Prior to 2010 only purebred dogs were allowed to compete in AKC events, but in January of that year the rules changed. To encourage more dog owners to train and work with their dogs, the AKC opened their performance events to mixed breeds. Now everyone can play.
Mixed breeds compete in the same events as purebred dogs and can earn the same titles. First though, your dog must be registered in the AKC Canine Partners program. Because Sebastian is learning quickly and shows promise of being a good Rally dog, I enrolled him last night.
One of the things required on the enrollment form is his name as it will appear on any awards he might earn. I gave this some thought and came up with Legacy's Dom Sebastian Desejado. It means Legacy's Sir Sebastian the Desired. I did some Googling and found that in the 1500s Portugal was ruled by King Sebastian the Desired. It seemed like a perfect fit.
I have a love/hate relationship with the AKC. I think their love of money sometimes overcomes their concern for the welfare of dogs, but they have some things in their favor. There are dog events of some sort almost everywhere and they're easy to enter. There's a big variety so that everyone can find something to do with their best friend. I'm not young and agile enough for agility, but Rally is done at our own pace. If you have a young pup there's now a program for you.
As of January this year the AKC has decided to make the Canine Good Citizen a title. If your dog has already earned one, he or she id entitled to use it as part of their name. Many dogs take the CGC test as part of their obedience class.
Even Fudge thinks it's pretty neat to get all those ribbons and toys. Not only that but it's customary to reward a new title with a burger. That's something worth working for.