[ SHOWGSD-L ] Shepherds in the UK

  • From: "pmick12" <pmick12@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Showgsd-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 17:07:46 -0500

Some months ago, there was a little discussion on the list about the British 
TV program on Pedigree Dogs, wherein several breeds were shown to be 
unhealthy.  The list of breeds included German Shepherds.  The AR groups 
jumped on this program big time, as it suited their
aims to a T.

Crufts lost its TV sponsors due to the program, and the Kennel Club decided 
to impose all sorts of restrictions on judges, etc (e.g., judges
must not put up unhealthy dogs...duh........)   The clubs representing the 
various impacted breeds were contacted and asked to make concessions and 
adjustments, blah blah.....and now, I just received this (see below)  from a 
friend in the UK..........   and I wonder...with the state of dogs and
dog showing here, and our own addictions to double handling and professional 
handlers (truly minor items in the greater scheme of things)...
I wonder how long it will be before the AKC decides to do something like 
this.............

Peggy


Subject: [ukshowdogs] GSD lose CCs in 2012

German Shepherd Dogs - The Kennel Club Announcement and Position.

17-Nov-092009-11-17

The German Shepherd Dog is one of the UK's most popular breeds and the
Kennel Club is committed to ensuring its health and welfare and continuing
popularity.

With these ends in mind, the Kennel Club has worked with the GSD community
over many, many years, and together have achieved considerable benefits for
the breed and its owners, including:

. Relaxation of Show Regulations to allow for verbal critiques at
breed club shows

. Relaxation of Show Regulations so that breed club shows need not
provide wet weather accommodation

. Approval for the British Sieger special event

. Alteration of Regulations to allow for the registration of Working
Dog Branches

. Provision of an escalation procedure, at the request of the breed
clubs, to help show organisers deal with double handling at their shows

. Development of enhanced pedigrees to include working test results,
DNA profiles, and health test results

. Agreement to facilitate the research required to formulate a DNA
test for haemophilia A to identify carriers

On the 18th August 2009 a meeting was held between the Kennel Club and the
GSD Partnership (which includes representatives from the Breed Council,
BAGSD, GSD League of GB); but unfortunately no representatives of the BAGSD
attended. At that meeting the GSD Partnership agreed a number of actions
which included:

. Obtaining samples from haemophilia A affected dogs to assist in
setting up a DNA scheme

. Facilitating a Judging seminar in October to ensure that Judges
understand the breed standard changes and issues surrounding a lack of
soundness that it was accepted occurred in the breed

. Preparing a 4 point plan to address a number of issues concerning
the health and welfare of the breed.

However, the minutes of that meeting are now being disputed by some of the
GSD Representatives and it is regretted that they have yet to acknowledge or
act upon these issues. This is particularly inappropriate given the
reported comments made by Herr Reinhardt Meyer, SV National Breed Warden,
following the Sieger Show in Germany this year. On that occasion he made it
clear publicly that the soundness of the breed is now of great importance.
This point was also made at this year's British Sieger competition.

There has, in addition, been comment in specialist magazines that the German
style of showing the breed is inappropriate within the context of the UK
show structure and the style and size of rings and venues. The Kennel Club
has long supported this view by opposing double handling on health and
safety grounds, and on simple fairness as not everyone has access to
professional and/or additional handlers. Comments have also been made that
it is difficult to assess properly a dog's temperament and movement whilst
its attention is being attracted from outside the ring. Again, it is
disappointing that this issue is simply not being dealt with more robustly.

There has been a great deal of talk about the way forward, but the Kennel
Club has yet to see any real action from the GSD community since raising its
concerns. Many side issues have been introduced and special pleading that
the breed needs to be treated differently to over 200 other registered
breeds. The Kennel Club simply cannot and will not allow itself to be
diverted from addressing the fundamental issue of soundness in the breed.

It was with considerable regret, therefore, that the Kennel Club found it
necessary to defer allocation of its highest award, the Challenge
Certificate, to GSDs for 2012.

When the GSD clubs embrace the need to address these concerns, and commit to
an effective and realistic plan of action, the Kennel Club will support
their actions and will ensure that Challenge Certificates are then allocated
appropriately.

end KC announcement.



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