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