25-28 August 2016

Spring Fair webOnce again we had great entries, for this year's  Spring Fair, with over 4,200 in Conformation, 133 in Obedience and 200 in Agility for over 600 runs. We introduced several new sweepstakes this year, including Bred by Exhibitor, Champion, Non Champion, Supreme Champion and Veteran, and we thank the exhibitors for their great support of those new events and the shows overall.

Image logo movieThanks  to Pod Tracker, sponsors of the new movie, 'The Secret Life of Pets', Dogs NSW have 3 double passes as well as a fabulous Pod GPS Pet Tracker to give away this month.

Tile Canine Blood Bank webWhy a blood bank for dogs?

Similar to humans, dogs may need a blood transfusion as a life saving treatment. To save a dog’s life, in an emergency situation, blood has to be available right away. That is why we collect canine blood and store it so that it is available for use immediately.

Tile. Lymphoma research webSydney University are looking for people who own/breed Border Collies in Australia, or have done so in the past to complete their survey. 

University researchers are examining Border Collie longevity and current health status, with a particular focus on Lymphoma.

Tile. Lymphoma researchResearch Project Title: The Canine Sand Maze

– A Validation Based on a reduced number of learning trials.

What is the study about? Purpose of Research

The Canine Sand Maze is a non aversive memory test that was developed at the University of Sydney in 2011. It was developed to assess spatial reference memory and visualospatial working memory in dogs. (A dog’s ability to remember the location of a treat based on visual clues (signs) in a standard arena. Age related memory decline in these specific domains occurs in both dogs and humans. This Sand Maze is used to assess the memory of dogs suffering from Cognitive Dysfunction (dementia), and their response to intervention or treatment for this condition.

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For the first time in NSW breeders and pet owners can now use an online pet registry.z cat dog image

The NSW Pet Registry provides a simpler process for owners and breeders to register their cats and dogs, update contact details, report missing pets, transfer ownership and pay most lifetime-registration fees, all from a computer or mobile device.

Pug with logolowResults are in for the Royal New South Wales Canine Council Limited Board of Directors Election 2016 - Metropolitan Region

Dogs NSW Logo BlueRecently, the ANKC Ltd has been in negotiations with the FCI for the continuance as an Associate Member.

An Open Meeting of Dogs NSW Members will be held in the Amenities Building at Dogs NSW grounds on Wednesday 5th October, commencing at 7pm to consider the new terms for the ANKC’s Associate Membership with the FCI prior to the ANKC Ltd October 2016 Conference.

If you wish to be listed as a speaker at the meeting please advise Dogs NSW Office by Monday, 26 September 2016.

If you are unable to attend this meeting you are welcome to send in your comments to Dogs NSW Office by letter/email by the above mentioned date.

hungarianThe Hungarian Vizsla Club of NSW is pleased to circulate to the members a Report on their 2014 Health Survey and would like to express their thanks to Karyn Orzeszko, who compiled the report on behalf of the Club. Karyn has produced a document giving us insight into current breed health.


Acceptance for registration with the ANKC Ltd of Australian bred White Swiss Shepherd Dogs registered with the White Swiss Shepherd Dog Club of Australia Inc A0043538A

This survey applies to any Member of an ANKC Ltd affiliated Member Body who is the owner of an ANKC Ltd registered White Swiss Shepherd Dog.



Due to an error in Point 1 of the “Directions to Members for the Election” section of the Ballot Papers for the 2016 Board Elections, the original Ballot Papers, (which were sent in the July magazine) have now been recalled.

You will be receiving  in the mail, directly from the Office, a new GREEN Ballot Paper and you should express your voting intention on that GREEN Ballot Paper in accordance with Point 1 of the amended “Directions to Members for the Election” and return your completed Ballot Paper as per the requirements of Points 2 to 8 of the “Directions to Members for the Election”.

If you do not receive your new Ballot Paper by Monday 18 July 2016, please contact the Office immediately to request a replacement.

