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REGISTRATIONS RULES & REGULATIONS OF

THE Kennel Club USA
 

 

CHAPTER  1 DOG SHOW CLASSIFICATIONS

 

SECTION 1. The following breeds and/or varieties of breeds, divided by groups shall be all the breeds and/or varieties of breeds for which regular classes of the Kennel Club USA may be provided at any show held under Kennel Club USA rules. The Board of Directors may either add to, transfer from one group to another, or delete from said list of breeds and/or varieties of breeds, whenever in its opinion, such action  is justified, for group and best in show competition and to obtain an Kennel Club USA Championship or when a breed has been fully recognized by The Kennel Club USA. Dogs exhibiting in an Kennel Club USA show must be registered with the Kennel Club USA 

SECTION 2. The regular classes of the Kennel Club USA that are divided by sex are as follows: Six Month to Nine Months Nine Month to Fifteen Months Novice (Optional) Bred by Exhibitor American Bred Open Winners Competition


SECTION 3. The Six to Nine Month Puppy Class shall be for dogs that are at least six months of age, but under nine months on the day of the show date. The age of a dog shall be calculated up to the date of the show. For example, a dog whelped on January 1st is eligible to compete in a six to nine month puppy class at a show the first day of July of' the same year and may compete in six to nine month puppy class at shows until October 1st of that same year.

SECTION 4. The Nine to Fifteen Month Puppy Class shall be for dogs that are at least nine months of age, but under fifteen months on the day of the show date. The age of a dog shall be calculated up to the date of the show. For example, a dog whelped on January 1st is eligible to compete in a nine to fifteen month puppy class at a show the first day of October of the same year and may compete in nine to fifteen month puppy class at shows until April1st of the following year.

SECTION 5. The Novice Class shall be for dogs six months of age and over which have not, prior to the date of closing of entries, won two first prizes in the Novice Class, a first prize in Bred by Exhibitor, American bred, or Open Classes, nor one or more CACUS cards toward their championship.

SECTION 6. The Bred by Exhibitor Class shall be for dogs that are six months of age and over, that are not champions. Dogs entered in this class must be handled in the class by the breeder or co-breeders of record only.

SECTION 7. The American bred Class shall be for all dogs (except champions) six months of age and over, whelped in the United States of America.

SECTION 8. The Open Class shall be for any dog six months of age or over.

SECTION 9. The Winners Competition shall be divided by sex and each division shall be open only to undefeated dogs of the same sex which have won first prizes, with excellent ratings, in either the Six to Nine Month Puppy,
2 Nine to Fifteen Month Puppy, Novice, Bred by Exhibitor, American bred or Open Classes. There shall be no entry fee for Winners competition. a) After the Winners prize has been awarded in one of the sex divisions, the second prize winning dog with an excellent rating, if undefeated, except by the dog awarded Winners, shall compete with the other eligible dogs for Reserve Winners. No eligible dog may be withheld from competition.

SECTION 10. The regular classes of the Kennel Club USA in which dogs and bitches compete together are as follows: Breed Club Class Certificate of Aptitude for Championship in the United States Competition

SECTION 11. Breed Club Class competition is eligible only for dogs awarded a championship by their respected breed club. Both dogs and bitches compete together. One dog and one bitch will be selected for this class.

SECTION 12. Certificate of Aptitude for Championship in the United States (CACUS) Competition is eligible to:1) Breed Club Winner Dog,2) Breed Club Winner Bitch,3) Winners Dog and 4) Winners Bitch There shall be no entry fee for competition in the CACUS Competition. a) The CACUS is given to one dog and one bitch. b) The Best of Winners is awarded to either the Winners Dog or Winners Bitch.

SECTION 13. Best of Breed competition is eligible to:1 ) Dogs that are Champions of Beauty of the Kennel Club USA2) Dogs which according to their owners' records have completed the requirements for a championship but whose championship is unconfirmed after the first show of any show cluster. The showing of dogs whose championship is unconfirmed is limited to a period of 30 days from the date of show where a dog completed the requirements for a championship according to the owner's records,3) Both dog and bitch CACUS winners and 4) Veteran Class winner who competed at the show only in the Veteran Class, a non-regular class, which is available to National Specialties. a) After Best of Breed has been awarded, the judge shall select Best of Opposite Sex to the Best of Breed. Dogs eligible are1) Dogs of opposite sex to Best of Breed that have been entered for Best of Breed competition, and2) Any undefeated dogs of the opposite sex to Best of Breed which have competed at the show only inspecific non-regular classes available to National Specialties only.

SECTION 14. Seven groups to be arranged in same order and to comprise the same breeds and recognized varieties of breeds as herein before set forth in Chapter 1, Section 1, Addendum A.

SECTION 15. An American Rare Breed Show, offering seven groups, must also offer a Best in Show. The winner to be entitled "Best In Showy No entry fee shall be charged but the seven group winners must compete.

SECTION 16. The non-regular classes of the Kennel Club USA that is divided by sex are as follows: Junior Puppy (36 Months) 24 Month Puppy Class Offered to National Specialties only 46 Month Puppy Class Offered to National Specialties only.

SECTION 17. The Junior Puppy Class competition is eligible to dogs that are at least three months of age, but under six months on the day of the show date. The age of a dog shall be calculated up to the date of the show. For example, a dog whelped on January 1st is eligible to compete in a Junior Puppy class at a show the first day of April of the same year and may compete in junior puppy classes at shows July 1st of that same year.

SECTION 18. The 24 Month Class is offered only to National Specialties, when hosted by the Kennel Club USA. The 24 Month Puppy Class competition is eligible for dogs that are at least two months of age, but under four months on the day of the show date. The age of a dog shall be calculated up to the date of the show. For example, a dog whelped on January 1st is eligible to compete in a two to four month class at a show the first day of March of the same year and may compete in the two to four month class at shows until May 1st of that same year.

