UKC & American Field: Your Questions Answered
September 2, 2021
On September 1, 2021, UKC announced the acquisition of American Field and the Field Dog Stud Book. When that news was made public, we received so many excellent follow-up questions. To all American Field/Field Dog Stud Book registrants and participants, we want you to know we hear you, and we'd like to provide a few additional answers.
There will be no changes overnight, but make no mistake, we have our sights set on an exciting future to benefit the sport you love. We look forward to working with you to hone in on opportunities to grow the sport of pointing dog field trials. We are here to help and to push the legacy of American Field forward together. We hope you're as excited as we are to take these next steps.
If you are in the process of registering FDSB dogs or will be in the next few months, continue to send that paperwork to the American Field office in Chicago. The team in Chicago continues to process American Field mail uninterrupted.
We've received some feedback from American Field participants regarding the capability of online litter registration that UKC has to offer. American Field registrants can look forward to that. It will be a gradual process while we build out more capabilities as we move forward.
For those who don't know, UKC currently produces not one but two printed magazines. Our industry-leading publication, Coonhound Bloodlines, began as Bloodlines Journal in the 1920's. The most recent copy was delivered three weeks ago to each subscriber's door, just like it has been every month of the past 100 years. The second UKC magazine is geared towards retrievers, called the Hunting Retriever Magazine, which is included with a Hunting Retriever Club membership. This has been circulating since the mid 1980's. Why are we telling you this? Because we know how important print is. We know American Field participants would love to receive a printed magazine once again. We look forward to bringing back a publication to proudly carry the American Field name in the coming months.
We received several questions and concerns from the Llewellin Setter community. Find comfort in the fact that our intent is to continue to maintain the standards set forth by FDSB for the registration of Llewellin Setters. Dogs not verified through DNA profiles and in accordance with current registration rules and policies will not be brought into the registry as Llewellin Setters. In addition to Llewellin Setters, a few other breeds were previously recognized exclusively by either FDSB or UKC. It is our vision moving forward that the joining of our two registries will open doors to some new opportunities for several breeds that did not previously exist.
Guided by the belief that dogs make a difference by being the best partner a human can have in the field, on the job, or in a competition event, UKC is a community for people and dogs to pursue excellence together. Founded in 1898, UKC has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of Dogs That Do More, and their owners, by providing essential resources to help owners and breeders make informed decisions. The dog-human bond is celebrated through family-friendly programs highlighting the instincts and heritage of purebred and mixed-breed dogs alike at over 16,000 licensed events annually.