Proposed framework for mutual recognition of FCI and Kennel
It is recognised that there is merit in considering the
establishment of a framework for the mutual recognition of UK based
championship show judges and FCI International Judges.
The perceived benefit in so doing is that UK championship show
organisers will have increased opportunities to invite FCI
International Judges to officiate at their shows without providing
the detailed information as required at present.
It is also hoped that there will be opportunities for greater
numbers of UK judges to become recognised as internationally
approved judges and therefore eligible to be invited to judge at
shows held under FCI regulations.
A mutual recognition process based on training and education
requirements and the length of time elapsing and number of shows
judged since successful completion of the relevant
education/training requirements for single and multi-breed judges,
group judges and best in show judges is proposed.
FCI International, as distinct from National, Judges who have
judged a breed for at least 5 years in countries in addition to
their country of residence will be eligible for automatic approval
to judge the same breed for the first time at UK breed club and/or
group/general championship shows.
All are subject to confirmation of their international status by
the governing body in their country of residence. Judges so
approved will be subject to evaluation, in exactly the same way as
applied to UK domestic judges, at their first appointment for each
breed they judge in the UK. Confirmation of subsequent appointments
will be subject to the outcome of the evaluation at the first
The FCI will be asked to maintain the existing process of
reciprocity, on a per breed basis, for recognition of UK approved
judges who have already awarded challenge certificates to a breed
on at least one occasion to award CACIBs in the breeds they are
approved to award CCs in the UK. These UK judges are subject to
evaluation from the FCI before confirmation of any subsequent
It is proposed that UK judges who have been approved to award
Challenge Certificates in a breed under the Kennel Club's A2 list
procedure but have yet to carry out their first appointment for
that breed be considered eligible to award CACs to the same breed
in any FCI member country providing they meet the criteria of the
inviting national kennel club. In addition the FCI may approve
judges on a KC Breed Club A2 list to award CACs in that breed
subject to the individual meeting Kennel Club criteria and
receiving KC approval.
It is proposed to apply the same criteria to FCI International
Judges as are currently applied to UK domestic judges. Thus any FCI
approved judge who has not previously been approved to judge a
group in the UK will not be eligible for approval to do so until
they have awarded CCs to a minimum of four unconnected breeds
(three unconnected breeds in the case of the working group) in the
relevant group at UK shows.
Existing FCI Group Judges will be eligible to be approved to
judge equivalent groups in the UK provided they have experience of
judging at least 50% of the relevant breeds. Once approved to judge
a group, approval for further breeds within that same group will be
on a per breed basis in order to maintain parity with UK domestic
FCI International and UK Judges who have been previously
approved to judge groups at UK/FCI shows will retain their status
and will be eligible for approval to judge the same groups without
further qualification in the future. UK judges will only be
eligible to judge FCI groups if they have awarded CCs to a minimum
of 50% of the KC registered breeds in the respective group.
To accommodate the difference in group categorisations between
FCI and KC we would propose the following eligibility criteria for
KC judges to judge groups 4, 6 and 10:
- Group 4 - to have awarded CCs to at least 3 varieties and in at
least 2 sizes
- Group 6 - qualified to judge all the Hound breeds recognised
for CCs by the KC and present in FCI group 6
- Group 10 - qualified to judge at least 6 breeds
- FCI judges wishing to judge the Hound group in the UK would
need to be approved for groups 4, 6 and 10 by the FCI.
All Breed Judges
There is currently no official UK counterpart to the FCI
designation of "All Breed Judge" and there is currently only one UK
resident judge who has awarded CCs to every eligible breed. In the
UK this status is achieved on a per breed basis and under the above
proposals for mutual recognition of breed judges it should be
possible for FCI International Judges to achieve the same status in
the UK subject to receiving invitations to judge a sufficient
number of breeds.
Best in Show Judges
We propose equal rights for UK and FCI judges currently approved
to award BIS in both KC and FCI countries.
FCI International Judges who have not yet been approved to judge
Best in Show at UK general championship shows will be subject to
the same criteria that are currently applied to UK resident
judges. Alternatively FCI judges may qualify by judging at
least 4 FCI groups.
Existing FCI International and UK Judges who have previously
awarded Best in Show at UK/FCI championship shows respectively will
retain their status and be eligible for approval for subsequent
appointments irrespective of the number of groups or breeds with
Every judge invited will declare that they are approved to judge
the breeds stated. They will also declare that they know and
respect the regulations and breed standards of the country in which
they have been invited to judge.