of a Z-List
is a possibility
to help determine what dogs that are registered with AKC are merles.
Through the help of Patti
Strand, (a Chairperson of the High Volume Breeders Committee at AKC,
co-author of the book,
"The Hijacking Of The Humane Movement," published by Doral
NAIA President, and AKC
Conformation Judge) the Doberman fancy was instrumental in creating
Z-List regarding the issue
with the white (albino) doberman and
possible problems associated
WHAT IS A "Z" LIST?
A "Z" list is an AKC registration
process that tracks colors of dogs not recognized by either the parent
breed club or the AKC in a particular breed.
Theoretically, a "Z" list
would be a fair option to register merles as merle and not roan. All merles
registered at the time the "Z" list went into effect would have a "Z" in
the registration number. No need to add a color or pattern to AKC registration
papers to identify them. However, the parent breed club would have to keep
the statistics (which would be given by an AKC statistician twice yearly)
and publish it on their web site ONLY until the first "Z" registered dog
was no longer living. At that point, the "Z" list would be self-supporting
and all merles would be identifiable by the "Z" registration
Here is a mini history of
what the DPCA did to implement the z-system.
The first albino doberman
to be AKC registered was whelped in 1976, but not registered until 1979.
Sept. 1995-DPCA took the
proposal to the AKC delegate body.
November 1995, AKC board
of directors approved a program to work with Parent Clubs to develop a
tracking system to identify dogs of disqualifying colors on registration
October 1996-our z tracking
system went into effect.
At this point the
DPCA maintain the z list,
which involves requesting
twice yearly updates from one of the AKC statisticians.
These updates are
necessary for a limited period of time due to the fact when the z list
went into operation it wasn't done on a retroactive basis. Only those
registered after Oct. 1996
carry a z in the prefix of their registration number.
Within a few years there
will be no living animals carrying the albino gene who don't carry the
z in their registration prefix who could possibly be reproducing...at that
time the z tracking system will be able to stand by itself without
any maintenance on the part of the DPCA.
While the Z is is appropriate,
AKC STILL lists the white doberman as a color.
It is not an allowed color,
but it IS still listed.
So either way, ASC
will still need to allow AKC to have merle as a listed pattern in order
to create a Z list.
Because the white Dobie
was a recessive, and merle is a dominate gene..The Z list will NOT work
as ASC proposes.
As of now, the ASC proposes
to Z-List every merle cocker including ALL of it's non merle offspring.
They feel they can track the merle this way, which they cannot as all dogs
from a merle will have a z in it's registration number. A non merle cannot
produce merle nor is it recessive and it cannot be carried down and reproduced.
Doing it this way will
eventually cause a witch hunt when merles are registered out of a Ch parent
and all offspring will be z-listed. Show fanciers will be pointing fingers
and no one will even know where the merle is in the pedigree. Eventually
all cockers will carry a z listing by doing this and no merle will ever
be tracked ..especially if it's 10 generations back. And what for? There's
no rhyme or reason to this.
Merle cockers just need
to be able to be registered with the merle pattern with NO Z, and people
will be able to track the merle that way. No confusion, no witch hunt and
no finger pointing. As it is, no one wants to register their merle with
the Z, since most of the offspring will not be merle and will not carry
any lethal gene nor produce merle.
The standard will have
to be changed to disallow a z listed dog from being shown, which will never
The ASC proposes to "educate"
merle fanciers that their dogs are unhealthy, not bred to standard, and
a scourge to the Cocker fancy.
ASC will be looking at
class action lawsuits not only from the cocker fanciers but from every
other breed who has merle in their dogs.