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Dear Mrs Smith
Following the news from the Netherlands about brachycephalic breeds, we wanted to get in touch with the relevant breeds clubs to let you know the Kennel Club’s position on the matter, and what we are doing to improve brachycephalic health. Much of this is about working together, as we have done with many of the brachycephalic breed clubs already, and hope to continue to do so to monitor, protect and improve the health of dogs.
The Kennel Club shares many of the concerns that we know you will have and does not believe that the blanket approach taken by the Netherlands government is the solution. We know from the Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome (BOAS) research that was commenced around ten years ago by the University of Cambridge (funded by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust), that there are multiple factors that lead to BOAS in some of the brachycephalic breeds, and that this condition is far more complex than has been suggested.
There is currently no evidence that just creating a longer nose, even if possible in the way proposed, would solve the problems and could potentially introduce other health and welfare concerns. The University of Cambridge research shows clearly that other issues, for example, soft tissue, neck girth and length and nostril opening, can have a greater influence on BOAS than simple nose length. We hope that this research can be extended to other brachycephalic breeds – where necessary – to build the evidence-base on the condition so it can be better understood, and to enable us to find effective solutions.
We also know that breed bans do not work – we have seen this in the UK where attempts were made in 1991 with the Dangerous Dogs act. This has simply served to drive the breeding of these dogs underground, leading to large numbers of unregistered animals where it is impossible to reach the breeders or buyers of these dogs and attempt to influence them. It also can further fuel the health and welfare crisis of illegally bred and imported dogs. While a full breed ban hasn’t been accepted in the Netherlands, we do have some similar concerns regarding the current approach which may force away the very breeders that are trying to make improvements, and could instead encourage more irresponsible underground breeding as such laws can be hard to enforce. The outcome could see an increase in the very issues the legislation seeks to address.
The Kennel Club believes the most effective approach is to continue to work collaboratively to find evidence-based solutions. For example, the Kennel Club/University of Cambridge Respiratory Function Grading Scheme, which was launched by the Kennel Club last year, enables vets to identify Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs at risk of BOAS, provides breeders and owners with the best available information and advice to make informed decisions, and informs ongoing research into BOAS. This Scheme is the strongest mechanism we have to demonstrate our commitment to tackling BOAS within the breeds, and further to demonstrate that this community as a whole is committed to the health and welfare of its dogs. It also can provide evidence that brachycephalic dogs can lead happy, healthy lives when their health and welfare is made the priority when breeding.
Participation in the RFG scheme is compulsory for Kennel Club Assured Breeders and we urge all breeders of Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs, regardless of whether they register their dogs with the Kennel Club, to participate in the scheme. We are also working internationally and are developing a license agreement so the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme can be used by overseas Kennel Clubs and organisations – with the aim of helping to improve the health of BOAS-affected dogs globally whilst collecting further data on the condition. We are working hard to make this Scheme available to more brachycephalic breeds and would expect this to be discussed with each individual breed as part of its Breed Health and Conservation Plan.
Collaboration is vital, The Kennel Club instigated the Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG) in 2016, which is made up of vets, BOAS academics and researchers, welfare organisations and breed clubs. The BWG recognises the complex nature of the issues faced by brachycephalic breeds and aims to research, understand and take evidence-based action to reduce and ultimately eliminate the health problems that these breeds can face, and to educate uninformed puppy buyers and breeders who place looks over health. Attempting to clamp down on breeding is not the best approach, and the group seeks to work with those both inside and outside of the breeding “industry” and the Kennel Club registration system to help solve these multifaceted issues.
The Kennel Club continues to urge those who are committed to improving their breed’s health to make informed choices when breeding, and to use the tools and facilities available to them, such as the RFG Scheme or Breed Club health schemes. These health schemes are vital to create a strong evidence-base on the health conditions which can be related to brachycephaly, so that effective solutions can be found to improve and protect the health of our much-loved dogs.
If you have any questions about the Kennel Club’s work to improve brachycephalic health, or want to discuss what your breed club can do, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together we really can make a difference for dogs.
