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American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class (AKC-Misc)

The AKC Miscellaneous Class allows dogs registered with the AKC Foundation Stock Service the ability to show in Conformation events with the AKC.

The Miscellaneous class can be, in a way, thought of as another Breed Group. In as such there is the Herding Group, the Terrier Group, the Working Group, etc, and there is also the Miscellaneous Class. Dogs in the Miscellaneous Class can compete in conformation events in the AKC. However, no championship points can be awarded to these breeds. They can be awarded points toward a Certificate of Merit (CM).

When a breed which has been accepted into the AKC-FSS reaches 150 dogs registered with the AKC-FSS, they can apply to be accepted into the Miscellaneous Class. These breeds are still considered part of the AKC Foundation Stock Service. The AKC will then contact any breed clubs which may qualify to become the Parent Breed Club. Breeds can be placed in the Miscellaneous Class when they have 150 dogs registered with the AKC-FSS, and a Parent Breed Club. The AKC chooses which club will be appointed as the Parent Breed Club. Please see information on AKC Accredited Clubs to find requirements for a Prent Breed Club.

Breeds accepted into the AKC Miscellaneous Class share all the same benefits as those registered with the Foundation Stock Service. Please refer to the AKC-FSS page on this site for more information, as well as the page on Pedigrees vs Registrations, to find out more information about those items.

Breeds accepted into the Miscellaneous Class are encouraged to show in conformation shows and receive Certificates of Merit. The more support the breeds receive in the conformation show ring, the more likely the AKC will accept the breed as a fully recognized AKC breed.

It is unknown if there is a time frame (please comment if you know) for how long a breed may remain in the Miscellaneous Class, though I’ve read estimates of about three years. It may be possible for a breed to be moved back down into the AKC-FSS only program if a breed does not show enough support in the USA to support a conformation contingent.

The AKC decides when a breed is ready to move from the AKC-FSS Miscellaneous Class and become a fully recognized breed with full recognition with the AKC.

American Kennel Club Foundation Stock Service (AKC-FSS)

The AKC Foundation Stock Service is a program provided by the AKC for Rare Breed Dogs in the USA.  Any individual or breed club can apply for a breed to be accepted into the AKC-FSS program. An established breed club is not necessary. Even a single person with one dog can apply for recognition into the AKC-FSS. There is no guarantee that the breed will be accepted. If the breed is an FCI recognized breed, this will increase the breed’s chances of acceptance.

Once your dog is registered with the AKC-FSS you will receive a registration certificate. After you receive this registration certificate, you can order an AKC-FSS pedigree. The pedigree is provided for an extra cost. (Refer to the difference between pedigrees and registrations on this site.)

Dogs enrolled in the AKC-FSS program can participate in AKC Companion Events. These events include Agility, Obedience, Rally-O, and Tracking. Breeds may also apply to participate in various performance events as well. Performance events are organized by breed group (IE dogs in the Herding Group can do Herding events, Hunting Group breeds can do Hunting Events, Terriers can do Earthdog Events).

This program is basically a Stud Book kept for Rare Breeds in the USA. A Stud Book is listing of all dogs, and their pedigrees, of a certain breed.  Many breed clubs keep their own stud books. The AKC has kept stud books for over 100 years.  And since the AKC is the only club in the USA which has a Letter of Understanding with the FCI, rare breeds which have pedigrees with the AKC are accepted in most FCI Member Countries.

We say most, because the word is still out whether all FCI Member Countries will accept an AKC-FSS pedigree.

The following quote is from the American Mudi Association:

The FSS Mudi and the World

The following countries Kennel Clubs have reported that they will recognize the AKC FSS recorded pedigree, although they have not been requested to accept any Mudi as of this time: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary

These countries reported they will not recognize the AKC FSS recorded pedigree:  Belgium, Canada, Latvia, Sweden

However, this may not be accurate, as there is a possibility that an AKC-FSS recorded dog is registered with the Swedish Kennel Club (SKK).

If you have letters from kennel clubs abroad that officially accept AKC-FSS pedigrees, please comment on this site so we can keep track of which countries do accept AKC-FSS pedigrees.

It is critical that AKC-FSS pedigrees are accepted in all other FCI Member Countries. The AKC Foundation Stock Service program is the primary way to get a pedigree in the USA provided by a Club with a Reciprocity Agreement with the FCI for rare breed dogs. The gene pool of rare breed dogs born in the USA may be too limited if they cannot be bred with dogs in other FCI Member Countries.

However, you can still apply for a pedigree from FCPR. The FCPR is a FCI Member Club and covers North America when it comes to getting a pedigree for a dog residing in the USA.

American Kennel Club (AKC)

The American Kennel Club is the biggest registry of pure bred dogs in the United States of America. They recognize a smaller number of breeds than does the FCI.

Website:AKC
Non-Profit of For Profit?Non-Profit
FCI Member club? No - But there is a Letter of Understanding between the AKC and the FCI.
Issues Pedigrees?Yes
Issues Pedigrees for Imported Dogs?Not if they already possess a pedigree.

For foreign born dogs to be registered with the AKC, the AKC accepts pedigrees from approved international kennel clubs. These pedigrees allow imported, foreign born dogs to be registered with the AKC. It also allows for breeding with AKC registered dogs, and allows for the dogs offspring to also be registered with the AKC and be issued AKC pedigrees.

The AKC has a Letter of Understanding (aka a Reciprocity Agreement) with the FCI that allows dogs with AKC pedigrees to show and breed in all FCI member countries. The AKC is not an FCI Member Club. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and The Kennel Club (of the UK) also have Reciprocity Agreements with the FCI so that dogs with their pedigrees can also be shown and bred in all FCI Member Countries.

When it comes to rare breed dogs that are not AKC recognized, there is the AKC Foundation Stock Service.