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All the latest news and press releases from the Australian National Kennel Council
    • 23rd August 2022
    • Ramp Breed Listing - Feedback from members requested

    • Dogs Australia is considering introducing a ramp and table policy for the judging of dogs in conformation events and is seeking feedback from members as to the suitability of the attached ramp and table breed listing as a proposed definitive list of breeds which may or may not be ramped or tabled.

      Please forward your responses by COB 20 September 2022 to your relevant Member Body office – contact details can be found on our website at:  https://ankc.org.au/ContactUs/?id=1087

      Click here to view the ramp and table breed listing.

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    • 21st July 2022
    • Rottweiler Survey Results

    • A Rottweiler Natural Bobtail survey was conducted by Dogs Australia last year to ascertain feedback from all owners of registered Rottweilers as Dogs Australia follows the Country of Origin breed standard and given that the gene involved is an incomplete dominant there is the possibility of bobtail parent/s producing long tail offspring. Only the long tail offspring are eligible to be placed on the Main Register.

      The response received indicated support.

      As this was an amendment to current regulations, the result of the survey was referred to the Dogs Australia Board of Directors for consideration at their June 2022 Special Board meeting where it was endorsed.

      Consequently, the following new clause will be added to Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration which will be effective from 1 January 2023:

      8.9.2 Effective 1 January 2023, any Rottweiler born a Natural Bobtail will be eligible to be registered on the Limited Register only and flagged NOT TO BE UPGRADED.

        

      Tracey Barry
      Administrator
      20 July 2022

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    • 21st July 2022
    • Regulations Part 6 - The Register & Registration Clause 8.16 Suspension

    • As a result of concerns received regarding the Afghan Hound survey, the Dogs Australia Board of Directors have resolved to immediately suspend Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration Clause 8.16 which reads:

      8.16 Afghan Hound (Added 02/22 – 6.1, Effective 1 July 2022)
      The Minimum Breeding Age for Afghan bitches is 24 months at the time of mating (unless a veterinary certificate is produced stating that for health reasons the bitch should be mated before 24 months).

      Breeders of litters whelped on or after 1 June 2022 will be required to comply with the requirements as a prerequisite to registration of any litter on the ANKC Ltd Main Register. Litters which do not meet the above requirements will only be able to be placed on the Limited Register and will be flagged not to be upgraded.


      An investigation into the procedural process and the regulations will be carried out and a report submitted to the October 2022 Board meeting.

       


      Tracey Barry
      Administrator
      20 July 2022

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    • 11th March 2022
    • Afghan Hound Survey Results

    • A survey was conducted by Dogs Australia last year to ascertain the feedback from all owners of registered Afghan Hounds in relation to the Minimum Breeding Age for Afghan Hound bitches being 24 months at the time of mating (unless a veterinary certificate is produced stating that for health reasons the bitch should be mated before 24 months).

      The response received indicated support.

      As this was an amendment to current regulations, the result of the survey was referred to the Dogs Australia Board of Directors for consideration at their February 2022 Special Board meeting where it was endorsed.

      As a consequence, the following new clause will be added to Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration which will be effective from 1 July 2022:

      8.16     Afghan Hound (Added 02/22 – 6.1. Effective 01/07/2022)

      The Minimum Breeding Age for Afghan bitches is 24 months at the time of mating (unless a veterinary certificate is produced stating that for health reasons the bitch should be mated before 24 months).

      Breeders of litters whelped on or after 1st June 2022 will be required to comply with the requirements as a prerequisite to registration of any litter on the ANKC Ltd Main Register. Litters which do not meet the above requirements will only be able to be placed on the Limited Register and will be flagged not to be upgraded.

       

      Tracey Barry
      Administrator
      11 March 2022

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    • 14th February 2022
    • Dogs Australia Statement: Breed Ban Response

    • Please click here to read the response from Dogs Australia to calls for some of Australia's most popular breeds to be banned.

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    • 07th February 2022
    • Dogs Australia Statement on Norwegian Government Breed Bans

    • Dogs Australia response in relation to recent court decision in Norway

      NORWEGIAN GOVERNMENT BANS BREEDING OF BRITISH BULLDOGS AND CAVALIERS

      The recent court decision in Norway to ban the breeding of British Bulldogs and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, has resulted in debate and concern that a similar situation could occur in Australia. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), of which Dogs Australia is an Associate Member, has stated that: “The FCI community – which represents not less than 98 countries and thousands of breeders worldwide – truly hopes that the verdict would not provide a privileged position to the unregistered, backyard uncontrolled puppy farmers who perform their activity without making use of any of the available scientific methods aiming at improving the general health of dogs.”

