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All the latest news and press releases from the Australian National Kennel Council
    • 15th March 2018
    • 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: tbarry@ankc.org.au


      Tracey Barry
      ANKC Ltd Administrator

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    • 20th February 2018
    • FCI International All Breeds Judges

    • As indicated in a recent post to our 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.

      Click here to access a copy of the form.

      The completed form must be forwarded to the relevant Member Body office for on forwarding to ANKC Ltd.

      FCI WILL NOT DEAL WITH INDIVIDUALS AND WILL ONLY ACCEPT THESE FORMS FROM THEIR AFFILIATED MEMBER ORGANISATIONS.

      All applicants are requested to be patient once ANKC has sent these forms to the FCI as it will probably take some time to process them. Do not download the FCI Form from their website as if you read it, the form has to have the ANKC Logo on it.

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    • 05th December 2017
    • National Agility Committee : Clarification of Rule 4.3 - Height Card

    • Reference is made to Rule 4.3 – Height Card in the updated Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials which reads:

      4.3 Height Card
      Prior to a dog competing in a trial, an Official Height Card, signed by TWO (ANKC Ltd) Agility Judges or other persons approved by the Canine Control specifying the height or the height category of the dog must be obtained. The height of the dog is to be measured at the highest point of the withers no more than two months before that trial. The Height Card is valid for the life of the dog if they are over 2 years old or the dog is measured at the 600 Height Category. If the dog is under 2 years old a temporary height card will be issued and the dog will be required to be remeasured when the dog is 2 years of age. A permanent Height Card would then be issued.

      Any pass cards issued to the dog during the period of the temporary height card will remain valid.

      The National Agility Committee has confirmed the following interpretation which shall be binding in accordance with the rules:

      If a dog that has been measured is not 2 years old as of the 1st. of January 2018 (with the exception of dogs in the 600 height category) then it will be required to be re-measured when it reaches the age of 2 years of age.



      Tracey Barry
      Administrator
      December 2017

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    • 27th November 2017
    • Notice of 2018 Meeting of National Breed Councils

    • Notice is hereby given that the next meeting of National Breed Councils will be held on Saturday, 28 July 2018 commencing at 10.00 a.m. at:

      Dogs Victoria Bulla Exhibition Centre
      Calabria Club
      5 Uniting Lane
      BULLA  Victoria  3428

      National Breed Councils are invited to submit agenda items for this meeting to the ANKC Administrator, by no later than COB 1 June 2018 to allow sufficient time for the agenda to be promulgated prior to the meeting.

      National Breed Councils are invited to send two representatives to attend the meeting. The names of your representatives are to be submitted to the ANKC Administrator, by no later than COB 13 July 2018.

      Only those delegates confirmed by their respective National Breed Council will be permitted entry to the meeting.


      T Barry
      ANKC Ltd Administrator

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    • 27th October 2017
    • National Obedience & Tracking Committee : Clarification of Deduction in Utility Class, Signal Exercise Rule

    • Reference is made to the Utility Class, Signal Exercise rule in the current ANKC Ltd Rules for the Conduct of Obedience Trials and in particular to clarification of the highlighted section noted below:

      Deductions – Substantial: For any double signal or failure to sit, stand or down during the heel routine, prolonged signals, slow response to signals.

      The National Obedience & Tracking Committee has confirmed the following interpretation which shall be binding in accordance with the rules:

      A substantial deduction applies where a dog fails to stand on the lead-up to the final portion of the Signal Exercise in the UD Class.



      Tracey Barry
      Administrator
      October 2017

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    • 11th August 2017
    • ANKC withdraws Judging Approval - Mrs Lidija Okleščen (Slovenia)

    • The judging approval of Mrs Lidija Okleščen (Slovenia) to judge in Australia has been withdrawn by ANKC Ltd upon advice received from the Cynological Association of Slovenia.

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    • 20th July 2017
    • International Congress of World Kennel Clubs

    • The Kennel Club (UK) hosted the International Congress of World Kennel Clubs between the 27th and 29th of June 2017. Initially the ANKC Ltd President Mr Hugh Gent OAM was to attend however due to family illness had to withdraw and the ANKC Ltd Vice President Mr Brian Parker attended in his absence.


      The purpose of the Congress was to bring together the world’s leading kennel clubs to discuss current common issues and to plot a path to the future. There were 70 delegates present from 20 countries. From the agenda provided the topics were well thought out and very much of interest to the worlds kennel clubs.