Head of Health and Welfare at the Kennel Club
CLARIFICATION OF ‘GRANDFATHER RIGHTS’ FOR ESTABLISHED JUDGES
- Recognition of judging and assessments already undertaken
- A2 and established approval routes available for whole of transition period
- Grandfathering available as of 2021
- Judges may self-submit questionnaires for CC, Group and BIS status
- Judges of non-CC breeds included
Further to the announcement made on 1 May 2020 regarding ‘grandfather rights’ for established judges during the transition phase of the initiative now known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), the Kennel Club wishes to clarify a number of issues.
The current A2 and established approval routes will continue for the entirety of the five-year transition period, with a review of their comparative uptake and success, taking place once the current routes and the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) have been run in tandem for three years.
The other key points to note are as follows:
- The aim of both the A2 and grandfathering routes is to create a pool of pre-approved CC judges to enable the selection and appointment of judges and reduce the perceived uncertainties inherent in the other aspects of the established approval route.
- The current A2 process will continue to operate for those who choose to use it during the five-year period during which it has been agreed that the established approval route and Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) route will run in tandem.
- For progression by the A2 route candidates must have a minimum of three positive judging assessments on file, be nominated by a Breed Club/Council and be listed on the nominating club/council’s A3 list. Full guidance on this route can be found at bit.ly/2JpDwGW.
- From 1 January 2021 eligible judges who are seeking pre-approval to award CCs will be able to select from either the current A2 route or the new grandfathering approval route on a per breed basis.
- For progression to award CCs via grandfathering candidates can self-nominate provided they are included on at least one Breed Club/Council A3 list and/or have a pre-existing JDP Credit Pass for the relevant breed. Each judge must also meet all the Kennel Club’s mandatory requirements for approval to award CCs (see below).
Judges of non-CC breeds are advised that they too will have grandfather rights which may make it possible to achieve Level 4 status in such breeds. In those cases it is recognised that breed specialists will not have the three Stud Book Numbers (as required for CC judges), but the Judges Committee will take into account dogs owned and/or bred and any significant wins. Clubs catering for non-CC breeds and therefore not previously required to compile an A3 list are now encouraged to do so to include those judges which the club is prepared to support through the grandfathering route.
Once the grandfathering facility is available at the start of 2021, the Kennel Club will make a further announcement on the process, including details of the relevant questionnaires and how to access them.
It is strongly recommended that breed clubs bring their judging criteria into line with that of the Kennel Club as soon as they are able. A previous announcement regarding this can be found here: bit.ly/2WhfjaB.
Any queries regarding the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) should be directed to judges.education@
|Current status||Criteria required||Notes|
|A3 list judge (breeds with CC status)||
|A3 list judge (non CC breeds)||
|Judge with JDP Credit||
|Aspiring Group and Best in Show judge||
1 Stud Book Band A (including non-CC breeds) – 40 dogs; Stud Book Band B – 70 dogs; Stud Book Band C – 120 dogs; Stud Book Band D – 180 dogs; Stud Book Band E – 250 dogs.
Note the following Stud Book Band A breeds require a minimum of 30 dogs judged: Australian Cattle Dog; Australian Terrier; Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand); Bloodhound; Bouvier Des Flandres; Brittany; Finnish Spitz; Glen of Imaal Terrier; Ibizan Hound; Kerry Blue Terrier; Lakeland Terrier; Mastiff; Norwegian Buhund; Norwich Terrier; Otterhound; Pharaoh Hound; Polish Lowland Sheepdog; Retriever (Chesapeake Bay); Sealyham Terrier; Skye Terrier; Spaniel (Irish Water); Swedish Vallhund; Welsh Terrier.
Breeds with varieties require the following criteria (automatic approval is given for a further variety or varieties once approved for a CC appointment in an initial variety): Bull Terriers – 80 dogs of any variety; Chihuahua (Long Coat & Smooth Coat) – 200 dogs of any variety; Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Groenendael, Tervueren, Laekenois & Malinois) – 70 dogs of any variety; Fox Terrier – 70 dogs of any variety; German Spitz (Mittel & Klein) – 70 dogs of any variety; Poodle (Toy, Miniature & Standard) – 150 dogs including at least 30 of each variety; Dachshund (all varieties) – 250 dogs any variety.