SECTION 19. The 46 Month Class is offered only to National Specialties, when hosted by the Kennel Club USA. The 46 Month Puppy Class competition is eligible for dogs that are at least four months of age, but under six months on the day of the show date. The age of a dog shall be calculated up to the date of the show. For example, a dog whelped on January 1st is eligible to compete in a four to six month class at a show the first day of May of the same year and may compete in the four to six month class at shows until July 1st of that same year.

 

SECTION 20. Best of Breed Junior Puppy competition is eligible to:1 ) First Place winner of Junior Puppy Dog,2) First Place winner Junior Puppy Bitch and3) In the case of a National Specialty; a) First Place Winner of two to four month class dog. b) First Place Winner of two to four month class bitch. c) First Place Winner of four to six month class dog. d) First Place Winner of four to six month class bitch.

 

SECTION 21. Junior Puppy groups to be arranged in same order and to comprise the same breeds and recognized varieties of breeds as herein before set forth in Chapter 1, Section 1, Addendum A. All dogs who have won Best of Breed Junior Puppy at the show where these group classes are given, shall be eligible to compete in group classes to which they belong, and all dogs designated Best of Variety Junior Puppy in those breeds with more than one recognized variety, shall be eligible to compete in the group classes where they belong. All eligible breeds for these group classes shall be made after judging of the regular classes has been finished and no entry fee shall be charged. In the event that the owner of a dog designated Best of Breed Junior Puppy or Best of Variety Junior Puppy shall not exhibit the dog in the group class to which it is eligible, no other dog of the same breed or variety of breed shall be allowed to compete.

 

SECTION 22. An Kennel Club USA Show, offering seven groups, must also offer a Junior Puppy Best in Show. The winner to be entitled "Junior Puppy Best In Shown No entry fee shall be charged but the seven group winners must compete.

 

SECTION 23 The non-regular class which is offered only to National Specialties only when hosted by the Kennel Club USA, where dogs and bitches compete together, is as follows: Veteran Class

 

SECTION 24. The Veteran Class, not divided by sex, shall be for dogs and bitches that are at least seven (7) years on the show date. Neutered or spayed dogs can only participate in the Veteran Class. The winner may not compete in Best of Breed

 

SECTION 25. The non-regular classes which are offered only to National Specialties when hosted by the Kennel Club USA, which involve multiple dogs, are as follows: Brace Class Stud Dog  Class Brood Bitch Class

 

SECTION 26. Brace Class shall be for two dogs, irrespective of sex, which are bred or owned by the same breeder.

 

SECTION 27. Stud Dog Class shall be for the stud dog and two of his Get. Stud Dogs must be shown in the ring with their Get. Owner of Stud Dog need not necessarily be owner of Get.

 

SECTION 28. Brood Bitch Class shall be for the brood bitch and two of her produce. Brood Bitches must be shown in the ring with their Produce. Owner of the Brood Bitch need not be necessarily the owner of the Produce.

 

SECTION 29. A Junior Showmanship competition may be offered if the Kennel Club USA's Show Committee chooses. All dogs shown must be listed in any of the groups cited in Chapter 1, Section 1, Addendum A. The classes are as follows: Pee Wee Class Junior Class Senior Class

 

SECTION 30. Junior Showmanship Peewee Class may be for boys and girls who on the show date are at least five years of age and under ten years of age.

 

SECTION 31. Junior Showmanship Junior Class may be for boys and girls who on the show date are at least ten years of age and under four

teen years of age. The dogs shown must be fully recognized by the Kennel Club USA.

 

SECTION 32. Junior Showmanship Senior Class may be for boys and girls who, on the show date, are at least fourteen years of age and under eighteen years of age. The dogs shown must be fully recognized by the Kennel Club USA.

 

SECTION 33. Best Junior Handler competition is eligible to the winners of:1 ) Junior Showmanship Pee-Wee Class First Place Winner.2) Junior Showmanship Junior Class First Place Winner.3) Junior Showmanship Senior Class First Place Winner. SECTION 34. Neutered or spayed dogs may be shown in all Junior Showmanship classes.

 

SECTION 34. The Miscellaneous Breed Class shall be for purebred dogs of such breeds as may be designated by the Board of Directors of The Kennel Club USA.1) all Miscellaneous breeds may be shown in regular classes.2) These breeds will receive ribbons.3) These breech can not compete for group placement.4) These breeds will be entered in a show for Exhibition Only at the regular entry fee provided the dog has been awarded first prize in one of the regular classes.5) These breeds may appear in their respected group ring as EXHIBITION ONLY.6) The miscellaneous breeds are as follows:

 

SEE ADDENDUM B CHAPTER 2 RIBBONS, PRIZES AND TROPHIES

 

SECTION 1. The following colors will be used for prize cards and ribbons in the regular classes of The Kennel Club USA. Effective September 1, 1994First Place Blue Card Second Place Red Card Third Place Yellow Card Fourth Place White Card Winners Purple Ribbon Reserve Winners Purple/White Ribbon Best of Winners Blue/White Ribbon CACUS Winners White Certificate Best of Breed Purple/Gold Ribbon Best of Opposite Sex to the Best of Breed Red/White Ribbon

 

SECTION 2. The following colors will be used for the ribbons for non-regular classes and Junior Puppy Group: First Place Pink Second Place Brown Third Place Lt. Green Fourth Place Gray

 

SECTION 3. The following colors will be used for Rosettes for Group classes: First Place Blue Rosette Second Place Red Rosette Third Place Yellow Rosette Fourth Place White Rosette Effective September 1, 1994

 

SECTION 4. The colors Light Blue and White will be used for the Rosette for Junior Puppy Best In Show.

 

SECTION 5. The colors Navy Blue, White & Gold will be used for the Rosette for the Adult Best In Show.

