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Amendment to the DOGS NSW Regulations

26-11-2018

Regulations Part X-Affiliates Bodes, Clause (c)(iii)(A)

THAT Regulations Part X-Affiliated Bodies, Clause 1.3:  Affiliation with DOGS NSW, Clause (c)(iii)(A), which currently reads as follows:-

(c)       its application is in writing signed by its Secretary for the time being addressed to and lodged with the DOGS NSW Secretary and is accompanied by:-

           (iii)      a certificate signed by its President and Secretary stating that the applicant has,
                      in the case of:-

                     (A)      a specialist club, at least ten (10) financial members each of whom is:-
                               (i)    a financial member of DOGS NSW or another State member Body and
                               (ii)   the owner of a specimen of the breed registered on an ANKC Ltd
                                      National Register in respect of which the club is a specialist or semi group
                                      club. (07/16)

Be amended to read:-

(c)       its application is in writing signed by its Secretary for the time being addressed to and
           lodged with the DOGS NSW Secretary and is accompanied by:-

           (iii)      a certificate signed by its President and Secretary stating that the applicant has,
                      in the case of:-
                     (A)    a specialist club or semi group club, at least ten (10) financial members each
                             of whom is:-
                             (i)     a financial member of DOGS NSW or another State member Body and
                             (ii)    the owner of a specimen of the breed registered on an ANKC Ltd National
                                     Register in respect of which the club is a specialist or semi group club.
                                     (07/16)

AND

THAT an additional Clause, numbered (C) be included to read:-

                     (C)    a group club, at least ten (10) financial members each of whom is:-
                              (i)      a financial member of DOGS NSW or another State member Body and
                              (ii)     the owner of a specimen of a breed, registered on an ANKC Ltd National
                                        Register, from the group which the club represents. (11/18)

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Statement On The Future Of The Anatolian Shepherd Dog In Australia

16-11-2018

In June 2018, at the request of the Turkish Kennel Club, Kopek Irklari ve Kinoloji Federasyonu (KIF) the General Committee of the FCI, in relation to FCI Breed Standard 331 Anatolian Shepherd Dog, approved a change in the breed name to Kangal, and a new Standard.

Having regard to the disruption caused in Australia in 1998, by the separation of Anatolians and Kangals, ANKC Ltd sought further information from KIF expressing the concern that the change would have a deleterious effect on some owners of Anatolians who would be angry at again having to change their breed name and not being able to breed any of their dogs who did not conform to the new standard, the following response was received from the President of KIF, Umit Ozkanal.

“they do not have to be angry. We have just corrected a very big mistake!. Turkey is a very big country and there are at least 5 different shepherd dogs. There is no breed called Anatolian here in Turkey. Those who have dogs away from the standard will not breed their dogs officially since there is no breed called like that. They still keep their beloved dogs but no breeding under Kangal please”  

In August 2018 ANKC Ltd advised that any member who wished to change from Anatolian Shepherd Dog to Kangal Shepherd Dog should contact their relevant Member Body office with full details of the dog they wish to change by 12th October 2018, which was just prior to the ANKC Board Meeting,
when there would be a review of the number of dogs still registered as Anatolian Shepherd Dogs.

This announcement resulted in a large amount of correspondence to ANKC Ltd and it became apparent that whatever decision the Directors made on the future of Anatolians in Australia it would not be unanimously accepted. The submissions from both sides of the argument were very impassioned and indicated the breeding expertise and large amount of money that has been invested in developing the Anatolian breed in Australia. Despite the ANKC Ltd even handed approach in giving all Anatolian breeders the opportunity to voice their opinion we received threats of legal action if a decision was made that disenfranchised certain breeders, the following statements illustrate the divide amongst breeders.

