Breed Clubs FAQs

 Updated 19/02/2018 

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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 cases the Kennel Club will consider there being more than one. 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 will be available from the Kennel Club.

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 every two years, unless the Kennel Club have 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.

What if the breed club is so small that it doesn’t have the personnel to run Breed Appreciation Days and offer mentoring and/or observers

If this is the case the Kennel Club will provide this BEC service to the Breed club for a period of two years (there will be a fee associated with this). During this period the Kennel Club will expect the club to take measures to increase their capabilities, to deliver the necessary functions. It could be that the breed club approaches someone in another breed and engage their services to meet their obligations. The BEC is not tied to just one breed, if they wish to represent multiple breeds they may do so.

Will the breed clubs still run breed assessments?

No. These will all be run by the KC, to ensure that there is a standard approach. 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.

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. 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. 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 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. It needs, however, 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 is still acceptable.

The current KC policy for the approval of CC judges is that they need attend a breed seminar and pass an assessment for their first 3 breeds only. Under JCF group judges can register at JCF Level 2 for all breeds in that group, however they will need to meet the JCF Level 3 requirements. 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 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.

From 1 January 2019 who can judge Special Award Classes?

From 1 January 2019 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

Should breed clubs continue to organise seminars on the existing system with hands on sessions during the transition period of 2019-2021?

Yes, breed clubs should continue to organise seminars as they currently do during 2018, but if their current seminar does not include a Multiple-choice Breed Standard Exam the Kennel Club strongly recommends including this. Guidance on running Breed Appreciation Days will be published and breed clubs can use this in their future planning. Clubs need to identify those current judges who are within reach of the A3 requirements and hold hands-on assessments to enable them to progress under the current system to A3 or preferably A2 during the transition period. It is quite reasonable to hold a breed hands on assessment at the same time as a BAD.

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.

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