      “To the contrary, registered breeders, with the assistance of responsible veterinarians, have been adopting quite an opposite approach for decades, getting very good results in terms of health.”

      These sentiments reflect the approach taken by Dogs Australia/ANKC over many years. In response to media inquiries, we have formulated the following statements.

      Do Dogs Australia currently hold any concerns over the breeding of 'flat-faced' dogs in Australia based on animal welfare?

      We have concerns for all breeds of dogs, flat-faced or not. All breeds should be bred with due care to inherited diseases, especially where there are proven methods of disease testing whereby the incidence of severe disease can be minimised. This equally applies to flat-faced breeds and is based on animal welfare. Dogs Australia Breeders of British Bulldogs and Cavaliers use health testing regimes that ensure that breeding stock are suitable for breeding, as Australia has a large gene pool of both breeds, and other brachycephalic (flat-face) breeds.

      What is Dogs Australia doing to improve the lives of dogs in Australia?

      Dogs Australia breeders are bound by a Code of Ethics on frequency of breeding (basically one litter per year), maximum number of litters in the bitch’s lifetime (6 with the average bitch having 3 litters or less) and health testing for recognised diseases.

      If breeds and their breeders operate outside of Dogs Australia control, there are usually no basic health testing requirements and no limits on frequency of breeding or litter numbers. The challenge in Australia is to sideline these breeders who do not address health and welfare in their breeding programs; their only motivation to breed is for a quick profitable sale. The health and heritable disease status of their breeding stock is not central to their business plan, many crossbreed to obtain exotic colours, which can introduce significant health problems into a breed. All breeders of dogs where heritable diseases have been identified should be compelled by legislation to conform to a breeding code of ethics as Dogs Australia breeders are.

      Would Dogs Australia back a call for banning breeds on welfare grounds?

      For several reasons, Dogs Australia do not see any need for breeding bans. This would not stop backyard breeders or puppy farmers, and where breeds have a large population, there is sufficient genetic variety to gradually breed away from diseases and structural abnormalities. Each breed has within it a very wide range of structure, temperament, and health components. For the sake of a few severely affected individuals, why should the whole breed have to be banned. Our approach is to address the major problems, consistently remove any adversely affected individuals from breeding programs, and the breed can change over time to an overall healthier breed. With a large gene pool and access to DNA and other regimes to ensure the health of breeding stock, it has been proven that responsible breeders can reduce the incidence of heritable diseases.

      Given the obvious 'line in the sand' approach taken by the Oslo District Court (which has the impact of significantly raising the profile of the welfare of certain breeds), in response to the concerns of Animal Protection Norway, where is the line for Dogs Australia on this issue?

      The Norwegian response is a basic full stop. This should have been a considered response as mentioned previously, targeting specific diseases or construction issues, and giving breeders time (5-10 years minimum to improve breed averages, preferably longer). Many breeders have spent lifetimes preserving these breeds and need to be allowed to gradually adapt as breeds take generations to change without causing further conditions to occur due to a sudden narrowing of the gene pool. Outcrossing is of limited value unless to correct a fixed disease or an extremely limited gene pool such as numerically restricted breeds. Dogs Australia is confident that observing of the Breeding Codes of Ethics and using international diagnostic programs will ensure that people who purchase any breed, including brachycephalic breeds, from Dogs Australia breeders can be assured of a healthy, long-lived puppy.

      Has enough been done in Australia – both about irresponsible and/or illegal breeders but also the actual welfare and health of breeds?

      Dogs Australia has no control over rogue puppy farmers or backyard breeders. The problem in Australia is that state and territory legislation only targets responsible breeders who can be easily identified. The illegal breeders advertise on the Internet and are usually only contactable by mobile phone, which makes it virtually impossible for the regulators to find them; and they ignore government requirements to obtain a Breeders Identification Number because they know that they are untraceable, which means that there is no pressure on them to observe health and welfare issues regarding their breeding stock. We have well developed health testing schemes for hips, elbows, hearts, eyes, and DNA breed specific testing for a wide range of diseases. Some of these tests are national requirements for all litters bred (LRL’s – litter registration limitations) where all parents much be health tested, as well as numerous additional health testing requirements within breed clubs.

      Is the Respiratory Function Grading Scheme a thing in Australia? Or something similar? Is it of use?

