News and updates

Canine Research Foundation 2019 Grants


Members, Clubs and other organisations please note that the Canine Research Foundation is seeking applications for research commencing in 2019 to be funded under the Foundation's Grants program for the year 2019.

The purpose of the Foundation is to provide funding for research directed at improving canine health. Canine health refers to research into disease and disease related processes, and/or the prevention of injury and/or disease.

Proposed research projects should be directed towards producing benefit in some aspect of canine health and must be conducted by an Australian University. Applications will close on 31 MAY, 2018.

Application forms may be obtained by e-mail from the ANKC Ltd Administrator at the following address:

Tracey Barry

ANKC Ltd Administrator

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Is your 'business' a hobby?


If you sell products or services without intending to make a profit, your activity may be a hobby rather than a business.

Please go to the following ATO link for further advice on the differences:

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Electronic Journals


At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors resolved that the reduction in membership fees for those members who opt to receive their Journals electronically be 25% (reduction in membership) to a maximum of $25.00.  

This initiative will commence from 1 July 2018.

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February 2018 ANKC Ltd Special Board Meeting Summary


Please find attached the February 2018 ANKC Ltd Special Board Meeting Summary.

To view please click here to download.

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FCI International All Breeds Judges


As indicated in a recent post to the ANKC Ltd Facebook page by the President, the FCI is revamping its Judges Directory, ANKC Judges who are already listed will become FCI Breed Judges, FCI Group Judges or FCI National All Breed Judges.

If an Australian All Breeds Judge would like to become an FCI International All Breeds Judge they will need to complete the FCI Application Form.  The completed form must be forwarded to the relevant Member Body office for onforwarding to ANKC Ltd.

Click here to download form

Please note: the attached form is the only acceptable form, once completed please forward to the Dogs NSW office. 

Judges are advised that the process may take some time and your patience in the matter is appreciated.

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Correspondence from the NSW Department of Primary Industries re DOGS NSW submission


The following was received today from the Department of Primary Industries regarding the DOGS NSW submission about the proposed changes to the regulations of POCTA.

As soon as the consultation report is released DOGS NSW will notify you about the public consultation process. When the report is released please be ready to contact your local member and also be ready to make your own submission. DOGS NSW will be preparing a response to the report.

Meanwhile, stay in contact with your local members and remind them that we are concerned to ensure hobby breeding and the activities of DOGS NSW are not adversely affected.

If the report is adverse to our interests as breeders we need to be ready for action.


Dear Stakeholder

As you are aware, NSW Department of Primary Industries recently released the draft Breeding of Dogs and Cats, and Animals in Pet Shops, Standards and Guidelines for targeted consultation.

We are writing to advise the consultation period for this draft has now ended.

We have received submissions presenting a wide range of views on the draft Standards and Guidelines. Over the coming months, we will be reviewing the feedback received and revising the draft documents.

In doing this, we will consider the potential impacts on industry participants, animal welfare needs and community expectations.

We will prepare a consultation report, which will summarise the feedback received in submissions.

This report will be published along with the revised draft Standards and Guidelines later this year for public consultation, when we will be seeking feedback from all interested stakeholders.

If you have any enquiries about the next steps, please email

Yours sincerely

Dr Bruce Christie

Deputy Director General Biosecurity & Food Safety

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Locked Bag 21 | ORANGE NSW 2800

T : 02 6391 3100 | E :

W :

Animal Ethics Infolink:

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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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