      Some of the principle topics discussed included:

      • Dog Ownership; Global trends including Government and Welfare agency involvement. The topic provided an oversight to the happenings around the globe and the influence that welfare agencies such as PETA and the RSPCA were having on dog ownership. Those kennel clubs best positioned were those that presented the “first Point of Call” option to government.
      • Knowledge Transfer. The subject did not just revolve around knowledge transfer between the kennel clubs but also sharing our vast wisdom to government and the public. The emphasis was placed on the pedigree dog being predictable in coat, size and temperament as compared to a cross bred dog.
      • Judges Education. The presentation was specific to the Kennel Club’s current and proposed Judges Training Scheme and what it meant to visiting and relocating Judges to the UK. An MOU has been signed between the KC and the FCI which means that Australian Judges listed with FCI visiting the UK will be recognised for the breeds they are licenced for with the FCI. This MOU will stand until 2022.
      • Communication and Public Relations. This was presented by Gopi Krishnan who has an extensive background in advertising and IT. The presentations detailed where our adversaries were doing the PR business better than the kennel clubs. He provided demonstrations on smarter and less costly means of communicating our message with the public and government. A major point was that the kennel clubs were losing the connection with the younger generation and focus with our product (Dogs). The presentation showed YouTube videos from the kennel clubs and the vast majority were of conformation. He then showed what the AKC was presenting and these were short videos of breeds growing from puppy to adult and the activities you could do with each. There were also short videos on varying activities. These were uploaded to the AKC’s own registered YouTube site.

      Although there were a range of other topics discussed these were the most relevant to the delegates and produced the most interest. The ANKC Ltd Directors were provided with a full briefing plus copies of the presentations so they may speak further with their Member Bodies.

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    • 07th July 2017
    • Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame - 2017 INDUCTEES

    • The ANKC Ltd Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame pays homage to those PERSONS and DOGS that have made outstanding and significant contributions to the sports of Retrieving or Field Trials.

      As Convenor of the ANKC Ltd Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame Election Panel, it is with pleasure that I announce the inductees for 2017.


      PROMINENT PERSONS

      Mr Paul Littlejohn
      Mr Noel Eltringham



      DISTINGUISHED DOGS

      NTL. R.T. CH. Kaemajae Michelle C.M.
      Owned by Mr John Cauchi


      Inductees in the category of Prominent Persons are acknowledged as being exceptional people who have made an outstanding contribution to the sport over an extended period of time.

      Inductees in the category of Outstanding Gundogs are recognized for their outstanding achievements in the disciplines of Retrieving or Field Trials.

      The Election Panel congratulates the new inductees for 2017.




      T STEVENS
      Convenor

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    • 04th April 2017
    • Press Release - French Bulldogs Taskforce

    • In response to the increasing level of possible fraud in the breeding and registration of French Bulldogs and other breeds, the ANKC Ltd Board of Directors has appointed a Taskforce with the following Remit.


      Identify alleged fraudulent dealings in the ANKC Ltd Registration System, record them and refer them to the appropriate Member Body for investigation.


      Investigate measures to reduce the opportunity for fraudulent dealings in the ANKC Ltd Registration System, including but not limited to DNA Testing, introduction of Litter Registration Limitations and examination of the implementation of Regulations Part 6.
      The Taskforce has received a substantial amount of valuable information from concerned members and in following up this material will be taking the following action.


      Flag all suspect imported dogs and semen.


      Flag all suspected prefixes that have been identified as breeding non allowable coloured dogs.


      Through the appropriate Member Body appoint “Compliance Investigative Panels” to identify breeders and suspected mismarked dogs who are on the Main Register by microchip scanning and visual identification of the colour of the dog, any dogs identified as being registered on the Main Register who are not a recognised colour to be downgraded to the Limited Register.


      Suspected breaches of the Regulations arising from these investigations will be referred to the breeders Member Body for action.
      Although the Taskforce had initially been appointed to address the French Bulldog problem it will also investigate alleged fraudulent breeding and Registration practices in other breeds, including but not limited to, British Bulldogs, Pugs and Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

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    • 09th March 2017
    • Press Release - French Bulldogs

    • The huge increase in the popularity of the French Bulldog has created opportunities for unethical breeders to exploit the breed, the blatant disregard for the breed standard, and falsifying of colour, via pattern, enabling breeders to charge from $10,000 upwards for puppies, based on the premise of Exotic and Rare Colours, has prompted the Board of Directors of the Australian National Kennel Council Ltd to establish a “Task Force” to investigate the corrupt practices affecting the breed and to make recommendations to strengthen the Regulations to protect the integrity of the registration process.

      Any information that could be of assistance in the investigations should be directed to a Member Body Office for forwarding to the “Task Force”.

      Members of Task Force

      Hugh Gent OAM
      Brian Parker
      David Sales
      Darren Bowey
      Lynette Brown
      Shane Thomas
      Karen Hedberg
      Virginia Gagan-Wilson

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