      Dogs Australia are licensed to the Kennel Club (UK) / Cambridge University Respiratory Function Grading Scheme. We have appointed Dr Arthur House, a Veterinarian Specialist in brachycephalic diseases to head the RFG Scheme in Australia; however, due to COVID restrictions in his home state, Victoria, the implementation has been delayed, but we expect to be underway shortly. There are pockets within several states where this testing is being done (unofficially at present). Dogs Australia would prefer the scheme to be official so the results are internationally acceptable. We feel this system is the best possible means of moving forwards in validating healthy breeding dogs within the brachycephalic breeds.

       

       

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    • 12th December 2021
    • The ANKC officially announces Dogs Australia today

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      DOGS AUSTRALIA: NEW TRICKS FOR OLD BREEDS

      -- Educating and Creating Communities Enriched by Dogs --

      Today’s launch of the not-for-profit organisation, Dogs Australia coincides with a spike in dog ownership1 and an eagerness to find the most suitable breeds from ethical breeders.

      Dogs Australia is the new consumer face of the internationally recognised Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) and unites the expertise of an estimated 60,000 members2, including 11,000 registered breeders, 350 breed clubs and almost 500 sports for dogs clubs across all states and territories.

      “The launch of Dogs Australia draws on the strength and experience of all the state and territory-based member bodies to advocate for dog welfare and responsible dog ownership,” said Dogs Australia President, Hugh Gent, OAM.

      With a surge in dog ownership during lockdown and an alarming rise in online puppy scams, Dogs Australia is promoting the benefits of buying through its network of registered breeders.

      “Our registered breeders follow a strict code of ethics, conduct health and DNA tests, provide a certificate of pedigree and give the owner on-going support,” said Mr Gent. “Our breeders are passionate about finding the right homes for their dogs.”

      The rebranding of the 63-year-old ANKC includes the launch of a national education campaign in February to help potential dog owners find the most suitable breed to fit their family and lifestyle.

      The campaign includes a video series showcasing more than 180 breeds categorised into seven distinct groups:

      • Toys
      • Terriers
      • Gundogs
      • Hounds
      • Working Dogs
      • Utility
      • Non-Sporting

      “A dog is a big commitment. It should never be an impulse buy,” said Dogs Australia ambassador and veterinarian, Dr Rob Zammit. “We recommend people thoroughly research their dog choice and they can start with our online questionnaire to determine whether it’s the right time to buy a pup, which breed and breeder to choose.”

      Dogs Australia aims to safeguard the future of pedigree dogs through ethical breeding and canine health research while promoting conformation shows and sports for dogs that fulfil a breed’s natural instincts.

      For media enquiries:
      eckfactor, Julia Reynolds +61 (0)412 089 778 julia_reynolds@bigpond.com

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    • 25th October 2021
    • ANKC Member Update

    • On Sunday October 24, the ANKC conducted an important update to its members detailing its plan to rebrand the public face of the Australian National Kennel Council to Dogs Australia and take a more proactive role in communicating to dog lovers nationally. The update also demonstrated the scale and strength of the combined member bodies across Australia. The purpose of the presentation was to brief members for feedback ahead of a public launch of Dogs Australia which will take place later this year. The official Dogs Australia launch date will be advised to members in the coming weeks. To find out more join the Bush Telegraphh by emailing your organisation name, key marketing contact email and mobile to bushtelegraph@ankc.org.au

      A replay recording of the update is available to watch below and a transcript can be viewed here.

      * Apologies were received from Mrs Carol Beckett (Dogs NT) who was unavailable for the record of this Member Update.

       

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    • 16th July 2021
    • Emerging Disease - EHRLICHIOSIS IN DOGS

    • Ehrlichiosis is a tick borne disease affecting primarily dogs. It is not transmitted from dog to dog, transmission only occurs through infected ticks, the main one being the brown dog tick.

      The brown dog tick is widespread throughout mainland Australia. No brown ticks have been found in Tasmania. While ticks are mostly coastal, they can be found further inland.

      Ehrlichiosis is the disease that is caused by a tick borne bacteria called Ehrlichia Canis. Once a dog has been bitten by an infected tick, there are 3 stages of infection: -

      1. Acute or early phase (3-4 weeks)
      2. A subclinical phase (months to years)
      3. Chronic or long term stage. (months to years)


      Symptoms include fever, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, discharge from the eyes and nose, weight loss, anaemia and bleeding disorders such as nosebleeds or bleeding under the skin that looks like small spots, patches or bruising.

      The severity of symptoms varies considerably between dogs. The incubation period is 1-3 weeks after the tick bite, but the chronic form may not manifest for months or years following infection. PCR and ELISA tests give the most accurate diagnosis along with comprehensive blood tests. Affected dogs require veterinary treatment and supportive care, the earlier this is diagnosed and treated the better. Usually these dogs are treated with tetracycline drugs for a minimum of 4 weeks, shorter treatment periods may result in subclinical carriers. Seronegative PCR tests will indicate if the infection has cleared.

