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Review of the Rules for the Conduct of Lure Coursing


ANKC Ltd is calling for submissions for proposed changes to the Rules for the Conduct of Lure Coursing. Submissions should include the following details:

a) The current rule number and rule detail
b) The proposed amendment
c) A full rationale for the proposed amendment.

The Closing Date for Submissions is 15 May 2018. Submissions should be directed to

A Rules Review meeting will be held on 26 May 2018 commencing at 10.00am in the Rotunda at The Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs, Orchard Hills.

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Misconduct on Social Media


The Board of Directors wishes to advise members that conduct and statements contrary to the Articles of Association will not be tolerated and may attract disciplinary action.

You can view the Articles of Association here

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DOGS NSW supports government initiative, but not to harm responsible hobby breeding


DOGS NSW, the peak body for all purebred dogs in New South Wales, has submitted an extensive response to the proposed revision of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Breeding Dogs and Cats) Standards 2017 under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulation 2012.

DOGS NSW supports the government’s initiative to ensure the welfare of all puppies bred in NSW, as well as the revision of the POCTA Standards and Guidelines to ensure that substandard puppy farms are eliminated, and intensive commercial breeding facilities are regulated appropriately. But we do not want responsible hobby breeding to be harmed in any way,” said Brian Crump, spokesperson for DOGS NSW.

With more than 9,000 members of pedigree breeders and dog owners, DOGS NSW is a globally-recognised peak body that promotes breeding, showing, trialling, obedience and other canine-related activities, and the ownership of temperamentally and physically sound purebred dogs - registered with the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) in NSW.

DOGS NSW’s submission follows a lengthy consultation with members, including a meeting live-streamed online on December 18 to an audience of 22,000 dog lovers from across the country.

DOGS NSW’s proposal encourages responsible breeding “DOGS NSW’s re-draft of the POCTA Standards and Guidelines will allow for successful regulation of intensive commercial breeding facilities, whilst not imposing punitive restrictions on small-scale hobby breeders. Particularly those who - as members of DOGS NSW - are already regulated and accountable to the DOGS NSW Code of Ethics,” said Mr Crump.

"The DOGS NSW Code of Ethics has been in place for many years and is stringently enforced by DOGS NSW through its compliance and judicial regime", he added.

DOGS NSW further seeks to distinguish between hobby breeding and intensive commercial breeding where more than ten breeding bitches are involved.

“We strongly believe that, should the Standards and Guidelines be introduced, small scale DOGS NSW breeders will be unable to meet the exhaustive commercial requirements, thus pushing the breeding of dogs and cats directly towards the large commercial enterprises,” said Mr Crump. “The likely impacts would include a reduction of pedigree breeds, the demise of DOGS NSW flagship events and sports and compliance monitoring by DOGS NSW and welfare standards would be negatively impacted.”

DOGS NSW breeders make a positive difference in society by supplying puppies to organisations such as NSW Police, Assistance Dogs Australia and Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

“We hope the Minister (The Hon Niall Blair MLC) will recognise the very special position that DOGS NSW breeders hold in the community with their ongoing health testing and ability to breed dogs fit for purpose (ie working dogs, assistance dogs),” said Mr Crump.  “We look further to discussing how we may assist the Government in their commendable efforts to ensure improved health and welfare for all canines in NSW.”

DOGS NSW urges members and all dog lovers to contact their local member of Parliament and raise their concerns about the profound impact these Standards will have on the future of purebred dogs in NSW.

Members attention is directed to the following documents;

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Importing British Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs and Boston Terriers into Australia


Members are reminded of the following ANKC Ltd Regulation, Part 6, Clause 3.11b, which reads in part as follows;

3.11   b.    All British Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Pugs and Boston Terriers imported into Australia be physically viewed prior to being able to be ANKC registered into Australia. 

To read the full regualtion, please follow the link to the ANKC Ltd Regulations.

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Dog Breeder Evening Seminar - 20 February 2018


Now, in the supposed information era, there is much mis-information about dogs, and yet there is so much to learn.

“While ever I work with dogs I learn something new about them – everyday!” Dr Robert Zammit.

Consequently, we have embarked on the presentation of a series of seminars, gathering experts in the field of canine science, be it behaviour, nutrition, reproduction, genetics and the host of other headings under the husbandry and science of this species.

At the end of each seminar there will be question time on the topics followed by an open forum where you can ask various experts, including Dr Robert Zammit and others any questions that they may help you with or they may need to research before the next seminar.

The next seminar, in February, covers "Part 2- Rearing Puppies for Behavioural Brilliance", presented by Dr Le Hammer, AND the second lecture will be "Gastric Tympany and Volvulus" presented by Dr Luke Smith.

Tuesday, 20th February, 2018 

The Bill Spilstead Canine Complex

44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills

The lecture will commence at 7.00pm. 

To RSVP for the February seminar please email Brooke at or phone 96271257 (Bus. Hours).

A further seminar has now been booked for Thursday April 18. The Topic will be: 'The sense and nonsense of cardiac health screening in breeding dogs.' Lecturer will be from Sydney University, Prof. Niek Beijerink DVM PhD Dipl. ECVIM-CA (Cardiology).

*Read about the breakthrough cardiac surgery being performed with Prof. Niek Beijerink at Sydney University, in an article featured in DOGS NSW February magazine.

* New seminar dates for 2018 are being planned at present and we will inform you when dates are confirmed. 

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Presidents & Secretaries Meeting Minutes - 21 October 2017


Please find below a copy of the Minutes from the Presidents & Secretaries meeting held 21 October 2017.

Download minutes

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ANKC 2018 Herding Rules Meeting


The ANKC Ltd 2018 Herding Rules meeting will take place on 10th March at 1pm in the German Shepherd Dog Building at DOGS NSW.

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Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame 2018 Nominations - Call for nominations


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Please follow the link below to download the nomination forms;

Nomination Forms

Nominations shall close on the 31 May, 2018 at respective Member Body offices

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DOGS NSW Showdog/Puppy/Neuter of the Year is fast approaching on Sat 17th March 2018.

If your dog meets the entry criteria, the Committee would love to welcome you this prestigious event. Entries for DOTY, POTY & NOTY close 31st January 2018.

This year the Committee are producing a “high-end” Catalogue which will contain a Pictorial History as well as the schedule of competition proceeding as per a normal catalogue.

Advertising in this Commemorative Catalogue is available to businesses, kennels & exhibitors – details supplied in the attached flyer.

Catalogue Advertising can be paid for via Ozentries; closing date is 5pm 28th February 2018.

If you have any questions after reading the flyers please do not hesitate to get in touch via email to:

Lynda Brandt:

Rebecca Rafton:

Catalogue Advertising

Gazette notice

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