“We believe that it would be highly disrespectful to KIF to disregard their wishes regarding Anatolian Shepherds and it would be convoluted to adopt, for example, the AKC Anatolian Shepherd Dog Standard. The parties opposed to having their dogs not listed as Kangal are those whose dogs don’t comply with the new standard, in particular, in terms of colour”

“The new breed standard from FCI/Turkey is not in keeping with 2018 community standards for the breeding of healthy and sound working / farm dogs, as the new standard decimates the gene pool and falls into the 'poor kennel club breed decision' rhetoric of pedigree dogs exposed - culling healthy dogs from the gene pool based on modern arbitrary show 'ideals'.”

All correspondence was considered by the Directors and the National Breed Standards Coordination Group, and prior to discussion at the ANKC Ltd Board Meeting it was reviewed by Member Bodies. Comments were received from people claiming to be Anatolian breeders who were not financial members of any ANKC Member Body or were not recorded as having ever registered a litter with ANKC Ltd.

In determining how many members would be affected by their decision the Directors noted that in Australia there were only five (5) current Financial ANKC Ltd Anatolian Shepherd breeders.

At the Board Meeting held on 13th/14th October 2018

It was resolved that ANKC Ltd adopt the National Breed Standards Coordination Group recommendation to retain both breeds with Kangal Shepherd Dogs to use the current FCI standard and the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs to use the Kennel Club (UK) standard. Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which meet the requirements of the Kangal Shepherd Dog have until 31 December 2018 to transfer to the Kangal Shepherd Dog register.

Current breeders and owners are the Guardians of the breed and must be vigilant to ensure that only Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which meet the requirements of the Kangal Shepherd Dog Standard are accepted as Kangals, recent Facebook Postings give cause for concern that some people owning Anatolians who have not applied to be re classified as Kangals are promoting them as such whilst not meeting the requirements, concerns should be reported to the relevant Member Body.

ANKC has received a number of inquiries as to the eligibility of Anatolians and Kangals with pedigrees from organisations other than the FCI, to provide answers to these queries ANKC will need to consult with the FCI, KIF the AKC and the Kennel Club, this process will obviously take some months, if before definitive answers can be provided, any of the detailed scenarios arise they will be considered by ANKC on an individual basis after consultation with the relevant Kennel Club to authenticate the dogs Pedigree.

At the time of this Statement 14/10/2018 there are only 4 (four) Kangals registered with the ANKC.

Hugh Gent OAM

President & Chairman of the Board of Directors

November 2018

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Briefing for new Tracking and Track & Search Rules

16-11-2018

The Obedience & Tracking Committee would like to invite all interested parties to a Seminar on the changes to the Tracking and Track & Search Rules, which become effective in January 2019.

The Seminar will be held on Friday 1 February 2019 at 7:30pm in the Amenities Building.

Speakers will include Mrs Deborah Lamprecht, a Tracking and Track & Search Judge from Queensland.

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Obedience & Tracking Judges Committee - Judges Training Scheme 2019

02-11-2018

The Obedience & Tracking Judges Committee will be conducting a Judges Training Scheme in 2019.

Closing date for applications will be COB Friday 1st February 2019

The Theory Night – Introduction to the Course will be held on Thursday 14th March 2019 at 7.00pm. (Please note all metropolitan candidates are required to attend this session. Country candidates, who are not able to attend, must provide bona fide apologies).

The Theory Examination will be held on Friday 24th May 2019.

Successful candidates will be required to attend regular training sessions held by The Obedience & Tracking Judges Committee on the second Thursday of each month.

The Practical Examination will be held on Friday 1st November 2019.

Courses to be held are: CCD, CCD/Novice, Novice, Open, UD, UDX, Rally O, Tracking and Endurance.

Application forms can be obtained from the DOGS NSW Office. Applications will not be received for both Obedience and Rally Obedience Judges Licenses

Download the Criteria For Admission To The Obedience And Tracking Judges Training Scheme

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Agility Rule Review Process

02-11-2018

ANKC Ltd have announced that the process for potential rule changes for ANKC Ltd Agility for 2021 are to commence now.

The potential changes are to affect the rules governing Agility Rules, Agility Games Rules and Agility Guidelines for Judges, relevant documents can be found in the files section.