      If not properly treated these dogs can and do die.

      Distribution

      This disease can be found worldwide, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas. Once the disease is in the brown dog tick population, it is very difficult to control. German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies are predisposed to develop more severe signs of disease with a worse prognosis (reduced cell-mediated immune response).

      In extremely rare cases, infected ticks may infect people, however the species of Ehrlichia that affects humans have not yet been detected in Australia.

      Ehrlichosis is a nationally notifiable disease and the Government is conducting surveillance testing of dogs, particularly in the far north of Western Australia, Northern Territory and far north Queensland. The Kimberly and Pilbara regions are two areas affected in WA, along with Katherine and Alice Springs in the NT.

      Dogs from affected areas are being monitored and their movement limited. Dogs moving from these areas could be required to be tested prior to movement and only travelling with healthy dogs that are on an effective tick control program.

      Prevention

      Maintain dogs on a tick control program – ensure you do not run over time before treating again, even 2-3 days late could cause issues.

      Avoid taking dogs into tick infected areas such as the bush and long grass, especially on coastal areas.

      Inspect you dogs for ticks daily for 5-6 days after being in tick infested areas.

      Travelling

      The most likely way this disease will spread is by the transport of dogs interstate. Dog exhibitors like to travel far and wide for shows, often interstate. We should all be vigilant with providing tick control measures and renewing these before we travel!

      Do not take dogs running along beaches, through the bush etc without adequate tick prevention. Be aware at some shows, the grounds may back onto bush, do not walk your dogs through these areas.

      Long Term

      We have to be aware that this disease will in all probability become far prevalent and widespread over the next 10 years. Tick prevention should become second nature especially when travelling.

        

      Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc
      ANKC Canine Health & Wellbeing Committee Chairperson
      16 July 2021

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    • 01st December 2020
    • How much for a puppy?

    • To the person who writes an email to simply ask the price.

      To the person who calls and after hearing a price surprisedly states: “I can buy a cheaper puppy elsewhere”.

      To the person who doesn’t care about papers because I want “just a pet”.

      No puppy is “just a pet”.

      Behind every pure bred dog is a BREEDER.

      We are using capital letters to differentiate a breeder from a pet factory or mill.

      A reputable breeder does not breed puppies without papers because that does not protect the integrity of the breed. Registration (papers) are records of lineage that document bloodline and allow one to research any possible health issues present in the lineage.

      When you tell a Breeder you don’t care about papers what you’re really telling them is you couldn’t care less about the health of the puppy, you just want the cheapest thing you can find!

      When you select to buy a puppy from a reputable and quality breeder, this breeder is responsible for the health of every puppy; both puppies they choose to keep themselves and every puppy they’ve sold for its lifetime.

      This breeder, will skip holidays, miss sleeping, and most of their personal house space has been turned into space for their dogs.

      The truly passionate breeder who loves what they breed, puts their whole heart and soul into it.

      Not only in puppies that are sold, but also in each client who owns a piece of their heart and now is a member of their extended family.

      This does not take into account any puppy/adult dog who might get sick or need extra help to thrive.

      Breeders worry about their babies after they leave and will take one back without question.

      A breeder will get their hands dirty, often covered in everything accompanied with birthing, because that’s what life is about...

      In the middle of birth and death is life.

      It’s the wheel that keeps turning.

      A breeder will do tests, echos, xrays, analysis, emergency c sections, vaccinations, register puppies and litters, research pedigrees, deworm, as well as microchip their puppies and get them evaluated by specialists.

      Last but by no means least, a breeder CHOOSES the family lucky enough to have one of their puppies. Yes, you read that right.

      A true breeder chooses who they sell to because they are not making money off the sale. There is no compensation that can offset the investment a Breeder has made so they need to be confident its the right fit. Many times saying more no’s then yes...

      A good Breeder will have different criteria for those wanting to carry on their bloodline, why?

      Because breeding is not a responsibility to ever be taken lightly, it’s a lifestyle choice set aside for ONLY the few devoted people willing to sacrifice.

      Because a dog is never “just a pet” it’s the Breeder’s legacy, a little boy’s best friend, a little girls protector, an elderly persons therapy, a member of the family, someone’s whole world!!!

       

      Written in part by: Sr. Eduardo Loredo Muller
      Translated into English by: Angel Sophia Nogga
      Modified for those who wish to use it.

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