AKC Mission statement | My Personal Point Of View

mixed breeds AKC

Allowing mixed breed dogs in AKC Junior Handler Competitions, let me share my opinion. Where there are any two people involved in our sport, there are three opinions.

Allow me to share mine. Life is always changing. I hope to never become one of those old fogies stuck in the past. However, there is something to be treasured about the good old days. They aren’t called that for nothing.

As a participant in American Kennel Club’s activities for the past ** years (well, let’s just say my age qualified me to be one of those eligible for early COVID-19 vaccinations), I have always had the greatest love and respect for the AKC!

As we form opinions on new programs and changes to what we’ve become accustomed to, let’s review our AKC Mission Statement:

mixed breeds AKCWith all due respect to our well-meaning officials, and the integrity and personalities of all dog lovers, I have conflicted feelings regarding allowing mixed breed dogs, registered as Canine Partners, to be allowed to be exhibited in Junior Showmanship in a pilot program beginning January 1, 2022. The struggle between adhering to the principles of our AKC Mission Statement and profiting need not be conflicting.

We want to encourage youth to become a part of our American Kennel Club’s heritage events. They are our future. Our basic dreams are the same. However, the methods of reaching our goals seem be taking different paths!

COVID-19 has shut down 4-H programs all across the country for the time being.

My own Greenville Kennel Club has already been working with 4-H youth, developing exciting ways to engage them at our dog shows. Soon I will be sharing our experiences and the results we achieve.



The American Kennel Club is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its Registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Founded in 1884, the AKC® and its affiliated organizations advocate for the purebred dog as a family companion, advance canine health and well-being, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible dog ownership.

  • Advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs.
Core Values
  • We love purebred dogs.
  • We are committed to advancing the sport of the purebred dog.
  • We are dedicated to maintaining the integrity of our Registry.
  • We protect the health and well-being of all dogs.
  • We cherish dogs as companions.
  • We are committed to the interests of dog owners.
  • We uphold high standards for the administration and operation of
    the AKC.
  • We recognize the critical importance of our clubs and volunteers.
  • At the age of four, Linda's love for TV's Lassie prompted her parents, Roy and Hazel Ayers to surprise her with a Collie. Her first times entering the confirmation ring began at age six. From showing her Conrad Collies in juniors, to judging, to becoming a part of an immediate family of three AKC judges, her life has evolved around the sport of purebred dogs. As a young professional just out of the University of Georgia, Linda served on the Executive Staffs of two Georgia Governors. She moved from serving at the State Capitol to assisting the Chairman of the Hyatt Hotel Corporation. As chairman and founder of a family owned Manufacturing Corporation and real estate holding company, Linda has overseen operations, acquisitions, and dispositions of considerable business holdings for over four decades. Her diverse companies have manufactured packaged goods for many household products you likely used in your homes, interior components for the automotive industry you enjoy in your cars, and industrial chemical products used in the electric utility industry. She partnered in commercial acquisitions in Washington, D.C. on a 250 million dollar level. Linda has developed significant properties delivering hundreds of home sites in Greenville, South Carolina in conjunction with NVR/Ryan Homes in addition to apartments, an IMAX theater, commercial tracts and much more. She is the proud mother of one son, Edward P. (Todd) Turner,III of Columbia, South Carolina. After retiring from many years as District Director of the Collie Club of America, Linda served for fourteen years as AKC Delegate for the Greenville Kennel Club. She is currently President of the Carolinas Judges Study Group, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Collie Club of Georgia where she was their very first Junior Member, a Lifetime Honorary Member of the Greenville Kennel Club, and a Quarter Century Member of the Collie Club of America. Her Christian faith is exhibited in her belief that, “Time is the most important gift you can share to make someone happy or to make a difference.” Mentoring athletes from professional to high school levels has been a huge passion and blessing in Linda's life. At any given time you may find her in a locker room, on the playing field, or on the court inspiring winners. To quote her, "I would rather go to a ballgame than a ball." Linda has been on board since the inception of ShowSight

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