 

SECTION 6. Placement cards must have written on each card the name of THE AMERICAN RARE B RE E D ASSOCIATION, the date, Catalogue Number, the Show, and rating scores of Excellent, Very Good, Good and Satisfactory. The sentence (Please circle one of the above ratings)" must be written on the bottom of the card.

 

SECTION 7 The CACUS Certificate must have written on each certificate the name of THE Kennel Club USA, the wording of CACUS, followed by the description, (Certificate of Aptitude for Championship in the United States), the Show, Catalogue Number, Date, and the Judges Signature.

 

SECTION 8. Once a prize is offered in a premium list of a show, it may not be revoked or substituted

 

SECTION 9. A perpetual trophy for a particular show may be offered on a three-time win basis. The permanent possession goes to the owner(s) and/or breeder winning the award three times, not necessarily with the same dog. Possession will remain with the show official until the perpetual trophy has been won. The dog's name will been graved on the trophy. A smaller trophy will be given to the winner.

 

CHAPTER 3 PREMIUM LISTING & CLOSING OF ENTRIES

 

SECTION 1. The premium list of a show sponsored by the Kennel Club USA must contain anddisclose:1 ) the listing of Kennel Club USA's Officers, Board Members, Show Chairman, and Show Secretary. The premium list must disclose if the show is benched or unbenched, the exact location of the show, the date or dates of the show site and hours of operation.

 

SECTION 2. The listing of Kennel Club USA's breed classification of the breeds must be included in the premium list.

 

SECTION 3. The Show Committee may make decisions regarding the governing of a show as long as they follow the rules the Kennel Club USA, and provided that they do not discriminate between breeds or between dogs entered in show classes or obedience class in the required hour of arrival and the hour of removal. Any additional rules will be printed in the premium list for a particular show.

 

SECTION 4. The Kennel Club USA prohibits any dog to be entered in more than one regular breed class per show. a) Exhibitors will be able to enter non-regular classes Chapter 1, Section 2328 provided that they are entered in one regular class during that show.

 

SECTION 5. No prizes may be accepted or offered at a show unless they are published in the premium list or show catalog; nor may any be withdrawn or the conditions change after they have been published in the premium list, show catalog, or a separate list of prizes. a) In an Kennel Club USA sponsored specialty, if the donor of a prize that has been published in the premium list, show catalog, or separate list of prizes, shall fail to furnish the prize, the hosting specialty shall promptly supply a prize of the same description and of no less value. b) If the donor of a prize that has been published in the premium list of a show or in the separate list of prizes shall fail to furnish the prize, the Kennel Club USA shall not be responsible for supplying a prize.

 

SECTION 6. Every premium list shall specify the date and time at which entries for a show shall close. The premium list shall also specify the name and address of the location of where to mail the entries. For all shows the specified closing date and time must be not be more than three weeks and not less than one week from the date of the show. a) The entry forms must in hand at the Superintendent's Office as listed on the premium, by the closing date in order to become a valid entry. b) Whenever the closing day noted above falls on a postal holiday, the entries received on the following day may be accepted. c) All exhibitors must be in good standing with the Kennel Club USA, as well as the other major registries, i.e., the American Kennel Club, the Federation Cynologique Internationale, the United Kennel Club, etc. before he or she may enter or register his or her dog with the Kennel Club USA. The exhibitor also must not have been convicted in any jurisdiction with regards to an cruelty, safety, or other related offenses that concerns animals. The co-owner may not show or have exhibit any dog(s) that are co-owned by the individual convicted of any of the above or related offenses against animals. d) All exhibitors must follow the rules and regulations of their Parent Breed Clubs or the rules and regulations of the Parent Breed Club that their breed would belong to even though they may not be a member of that Parent Breed Club for his or her breed.

 

SECTION 7. After the closing date listed in the premium, no pre-entries will be accepted, canceled or substituted. Entries received after the closing date will be invalid. Entries received after the closing date will be responsible for the day of show price. The entries may be mailed back to the maker, or held by the Superintendent until the show date. If held by the Superintendent, a notice must be sent as official notice for the day of show entry price.

 

SECTION 8. Day of Show entries will be taken only during the posted times and dates as specified in the show premium.

 

CHAPTER 4 SUPER INTENDENTS

 

SECTION 1. The Director of Dog Shows of the Kennel Club USA will serve as the Chief Superintendent at any or all shows approved by the Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors. The Chief Superintendent has final authority to make necessary adjustments or arrangements of a dog show while the dog show is in progress.

 

SECTION 2. The Superintendents of a Dog Show held under the rules of The Kennel Club USA must be approved by the Show Committee Chairman of the Kennel Club USA.

 

SECTION 3. An individual wishing to serve as superintendent of an all breed dog show, must be approved by the Kennel Club USA's Show Committee and Board of Directors.

 

SECTION 4. Any qualified person who is in good standing with The Kennel Club USA may apply to act as a Superintendent of a dog show, which application must be made on a form upon request. When the application is received by The Kennel Club USA, its Board of Directors shall determine whether the applicant is reasonably qualified from training and experience to act as Superintendent of a Dog Show.

 

SECTION 5. Superintendents shall have the authority to enforce the rules during dog shows. Appeals may be made to the Trial Board, See Chapter 14.

 

SECTION 6. Superintendents shall have the sole authority to excuse a dog from being shown on the recommendation of the veterinarian under Chapter 4,

 

SECTION 7. Show Committees will be responsible for making complete arrangements with each one of the veterinarians selected to service the show. In the event that a recognized Veterinary Association is to furnish the veterinarians the complete arrangements shall be made with the Show Chairman

 

SECTION 8. Superintendents shall have on hand, at every show, the various Official Kennel Club USA forms for the use of veterinarians.

