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    • 20th March 2019
    • Belgian Shepherd Dog Survey Results

    • Belgian Shepherd Dog Survey Results

      A survey was conducted by ANKC Ltd last year to ascertain the feedback from all breeders of registered Belgian Shepherd Dogs in relation to amendments to Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration Clause 9.17. The response received indicated support for the regulations to be amended.

      As this was an amendment to current regulations, the result of the survey was referred to the ANKC Board of Directors for consideration at their February 2019 Special Board meeting where it was endorsed.

      The following amended regulations are effective from 1 July 2019:

      9.17 Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael); Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois); Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) & Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren).
      9.17.1. Judged separately with each variety receiving separate Challenge Certificates.
      9.17.2. Inter variety breeding is conducted as per FCI Breeding Recommendation outlined in 9.17.4
      9.17.3. Each individual progeny registered as per “coat/colour” type.
      9.17.4 Traditionally acceptable breeding combinations as recommended Oct 2016 by Royal Society St Hubert, Belgium.
      1. Groenendael x Tervueren
      2. Malinois x Tervueren
      3. Laekenois x Malinois.

      FCI recommends - Avoid breeding long coated to wire coated or risk of untypical coat texture.


      Tracey Barry
      20 March 2019

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    • 23rd November 2018
    • Notice of 2019 Meeting of National Breed Councils

    • Notice is hereby given that the next meeting of National Breed Councils will be held on Saturday, 27 July 2019 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 3 June 2019 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 12 July 2019.

      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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    • 15th November 2018
    • The future of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog in Australia

    • In June 2018, at the request of the Turkish Kennel Club, Kopek Irklari ve Kinoloji Federasyonu (KIF) the General Committee of the FCI, in relation to FCI Breed Standard 331 Anatolian Shepherd Dog, approved a change in the breed name to Kangal, and a new Standard.

      Having regard to the disruption caused in Australia in 1998, by the separation of Anatolians and Kangals, ANKC Ltd sought further information from KIF expressing the concern that the change would have a deleterious effect on some owners of Anatolians who would be angry at again having to change their breed name and not being able to breed any of their dogs who did not conform to the new standard, the following response was received from the President of KIF, Umit Ozkanal.

      “they do not have to be angry. We have just corrected a very big mistake!. Turkey is a very big country and there are at least 5 different shepherd dogs. There is no breed called Anatolian here in Turkey. Those who have dogs away from the standard will not breed their dogs officially since there is no breed called like that. They still keep their beloved dogs but no breeding under Kangal please”  

      In August 2018 ANKC Ltd advised that any member who wished to change from Anatolian Shepherd Dog to Kangal Shepherd Dog should contact their relevant Member Body office with full details of the dog they wish to change by 12th October 2018, which was just prior to the ANKC Board Meeting,
      when there would be a review of the number of dogs still registered as Anatolian Shepherd Dogs. 

      This announcement resulted in a large amount of correspondence to ANKC Ltd and it became apparent that whatever decision the Directors made on the future of Anatolians in Australia it would not be unanimously accepted. The submissions from both sides of the argument were very impassioned and indicated the breeding expertise and large amount of money that has been invested in developing the Anatolian breed in Australia.  Despite the ANKC Ltd even handed approach in giving all Anatolian breeders the opportunity to voice their opinion we received threats of legal action if a decision was made that disenfranchised certain breeders, the following statements illustrate the divide amongst breeders.

      “We believe that it would be highly disrespectful to KIF to disregard their wishes regarding Anatolian Shepherds and it would be convoluted to adopt, for example, the AKC Anatolian Shepherd Dog Standard. The parties opposed to having their dogs not listed as Kangal are those whose dogs don’t comply with the new standard, in particular, in terms of colour”

      “The new breed standard from FCI/Turkey is not in keeping with 2018 community standards for the breeding of healthy and sound working / farm dogs, as the new standard decimates the gene pool and falls into the 'poor kennel club breed decision' rhetoric of pedigree dogs exposed - culling healthy dogs from the gene pool based on modern arbitrary show 'ideals'.”

      All correspondence was considered by the Directors and the National Breed Standards Coordination Group, and prior to discussion at the ANKC Ltd Board Meeting it was reviewed by Member Bodies. Comments were received from people claiming to be Anatolian breeders who were not financial members of any ANKC Member Body or were not recorded as having ever registered a litter with ANKC Ltd.  

      In determining how many members would be affected by their decision the Directors noted that in Australia there were only five (5) current Financial ANKC Ltd Anatolian Shepherd breeders.

      At the Board Meeting held on 13th/14th October 2018

      It was resolved that ANKC Ltd adopt the National Breed Standards Coordination Group recommendation to retain both breeds with Kangal Shepherd Dogs to use the current FCI standard and the Anatolian Shepherd Dogs to use the Kennel Club (UK) standard.  Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which meet the requirements of the Kangal Shepherd Dog have until 31 December 2018 to transfer to the Kangal Shepherd Dog register.

      Current breeders and owners are the Guardians of the breed and must be vigilant to ensure that only Anatolian Shepherd Dogs which meet the requirements of the Kangal Shepherd Dog Standard are accepted as Kangals, recent Facebook Postings give cause for concern that some people owning Anatolians who have not applied to be re classified as Kangals are promoting them as such whilst not meeting the requirements, concerns should be reported to the relevant Member Body.

