Breed Competence Assessments FAQs

 Updated 19/02/2018 

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Who will cover the expenses of the handlers and dogs for candidate judges to go over at the assessments?

The Kennel Club will pay their expenses, along with those of the assessors.

Will there be a centralised location such as Stoneleigh which will be used as a main assessment centre? Additionally, will the Kennel Club manage the logistics for the day and oversee the assessment process?

Stoneleigh is a central location and will be used for many of the assessments. However, they could be held at other venues; in part that will depend upon demand. Some may be held at group or general shows, particularly for breeds where keeping them in show coat requires a lot of work. If there is a large demand in a certain geographical area and a suitable venue that will be considered. The Kennel Club will manage the logistics for the day and oversee the assessment process. All administration associated with assessments will be undertaken by Kennel Club staff.

Is there a minimum number of dogs to be present for the breed assessment?

The minimum number is five dogs to be judged. There will be a limit on the number of candidates with the welfare of the dogs in mind. It is possible that multiple sessions on a day could be arranged if there is such a demand, or more than one breed’s assessment held on one day.

What happens if a breed cannot get enough dogs together for assessments other than at a championship show?

Assessments will be organised by the Kennel Club, working with breed clubs. Assessments could be run at a championship show if there is a small number of candidates, or any particular issues with that breed. Without assessments the breed will not get any new judges, which is not in the interest of the breed or club.

Is it necessary to have the support of three of the four assessors to progress to the next level?

Yes. Three of the four need to ‘pass’ a candidate.

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