 

SECTION 9 and to release dogs from a show prior to the published time for the releasing of dogs, except in the event that a dog has been dismissed from a show by a veterinarian under Chapter 4,

 

SECTION 10. If the Kennel Club USA elects to have a veterinarian in attendance at shows, the Superintendents will be responsible for providing a suitable space which will serve as the headquarters. At shows, with a veterinarian "on calls the Superintendents or Show Headquarters shall serve as "Veterinarian Headquarters."

 

SECTION 11. Upon the presentation at the "Veterinarians Headquarters" of a dog whose health has been questioned by an exhibitor or handler, it shall be the duty of one of the show veterinarians, as soon as practical, to make an examination of the dog. If he considers that the dog should be dismissed from the show or cluster of shows, he will ask the superintendent to see that the dog is removed. Also, the dog will lose its right to register any of its litters in the future with the Kennel Club USA.

 

CHAPTER 5 DOG SHOW ENTRIES ELIGIBILITY

 

 SECTION 1. Any breed of dog that is recognized by the Kennel Club USA, either whelped in the United States or foreign, is eligible to participate in the dog shows of the Kennel Club USA.1) A Breed that is grandfathered under Chapter 5, Section 2b is the White German Shepherd Dog. Effected September 1, 1994

 

SECTION 2. No pre-entry may be changed or canceled unless notice of the change or cancellation is received by overnight messenger, by telegram, or facsimile by the Superintendent of the Kennel Club USA prior to the closing date and hour as specified in the premium list for entries. A correction may be made in the sex of a dog, or a dog may be transferred prior to the judging, when according to their owners records the dog has completed the requirements for the breed club class after the closing of entries for a show, provided this transfer is made by the Superintendent least one half hour prior to the scheduled start of judging at the show. No dog may otherwise be transferred to another class. Owners are responsible for errors in the entry forms, regardless of who may make such errors.

 

SECTION 3. No day of show entry may be changed or canceled. A correction may be made in the sex of a dog, or a dog may be transferred prior to the judging, when according to their owners records the dog has completed the requirements breed club class or have completed the requirements of for a Championship of Beauty of The Kennel Club USA, provided this transfer is made by the Superintendent at least one half hour prior to the scheduled start of any regular conformation judging at the show. No dog may otherwise be transferred to another class. Owners are responsible for errors in the entry forms, regardless of who may make such errors.

 

SECTION 4. Any dog entered in a class for which it is not eligible, by virtue of age, sex, winnings, or any other reason, shall forfeit any and all points, CACUS, and other awards that it may win by virtue of the incorrect entry.

 

SECTION 5. If a dog is later individually registered with a name that is not identical to the name under which ithas been entered in dog shows prior to individual registration, each entry form entering the dog in a licensed or member dog show after the owner has received the individual registration certificate must show the registered name followed by "formerly shown as. and the name under which the dog was previously shown, until the dog has been awarded one of the four places in a regular class at a show.

 

SECTION 6. Every dog must be entered in the name of the person who actually owned the dog at the time entries closed. The right to exhibit a dog cannot be transferred. A registered dog which has been acquired by some person other than the owner must be entered in the name of its new owner at any show for which entries close after the date upon which the dog was acquired, and application for transfer of ownership must be sent to The Kennel Club USA by the new owner within seven days after the last day of the show. The new owner should state on the entry form that transfer application has been mailed to The Kennel Club USA or will bemailed shortly. If there is any unavoidable delay in obtaining the completed application required to record the transfer, The Kennel Club USA may grant a reasonable extension of time, provided the new owner notifies the Show Records Department of The Kennel Club USA by mail within seven days after the show, or the reason for the delay. If an entry is made by a duly authorized agent of the owner, the name of the actual owner must be shown on the entry form. If a dog is owned by an association. the name of the association, and a list of its officers must be shown on the entry form.

 

SECTION 7. A dog which is blind, deaf, castrated, spayed, or which has been changed in appearance by artificial means except as specified in the standard for its breed, or a male which does not have two normal testicles normally located in the scrotum, may not compete at any show and will be disqualified. A dog that has been proven unhealthy, will also lose its right to registration with the Kennel Club USA. A dog will not be considered to have been changed by artificial means because of removal of dew claws or docking of tail if it is of a breed in which such removal or docking is a regularly approved practice which is not contrary to the standard. Neutered dogs and spayed bitches would be allowed to compete in Veterans Classes but these classes can not offer any competitive classes beyond Best of Breed. a) When a judge finds any of these conditions in any dog he is judging, he shall disqualify the dog marking his sheet Disqualified and stating the reason. He shall not obtain the opinion of the show veterinarian. The judges report will also go to the Kennel Club USA office to investigate whether the dog should lose its registration rights.

 

SECTION 8. When a dog has been disqualified at a show as being blind, deaf, castrated, spayed or changed in appearance by artificial means except as specified in the standard for its breed, any awards taken by such dog at that show shall be canceled by The Kennel Club USA and the dog may not again compete unless and until, following application by the owner to The Kennel Club USA, that owner has received official notification from The Kennel Club USA Board of Directors that the dog's show eligibility has been reinstated.

 

SECTION 9. When a dog has been disqualified under the standard for its breed, or when a male has been disqualified as not having two normal testicles normally located in the scrotum, on two separate occasions by any combination of two different judges, such dog may not again be shown. When a dog has been disqualified at a show, any awards taken by the dog at that show shall be canceled by The Kennel Club USA. The Kennel Club USA can also remove the dog from its registry.

 

SECTION 10. A dog is considered changed in appearance by artificial means if it has been subjected to any type of procedure that has the effect of obscuring, disguising or eliminating any congenital or hereditary abnormality or any undesirable characteristic, or that does anything to improve a dog's natural appearance, temperament, bite or gait. a) Even procedures which are absolutely necessary to the health and comfort of a dog shall disqualify that dog from competition if the former had the incidental effect of changing or even improving the dog's appearance, bite or gait.

