There have been changes made to the Scheme Standard throughout the course of 2016. As usual, it remains the responsibility of the Assured Breeder to keep abreast of any changes and ensure they are familiar with the current Scheme requirements. However, we have highlighted some of the more important changes below:
1.3) “Visits will also occur on a routine basis and an absolute minimum of once every three years prior to renewal of Membership, and may also be carried out additionally and randomly upon reasonable notice. Additional visits will be carried out upon notification that the member has moved to, or is using, alternative or additional premises, or if the Kennel Club has reasonable cause for concern that there may be breaches of the Scheme rules or its standard.” has been added.
2.2) The rule has been clarified and now reads “As a minimum, to have bred a litter in the last ten years, or to be planning on breeding a litter in the near future AND to own a bitch, or dog, of breeding age. Upon completion of a successful Breeder Assessment Visit, if the applicant has not previous registered a litter, the applicant’s yearly payment will be activated, but the membership will remain in a Pending state until the applicant applies to register a litter that meets all the requirements of the Assured Breeder Scheme. If the applicant has previously registered a litter, the applicant’s last registered litter will be checked for compliance with the Scheme requirements and if the litter meets the requirements of the Scheme, the applicant’s membership will be activated. If the applicant has previous bred a litter but the last registered litter does not meet the requirements of the Scheme, the applicant’s yearly payment will be activated, but the membership will remain in a Pending state until the applicant applies to register a litter that meets all the requirements of the Assured Breeder Scheme.
For reference, the breeding age for a bitch is considered to be between 1 and 8 years old, and for a stud dog from 1 year old. The applicant joining who has a stud dog only, and does not intend to breed litters, must have a stud dog of breeding age who has previously sired a registered litter. They are also required to list all current breeding stock upon application, to ensure any breed or type specific requirements are in place before being accepted as an Assured Breeder.”
2.3) “It is the Assured Breeders’ responsibility to bring to the attention of the Kennel Club any change to their circumstances which affects their activities. This includes events such as change of address, change of environment, significant changes to staff or care arrangements.” has been added.
2.8) “Membership of the Scheme must be the same as the recorded registered ownership of any breeding stock. Where multiple memberships or partnership arrangements are maintained, the contract of sale and any accompanying documentation must clearly record this and it is the members’ responsibility to confirm in writing absolute clarity with the buyer.” has been added.
2.9) “Inform the Kennel Club in writing, prior to the registration application, if a litter registered does not meet all of the current requirements or recommendations of the Scheme. Also inform, in writing, each of the buyers or whoever takes ownership at the earliest opportunity and prior to any sale taking place. Requirements and recommendations are subject to change from time to time and it is the responsibility of the Assured Breeder to ensure that they comply with these.” and “Where these exceptional events occur, the Assured Breeder must keep a record of why and how the event occurred, any mitigating points and a plan to reduce such incidents going forward.” have been added.
3.3) “Breed specific behavioural requirements must also be taken into account, for example through the provision of sufficient enrichment and exercise for active breeds” has been replaced by “Breed and or Type specific behavioural requirements must also be taken into account, for example through the provision of sufficient enrichment and exercise appropriate to the individual breed or type.”
6.4) “Traits” has been more clearly defined as “Features and characteristics likely to appear in the puppies, particularly those which may be considered to be specific to the type or breed of dog.”