The ANKC has its place in trying to foster ethical breeders although they are far from perfect as discussed, but they do bring in thigs like compulsory health testing for at risk breeds and they have a code of ethics.
My point around working dogs is that these breeds dont need to be recognised by the ANKC to be a recognised breed. Working breeds have their own registries and as with the Working kelpie council their top rated breeders have to be be proven breeders of dogs that are guaranteed to be top notch working dogs. The ANKC is a distraction from the true purpose of these dogs.
Look some of the showbred Border collies are nice ethically bred dogs that excel in agility and dog sports, but they wouldnt be my choice for a farm working dog as they are rarely bred for that purpose.
I find it hilarious that in the ANKC system doesnt recognise my working bred and registered kelpies and Border collies as those breeds when I enter agility or herding comps. Their breed is officially "sporting register", one up from associate register which includes anything not on a recognised register.
I am not sure that ANKC breeds need a purpose other than to conform to a physical breed and temperament standard and for the breeders to follow a code of ethics. Probably not a bad thing for a dog like the labradoodle.