The timetable is as follows:

  • Monday 31 December 2018 – approved revised closing date for rule change proposals from members of DOGS NSW.
  • Thursday 28 February 2019 – closing date for proposed changes to be submitted by each state representative to the ANKC Ltd Administrator.
  • June/July 2019 – ANKC Ltd Administrator to distribute copies of all proposals received to all Member Bodies.
  • August 2020 – National Committee Meeting
  • November 2020 – New rules made available.
  • 1 January 2021 – New rules effective

So what do you need to do?

If you have a suggestion for a rule change.

  • Read the current rules to ensure that you understand what the current rules is
  • Make a written proposal for the change
  • Provide a rational for your change.
  • Please send it through to Ms Frankie Moore (frmoore@live.com.au) to collate.

How to make a proposal

In a Microsoft Word Document, copy and paste the current rule, then put (NSW) at the start of your new proposal, if there is a deletion then put a strike through it, if there is additional information to be added the underline this. The changes should be in blue and then your rationale should be in red.

Example:

4.4 Vetting

Exhibits may be required to be inspected or vetted.

4.4 Vetting

(NSW) Exhibits may will be required to be inspected or vetted by a veterinarian.

RATIONALE The health and wellbeing of dogs is paramount and ensuring that dogs are vetted or inspected by a trained veterinarian prior to completing will reduce the number of injuries sustained.

If you are unsure where the rule change may occur then please title your rule change accordingly: for example “Not for Competition run” would fall under “9. DESCRIPTION OF TRIAL for AGILITY/JUMPING” (Refer to Games rules for Games)

All information and files are available at www.agilitynsw.com.au

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Amendments to Show Regulations

01-11-2018

DOGS NSW Regulations Part II-Show, Section 14: Disqualification from Exhibition, Clause 14.10(h), which currently reads:

14.10 (Revised 12/12)

(h) Within 2 calendar months of receipt of the report referred to in (g) the Board of Directors shall consider the report and if satisfied that the dog is likely to constitute a danger to persons, other dogs or property at any Show, may for such period as the Board of Directors consider appropriate:-

(i) suspend or disqualify or otherwise debar the dog from being an exhibit,

(ii) impose conditions in relation to the exhibition of that dog at a Show,

(iii) direct that the dog is not to be bred with,

(iv) direct that the dog not be transferred within the register, or (06/16)

(v) cancel the registration of the dog,

(vi) impose a requirement that the dog undertake a temperament test in accordance with Part I of the Regulations (Section 20) and impose any such conditions relating thereto.

Should the Board of Directors make a determination that the dog is not likely to constitute a danger as described above, the Board may resolve to immediately end any suspension that was imposed in accordance with (f)(ii).

Be amended to read

14.10 (Revised 12/12)

(h) Within 2 calendar months of receipt of the report referred to in (g) the Board of Directors shall consider the report and if satisfied that the dog is likely to constitute a danger to persons, other dogs or property at any Show, taking into consideration the responsibility of the handler or of any individual involved, may for such period as the Board of Directors consider appropriate (10/18):-

(i) suspend or disqualify or otherwise debar the dog from being an exhibit,

(ii) impose conditions in relation to the exhibition of that dog at a Show,

(iii) direct that the dog is not to be bred with,

(iv) direct that the dog not be transferred within the register, or (06/16)

(v) cancel the registration of the dog,

(vi) impose a requirement that the dog undertake a temperament test in accordance with Part I of the Regulations (Section 20) and impose any such conditions relating thereto.

(vii) record a breach of Clause 14.10 (10/18):-

(a) It is the obligation of each owner, exhibitor and handler at a show to take all such steps as may be necessary to ensure that any dog under that person’s care or control or for which that person is responsible does not behave in an aggressive manner.

1st Offence: Reprimand Letter

2nd Offence: $100.00

3rd Offence: Matter referred to Inquiry (10/18)

(viii) Require the owner/handler or other persons concerned to complete an examination based on the DOGS NSW Regulations Part XIII-Code of Ethics and DOGS NSW Regulations as set by the Members Education Committee. (10/18)

Should the Board of Directors make a determination that the dog is not likely to constitute a danger as described above, the Board may resolve to immediately end any suspension that was imposed in accordance with (f)(ii).