2 Mandatory for approval to award CCs in first three breeds and desirable for subsequent breeds
3 Current criteria – First time group judges must have carried out CC appointments to a minimum of four breeds (three in the working group) in the relevant group. For second and subsequent groups, three breeds are required. The Judges Committee will take into account the diversity and Stud Book Bands of the previously approved breeds together with the number of dogs judged in the breeds for which the judge is not yet approved and any JDP Credits obtained.
4 Current criteria – Judges must be approved to judge one group and to award Challenge Certificates to at least one breed from two other groups. Judges will be expected to have experience in judging across all groups and all relevant experience will be taken into account.
JUDGES COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK TO BE KNOWN AS JUDGES EDUCATION PROGRAMME (BREED SHOWS)
The Judges Competency Framework (JCF) underwent an independent review in 2019 which recommended that a new name be adopted by the framework, without using the word ‘competency’. This view was also supported by the findings of the Kennel Club survey on the JCF.
The Kennel Club Board has recently approved a change of name for the JCF. It is now to be known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows).
Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In reaching this decision, the Board was mindful that, as the Kennel Club offers education for all judges, this new name can be adopted across all its licensed activities, for example Judges Education Programme (Agility Shows).”
All queries related to the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) should be directed to judges.education@
For a current list of FAQs and other information related to the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/jep.
5) A message from Royal Canin re redemption of gift certificates.
“Don’t forget that you can still redeem your gift certificates won at shows sponsored by Royal Canin by contacting their Area Business Manager. To find out who the Business Manager is for your area, click here: https://bit.ly/3b6yjOr”
6) FCI Statement FCI – Federation Cynologique Internationale : , , , , , , ̧, , , , , Reflecting on the legislative changes regarding the brachycephalic breeds in the Netherlands, please be informed about the following: Even though, last August, the FCI – among many canine stakeholders – had been informed about the preparation of the current legislation, we have since then not heard -nor have we been consulted- of any final step or decision being taken or made. No professional assistance or guidance was sought at that time by the Raad van Beheer (RvB-Dutch Kennel Club), which “ ”. Once the rumours about the legislative change have started on social media, we immediately contacted the RvB for official further details. Under the current sanitary circumstances, face-to-face meetings are not possible to be held but we will arrange a personal meeting between the FCI General Committee’s representative and the RvB in order for us to understand the practical situation, the plans and the standpoint of the RvB following this domestic legislative change. As previously announced, the FCI had proactively started to establish a cooperation frame with the professional BOAS working group led by Dr. Jane Ladlow and The Kennel Club in order to implement their new system of functional tests and to apply even more professional methods for the health of brachycephalic breeds. Due to the current pandemic situation, it was impossible to launch the program so far, but we shall do our best to introduce this new approach worldwide as soon as the circumstances are appropriate. Our priority is the preservation of these endangered brachycephalic breeds which all are National Heritages, and the protection of the interests of responsible breeders (vs individual puppy-producers, who are not falling under any regulations in the country). One of our biggest concerns – besides ignoring the National Heritage of the countries of origin of the affected breeds – lies in the fact that such legislation puts into advantageous situation those unmonitored and unregistered puppy farmers who are now given the tools to avoid any control, functional test, genetic test, and professional supervision of their activities. “Banning” breeds this way will result in making it impossible for the professionals (registered kennel club’s breeders) to operate correctly and in the interest of the breeds in question. A huge percentage of the dogs will be produced in individual households with no official affiliation to a registered entity, having as a final consequence that the overall health status of these dogs will be dramatically and negatively impacted in a near future. Keep in mind that once we lost the registered gene pool, the quality control gets lost forever. Obviously, the FCI is also strictly against registered breed-crossing, which boils down to simply cheating hundreds of years of history. Due to its simplicity and advantage to produce results in the short run, outcrossing is a popular concept for refreshing the gene pool, but it also bears unforeseeable consequences on the gene pool of the breed(s). All that is causing me a serious personal problem as well as the fact that this situation will affect only breeders related to national canine organisations and will protect those who are not providing any pedigree along with their puppies. Those dogs will indeed not fall under this regulation. I am inviting all the national canine organisations, especially those which operate in the country of origin of the aforementioned 12 breeds, to express their official reaction about a decision, taken by a foreign government, which tends to ignore an important part of their National Heritage without any previous consultation with the professional authorities of the involved counties. I am calling for an international campaign and action related to this cultural matter ! The FCI General Committee will be able to take further actions and measures once we get first-hand information (from the Raad van Beheer) about the facts and circumstances.. Dr. Tamás Jakkel President of the FCI
7) It is with reluctance, that following the statement issued by the Kennel Club, the Northern King Charles Spaniel Club, has decided to cancel their Open Show on 6th September.
STATEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 AND KENNEL CLUB EVENTS
The safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events continues to be of paramount importance. In light of the continued restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kennel Club has taken the decision with regret to extend its strong recommendation that clubs and societies cancel forthcoming events until the end of September and that serious consideration should be given to events due to be held after this date.
It is vitally important that those responsible for organising events, large or small, conduct a risk assessment which will include ensuring that the event is Covid secure, i.e being compliant with Government advice and guidance on COVID-19. We will be working on further advice to clubs and societies on the issues which need to be addressed in a risk assessment once the Government publishes further guidance or instruction.
This latest recommendation is based on all advice issued by the Government so far which continues to restrict non-essential travel and maintain social distancing. The Kennel Club also recommends that alternative arrangements continue to be put in place regarding other activities such as meetings, seminars and training classes.
It is appreciated that clarity is important in order to be able to plan, budget and mitigate costs and therefore we will provide more definitive advice as soon as the position is clearer from the Government.
The latest advice on the situation regarding COVID-19 is regularly updated and changes daily and we strongly suggest that clubs and societies keep aware of updates as issued by the Department of Health at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Please contact the KC office on email email@example.com to confirm the cancellation or postponement of any licensed events. If your event is cancelled, please also advise whether you require a refund for your licence fee or require the fee to be carried forward for a future event.
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
CODE OF BEST PRACTICE UPDATED FOR BREED APPRECIATION DAYS AND MULTIPLE CHOICE EXAMS
The Kennel Club has announced that, following consideration of the recommendations put forward by the JCF Independent Review Panel together with the results from the JCF survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, the Code of Best Practice has been updated for Breed Appreciation Days (BADs) and Multiple Choice Exams (MCEs).
The code, respective annexes and updated mentoring record form can be found on the Kennel Club website at bit.ly/2wPi3Dr.
As previously announced, a new/starter judge must have first met the following Level 1 criteria in order to be eligible to sit the MCE for a breed:
- Minimum of 5 years proven interest in pedigree dogs
- Attend the Requirements of a Dog Show Judge seminar but not mandatory to take and pass the examination at this stage
- Attend a Conformation and Movement seminar
- Complete a minimum of two full-day stewarding appointments
For JCF candidates details of the criteria to achieve each Level and the judging eligibilities accompanying these Levels can be found at bit.ly/3dG5fju.
It is now recommended that breed clubs hold a group mentoring session as part of a Breed Appreciation Day. Candidates undertaking this must have met Level 2 criteria, which could be attained on the day through passing the MCE.
For those candidates wishing to progress down the traditional system, breed clubs should continue to hold hands-on assessments if there are judges requiring this to meet the A3 list criteria, particularly in view of ‘grandfathering’ arrangements. Breed clubs are recommended to review their judging lists to determine if there is a demand for this.
Breed Education Coordinators are also being asked to review their MCEs in line with amended criteria and resubmit amended banks of questions to the Canine Activities Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Due to the JCF having being placed on hold and the current situation regarding COVID-19, the requirement for breed clubs to have an involvement in a BAD at least once every two years will now come into force from 1 January 2021, as well as the requirement for breed clubs to nominate at least two general or group open show supported entry shows per year.
Further press releases concerning the new judges’ education and approval systems will follow in due course.
All enquiries should be directed to email email@example.com.
