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KC clarifies its position regarding showing under breeders


THE KC last week clarified its position on the rules governing that fact that a dog may be disqualified if it is bred by the scheduled judge.

In its regulation F(1)30 a.(14) states “A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee…if proved….to have been: Registered or recorded as having been bred by the scheduled Judge. This shall not apply to a Judge appointed in an emergency.”

The particular situations about which people have, in the past, enquired are: a) Best of Breed (or Best Puppy etc) in breeds where there are two Judges and the best of one sex turns out to be bred by the Judge of the opposite sex. b) Best of Breed (or Best Puppy etc) in breeds where there are two judges, where the Referee has to be called, and the Referee turns out to have bred one of the exhibits. c) Best in Group or Best in Show etc where an eligible exhibit turns out to be bred by the Group or Best in Show Judge.

In none of these circumstances would the Regulation require the General Committee to disqualify the exhibit or prevent the judge from judging the exhibit, since in none of these circumstances was the exhibit specifically entered under the scheduled judge.

However it is considered to be both best practice and good sportsmanship in cases where the decision in question is in the hands of a single judge, for the exhibit involved to be withdrawn from the relevant competition. Thus, in Groups or Best in Show, or where the Referee has had to be called, any exhibit bred by the Judge or Referee should, as a matter of good sportsmanship, be withdrawn at that stage.

However, in cases where the decision remains in the hands of two judges, such as for Best of Breed or Best Puppy etc in breeds where there are two judges, there is no need for an exhibit bred by one of them to withdraw. This is because in such a circumstance the judge who had bred the exhibit cannot him/herself make a unilateral decision in favour of the exhibit in question. The other Judge (who did not breed the exhibit in question) has to be in favour of that exhibit winning, for it to be able to win the competition in question.