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Entering shows via the SHOW DOGS NSW online entry portal

29-10-2018

DOGS NSW is very pleased to announce that there have been some exciting enhancements to SHOW DOGS NSW which will make your show entry experience the easiest it has ever been.

Exhibitors now have a choice of starting their entry process by entering one dog in multiple shows or entering multiple dogs in one show, whichever suits your entry batch the best.

Exhibitors now also have very easy access to change classes entered or even remove an exhibit from a show which will automatically generate a refund of your entry fees to the Credit Card you used to pay.

Entering

Once you have successfully logged in, you will now see the below options to enter:

  1. Enter a dog in multiple Shows
  2. Enter by Show – this option allows multiple dogs entered into a Show

Show Dogs NSW

Changing classes and removing from show

Exhibitors now have direct access to change classes or remove an exhibit from a show.

Once logged in, navigate to Reports then Event Entries. Here you will need to select the Club and then the appropriate Show for which you wish to make a change. You will see the below icons next to any dog you have entered.

EditEdit Classes – Just Click and change!!

DeleteRemove from Show (this will then trigger a refund) – Just click and cancel. It is that easy.

We are sure that you will all appreciate these advancements.

SHOW DOGS NSW is the only online entry system linked directly to the ANKC Ltd database saving you from registering either your dog or owner details. They are there already, waiting for you to enter your next show. We sincerely hope that you enjoy your new show entry experiences.

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Amendments to the Regulations

17-10-2018

At the October 2018 Board of Directors Meeting, amendments to the following DOGS NSW Regulations were made;

Part II - Show, Section 12: Exhibit, Clause 12.17

Part II - Show, Section 12: Exhibit, Clause 12.23

Part XIII - Code of Ethics, Clause 28

Download amendments

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Annual General Meeting - Wednesday 7 November 2018

15-10-2018

THE RNSWCC Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 7 November 2018 at 7.30pm in the Amenities Building, The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills.

Please note that members attending the AGM will be required to produce their digital membership card, which will be checked upon entry to ensure that their membership is currently financial.

Agenda - Annual General Meeting

Appointment of Proxy

Completed Proxy forms must be posted to the RNSWCC, PO Box 632, St Marys NSW 1790 or scanned/emailed to the office, so as to be received by no later than 4.30pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018.

2018 Annual Report & Financial Statements

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The Royal Canin International Spring Fair - August 31 - September 2, 2018

07-08-2018

The Royal Canin International Spring Fair will soon be here so don’t forget your online entries through SHOWDOGSNSW and remember the Member information night for the CACIB Show.

Please read on for more information on the following:

  • Member Information Night for The Royal Canin International Spring Fair 2018 CACIB Show
  • More about the CACIB Show
  • Steps for entering shows via SHOWDOGSNSW
  • New website

Member Information Night

As we are now gearing up for our largest event on the DOGS NSW show calendar – The Royal Canin International Spring Fair 2018, a member information night is scheduled for Thursday, 9 August at 7.30pm in the Amenities Building, Bill Spilstead Complex Orchard Hills.

The Spring Fair Committee will be running an information night for exhibitors to familiarise themselves with the format for a CACIB show.

The Spring Fair Committee are offering, Challenges, In Group and In Show Awards for ALL classes as well as CACIBS.

More about CACIB Shows

Do you see your dog as being an International Beauty Champion? I bet you do!!

Well folks, a new title signifying exactly that has become available through the ANKC’s Associate Membership of the FCI. This title of FCI International Champion (C.I.B.) is now available in Australia.

To achieve it you will need to receive four CACIB awards in a minimum of two Australian States, under three different Judges, from at least three different FCI Member countries. Have I aroused your attention? Then read on.