Due to the recall of the original Ballot Papers, voting will now close 12 noon on Friday 5 August 2016, with the count now being held on Saturday 6 August 2016 at Orchard Hills, commencing at 9.00am.



The Dog Lovers Show is set to again transform the Hordern Pavilion and Royal Hall of Industries into a haven for dog lovers as it bounds back into Sydney on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August this year.

The show will play host to over 30 DOGS NSW Breed Clubs, hundreds of stalls offering all the latest and greatest gear for your pooch, free presentations from celebrity dog experts, free vet, grooming and training demonstrations and most importantly, the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with literally hundreds of beautiful dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds!

Tile.ANKC LOGOMembers please note that the 2016 Judges Renewal fees are now due. The renewal form is published currently in the June and July Gazettes and alternatively you can download the form here.

Ambajaye Bull Dust N Tales EDITThe sport of Obedience is one that is both challenging and rewarding, plus the relationship you and your dog build as you progress through the levels, will surprise and motivate you. It takes time and energy, but it makes it worth the effort when it shows how smart our canine friends can be, and when you can also develop as a trainer and partner to your dog. If you know Dressage in the horse world, Obedience in the dog world is very similar; as accuracy and precision are both highly sought.

Recently in May 2016,  at the Greater Western Club Trial, Ambajaye Bull Dust N Tales became the 1st Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog in NSW to be awarded a Utility Dog title.  The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog is a working dog, quite different to the Australian Cattle Dog in its temperament, body shape and looks.  The Australian Stumpy is not as popular, or has a large breed following, and achievement like this is not just for the handler but for the breed. We are very proud and excited for the breed to be recognised in this way. The “Stumpy” is quirky, loyal and full of personality. To find out more about the breed and its heritage contact The Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog Club of NSW.

5244Once again Dogs on Show, the annual spectacular showcase for Dogs NSW, was a great success and a great hit with the public.

A momentous occasion for the Royal NSW Canine Council, as we welcomed our Patron, the Governor of NSW, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and Mrs Linda Hurley to our Complex to officially open the Show.

His Excellency and Mrs Hurley thoroughly enjoyed their day, and spent time watching the Pageant of Breeds and the Working Dog and Hound Group judging. They had their photo taken with a number of breeds, including George, the British Bulldog. An avid apiarist, His Excellency knows all about being an exhibitor as his honey was entered for the 2016 Royal Easter Show.

Our local MP Tanya Davies, a great supporter of Dogs NSW, also joined us for the opening.

5312So many Dogs NSW activities and attractions were featured for the public and our visitors this year. As well as the Championship dog show, the Junior Handlers, Jack Russell Terrier racing, Agility, Retrieving and Earthdog demonstrations, Dancing with Dogs and our Dogs NSW Performance Team kept everyone entertained. In addition we also had K9 Nosetime® and K9 Scent Scramble™ demonstrations as well as Children's Safety with Dogs talks, presented by the NSW Government's Responsible Pet Education Program. All events were enthusiastically supported by the many hundreds of people who attended the day.

Tile.NSW Pet RegistryFrom July 4, breeders will be able to use the digital Pet Registry to update their details and transfer pets to new owners from the convenience of their digital device.

The NSW Pet Registry will make it easier for breeders to register their litters. If you’re a breeder or pet owner you will be able to create an online profile on the new Pet Registry (www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au) from 4 July 2016. A breeder profile is the same as other pet owners, but you will also receive a Breeder ID number, which can be used to quickly add multiple animals to the register when they’re micro-chipped.

3 dog headsAnimal  Control  Officers, Council Rangers, Veterinary Nurses and indeed anyone interested in improving their ability identifying individual breeds of dogs, are invited to attend Dogs NSW two day nationally accredited workshops.

There are over 200 recognised breeds currently in Australia and a multitude of cross breeds, therefore identification can be difficult and at times impossible.

Dogs NSW is a strong supporter of the NSW Government changes to the Companion Animals Act. We believe in responsible dog ownership and we recognise that proper breed identification is an essential part of the current legislation.