 

SECTION 11. If a dog that in the opinion of the judge menaces, threatens or exhibits any signs that it may not be safely approached by the judge or examined by the judge in the normal manner shall be excused from the ring. When the judge excuses the dog, he shall mark the dog excused, stating the reason in the judge's sheet A dog so excused shall not be counted as having competed. a) If the breed standard requires that a breed must show assertiveness or the judge is not to touch the dog, this breed will not be excused for showing their natural behavior. Handlers are required to have complete control of their dogs at all times. If the judge feels that the handler can not control their dog, it will be excused from the ring.

 

SECTION 12. If a dog attacks any person or any other dog in or outside the ring, the judge may disqualify the dog for the show, shows remaining that day, or shows remaining during the cluster of shows. When the judge disqualifies the dog. he shall mark the dog "Disqualified" stating the reason on the judge's sheet. When a dog has been disqualified under this section, any awards at that show shall be canceled by The Kennel Club USA, and the dog may not again compete unless and until a reinstatement application is filed by the owner to The Kennel Club USA Board of Directors. The owner has received official notification from The Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors that the dog's show eligibility has been reinstated.

 

SECTION 13. In the opinion of the Superintendent, Show Committee, or Show Official if a dog attacks any person or any other dog, or is a immediate danger to exhibitors or spectators outside the ring shall be disqualified for the show, shows remaining that day and shows remaining during the cluster of shows. The Superintendent will fill out the appropriate form and attach such form to the judges sheet of the breed of such dog.

 

SECTION 14. A dog that is lame at any show may not compete and shall not receive any award at that show. It shall be the judge's responsibility to determine whether a dog is lame. He shall not obtain the opinion of the show veterinarian. If in the judge's opinion a dog in the ring is lame, he shall withhold all awards from such dog and shall excuse it from the ring. A dog so excused shall not be counted as having competed. When a judge excuses a dog from the ring for lameness, he shall mark his sheet "Excused lame..

 

SECTION 15. No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show and no dog shall receive any award at any show in the event the natural color or shade of natural color or the natural markings of the dog have been altered or changed by the use of any substance for any reason. Such substances are to be removed before the dog enters the ring.

 

SECTION 16. If in the judges opinion any substance has been used to alter or change the natural color or shade of natural color or natural markings of a dog, the judge shall withhold any and all awards from such dog, and the judge shall make a note in the judge's sheet giving his reason for withholding such award. The handler or the owner, or both, of any dog or dogs from which any award has been withheld for violation of this section of the rules, or any judge who shall fail to perform his duties under this section, shall be subject to disciplinary action.

 

SECTION 17. Any dog whose ears have been cropped or cut in any way shall be ineligible to compete at any show in any state where the laws prohibit the same except subject to the provisions of such laws.

 

SECTION 18. No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show, no dog shall be brought into the grounds or premises of any dog show, and any dog which may have been brought into the grounds or premises of a dog show shall immediately be removed if it: (a) Shows clinical symptoms of distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease. (b) Is known to have been in contact with distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable diseases within thirty days prior to the opening of the show, or (c) Has been kenneled within thirty days prior to the opening of the show on premises on which there existed distemper, infectious hepatitis, leptospirosis or other communicable disease.

 

SECTION 19. Only dogs that are eligible to be shown under The Kennel Club USA rules shall be allowed within the show precincts, except for those  dogs that are engaged as a special attraction with Kennel Club USA or has been approval by the show officials, may also be present. There shall be no benching, nor offering for sale or breeding, nor any displaying of un-entered dogs. These dogs shall be subject to all rules relating to health and veterinarians. The owners or agents shall be responsible for the care and safety of such dogs.

 

SECTION 20. Any person acting in the capacity of Superintendent, at a show, shall not exhibit, act as agent or handler at the show, and dogs owned wholly or in part by him shall be ineligible to be entered at that show. The official veterinarian shall not exhibit, act as agent or handler at the show, and the dogs owned wholly or in part by him shall not be eligible to be entered at that show.

 

SECTION 21. Superintendent, Show Secretary, Show Chairman, Judges Committee Chairman can not exhibit a dog of said show of which they are involved, and all whom have personal contact with the judges of the dog show or cluster of dog shows.

 

SECTION 22. No judge or any person residing in the same household with a judge shall exhibit or act as agent or handler at a show at which he is officiating as judge and dogs owned wholly or in part by such judge or any member of his household shall be ineligible to be entered at such show. a) No entry shall be made at any show under a judge of any dog which said judge or any member of his immediate family has been known to have owned, handled in the ring more than twice, sold, held under lease or boarded within three months prior to the date of the show. b) For the purposes of this section, the members of an immediate family are: husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, brother or sister.

 

SECTION 23. A Show Committee may decline any entries or may remove any dog from its show for cause, but in each such instance shall file good and sufficient reasons for so doing with the Kennel Club USA's Director of Dog Shows.

 

SECTION 24. All owners or agents must be in good standing of The Kennel Club USA, before the entry will be accepted. a) If monies were owed to the Kennel Club USA, by reason of Insufficient Funds, Stop Payment, Non Signature, or Account Closed, all monies must be paid in full, by cash, certified check or money order before entries will be accepted for a dog show. b) If owner or agent who's entry was constituted invalid by reason of Chapter 5, Section 31a, they will become cash only basis for a period for one year, after which date they will become eligible to participate in Kennel Club USA shows as described in Chapter 14 Section 2.

 

SECTION 25. Any Kennels under official investigation by a city, county, state or federal agency, for investigation of cruelty to animals, will be suspended from all Kennel Club USA dog shows, until after the investigation has been finalized, and all matters have been satisfied by the Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors.

