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 2019/2020 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 included at the back) 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 CONDUCT - download to read.
REVIEWED ‘GRANDFATHER RIGHTS’ ANNOUNCED FOR ESTABLISHED JUDGES – 1 May 2020
The Kennel Club has announced that the Kennel Club Board has agreed changes to the ‘grandfather rights’ during the transition phase of the JCF.
Experience gained is to be recognised for those judges who meet criteria to award CCs but have not yet been offered an appointment. Having met the necessary criteria but not been offered a CC appointment or Championship Show Group or Best in Show appointment, these judges may self-submit a questionnaire to the Kennel Club and if approved be able to register at the relevant JCF level.
The existing A2 route will be available for breed clubs/councils to submit judges for approval until 31 December 2020. However, any judges who are currently proceeding down this route but do not complete it before the end of 2020 should opt for the grandfathering route, which will supersede the A2 option. 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

Each group to have AVNSC and imported register classes at open and championship shows – 8 January 2020 – General and group show societies must schedule at least one AV Imported Breed Register class for each group at open and championship shows with immediate effect, the Kennel Club has announced. This mirrors the requirement that at least one AVNSC class, where relevant, must also be scheduled for each group at these types of show. 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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