We have developed the two day training program to assist councils in improving breed identification, particularly as state legislation requires that council staff identify those dogs that are on the restricted breeds list as well as crosses from restricted breeds. Also councils are required to identify dogs specifically used or kept for hunting purposes, as opposed to being a family pet.

TileCountless lives have been saved by the donation of blood, but did you know that this is also true in the veterinary world?

“Blood donor dogs and cats are very important and a much needed contribution in the veterinary world,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “As this is World Blood Donor Week, we ask the Australian public to give thanks to the countless companion animals, who are helping save lives with the donation of blood.”

For many emergency and trauma departments in veterinary hospitals across Australia, donor blood products are vital in helping those animals most in need. The only problem? Not many pet owners are aware of the demand.

Dogs on Show no copyHis Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd) will be officially opening 'Dogs on Show', Dogs NSW Public Open Day on Saturday, 11 June 2016 at 12.30pm.

Dogs NSW have extended a free invitation to the public to attend this event through the media, to witness all the fun sports and activities you can enjoy with your canine friend, plus the advantages of owning a purebred dog. 

The event will showcase a Championship Dog Show, plus demonstrations in Agility, Obedience, Earthdog, Dances with Dogs, Junior Handling, Retrieving, K9 Nosetime® and K9 Scent ScrambleTM. There will also be Jack Russell Terrier racing, Herding trials plus a colourful Pageant of Breeds.

Tile badgesIf you think your Dogs NSW membership has reached 25 or 50 years or you would just like to check your membership's longevity, please call Dogs NSW on (02) 9834 3022 or email and a member of staff will check our database.

IMG 2445Few people stay in a position for any great length of time these days, however Dogs NSW staff member, Linda Bonney is an exception. Linda commenced working with Dogs NSW in 1996 and Friday, 13th May marked her 20 year anniversary with our organisation. To celebrate her employment's longevity, a presentation in front of her colleagues and Dogs NSW Directors was arranged on Board Day, Wednesday 12th May, along with a small afternoon tea.

TrialfestQueensland State Trials Obedience Sub-Committee will be running Obedience and Rally-O trials, sponsored by Royal Canin, on Saturday and Sunday 25th and 26th June, 2016.

Both Fundraising events will take place at Dogs Queensland Sports Grounds, with a morning and afternoon Obedience Trial on the Saturday and the Rally-O Trial on the Sunday. Entries close for both on June 10, 2016.

Tile. picture onlyWithout dishonouring human endeavours the Australian War Animal Memorial Organisation (AWAMO) sent through a request to the local Government Pozières in France, for the recognition of animals that served alongside our AIF soldiers throughout the European region in WWI. AWAMO believe the ideal location for this plaque is at Pozières.

In response to AWAMO's request, the Government Pozières have offered a plot of land, which will be Australia's official war animal memorial for all WWI war animal veterans.

Images 1Orange Regional Gallery has launched a major exhibition on the theme of dogs in Australian art. It features around 80 artworks borrowed from public and private collections throughout the country.

The exhibition runs from 9th April until 3rd July 2016. Entry is free.  

This major exhibition explores the diverse ways in which the dog has been represented in Australian art from colonial times until the present, revealing much about our deep bond with this animal and about ourselves. Best in Show includes over 70 important works by some of our nation’s most well-known artists including: Augustus Earle, Benjamin Duterreau, William Dobell, Rupert Bunny, Frank Hinder, Eric Thake, Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, Lin Onus, Elisabeth Cummings, Jon Cattapan, Tim Storrier, Davida Allen, Louise Hearman, Noel McKenna, Rosslynd Piggott, McLean Edwards, Fiona Hall and Reg Mombassa.

The Parramatta & Districts All Breeds Kennel Club Inc, 'Winter Classic' All Breeds Championship show to be held on Sunday 19th June 2016 has a change of venue.

The new venue is The German Shepherd Dog area at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills NSW.