a
look at the
1996 Shelly Watts was court ordered to stop using the
Shiloh Shepherd name for her dogs, since she was not following
the ISSR breeding rules. This resulted in her changing her dogs'
"breed" name to King Shepherds! Then she started breeding her
Shiloh Shepherds to GSD's and ARBA had NO problem
"recognizing" the progeny as a *new* "rare" breed?? Hello,
what's wrong with this picture???? How many other "fake" breeds
have they recognized?? I know for a fact that they have
allowed Long Haired GSD's (and various GSD mixes) to be entered
as Shiloh Shepherds!! Since they were using
MY (ISSR) Breed
Standard, I requested that they at least show some decency by
separating the classifications. They did do this for the Empire
show resulting in 3 variations competing in the Herding group.
The first dog shown is an older un-papered (sliver shiloh) the
one in the middle is a 10 month old ISSR Shiloh Shepherd puppy,
and the last one is a King Shepherd. Of course, the real one
(center) won this class.
Past – Present – Future
157 breeds, with 4 additional breeds granted partial status in
the Miscellaneous class, and attempts to protect gene pool purity via
their registry service and show venues.
Another 58 rare breeds have been accepted into the FSS.
was formed to provide for << the interest of
owners, breeders and enthusiasts who work to balance beauty and working
performance to produce happier, healthier dogs.>> and
recognizes 166 breeds! They are also involved in helping parent breed
clubs properly!! I was very impressed after reading about their
involvement with the
What positive influence has ARBA ever had, on the breeds that they
"recognize"? Although they claim to be a "registry" they certainly
haven't issued many certificates for the breeds that follow their show
venues!! Although they do provide "papers" for some dogs, obviously they
have continued to accept erroneous information, therefore the database
they have compiled is severely polluted - at best!! I can't speak for
other breeds, but this is certainly the case with My breed!
Unfortunately, this has also led to many
being spread about a wonderful breed of dog! Despite my efforts to
resolve this situation, via many letters and forum discussions, ARBA has chosen to
ignore my pleas! As of August I have informed ARBA that they no longer
have my permission to use MY
and asked them to remove it! After taking down my (copyrighted)
version, they just made up their "own"
!! This case is now being dealt with via the court system, although I am
sure that ARBA will probably end up using something in order to continue
collecting revenue from the LHGSD/mixed GSD folks that want to sell
their pups as "Shiloh Shepherds" despite the fact that they are just
defrauding the public!!
What ever happened to the good old days? When credibility meant
has been in existence since May 22, 1911 and recognizes
varieties then other organizations, without operating any type of registry. <<The
Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organisation.
It includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country)
that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI
makes sure that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all
the FCI members.>> Their mantra is to approve a parent breed
club for each breed and then to allow those that have the most extensive
knowledge about the breed and hold the greatest interest for the breed’s
future development to control the registry and breeders!
In order for a breed to be accepted, the parent club has to present
extensive genetic data, proving sufficient breeding stock for at least 8
distinct unrelated lines. This requirement prevents intense inbreeding
and therefore bottlenecking that particular gene pool, before it is able
to reach any significant expansion.
Any “breed” that is based on just a small number of founders is in
danger of over-inbreeding; thus drastically compromising its immune
system and therefore quickly reaching complete extinction within a
decade or two. Another good example of getting the job done right is the
Animal Pedigree Act of Canada
has been very supportive, and with proper project leadership, by experts
like Jeff Bragg, I believe this breed has a good chance of reaching full
New breeds under development need careful, experienced guidance for
several generations in order to properly expand their gene pools, while
maintaining type. If you take the time to follow the links on this
it should give you a better understanding of what is involved!!
organizations like ARBA can just "paper" any Husky mix as a Seppala,
just because the owners want to get a better price for their pups??
Ridiculous, you say?? Not so!! Take a moment to read
http://www.seppalasleddogs.com/registries.htm Then for more info
about the variety of "registries" that are available, you may want to go
So what’s up with this new craze that has hit the canine community
within the past decade? New “breeds” seem to be popping up everywhere,
and the “Rare Breed” organizations are shamelessly promoting this
travesty while all kinds of “registries” are also “popping up” to issue
papers for these dogs! Of course, with no restrictions, the BYB’s and
puppy mills are jumping on board to mass produce these new “designer”
dogs, charging outrageous prices for their mixed breed pups!