 

CHAPTER 6 BREED STANDARDS

 

SECTION 1. Every dog which is present in the ring for a class in which it is properly entered must continue tocompete in all competition in its breed or variety for which it is entered or becomes eligible, unless it has been excused, dismissed, disqualified or found to be ineligible under the Kennel Club USA dog show rules and regulations.

 

SECTION 2. Arm Bands must be provided for exhibitors. While in the ring, an arm band containing the catalog number of the dog being exhibited must be worn. No badges, coats with kennel names, ribbon prizes shall be worn or displayed, nor other visible means of identification used by an individual when exhibiting a dog in the ring.

 

SECTION 3. In those breeds where certain heights and/or weights are specified in the standard as disqualifications, or in any class the conditions of which include a height or weight specification, the judge shall have the authority to make a determination as to whether any dog measures or weighs within the specified limits, provided such a determination has not been made previously during the competition at the show. a) If, in the opinion of a competing exhibitor or handler then in the ring, the height or weight of a dog under judgment appears not to be in accord with the breed standard or the conditions of the class, such exhibitor may, before every dog in the class has been individually examined and individually gaited, request that the judge make a determination as to whether the dog measures or weighs within the specified limits, and the judge shall comply with the request, provided such a determination has not been made previously during competition at the show. This individual can only protest up to the maximum of three dogs per show.

 

SECTION 4. The Kennel Club USA will follow only the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), country of origin standards for breeds whose heritage is from outside the United States. For breeds developed within the United States, Kennel Club USA's Show Committee has the right to select the standard, to best represent the entire breed. a) For breeds, whose heritage is outside the United States, and is not recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale, the Kennel Club USA will follow the country of origin's standard supplied by the national kennel club recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale.b) Only during specialties, Kennel Club USA will allow that specific American breed club's standard to be used for judging, provided the standard is provided to The Kennel Club USA one month prior to the show date. The Kennel Club USA feels that no one has the right to change a standard of a breed in anyway. Only the country of origin parentbreed club has that right

 

SECTION 5. In all cases, the judge shall use equipment that meets Kennel Club USA requirements.

 

SECTION 6. If the judge finds that the dog's height or weight is in accord with the breed standard or the conditions of the class, he shall mark his judge's sheet "Measured in or Weighed In".

 

SECTION 7. If the judge finds that the dog's height is not in accord with the breed standard, he shall disqualify the dog, marking his judge's sheet "Measured out disqualified or Weighed out disqualified". A dog that has thus been disqualified by two different judges may not again be shown at any Kennel Club USA Shows.

 

SECTION 8. If the judge finds that the dog's height or weight is not in accordance with the conditions of the class, he shall declare the dog ineligible for the class, marking the judge's sheet 'Measured out ineligible or Weighed out -ineligible". A dog thus declared ineligible for its class shall be considered to have been wrongly entered and cannot be transferred to any other class at the show. a) A dog that has thus been found to be ineligible by two different judges may not again be shown in that class. However, the owner of such a dog may enter the dog in subsequent shows in another class, provided that he issatisfied that the dog measures within the height limit of that class.

 

SECTION 9. The Show Superintendent shall be responsible for providing suitable equipment for determining eligibility with respect to height and accurate scales at every show.

 

SECTION 10. In those breeds where certain colors or markings are specified in the standard as disqualifications, or in any class or division of a class where a certain color, or colors or combinations of colors are required by the conditions of the class or division thereof, it shall be the judge's responsibility to determine whether a dog is to be disqualified or declared to be ineligible for the class. a) If, in the opinion of the judge, the dog's color or markings require disqualification, the judge shall disqualify the dog, making note of the fact in the judge's sheet. b) If, in the opinion of any competing exhibitor or handler in the ring, the color or markings or combinations of colors of a dog under judgment are to disqualify under the standard or do not meet the requirements of the class or division thereof, such exhibitor or handler may, before every dog in the class has been individually examined and individually gaited, request the judge to render an opinion of the dog's color(s) and markings. Before proceeding with the judging, the judge must write his opinion on an Judges critique form that will be supplied by the superintendent for that purpose. Such form will be attached to the judges sheet, and shall disqualify the dog if its color or markings require disqualification under the breed standard or shall declare the dog ineligible if the color or markings do not meet the requirements of the class or division thereof in which the dog is competing, in either case making note of the fact in the judge's sheet. c) Any dog thus disqualified by two different judges under the standard may not again be shown at any Kennel Club USA dog shows. d) Any dog thus declared by the judge to be ineligible for a class or division thereof shall be considered to have been wrongly entered in the class and cannot be transferred to any other class or division at that show.

 

SECTION 11. If a breed standard specifies that the breed must show assertiveness, the judge will not disqualify the such dog unless, he feels that the handler of such dog does not have complete control, causing endangerment to the judge and other exhibitors.

 

CHAPTER 7 CANCELLATION OF AWARDS

 

 SECTION 1. If an ineligible dog has been entered in any dog show or is shown in any class, or the name of theowner on the entry form is not that is not the actual owner of the dog at the time entries closed, or if shown in a class for which it has not been entered, or shown in a class for which it is not eligible by virtue of age, sex or winnings, or if its entry form is deemed invalid or unacceptable by The Kennel Club USA show rules and regulations, all resulting awards shall be canceled by The Kennel Club USA. In computing the ranking points, such ineligible dogs, whether or not they have received awards, shall be counted as having competed.

 

SECTION 2. If the catalog and/or the judge's sheet at any show contains information contrary to that given on the entry form, the Superintendent of the show shall correct the entry on the Judge's sheet upon request of the owner, handler, or agent of the dog, one half an hour prior to judging.

 

SECTION 3. If the win of a dog is canceled by The Kennel Club USA the owner of the dog must return all ribbons and prizes within ten days of receipt of the notice of the cancellation from the Kennel Club USA. Such failure and The Kennel Club USA shall suspend the exhibitor so in Default from all privileges of the Kennel Club USA and notify the exhibitor so in default, that it has done so, and said suspension shall continue until the Board of Directors are notified that restitution has been made.

