KENNEL CLUB AMENDMENTS TO REGULATIONS

In this Section we will list the changes to The KC Rules & Regulations as they are printed in the Kennel Gazette and are related to Showing or Judging. Changes relate to the current issue of the Kennel Club Year Book and are in bold text. Queries relating to the interpretation of any Rule should be directed to the Kennel Club.

The Kennel Year Book 2020/2021 has now been published.
Copies can be obtained from The Kennel Club Publications Department at £6:00.
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KC SHOW REGULATIONS 2020 – a copy of the KC Show regulations F (with the January Amendments incorporated) can be downloaded at no cost from the KC web site - Click to download a copy from the KC website.
THE KENNEL CLUB CODE OF ETHICS - download to read.
JUDGES COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK TO BE KNOWN AS JUDGES EDUCATION PROGRAMME (Breed Shows) – 5 June 2020
The Judges Competency Framework (JCF) underwent an independent review in 2019 which recommended that a new name be adopted by the framework, without using the word ‘competency’. This view was also supported by the findings of the Kennel Club survey on the JCF. The Kennel Club Board has recently approved a change of name for the JCF. It is now to be known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows).
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CLARIFICATION OF ‘GRANDFATHER RIGHTS’ FOR ESTABLISHED JUDGES – 10 June 2020
All the information contained in the press release below supersedes that of the press release on the same subject issued on 1 May 2020 which has been removed from the KC website in order to prevent confusion.
  • Recognition of judging and assessments already undertaken
  • A2 and established approval routes available for whole of transition period
  • Grandfathering available as of 2021
  • Judges may self-submit questionnaires for CC, Group and BIS status
  • Judges of non-CC breeds included
Further to the announcement made on 1 May 2020 regarding ‘grandfather rights’ for established judges during the transition phase of the initiative now known as the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows), the Kennel Club wishes to clarify a number of issues.
The current A2 and established approval routes will continue for the entirety of the five-year transition period, with a review of their comparative uptake and success, taking place once the current routes and the Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows) have been run in tandem for three years. Click to read more on the KC Website.


REVIEWED CRITERIA ANNOUNCED FOR JUDGING MENTORS & OBSERVERS – 16 April 2020
The Kennel Club has announced that, following consideration of the recommendations put forward by the JCF Independent Review Panel together with the results from the JCF survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, the KC Board has agreed changes to the mentoring and observation elements of the JCF. This announcement marks the final change to the JCF process to be announced from new judge to Level 4 judge, although an announcement of a new name for the JCF will be made in due course. Click to read more on the KC Website.


JUDGES COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK JUDGES REQUIREMENTS – 24 February 2020
Following the recent announcement about the future of the Judges Competency Framework, further details have now been issued which outline future judge requirements and eligibility. Judges may be appointed by societies based on either the current judge regulations or the new system until the end of the transition period, i.e. judges must be on the required list and/or at the required Level. From 1 January 2021, no one can judge unless they meet the new Level 1 requirements. Otherwise, judges can accept appointments either in accordance with current Kennel Club regulations or Judges Competency Framework requirements (see below). In both cases, an exception can be made where a valid contract is in place prior to the date of this announcement (24 February 2020). Click to read more on the KC Website.


JUDGES COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK – HANDS–ON JUDGING EXPERIENCE – 28 February 2020
The Kennel Club Board has agreed to the recommendation from the Independent Review Panel (IRP) and will incorporate formal minimum hands-on experience for judges progressing under the JCF, it has been announced. A judge will need to have judged a minimum number of dogs to allow them to register at JCF Level 3. As part of this work the Board has also amended the hands-on criteria for potential CC judges under the current judge’s approval process in line with the IRP recommendation. Click to read more on the KC Website.


JUDGES COMPETENCY FRAMEWORK – 12 February 2020
The Kennel Club Board is delighted to announce, following consideration of the recommendations put forward by the Independent Review Panel together with the output from the survey commissioned by the Kennel Club, that agreement has been reached on how to take the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) forward. Click to read more on the KC Website.


KC ENHANCES BREED WATCH TO IMPROVE DOG HEALTH AND WELFARE – 23 January 2020 – To continue to improve the health and welfare of pedigree dogs, the Kennel Club has announced it is expanding its Breed Watch system, which serves as an ‘early warning system’ to identify points of concern for the health of individual breeds. The changes will ensure more extensive monitoring of any new and emerging health and welfare concerns that are detrimental to a dog’s wellbeing and to prevent the introduction of these concerns within a breed.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – ‘sore eyes or excessive tearing’, ‘unsound movement’ and ‘weak hindquarters’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Click to read more from the KC Website

JUDGING AT PARTNERSHIP SHOWS – Read the Press Release..
KENNEL CLUB JUDGES BRIEFING NOTE – Important information for all dog show Judges - Read the briefing note..
DOGS IN CARS IN HOT WEATHER - KC Warning - Read more.
PROOF OF POSTING - The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of its Proof of Posting (POP) policy. The Kennel Club is aware that on occasion entries do get lost in the post. However, a small number of exhibitors may be exploiting the Proof of Posting system by various means. In order to address this unsportsmanlike behaviour, the Kennel Club uses a Proof of Posting database which lists everyone who makes an entry on the day of a show, and, in particular, whether Proof of Posting was provided on the day. The Kennel Club will contact exhibitors who have not provided Proof of Posting or Proof of Online Entry following the show. read more.
KC & BVA ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO CHS EYE SCHEME FOR 2020 - Following consultation with the Eye Panel Working Party, the Kennel Club (KC) and British Veterinary Association (BVA) have announced the following changes to the Canine Health Schemes (CHS) BVA/KC/International Sheepdog Society (ISDS) Eye Scheme, effective from 1st January 2020. Read more.

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