The DogChannel Newswire (05-25-10)

AKC holds first event open to mutts; dogs hang loose at canine surf contest; and other news.

Posted: May 25, 2010, 5 a.m. EDT

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American Kennel Club Opens Up Competition to Mutts
Mixed breeds have made their debut at the Mattaponi Kennel Club show in Manassas, Va., thanks to a new rule from the American Kennel Club. In honor of its 125th anniversary, the AKC has given its affiliated canine clubs across the country the opportunity to allow mixed breeds into once purebred-only contests like agility and rally, AOL News reports.
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Virginia City Considers Dog Ordinance
A proposed ordinance that the Martinsville, Va., City Council will consider Tuesday would force people to give their pets adequate space in which to move around. It also would limit how long dogs can bark continuously, the Martinsville (Va.) Bulletin reports.
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Man Bites Man in Fight Over Dogs
A sheriff's office said Monday that one man bit another during a fight over a couple of dogs at a park in New York. The two dog owners got into it Sunday night, when one didn't like the way their pets were playing at a dog park in New City, about 30 miles north of New York City. A third man tried to break up the fight and one of the combatants bit him on the wrist, The Associated Press reports.
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Canine Surf Season Begins in San Diego
At a San Diego beach on Saturday, dogs were doing what they live to do: catching things. In the fifth annual Loews Coronado Bay Surf Dog Competition, the dogs were catching waves. Ranging from Jack Russells to Bulldogs, they were judged on surfing ability and how well they rocked their board shorts; Reuters reports.
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