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Dutch Kennel Club changes

From the 1st of January 2006 a few changes will take place when it comes to regulations and rules for showing your dogs in the Netherlands. The Dutch Kennel Club wants to achieve with the changes an unambiguous uniformity with the FCI.

Since June 2005 bitches which are in season were allowed to participate at breed show. But till January 2006 it was at the discretion of the organising club or society. From the 1st of January 2006 any bitches which are in season will be allowed to be exhibited at the breed shows. For participating with bitches in season at field trials, coursing and other shows there has till now no decision has been made, as there is no idea yet if this could possibly influence the results of these shows.

Another rule that has been taken on by the Dutch Kennel Club since June 2005 is the rule about docked tails. If a dog is being exhibited in the Netherlands and comes from a country where docking is still allowed there should not be any problem in exhibiting your dogs in the Netherlands. Although the Kennel Club does advise to take some proof with you to the shows that docking is allowed in your country.

For all other countries it is that docking is only allowed by dogs born before the 1st of January 2001 or when it is done for medical reasons. When it is done for medical reasons an official Vet has to report this not only in the dogs’ passport but also on paper. This paper should not only contain his signature but also his name in full, the address, stamp of the veterinary, the date of amputation and the reason why it had to be amputated.

This paper has to been shown to the ring staff before the show starts. Otherwise you and your dog will not be allowed to participate. A special article about this will be included from now on in the entry forms. If there is any doubt about the genuineness of this paper and there is talk of abuse of the situation you can be called up to stand to the disciplinary committee. If a dog is imported from a country where docking is still allowed then this dog is allowed to be shown in the Netherlands, although the owner lives in a country where docking is forbidden.

This rule about not being allowed to compete at shows when tails have been docked is also valid when you want to compete at other shows like agility- or obedience shows, exams, (behaviour) tests or field trails. Cropping ears has been forbidden already for a long time. All dogs that have cropped ears after the 1st of April 1996 are not allowed to exhibit or compete at any shows.

Also the classes which were stated in the Cynological Regulations (CR) were slightly different from the FCI ones. So from the 1st of Januari 2006 the same classification will be taken on. In the following table you can find back the various classifications as they will be obtained from the 1st of January 2006.

The deciding date of which a dog is eligible for any of the following classes is the age of the dog on the date of which it will be exhibited (unlike in Great Britain where the age of eligibility is the first day of the show). CACIB will not be awarded in Baby-, Puppy-, Youth- or Veteran Classes.

CAC will not be awarded in Baby-, Puppy- or Veteran Class. The request of Breed clubs to maintain the breeders class at Club Championship shows and Club matches has been excepted by the Dutch Kennel Club (although this has not been taken into the FCI regulations).

The last changes that will take place on the 1st of January is the introduction of 3 new titles which one can win and even being put on the pedigrees of it’s offspring in the Netherlands and also being put on the entry forms when you enter a dog for a show.

The first title which can be won is the Club winner title. On the pedigrees and on the entry forms it will be noted shortened CW added to that the last 2 numbers of the year when the dog won the title, example CW’06. The title will be awarded to the Best of Breed winner of the Club Championship shows.

The second title which can be won is the Veteran championship title; this will be noted shortened NVK. Also this title can be put on the pedigrees and on the entry forms of shows. To gain this title you have to win 3 times a first place, graded excellent at a Championship show in the Netherlands u under a minimum of 2 different judges.

Only results won after the 1st of Januari 2006 counts for this title. The Dutch Kennel Club has a certificate available. The costs for the registration of the title, producing and sending the certificate is 30 EURO. It is not like with the Dutch Championship title that it is automatically acknowledge and send to you. For the registration of this title and sending of the certificate the owner has to send in the following items to the Dutch Kennel Club (Raad van Beheer):

• Make a request with the Raad van Beheer

• Add copies of the 3 show reports with the qualification and placing on it as well as the date and place of the show and the name of the judge.

• Add a copy of its pedigree.

•Name and address of the owner (this should correspond with the details on the pedigree or registration documents)

The third and last new title you can gain from the 1st of Januari 2006 in the Netherlands is the Dutch Youth Championship title. It is very similar to gain it as it is with the veteran championship title. You also need to win 3 times a first place in the youth class, graded excellent at a championship show. Also under a minimum of 2 different judges and only results after the 1st of Januari 2006 count for this title.

It is also a title that can be put on the pedigree of its offspring and you can mention it on your entry forms noted shortened as NJK. You need to follow the same steps as for the Veteran Championship title to get it acknowledged and send out to you as a certificate. Costs are also 30 EURO.

The only difference to the Veteran Championship title is that with this youth title there is a CAC attached to it. So when you win the Dutch Youth Championship title and you register it with the Raad van Beheer then you not only get your certificate but also a CAC (full championship point).

This doesn’t mean that from now on a youth dog can’t win a CAC any more at a Championship show. No, the rule about the possibility for a youth dog to win a CAC out of the youth class will remain, confirm the cynology regulations. So in theory you can win enough points for making your dog up as a Dutch Champion in only 3 shows, by winning 3 times a first place in youth class, with a CAC then you request for the Youth Championship title and you will get your 4th CAC.

The only thing you then need to do is wait until your dog is 27 months old and win a minimum of a Reserve CAC to make your dog up officially as a Dutch Show Champion. As last I have to state out that these titles mentioned above do allow you to enter the champion class. Only national title counts for entering these classes.

The Raad van Beheer hopes that through the introduction of these titles the number of dogs that are entered at a show will increase. Well we will just have to wait and see.

Sabrina C. Smit