KENNEL CLUB AMENDMENTS TO REGULATIONS
In this Section we will list the changes to The KC Rules & Regulations as they are printed in the Kennel Gazette and are related to Showing or Judging. Changes relate to the current issue of the Kennel Club Year Book and are in bold text. Queries relating to the interpretation of any Rule should be directed to the Kennel Club.
The Kennel Year Book 2018/2019 has now been published.
Copies can be obtained from The Kennel Club Publications Department at £6:00.
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KC SHOW REGULATIONS 2018 – a copy of the KC Show regulations F can be downloaded at no cost from the KC web site - Click to download a copy from the KC website.
Download Updates applicable from 1 January 2018 (Applicable to the 2017/2018 issue of KC Rules).
THE KENNEL CLUB CODE OF CONDUCT - download to read.
JUDGES COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK – Judges Competency Framework launched by the Kennel Club on 26th April 2017. – A new system has been developed for the education, approval and listing of every level of judge, from those who aspire to judge, right through to open show judges and those who go on to award Challenge Certificates and judge championship show groups, and Best in Show. The Judges Competency Framework will be launched in January 2019, run alongside the current system for a three-year transition period, and be fully operational from January 2022. – Click to read more on the KC Website.
APPOINTMENT OF JUDGES FROM 2019 – Appointment of Judges at Limited, Open and Championship Shows Without CCs from 2019 Onwards - Read the Press Release..
JUDGING AT PARTNERSHIP SHOWS – Read the Press Release..
KENNEL CLUB JUDGES BRIEFING NOTE – Important information for all dog show Judges - Read the briefing note..
JUDGES’ CRITIQUES – Important information for all judges - Read more.
Kennel Club launches new Judges’ Critiques website – 3rd May 2018
The Kennel Club has announced the launch of a new Judges’ Critiques website kcjudgescritiques.org.uk. This free website has been developed as a tool for breed judges to publish and manage their written critiques and provide a free service for exhibitors and members of the public to view critiques in one place.
CAGES AT SHOWS – Important information for all dog show exhibitors about displaying exhibit/bench numbers - Read more.
DOGS IN CARS IN HOT WEATHER - KC Warning - Read more.
EXHIBITING DOCKED DOGS AT UK SHOWS - Read more.
IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED FOR RECORDING OF DNA TEST RESULTS
Following consultation with the Dog Health Group, the Kennel Club has confirmed that, from 1st August 2018, any DNA health test result submitted for inclusion on its database must have at least two forms of identification on the result certificate. It will be mandatory to include the dog’s microchip or tattoo number along with either the dog’s registered name or registered number. Any test results that do not carry these identifying features will not be accepted.
This brings the recording of DNA test results in line with those health tests carried out by the British Veterinary Association.
CHAMPIONS CLASS AT BREED CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS
The Kennel Club has agreed to introduce champion classes at breed club championship shows, with effect from 1st January 2018. These classes, which are not compulsory, have been brought in by the Show Executive Committee (SEC) following a recommendation from the Dog Show Promotion Working Party which recently announced a number of measures designed to improve the dog show scene in Britain. The winner of the champion class, provided it is unbeaten, will join all other unbeaten dogs or bitches to compete for the relevant Challenge Certificate.
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KENNEL CLUB MAKES SUSPENSION OF AV STAKES CLASSES & UNBEATEN DOG REGULATIONS PERMANENT.
The Kennel Club has made permanent the suspension to the regulations which stipulate that dogs must be entered and exhibited in a breed class before exhibiting in an Any Variety Class/Stakes Class, and the regulation that only unbeaten dogs are eligible to compete in a group or best in show competition.
AMENDMENTS TO DEFINITION OF MID LIMIT & MID LIMIT CLASSES – The Kennel Club has agreed amendments to the definition of the Mid Limit and Limit classes at breed shows, with effect from 1st January 2018.
The amendments are as follows:
Mid Limit – For dogs which have not become show Champions under Kennel Club Regulations or under the rules of any governing body recognised by the KC, or won 3 or more CC/CACIB/CAC/Green Stars or won 5 or more First Prizes in all at Championship Shows in Mid Limit, Limit and Open classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at Shows where CCs were offered for the breed.
Limit – For dogs which have not become show Champions under Kennel Club Regulations or under the rules of any governing body recognised by the Kennel Club, or won 3 or more CC/CACIB/CAC/Green Stars or won 7 or more First Prizes in all at Championship Shows in Limit and Open Classes, confined to the breed, whether restricted or not, at Shows where Challenge Certificates were offered for the breed.
REGULATION F(1).21. – Judges and Judging. – Effective 1st January 2017
"(1) For non Challenge Certificate breeds at Championship Shows and for General Canine Society Open Shows, Affiliated Organisations Open shows and Breed Club Open Shows scheduling more than three1 breed classes for a particular breed (five2 classes for Stud Book Band E breeds),...."
1. Non B List Judges are permitted to judge a puppy class in addition to the 3 classes currently permitted.
2. Non B List Judges are permitted to judge a puppy class in addition to the 5 classes currently permitted.
REGULATION B22g – Sale of Dogs
There is a new regulation, B22g, to be introduced.
"A Breeder must not sell Kennel Club registered dog/s to or via a commercial dog wholesaler or retail pet dealer or shop. Neither may a breeder indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. If this regulation is contravened then the General Committee may refuse to accept litters for registration and/or refer the matter as a complaint under Rule A11."
PROOF OF POSTING - The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of its Proof of Posting (POP) policy. The Kennel Club is aware that on occasion entries do get lost in the post. However, a small number of exhibitors may be exploiting the Proof of Posting system by various means. In order to address this unsportsmanlike behaviour, the Kennel Club uses a Proof of Posting database which lists everyone who makes an entry on the day of a show, and, in particular, whether Proof of Posting was provided on the day. The Kennel Club will contact exhibitors who have not provided Proof of Posting or Proof of Online Entry following the show. read more.
THE KENNEL CLUB TO EXTEND PERIOD BETWEEN CC JUDGING APPOINTMENTS – effective 1 January 2018
The minimum period of time between CC appointments to the same sex and breed is to be extended from 12 to 18 months. The regulation change comes into effect on January 1, 2018 and will relate to all nominations received by the Kennel Club on or after January 1, 2018.
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