One good example of this trend can be seen upon investigating the
realised that I’d opened a Pandora’s box when our next litter of ten
labradoodles produced only three allergy-free pups.
I began to worry, too, about backyard breeders producing supposedly
“allergy-free” dogs for profit. Already, one man claimed to be the first
to breed a poodle- Rottweiler cross!
Nothing, however, could stop the mania that followed. New breeds began
to flood the market: groodles, spoodles, caboodles and snoodles. Were
breeders bothering to check their sires and bitches for heredity faults,
or were they simply caught up in delivering to hungry customers the next
status symbol? We’ll never know for sure.
Today I am internationally credited as the first person to breed the
labradoodle, but I wonder, in my retirement, whether we bred a designer
dog – or a disaster! >> Wally Conron, 78
The original concept was exemplary, an attempt to produce a guide dog
for people that were allergic to the standard breeds being used! But the
project itself has not been easy -- if you do nothing else, be sure to
Thanks to the Internet we can take the time to do some serious surfing
regarding these designer breeds foundation. Most people probably don't
realize that many decades of research went into the creation of the
<<After much laborious research, the chosen
breed for the infusion was the Irish Water Spaniel. It was
particularly interesting to discover that the Irish Water Spaniel had
only five congenital and genetic diseases that were found with greater
than average frequency in the breed when compared to the 41 found in
Labrador Retrievers, the 31 in the Standard Poodle and the 39 in the
Miniature Poodle. >>
What about the future? Well, it’s obvious that this trend is exploding
with all kinds of new “doodle” creations! Just take a moment to google
up Golden Doodle, Cock a Doodle, etc. These “mixes” that once sold for
$50 in your local newspaper are now selling for thousands of dollars,
coast to coast! None of them have been bred as per the founder's vision,
nor have they maintained a reliable database! As long as anyone can
cross breed two (pet quality) dogs, they can demand unreasonable prices
for the puppies they produce! Obviously, the money is in the NAME, not
the quality being produced!!
There are dozens of other designer breeds too, some of which actually
manage to get recognized, like the
and what about the
Kyi-Leo, wasn't that breed created the same way, only
by a different person??
How many of these
"American" breeds have been recognized by ARBA? How many of
them are now represented by multiple clubs and registries?? How can
these small gene pool survive such discord?
What is really going on behind the
"smoke and mirror" curtain?
Registries like the
etc. are more than happy to issue “papers”
for a few dollars, and some are now offering fancy certificates for a
little bit more $$.
BUT- what about the proper genetic verification? Obviously they just
don’t care about such issues! They don’t feel that it’s their
responsibility to properly document pedigree data, health data, or
anything else! All they are concerned with is providing the new owner
with a fancy piece of paper—not even soft enough to be productively used
in the restroom!
Just like a few decades ago when the public was worried about purchasing
“pet shop puppies” it’s time to wage a campaign against these
opportunists that are padding their pockets while filling our shelters
with unhealthy, unsound “designer” breeds!
The consumer needs to take action!! Grass roots movements need to be
established in order to stop this insanity!! Our shelters are already
overflowing with wonderful pets that must be euthanized due to lack of
you know that 7 million adoptable dogs & cats are killed each year due
mainly to overpopulation? >> Where do all of these dogs
come from?? Puppy mills, or greedy back-yard-breeders looking for some
extra money? Think about it!! Not only are they doing a disservice to
the poor creatures they are producing, they are also contributing to the
dog ban laws and strict legislation that is being enacted in order to limit
such practices, despite the fact that it ends up hurting the honest
breeders that are dedicated to producing a quality companion for others
Maybe it's time that the serious breeders take a stand against
organizations like ARBA? If they want to play by their own rules fine,
but they shouldn't be given any kind of credibility by the serious
organizations, like Dog Fancy!! Maybe it's time to write
some letters to the editors?? After all, we spend our money advertising
our pure breeds, as per their rules, so we should have a right to take a
stand against groups that refuse to live up to our standards!
Your comments are always welcome!
Tina M. Barber
Hearted Breed Founder Reports