Breed Clubs FAQs

 Updated 25/01/2019 



How many Breed Education Co-ordinators (BECs) will each breed have?

Ideally one. This person will be chosen by the breed club or, in the case of breeds with more than one club, through a consensus of breed clubs. In some, exceptional cases the Kennel Club will consider there being more than one BEC. They will remain in the post until the breed club(s) appoints someone else. If a breed cannot agree the KC may have to be involved in the selection.

What does a BEC role cover?

Full details about the role are available at

Will the breed clubs supply mentors and observers?

Breed clubs will draw up a list of people they deem appropriate for their breed. Full guidance is available in the Code of Best Practice at

How often will breed clubs have to hold Breed Appreciation Days?

It would be expected that such educational activity would be in line with demand, but as a minimum, each breed to hold an event every two years with involvement from all breed clubs, unless the Kennel Club has agreed otherwise. Where a breed has multiple clubs then some of the clubs may wish to run joint events. This is acceptable, provided every club involved takes an active part in the event.

Will our breed club need to continue holding breed-specific assessments during the JCF transition period?

If breed clubs have judges using the A2 route or making use of 'grandfather' rights they are advised to continue holding breed-specific assessments.

Will the breed clubs still run breed assessments?

Breed clubs should consider those that have nearly fulfilled the A3 criteria, and during the transition period should hold hands-on assessments for these judges. Breed clubs should make use of the A2 system until 31 December 2021. JCF assessments will all be run by the KC, to ensure that there is a standard approach. The assessments will be undertaken to enable a judge’s progression from JCF Level 3 to Level 4. However, breed clubs will be asked to assist in organising the event by suggesting breed assessors and advising on which dogs could be present for the assessment.

When judges are transitioning from JCF Level 3 to JCF Level 4, the documentation states that assessors will be appointed by the Kennel Club, but will breed clubs be able to put forward any names?

Breed clubs will be asked to suggest names of suitable people to act as the two breed specialist assessors.

We understand that breed clubs will be obliged to offer ‘supported entry’ classes at open shows. Please could you advise how this will be arranged? What made the Kennel Club decide to reintroduce this?

This is a move designed to enhance the open show scene and assist breed specialists to gain judging experience. Each breed club will support classes for its breed at a minimum of two general or group open shows per year from 1 January 2019. It is hoped that the quality and quantity of exhibits at open shows will increase, especially as the breed club will have suggested the judges and promoted the classes to their membership. Breed clubs will have more influence over who judges their breed at general open shows through this. It will also provide more opportunities for judges to be observed to meet JCF requirements. 

There is concern that there are breed clubs that struggle to cover finances for their seminars. Please could you advise if there will be any ways in which clubs can profit under the new scheme?

It is envisaged that Breed Appreciation Days will be able to cover their costs. Some clubs are quite innovative and run their seminars alongside their open shows, for example. Another option is to hold it with another club event. The Kennel Club will help with the marketing of events through the Kennel Club Academy diary. Clubs could seek advice from those that have run profitable and successful events.

Can mentoring take place at Breed Appreciation Days?

Only informal mentoring can take place at a BAD with candidates, speaker and other parties having the opportunity to ‘go over’ examples of the breed and discuss.

However, if a breed club wishes to arrange a formal mentoring event on the same day as the BAD, open to existing JCF Level 2 judges and those successful at the BAD, and the timetable allows for both events to be meaningful, this is acceptable. However, it needs to be promoted as a separate event.

Judges who give CCs in 3 or more breeds may have only attended a breed seminar (no exam or hands-on under current requirements), is the attendance certificate given still acceptable?

The current KC policy for the approval of CC judges is that they need to attend a breed seminar and pass an assessment for their first 3 CC breeds only. Under JCF Level 5 judges can register at JCF Level 2 for all breeds in that group, however they will then need to meet the JCF Level 3 requirements for each individual breed. All other judges will need to attend a Breed Appreciation Day AND pass a Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam if they have not previously passed an exam/assessment.

Can two different Breed Appreciation Days takes place on the same day at the same venue with a morning and afternoon sessions at which candidates could attend both?

If clubs wish to venue share they can do so, however the events need to be separate and the timetable must allow sufficient time to cover both breeds fully and in-depth and provide for the Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam.  

From 1 January 2020 who can judge Special Award Classes?

From 1 January 2020 only JCF Level 1 and above judges or those on a B list will be able to judge Special Award Classes for that respective breed. Ideally these should be undertaken by a JCF Level 2 judge who could use the opportunity as a mentoring session.

Going forward, what will the purpose of a breed club’s judges sub-committee be once JCF is fully implemented?

Breed clubs can chose whether to continue to have a judges sub-committee. It maybe that numerically larger breeds feel they need a sub-committee to assist with the organisation of the Breed Appreciation Day or assist the Breed Education Co-ordinator with the pairing up of mentors and observers. Breed club judging lists will not be required from 1 January 2022 so this will no longer be a function of the judges sub-committee.

I award CCs in more than 3 breeds and wish to make use of the ‘grandfathering’ route in 2021. As the current system allows a judge to be approved for CCs in a 4th breed without having passed a hands-on assessment for that breed, will this still be the case under ‘grandfathering’?

Grandfathering will allow judges to be approved on the same basis as they are now. Judges making use of the ‘grandfathering’ route will be required to be on a breed club A3 judging list or have a JDP Credit in the relevant breed. Breed clubs are strongly encouraged to use the same criteria as the Kennel Club when compiling their A3 judging list.

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