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Belgian Shepherd Dogs & CC status

Following the Kennel Club's announcement that Belgian Shepherd Dogs will revert to being registered as four separate varieties from January 1, 2000 the KC General Committee has given consideration to a number of issues resulting from this decision.

Challenge Certificate Allocation:
The Committee agreed that both the Groenendael and Tervueren varieties should be allocated championship status with 16 sets of CCs on offer for Groenendaels and 23 sets of CCs for Tervuerens. These CCs have been allocated to the following Clubs for the years 2000 and 2001:

Groenendaels:
Crufts, Birmingham DSS, SKC (May), WKC, National Working and Pastoral Breeds DS, Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales, Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Scotland, BDA of GB, Northern Belgian Shepherd DC, Three Counties AS, Blackpool & District CS, Paignton & District FanciersÕ Assoc., SKC (Aug), City of Birmingham CA, Driffield AS, LKA.

Tervuerens:
Crufts, Birmingham DSS, SKC (May), WKC, National Working and Pastoral Breeds DS, Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Wales, Working and Pastoral Breeds Association of Scotland, BDA of GB, Northern Belgian Shepherd DC, Manchester Dog Show Society, WELKS, Bath CS, Southern Counties CA, Border Union AS, Windsor Dog Show Society, South Wales KA, East of England AS, Leeds City CA, Bournemouth CA, Richmond Dog Show Society, Darlington Dog Show Society, Midland Counties CS, LKA.

This allocation does not disenfranchise any judging contracts for the year 2000 as each championship show which has an allocation of Belgian Shepherd Dogs for next year has received an allocation of CCs whether it is for both varieties or just one variety.

Amendments to B Regulations:
The following amendments to B Regulations will be effective from January 1, 2000:

1. Annex A to B Regulations
Delete Belgian Shepherd Dog from the Pastoral Group and insert:
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael)
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois)
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois)
Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren)

2. Add 'Belgian Shepherd Dogs' to the list of breeds which form sub-groups

3. Annex D to B Regulations
Add an additional paragraph as follows:
1. When Belgian Shepherd Dogs are mated any dog in the result-ing litter shall be entered in the register of the breed to which its coat and/or colour most closely conforms.

Championship show judges:
Also with effect from January 1, 2000 all judges currently approved for Belgian Shepherd Dogs will be reclassified to judge both Groenendael and Tervueren varieties at championshp shows. it should also be noted that future championship show judges' nominations must indicate whether the appointment is for either the Groenendael or Tervueren variety rather than just Belgian Shepherd Dogs as is current practice.

Show classification:
From January 1, 2000, General Canine Societies may schedule separate classes for each Belgian Shepherd Dog variety if they so wish. The resulting Best of Breeds will then be eligible for the group and/or Best in Show competitions. Classes scheduled as AV Belgian Shepherd Dog, or Belgian Shepherd Dog without the separate variety name, will have the same status as all other variety classes. At breed club shows the Best in Show Regulation that will be applicable is that for sub-group shows (F(1)27d.(2)refers).

Dogs Worldwide.com - (Correct at time of publication) for more information contact the Kennel Club

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