1. APPLICATIONS FOR RECOGNITION OF BREEDS
The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a breed once there are specimens of it resident in the UK and the dog(s) are imported from a country either having a Kennel Club with which there is a reciprocal agreement or which has full membership of the F.C.I. or where there is a Breed Club maintaining a Stud Book and acceptable to the Kennel Club. Application for recognition and subsequent registration should be made in the first instance to the Breed Standards and Stud Book Sub-Committee. In general, an application should consist of:
- Names & addresses of UK owners/importers
- Total number of dogs of the breed in the UK [ideally at least 20, preferably unrelated]
- Copies of pedigrees of UK dogs – at least 3 generations
- Proposed breeding plan and indication of available gene pool
- Indication of temperament and characteristics
- Recognition status in the country of origin
- Details of registration body in country of origin
- Indication of group classification
- If the breed has been crossbred, when the registry closed
- Brief history of the breed in its country of origin & photographs
- Functionality of breed and how widely it is used
- Breed Standard from country of origin
- Draft Breed Standard [based on template]
- Breed Registration statistics in country of origin [ideally a consistent minimum of 50 per year]; and other countries
- Show entry statistics in country of origin and at international level [ideally a minimum of 35 individually exhibited at a single competitive event]
- Details of any inherited conditions prevalent in the breed
- For Working Breeds – details of activities. Video footage [if available]
[Please note that it is the individual responsibility of those applying for breed recognition to ensure due compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements, including requisite licences, permissions and consents as are laid down by the general law, with regard to the keeping, breeding and selling of any particular breed. Recognition of the breed by the Kennel Club will not denote that any of the above has been satisfied or complied with.]
Recognition of a breed allows registration on the Imported Breeds Register, although the breed would not be eligible for exhibition until such time as an Interim Breed Standard is published. This is not considered at the same time as recognition, as it is the Kennel Club’s policy to allow the breed to develop slowly before show participation is permitted. Importers of new breeds are encouraged to form a provisional breed club, registration of which can be applied for once a certain nucleus of the breed has been established in the UK.
The Kennel Club may, in its absolute discretion, refuse to recognise any proposed breed.
2. ELIGIBILITY FOR COMPETITION
Immediately the dog is accepted on the Imported Breed Register it can be entered and compete in Kennel Club Working Trials, Obedience, Agility, Flyball, Heelwork to Music, Rally and Handling competitions. These dogs are also permitted to make ‘not for competition’ entries at shows.
Entry and competition at other Kennel Club licensed events for dogs on the Imported Breed Register is limited to Imported Breed Register classes, matches and exemption dog shows, and then only after an Interim Breed Standard has been approved by the Committee and PUBLISHED in the Kennel Club Journal. Winners of Imported Breed Register classes are not eligible for group or best in show competition.
Immediately a breed is accepted on the Imported Breed Register, a dog of that breed can be entered and compete in Kennel Club Gundog Working Tests. Competition in Field Trials is subject to General Committee approval.
Inclusion on the Imported Breed Register does not automatically progress to the issue of an Interim Breed Standard. The Kennel Club may, in its absolute discretion, defer the issue of an Interim Breed Standard.
3. PRODUCTION OF AN INTERIM BREED STANDARD
When there are at least twenty dogs of the breed on the Imported Breed Register an application for the production of an Interim Breed Standard may be submitted for consideration by the Committee. Such application should include:
- Draft wording for the Breed Standard, in the KC Breed Standard format
- A brief history of the dogs imported and registered.
- The size of the gene pool in the country.
- Any proposed breeding plan for the breed.
4. BREED CLUB REGISTRATION
Supporters of a new imported breed will be encouraged to form a breed club. Once a breed achieves Kennel Club recognition, the breed club may apply for registration of title with the Kennel Club. Clubs for breeds on the Imported Breed Register are referred to as ‘provisional’ and only become fully registered if the breed is transferred from the Imported Breed Register to the Breed Register. Once a provisional breed club has been registered it may schedule one match competition per year but only as an internal club match or with another registered provisional breed club. The breeds eligible to compete would be only those breeds included within the title of the club(s) involved.
5. TRANSFER OF A BREED FROM THE IMPORTED BREED REGISTER TO THE BREED REGISTER
A breed will remain on the Imported Breed Register until it is considered sufficiently well established to move to the Breed Register. An application for transfer to the Breed Register would include:
A brief history of the breed following its imported registration including an account of the number of dogs shown in Imported Register classes.
The size of the gene pool and the available breeding lines in this country.
Kennel Club Regulation B3 defines the Imported Breed Register as follows:
The Imported Breed Register
a. The General Committee may accept for entry in the Imported Breed Register an imported dog of a previously unrecognised breed if the dog is imported from a country either having a Kennel Club with which there is a reciprocal agreement or which has full membership of the FCI or where there is a Breed Club maintaining a Stud Book and acceptable to the Kennel Club. The Kennel Club may, in its absolute discretion, refuse to recognise any proposed breed.
b. A breed given Imported Breed Register status may be transferred to the Breed Register at a later date at the discretion of the General Committee. Applications to transfer a breed from the Imported Breed Register to the Breed Register should be made to the General Committee by the appropriate Breed Club in accordance with the guidelines most recently published.
c. Foreign breeds, previously eligible for entry on the Breed Register will be transferred to the Imported Breed Register in accordance with Regulation B1b where there has been no registration activity for 10 years.
d. Breeds on the Imported Breed Register will be de-classified if there has been no registration activity within the breed over a ten year period.
It must be emphasised that only when a breed has been transferred to the Breed Register may dogs in the breed be entered in breed classes at shows. Breed classes can be scheduled provided the first day of the show is on or after the date the breed is moved on to the Breed Register.
If ten years elapse without any new registration on the Imported Breed Register the breed will be deleted from this register.