I was not anti-A.K.C. for the Neo until I read and digested Sherilyn's book on judging the Neo wherein she states:
"AKC judges routinely pick these light-boned, tall dogs as winners in a show, because they are looking for 'perfect conformation' , not breed type. "
The more I attended A.K.C. judged breed shows the more strongly I agreed. Even the rare breed shows that use A.K.C. judges are not immune. They frequently pick the worst example in the ring. Again from the writings of chairman allen:
"Do not expect it [the Neo] to trot like a German Shepherd or a Husky or a Doberman. To ask it to trot like these breeds, as is so desired in the AKC show rings, would necessitate the cutting down of its mass. We would end up with a light boned, Weimaraner or wolf-type dog, that could beautifully prance around the ring- we would no longer have a Neapolitan Mastiff."
Arguing with an A.K.C. judge is of little use - they show little-to no ability to learn about an oddity in the dog world. I have watched an "objection" be ignored at the rare breed ring so as not to offend an A.K.C. judge. Remember when Peg Wolfe and friends tried to educate some A.K.C. judges? what was the A.K.C.'s VERY OWN assessment of the effort? May I quote from an A.K.C. publication:
" There are probably at least 250 judges living within 50 miles of Gurnee, Illinois where a workshop is held once a month... At the October meeting, the seminar presentation was on Neapolitan Mastiffs, a fast growing, allegedly soon to be recognized breed. ... There were less (sic) than the usual 35 in attendance. The "Neo" group brought a video of the Italian National Specialty. The attendees were almost unanimous in their choice of the best dogs. But those dogs were not the choice of the "Neo"phytes or the Italian judge. ....one can draw the following conclusions:
1. Most area judges belong merely to say that they do on judging applications.
2. Most area judges are not motivated to learn about new breeds.
3. Either the proposed, and allegedly AKC approved standard for the breed, lost something in the translation from Italian, or the standard is being written to fit the dog.
4. The breed, as currently constituted, will fair very poorly in the working group to which it is supposedly being assigned.
5. And last, but no means least, something is radically wrong.
Why are judges not stimulated to learn more? Why do new enthusiastic, eager breeders seemingly want to try to breed to a standard that seemingly will only create losers? And why is AKC in such a rush to recognize a breed about which most of us know as little as we seemingly do....."
Well folks- these are their words, the A.K.C.'s- not mine.However, let me repeat "something is radically wrong". Instead of putting a 10 year moratorium on A.K.C. recognition, and slowly educating the judges, the various Neo clubs are pushing ahead.... damn the breed! The apologists say we are trying to educate the judges. I say that's just not good enough. What is motivating this frenetic push? Is it financial? are there too many pups being born and not enough promotional opportunities? You be the judge.
p.s. Why doesn't the U.S.N.M.C. turn over its registry to the A.K.C. now and await future recognition? Don't they trust the A.K.C. to do "the right thing"? I smell dog doo in Denmark.
hint #1: this person, in submission to the A.K.C., then published a changed "A.K.C." Neo standard.