Last year one of the clubs (USACTC) announced its intention to pursue AKC recognition of the rare breed Coton de Tulear. That club received less than 100 votes from members of their club to move forward with AKC recognition. Over 700 Coton owners signed a petition against AKC recognition. In fact, the majority of the Coton community responded extremely negatively to the prospect of full AKC recognition for the Coton de Tulear breed. There has been worldwide support to save the Coton de Tulear from AKC, puppy mills, and puppy brokers. Despite this support, AKC continues to pursue the Coton de Tulear dog breed. Now a new club (formerly defunct) has stated their intention to take the Coton to AKC.
The AKC (American Kennel Club) is simply a for profit dog registry. AKC does not require health testing nor do they verify the validity of registrations that are submitted to their registry service. As of October 14, 2010 there were 1590 Coton de Tulear registered in the AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS). 1383 of the 1590 have three (3) generation pedigrees. AKC has a long history of allowing puppy mills, high volume breeders, commercial breeders, and pet shop breeders to register their "Cotons" through the AKC-FSS program, which began accepting Cotons in 1996. The Coton de Tulear has many more than three generations and has ancestry with traceable lineage back to its roots in Madagascar. AKC registration numbers seem to indicate that the majority of the AKC-FSS pedigrees issued to "Coton de Tulear" have only 3 generation pedigrees. Why is that important? On the date that AKC recognizes the Coton de Tulear each of those 1383 3-generation pedigrees of likely questionable origin will be accepted into the Coton de Tulear Stud Book. All of those "Cotons" will get the AKC seal of approval and will dilute and weaken an otherwise healthy gene pool. It matters not if they came from a puppy mill, pet shop, puppy mill auction or puppy broker. They will not be required to have DNA testing to verify parentage, nor must they conform to the breed standard or be health tested.
This is simply unacceptable to those of us who love this charming rare breed and wish it to remain healthy and protect the gene pool of the rare breed Coton de Tulear from Madagascar.
Please join the American Coton Club, the Coton de Tulear Club of America and the Coton Community to help keep the Coton de Tulear a protected Rare Breed and to preserve the health, well-being, and genetic integrity of this wonderful breed. Please take action and sign this petition.
The future of this wonderful breed is in our hands. Let your voice be heard.
Cotons Say No To AKC!!
The results of this petition will be forwarded to AKC.
We urge you to call, e-mail, and writes letters to AKC expressing your objections
to AKC recognition of the Coton de Tulear.
Mari Beth O'Neil and Christine Weisse
AKC Customer Care
8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617-3390
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