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All the latest news and press releases from the Australian National Kennel Council
    • 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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    • 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.


      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
      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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