      ANKC has received a number of inquiries as to the eligibility of Anatolians and Kangals with pedigrees from organisations other than the FCI, to provide answers to these queries ANKC will need to consult with the FCI, KIF the AKC and the Kennel Club, this process will obviously take some months, if before definitive answers can be provided, any of the detailed scenarios arise they will be considered by ANKC on an individual basis after consultation with the relevant Kennel Club to authenticate the dogs Pedigree.

      At the time of this Statement 14/10/2018 there are only 4 (four) Kangals registered with the ANKC.


      Hugh Gent OAM
      President & Chairman of the Board of Directors
      November 2018

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    • 14th November 2018
    • Amendment to Breed Standards

    • The ANKC Ltd Board resolved at their October 2018 Board meeting for all breed standard amendments to be made annually in January each year.

      Please note ANKC uses standards from either the country of development, the Kennel Club (UK), American Kennel Club (AKC) or the FCI. It must be pointed out that the majority of standards are not owned by Australia but by the country of origin or their governing body.

      The important thing that members must realise is that a standard cannot be altered as they are the property of those organizations.  However, it is possible to change the standard in its entirety to another version, providing it has the support of a large majority of owners in Australia.

      As mentioned previously ANKC Ltd does not own a majority of the breed standards, so we are not able to make a change to a standard. Only the country or organisation that owns a standard may make changes and if they do so, then once they notify ANKC Ltd, these changes will be made annually in January.  ANKC may not receive these notifications immediately but rather some months later from these organisations.


      Tracey Barry
      November 2018

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    • 14th November 2018
    • ANKC Visiting Overseas Judges Evaluation Procedure - Discontinued

    • The ANKC Ltd Board resolved at their October 2018 Board meeting for the ANKC Ltd Visiting Overseas Judges Evaluation Procedure to be discontinued immediately.


      Tracey Barry
      November 2018

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    • 28th August 2018
    • Rottweiler Statement

    • Legally Docked Rottweilers

      The recent advice from the FCI of amendments to the Rottweiler Standard has led to dissemination of flawed information and instructions on how the breed should be judged from sources other than ANKC. The attention of all Australian licenced Judges of Rottweilers is drawn to the following extract from FCI Regulation in particular the reference to discrimination.

      “Dogs with docked tails are to be admitted in accordance with the legal regulations of their home countries and those of the country where the show takes place. The judging of docked and undocked dogs must be done without any discrimination and solely in accordance with the valid breed standard. The organizing country’s regulations concerning showing docked dogs should be stated in the show schedule or on the entry forms as well as in the show regulations.”


      The Chairperson of the National Breed Standards Coordination Group and the National Show Judges Training Committee, Marie Merchant advises Judges should be reminded that in accordance with the ANKC Prohibited Procedures Policy, Tail Docking is a restrictive procedure under State and Territory legislation. (Refer to individual State or Territory legislation for clarification.), however legally docked dogs are eligible to be exhibited in Australia and are not to be penalized in the show ring.


      Tracey Barry
      28 August 2018

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    • 19th July 2018
    • Border Collie Survey Results

    • Recently ANKC Ltd conducted a survey to ascertain the opinion of owners of Border Collies in relation to amendments to the breed standard.  The response received has indicated overwhelming support for the following:

      Effective immediately the breed standard will be amended as follows:

      •    The Ear description to include érect or semi-erect ears’;
      Ears: Medium size and texture, set well apart. Carried erect or semierect and sensitive in use.

      •    The Coat description to include ‘smooth coat is permitted’;
      HAIR: Two varieties: Moderately long or Smooth. In both, topcoat dense and medium textured, undercoat soft and dense giving good weather resistance. In the moderately long-coated variety, abundant coat forms mane, breeching and brush. On face, ears, forelegs (except for feather), hindlegs from hock to ground, hair should be short and smooth.

      •    The Colour description to be replaced with á variety of colours is permissible, provided white shall never predominate’.
      COLOUR: Variety of colours permissible. White should never predominate.

      Breeders of registered Border Collies may amend the colour status of their dog in the ANKC database for a fee of $10 until 31 December 2019 after which time no colour alternations in the database will be permitted without permission of ANKC.

      Tracey Barry
      19 July 2018

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    • 10th July 2018
    • Retrieving & Field Trial Hall of Fame - 2018 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 2018.


      Mr John Lawton


      NTL & GR RT CH Beereegan Last Boy Scout CM
      Owned by Mark & Wendy Davis

      GR RT CH Lowther Highland Tsu
      Owned by Jack Lynch

      NTL FT CH Ailetireur Noir Canard
      Owned by Ian Ramsdell

      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 2018.


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    • 04th July 2018
    • Kangal Shepherd Dogs

    • Following a definitive decision by the Köpek Irklari ve Kinoloji Federasyonu (Turkish Kennel Club) the Fédération Cynologique Internationale has advised that Anatolian Shepherd Dogs will now be classified as Kangal Shepherd Dogs, this will have far reaching consequences for the owners of in excess of 2,000 Registered Anatolian Shepherd Dogs in Australia.

      ANKC Ltd does not intend to take any action that will disenfranchise these owners and will engage the Fédération Cynologique Internationale and the Turkish Kennel Club in discussions to mitigate the effects of this decision.

      Hugh Gent OAM
      President & Chairman of the Board
      4 July 2018

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    • 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:

      Tracey Barry
      ANKC Ltd Administrator

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