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American Field and United Kennel Club

By Annie Hammond, Director of Media & Communication | Sep 04, 2021

Kalamazoo, Mich. — On September 1, 2021, it was announced that the American Field Publishing Company and Field Dog Stud Book were acquired by the United Kennel Club (UKC).

After that news was made public, many excellent follow-up questions were received. 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 the 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 dogs with the Field Dog Stud Book, enrolling litters, requesting pedigrees or DNA services, or will be in the next few months, continue to send that paperwork to the American Field office in Chicago. The same applies to advertising. 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 (FDSB) 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 two printed magazines. Our industry-leading publication, Coonhound Bloodlines, began as Bloodlines Journal in the 1920s. 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-1980s. 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 The American Field name and banner 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 the 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 having two registries will open doors to some new opportunities for several breeds that did not previously exist.

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Strideaway is an online publication founded in 2008. We are dedicated to promoting the great sport of American pointing dog field trials, in particular American Field sanctioned trials for pointers and setters. Our objective is to present the voices and ideas of experienced trainers, handlers, breeders and other knowledgeable participants and enthusiasts from the past to the present — amateurs and professionals alike. Whether All-Age or Shooting Dog, Horseback or Walking Trials, we place particular emphasis on wild bird field trials and the dogs that compete in them. We present richly illustrated articles and stories, podcast interviews and other types of media on a regular basis with the hope of providing an ever expanding, searchable archive of information relevant to pointing dog field trials.Read article

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