 

SECTION 4. If all awards in any of the regular classes are canceled, the dog judged next in order of placement shall be moved up and the award to the dog moved up shall be counted the same as if it had been the original award. If there is no dog of record to move up, the award shall be void.

 

CHAPTER 8 PROTESTS AGAINST DOGS

 

 SECTION 1. Every exhibitor and handler shall have the right to request, through the Superintendent, the examination, by one of the show's veterinarians, of any dog within a show's premises which is considered to endanger the health of the other dogs in a show. The request is to be in writing and on a form obtainable from a superintendent, whose duty will be to see that the subject dog is promptly taken to the "Veterinarian Headquarters. by its owner or the owner's agent. If the Veterinarian is on call, the cost, if any, of the Veterinary services will be the responsibility of the owner of the dog in question if the dog is proved to endanger the health of the other dogs in the  show. If the dog in question will not endanger the other dogs in the show, the protester(s) will be responsible for the cost of the Veterinarian visit.

 

SECTION 2. A protest against a dog may be made by any exhibitor, entrant or any member of The Kennel Club USA. It shall be in writing, and be lodged with the Superintendent within seven (7) days of the last day of the show cluster unless the same be made by an agent, The Kennel Club USA, provided ,however, that a protest calling for a decision, as to the physical condition of a dog, which can be determined only with the advice of a veterinarian, or at the time of showing shall be made before the closing of the show .a) No protest will be entertained unless accompanied by a deposit of fifty ($50.00) dollars, which will be returned ifthe protest is sustained. This does not apply to protests by an agent, The Kennel Club USA, nor a protest made in the ring previous to the rendering of a decision by the Judge.

 

SECTION 3. If a protest shall be made during the holding of a show the show committee shall hold a meeting as soon as possible and give all parties concerned an opportunity to be heard and shall at once render its decision. If a protest shall be made subsequent to the show it shall be decided by the show officials within thirty (30) days of its receipt. Five (5) days notice of the date and place of hearing shall be given to all parties concerned. Written copiesof all decisions on protests shall be forwarded immediately to The Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors.

 

SECTION 4. on appeal to The Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors from a decision of a show committee where a dog has been protested may be taken and shall be forwarded to The Kennel Club USA within seven (7) days of the date on which the decision was rendered together with a deposit of fifty($50.00) dollars. If the decision is sustained the deposit shall be forfeited, but if reversed, the deposit shall be returned.

 

SECTION 5. Any person who is handling a competing dog in the ring in any breed competition may then verbally protest to the judge before every dog in the class has been individually examined and individually gaited, alleging that a dog being shown in the competition has a condition which makes it ineligible to compete under Chapter 5,Section 15, 19, 20 and 22, of these rules, or a condition requiring disqualification under the standard for the breed: except that a verbal protest alleging that the height or weight or natural color and markings of a dog requiring its disqualification under the breed standard or a determination of its ineligibility under the conditions of its class must be made under Chapter 6, Section 3.

 

SECTION 6. When such a protest is made, it shall be the judge's responsibility to examine the dog for the alleged condition. If, following the examination the judge determines that disqualification is required under Chapter 5,Section 15, or under the breed standard, he shall mark the sheet disqualified. stating the reason. If the judge finds that the protest is not sustained, he shall note on the judge's sheet the condition protested and his findings. He shall not obtain the opinion of the show veterinarian.

 

SECTION 7. If the judge determines that the dog is ineligible to compete because of violation of Chapter 5, Section15, he shall withhold any award to the dog and mark the judge's sheet· Ineligible to compete award withheld," stating the reason for his decision.

 

SECTION 8. A dog determined by a judge to be ineligible to compete under Chapter 6, Section 10a, unless such determination is based on the use of a substance only for cleaning purposes, may not again be shown until an official15 record has been made by The Kennel Club USA of its true color or markings. If the color and markings of the dog as recorded are such as not to be a disqualification under the standard of its breed, the dog's show eligibility will be reinstated.

 

SECTION 9. Any Judge, exhibitor, owner or show attendee may request action on the part of the Superintendent if a dog is creating a nuisance, by virtue of noise or behavior, or is endangering the wellbeing of persons or other dogs present. The Superintendent may use his discretion to determine if the animal is causing a disturbance. If so decided, the Superintendent may choose to warn the owner/agent of the dog or to expel the animal from the premises. If the latter action is taken, the Show Committee meeting should be held to determine if any further penalties or suspension are warranted. If a dog is expelled, any awards won on that day prior to expulsion will not be rescinded, but the dog may not participate in further shows in the cluster if one is being held.

 

SECTION 10. Vile, offensive or threatening behavior by an exhibitor, owner or attendee will be just cause for expulsion from the show premises at the discretion of the Superintendent or Show Committee Chairman. If expulsion is deemed necessary, no entry fees will be refunded, but dogs owned or exhibited by the offending party may be shown by a third party. The Show Committee will be convened immediately to determine if further action is deemed necessary.

 

CHAPTER 9 CHAMPIONSHIPS AND RANKING SYSTEM

 

SECTION 1. Only breeds that are in full recognition with Chapter 1, Section 1, Addendum A, are eligible for an Kennel Club USA American Championship of Beauty. The Board of Directors or their designee may from time to time revise or change the rules and regulations with regard to obtaining an Kennel Club USA Championship Certificate (s). a) Championship certificate will be recorded for the winner of the CACUS Dog and CACUS Winners Bitch, for each breed or variety listed in Chapter 1 Section 1, Addendum A at an Kennel Club USA dog show approved by The Kennel Club USA Board of Directors.

