Reviewed 'Grandfather Rights’ Announced For Established Judges

  • Recognition of judging and assessments already undertaken
  • Grandfathering available as of 2021
  • Judges to self-submit questionnaires for CC, Group and BIS status
  • Judges of non-CC breeds included

The Kennel Club has announced that the Kennel Club Board has agreed changes to the ‘grandfather rights’ during the transition phase of the JCF.

The details of the grandfather rights for established judges who meet certain criteria are similar to those first announced in early 2019. The commencement date of 1 January 2021 has been retained. However, it will now be available for five years (the length of the new transition period) subject to a review of the concept after three years. For full details, please see the table below.

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.

Judges of non-CC breeds are advised that, under the reviewed arrangements, they too will have grandfather rights which may make it possible to achieve Level 4 status in such breeds. In those cases it is recognised that breed specialists will not have the three Stud Book Numbers (as required for CC judges), but the Judges Committee will take into account dogs owned and/or bred and any significant wins. Clubs catering for non-CC breeds and therefore not previously required to compile an A3 list are now encouraged to do so to include those judges which the club is prepared to support through the ‘grandfathering’ route.

Once the grandfathering facility is available at the start of 2021, the Kennel Club will make a further announcement on the process, including details of the relevant questionnaires and how to access them.

It is strongly recommended that breed clubs bring their judging criteria into line with that of the Kennel Club as soon as they are able. Please read our previous announcement regarding this.

Any queries regarding JCF should be directed to our JCF team. Please also refer to further information about the Judges Competency Framework.

GRANDFATHER RIGHTS

Current status

Criteria required

Notes

A3 list judge  (breeds with CC status)

·         Must appear on at least one breed club/council A3 judging list at the time of  submission to KC

·         Must have met all KC mandatory criteria regarding seminars, stewarding, Stud Book numbers

·         Must have judged the required number of dogs set by the KC according to the relevant Stud Book Band1

·         Must have passed a breed specific hands-on assessment held in accordance with the Kennel Club Code of Best Practice

 

·         Submission after 1 January 2021

·         One submission per breed only permitted; if application rejected no further application can be made for that breed

·         If approved judge will be registered at JCF Level 4 for relevant breed

·         No appeals will be accepted

 

 

A3 list judge (non CC breeds)

·         Must appear on at least one breed club/council A3 judging list at the time of  submission to KC

·         Must have met all KC mandatory criteria regarding seminars, stewarding, listing dogs owned and/or bred with significant wins.

·         Must have judged the required number of dogs set by the KC according to the relevant Stud Book Band1

·         Must have passed a breed specific hands-on assessment held in accordance with the Kennel Club Code of Best Practice

 

·         Submission after 1 January 2021

·         One submission per breed only permitted; if application rejected no further application can be made for that breed

·         If approved judge will be registered at JCF Level 4 for relevant breed

·         No appeals will be accepted

Judge with JDP Credit

·         Must have a JDP Credit for the relevant breed

·         Must have met 50% or more of the KC required number of dogs judged for the breed

 

·         Submission after 1 January 2021

·         One submission per breed only permitted; if submission is rejected no further application can be made for that breed

·         If approved judge will be registered at JCF Level 4 for relevant breed

·         No appeals will be accepted

 

Aspiring Group and Best in Show judge

·         Group submission - Must have awarded CCs in the required number of breeds to be approved to judge the relevant group2

·         Best in Show submission - Meet the requirements for a Best in Show appointment, and be able to demonstrate a broad experience of judging across all groups3

 

·         Submission after 1 January 2021

·         Only one submission per group and/or Best in Show category permitted. If application rejected no further application can be made for that  category

·         If approved will be registered at JCF Level 5 for relevant group or JCF Level 6 as Best in Show judge

·         No appeals will be accepted

 

 1 Stud Book Band A (including non-CC breeds) – 40 dogs; Stud Book Band B – 70 dogs; Stud Book Band C – 120 dogs; Stud Book Band D – 180 dogs; Stud Book Band E – 250 dogs.

Note the following Stud Book Band A breeds require a minimum of 30 dogs judged: Australian Cattle Dog; Australian Terrier; Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand); Bloodhound; Bouvier Des Flandres; Brittany; Finnish Spitz; Glen of Imaal Terrier; Ibizan Hound; Kerry Blue Terrier; Lakeland Terrier; Mastiff; Norwegian Buhund; Norwich Terrier; Otterhound; Pharaoh Hound; Polish Lowland Sheepdog; Retriever (Chesapeake Bay); Sealyham Terrier; Skye Terrier; Spaniel (Irish Water); Swedish Vallhund; Welsh Terrier.

Breeds with varieties require the following criteria (automatic approval is given for a further variety or varieties once approved for a CC appointment in an initial variety): Bull Terriers – 80 dogs of any variety; Chihuahua (Long Coat & Smooth Coat) – 200 dogs of any variety; Belgian Shepherd Dogs (Groenendael, Tervueren, Laekenois & Malinois) – 70 dogs of any variety; Fox Terrier – 70 dogs of any variety; German Spitz (Mittel & Klein) – 70 dogs of any variety; Poodle (Toy, Miniature & Standard) – 150 dogs including at least 30 of each variety; Dachshund (all varieties) – 250 dogs any variety.

2 Current criteria – First time group judges must have carried out CC appointments to a minimum of four breeds (three in the working group) in the relevant group.  For second and subsequent groups, three breeds are required. The Judges Committee will take into account the diversity and Stud Book Bands of the previously approved breeds together with the number of dogs judged in the breeds for which the judge is not yet approved and any JDP Credits obtained.

3 Current criteria – Judges must be approved to judge one group and to award Challenge Certificates to at least one breed from two other groups. Judges will be expected to have experience in judging across all groups and all relevant experience will be taken into account.