10) UPDATE ON THE CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW
THE NORTHERN KING CHARLES SPANIEL CLUB are trying to re-arrange their championship show. As and when details are finalised we will keep members informed via Facebook and our website
11) CANCELLATION OF CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2020
IN VIEW OF GOVERNMENT ADVICE AND KENNEL CLUB DIRECTIVES IT IS, WITH REGRET, THAT WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL OUR CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW ON THE 18TH APRIL 2020. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY ENTERED, WE CAN EITHER RETURN YOUR ENTRY AND CHEQUE OR TEAR THIS UP. THERE ARE A FEW OF THE VERY EARLY ENTRIES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN BANKED AND WE WILL, OF COURSE, REFUND THESE. GILLIAN SMITH, HON SEC
12) CORONA VIRUS – AGM
After consultation with the officers and committee of the Northern King Charles Spaniel club in view of the current crisis regarding the Corona virus, it has been deemed necessary to postpone our AGM on Sunday 22nd March 2020. We will, of course, post on our website a new date when this has been decided.
13) LETTER FROM THE KENNEL CLUB TO THE SECRETARY OF NKCSC
Dear Mrs G A J Smith,
RE: Breed Watch – King Charles Spaniel
Following the Dog Health Group’s Breed Standards & Conformation sub-group meeting, I have been requested to contact you on behalf of the sub-group with regard to Breed Watch.
Following discussion of visible health and welfare concerns in a number of breeds,
the sub-group concluded, following approval of the Dog Health Group and the Board, that “irregular hind movement” and “prominent eyes” should be monitored and therefore should be added to Breed Watch as points of concern for the breed.
Breed Watch is an early warning system intended for judges to note any visible points of concern which they should take into consideration and penalise when judging the breed. Judges are asked to complete the judge’s health monitoring form following appointments at championship shows. This is to prevent introduction of health and welfare concerns that are detrimental to a dog’s wellbeing and to maintain high standards of health in the show ring. The form can be accessed online below;
Exhibitors should also take the time to become familiar with the points of concern that can affect their breed, as they too have an important role to play in ensuring that dogs are free from health concerns and exaggeration.
As Breed Watch serves as a “roll-on, roll-off” system, after a period of 12 months should no reports of these concerns be made by judges when completing the mandatory health monitoring form given above, then the point(s) will be reviewed and potentially removed. All points of concern are assessed quarterly and breed health co-ordinators will receive an annual summary to share with their breed, this is to continually review points of concerns reported by Judges.
More information on Breed Watch and the Judges Health Monitoring process can be found at http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/for-exhibitors-and-judges-of-show-dogs/.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Health and Welfare Development Manager
Canine Health and Welfare
The Kennel Club
14) NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (2020) – NOW CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
It is intended to hold the Annual General Meeting for 2020 at Grenoside Community Centre, Main Street, Grenoside Sheffield on Sunday 22nd March 2020, at 10.30 a.m. Renewal subscriptions are due on the 1st January 2019 and should be sent to either the Hon. Treasurer or Hon. Secretary. Membership subscriptions are as follows: Single – £8.00 Joint – £10.00 Overseas – £14.00
No business shall be conducted at the A.G.M. unless notice thereof appears on the agenda or at the discretion of the Acting Chairman. The Hon. Secretary must receive items for inclusion on the Agenda in writing no later than Saturday, 8th February 2020, otherwise they will not be accepted.
Nominations are invited for committee members who must have been a fully paid up member of the Club for at least two years.
The Hon. Secretary must receive written nominations for Officers and Committee no later than Saturday, 8th February 2020. Nominations must be proposed and seconded in writing and be accompanied by a letter from the nominee stating that he/she would be willing to serve if elected. All nominees must have been a member of the Club for at least two years. Voting papers will only be sent to fully paid up members as at the 1st February 2020.
The following committee members are due for re-election by rotation but are willing to stand for a further period. In addition, there are also three further vacancies for committee for which an interest has been expressed. The position of treasurer is also vacant. Mrs Mary Constable has been acting treasurer since April of this year and is willing to stand for this position.
Officers – John Goodwin (Clerk of the Trophies)
Committee – Tracy Jackson and Trish Potter