Day 1 of the 2018 Royal Canin International Spring Fair will offer CACIB and Reserve CACIB awards to all breeds recognised by FCI. These will be IN ADDITION to your regular Challenge Certificate awards, so you have double the reason to get yourself along to the Friday show of Spring Fair this year.

A very unique feature of this CACIB Show, will be that all breeds are to be judged in the ten FCI Groups, so many of you will find that your breed is up against some quite different opposition to the usual competition. You can check out these Groupings in the Spring Fair Show advertisement in your June Gazette. It is naturally also available at the Spring Fair website.

One thing you will need to understand is that CACIB’s are only available to exhibits which are:

  • Over 15 months of age,
  • Graded by the Judge as being Excellent, and
  • A winner of their Class

After judging all Male classes in Breed, the Judge will firstly (at their discretion) award the usual Challenge and Reserve Challenge Certificate. If the Challenge Winner is eligible for a CACIB, it will automatically receive it. Likewise, a Reserve Challenge winner, if eligible, will receive a Reserve CACIB, but if the Challenge winner was not eligible for a CACIB (e.g. too young), then an eligible Reserve Challenge winner will receive the CACIB and the Judge would then consider a Reserve CACIB from the remaining eligible exhibits. The process is repeated for bitches, however, Best of Breed, as usual, remains a competition between the two Challenge winners.

Group and In-Show Judging will be done in the following sequence; Best in Group/Show 4,3,2,1, Baby, Puppy 4,3,2,1, Junior, Intermediate, Open, Champion; however, note that Best 1,2,3,4 are automatic for their respective Classes.

A very distinguished panel of International Judges has been assembled to adjudicate your entries over the three days of Spring Fair 2018 as well as at a number of Breed Specialty shows being conducted on Thursday 30 August. Our Judges hail from Canada, Ireland, Japan, India, Belgium and Malaysia and bring with them a wealth of international experience in judging, both CACIB and National shows across the globe.

Saturday and Sunday return to the format to which you are all accustomed and I am confident that the usual wonderful entry from all States will be received, such is the popularity of Spring Fair. The organising Committee have offered Sweepstakes across the weekend in eight separate categories, with a Breeder’s Team Event of 4 dogs being featured at the Sunday Show.

For Spring Fair 2018, Dogs NSW has launched its new online entry portal: https://www.showdogsnsw.org.au/ which you enter with your usual Online Services login and password. Try it, it is just so easy.

Steps for entering Shows via SHOWDOGSNSW

  1. Click here and login using your State's Member Body Online Member Services login and password (This is the login you use to lookup pedigrees, register litters and renew your membership online). If you have forgotten this, please click here
  2. Click on "+Enter" against the show you wish to enter
  3. You will then see a Search Dog box where you key in your dog's Registration Number or part of the Registered Name. Select the dog you want from your list (ALL yours, Owned and Co-Owned are there! - No input required) and then Click Next.
  4. You are then taken to a Screen where you can check all of your Dog's details. You cannot change anything here, because it is the official ANKC record. (If you believe something is wrong, it will probably require an Application by you to your Member Body to have it changed)
  5. When finished, Click Next. It then takes you to a Screen where you can select any Class for which the dog is eligible (including Sweepstakes). When selected Click "Add Another Dog" and repeat steps 3 & 4 or "Next" again.
  6. If you had clicked Next the next screen shows you a summary of the payments required and also offers you the opportunity to purchase a Catalogue
  7. If you wish to enter more Shows in this transaction you can click "Enter more Show" tab which takes you back to the main screen to enter
  8. Click on Pay By Card, once you have entered your credit card details and submit, you will be sent an email confirmation

You can find a help guide at the bottom of the log in screen or click here to download

Should you have any queries regarding the new entry system please contact the DOGS NSW Office on 9834 3022 or email

New Spring Fair website

DOGS NSW has launched a new SPRING FAIR Website. Please see link below to view the fabulous new site with details on Schedules, Entering Online, Judges, Accommodation, Forms, Results, CACIB Show, plus Helpful Information: www.springfair.com.au

The site can also be accessed from the DOGS NSW APP!

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