Hounds better get ready to move over a spot or so in dog shows starting next year! Have you heard the AKC news?
It is official, the GBGV breed will move into the AKC Hound Group on January 1, 2018! I was in one dog show in the fall of 2013, but that was it. As you can see, I was happy as a clam to run around the ring. I think Madison’s mom was in front of me in the photo! My mom has no desire to show dogs, but being accepted into the Hound Group means more than dog shows.
When I first moved to the US, the GBGV was in the FSS Group, Foundation Stock Services. After many years of work to get the number of dogs up, get titles in show and sport, as well as many other things, the GBGV moved to the Miscellaneous Class. After a couple years there, we now have enough dogs, just over 300 in the USA, titles, group members, and all the other things necessary to be recognized as a full AKC breed in the Hound Group. This year the AKC is educating and approving judges for our breed. They also have to update their computer systems.
Being a rare breed is something we like, and we hope our breed always remains fairly low in numbers, but it will be nice to finally be recognized. Next time I renew my dog license, I can register as a GBGV, not a miscellaneous breed. People will start to see us more at dog shows, and it will be good for the breed overall.
Right now, with around 300 GBGV’s in the USA, and three at my house, we have about 1% of the population which is kind of fun, but that will change as people discover our breed.
Since I’m pretty excited about the news, I wanted to share it with all of you. My blog was started to help promote the breed, and my sisters and I have gotten many titles for the breed. We also try to be out and about a lot to represent, and inform people about the GBGV breed. What do you think? Will you be looking for GBGV’s at dog shows in 2018?