 

SECTION 2. To obtain an Kennel Club USA Championship of Beauty established by the Board of Directors, nine (9) Certificate of Aptitude Certificates for Championships in the United States.

 

SECTION 3. A Dog must receive a excellent rating as described on the First Place Certificate to be eligible for a CACUS. a) Dogs who received less than an excellent rating described on the First Place Certificate, will not be allowed to go forward to winners class.

 

SECTION 4. A judge has the option to give or withhold a CACUS certificate from a dog.

 

SECTION 5. To obtain an Kennel Club USA Junior Championship of Beauty established by the Board of Directors, four Certificate of Aptitude for Championships in the United States (CAC-US) must be obtained from four different judges. After the dog receives their Junior Championship status, the dog must compete in the regular classes to receive an additional five CAC-US certificates for a regular ARBA  Championship

 

SECTION 6. The title "A1 Champion will be awarded to any dog who is the first of it's breed or variety of breed, to receive an Championship of Beauty of the Kennel Club USA.16

 

SECTION 7. At shows in which the CACUS classes of certain breeds are divided into recognized varieties of those breeds as specified in Section 1 of Chapter 1 of these Rules and Regulations, the procedure for obtaining a championship of beauty shall be the same as if each recognized variety were a separate breed.

 

SECTION 8. When a dog receives four CAC-US by four different judges, the owner must send in Twenty-Five dollars application fee to Kennel Club USA's Recording Secretary to receive a Junior Certificate of Championship. CAC-US won after April 30, 1994 will no longer need to send in a copy of those CAC-US into the office.

 

SECTION 9A.1. After the date of notification from the Kennel Club USA, a dog which has received four (4) qualifying CACUS for a Junior or nine (9) qualifying CACUS for a regular Championship, the owner(s) must apply within (30) thirty days of the notification date for a championship certificate. If the Owner (s) do not comply within the above stated timeframe, one of the dog's CACUS will be revoked. The dog then within (365) three hundred sixty five days from the date of the revocation must acquire one CACUS from the date of the revocation. If the dog does not acquire the necessary CACUS, or the owner fails to again apply for the championship certificate within a (30) thirty day time limit, all CACUS received by the dog will be taken away and the dog will not be eligible to be shown at any Kennel Club USA show.2. An appeal may be made to the Kennel Club USA Board of Directors. The appeal must be in written form and submitted to the Board within 30 days of the notification of revocation of the CAC-US. If the owner (s) fail to appeal , there shall be no further right given. Effective September 1, 1994

 

SECTION 10. Any dog which has been awarded the title of Champion Of Beauty may be designated as a Grand Champions after it also has been awarded the title of Working or Field Champion, but no certificate will be awarded for a Grand Championship. Effective September 1, 1994

 

SECTION 11. Any dog which has been awarded the titles of Champion Of Beauty, Obedience Trial Champion and Working or Field Champion may be designated as a 'Supreme Grand Champion,' but no certificate will be awarded for a Supreme Grand Champion .

 

SECTION 12. The Kennel Club USA's ranking system must be listed in the premium for each show. The system must list the allocated number of points given and to which category shall it be awarded to.

 

SECTION 13. The system will be calculated on an annual basis, starting with January 1 through December 31 of each year.

 

SECTION 14. Dogs must at least be six months of age to be eligible for ranking points.

 

SECTION 15. The ranking points will be published in the "Rarity" every quarter and will list the following:1 ) Highest scoring, top ten all breed winners.2) Highest scoring, top five in their respective groups winners3) Highest scoring, top three in each breed winners.

 

CHAPTER 10 JUDGES

 

SECTION 1. Any reputable person who is in good standing with the Kennel Club USA may apply tojudge any breed or breeds of pure bred dogs in which in his or her opinion he or she is qualified by training and experience to pass upon.

 

SECTION 2. The application for licenses to judge must be made on a form which will be supplied by the Kennel Club USA, then approved by the Board of Directors of the Kennel Club USA.17

 

SECTION 3. No judge may act as an exhibitor, or show official, for any show(s), or show cluster that they are judging in. a) Only in cases of extreme emergency, will a show official will act as a judge.

 

SECTION 4. The Superintendent may add or subtract the number of breeds or groups of a selected judge, but first must notify the judge. When adding a breed to a qualified judge, the superintendent must notify the judge one hour prior to judging. a) The Superintendent must post a Notice in a prominent place within the show grounds.

 

SECTION 5. In case an advertised judge finds it impossible to finish, a substitute judge shall be selected by the Show Committee. The awards made by the regular judge shall stand, and the substitute judge shall judge the remaining entries in the show(s).

 

SECTION 6. The maximum number of dogs assigned in the breed level judging is 85 per show during a show cluster. When the day of show entries close, if the entries under any judge exceed the above limit, the Superintendent must select some other judge or judges to whom sufficient breed or varieties can be assigned, provided that these entries do not exceed that judge's limit. a) The Superintendent must post a Notice in a prominent place within the show grounds.

 

SECTION 7. A Judge shall not exhibit his or take any dog belonging to another person into the ring at any show at which he is officiating nor pass judgment in his official capacity upon any dog which he or she or any member of their immediate household (as defined in Chapter 5 Section 30b) has handled in the ring more than twice during athree month period.

 

SECTION 8. A judges decision shall be final in all cases affecting prizes of dogs. Full discretional power is given to the judge to withhold any, or all prizes. a) After a class is considered judged, when the judge has marked his sheet, in accordance with these rules and regulation, it shall not be re-judged. b) If a judge does not award, or give a CACUS to a dog or bitch, it can not be given after the show is over. c) If any errors have been made by the judge in marking the judge's sheet as award made, only he or she may correct the same but must initial any such correction.

 

SECTION 9. A judge may order any person or dog from the ring. For the purpose of facilitating the judging, judges are required to exclude from the rings in which they are judging all persons except the steward and show officials and those actually engaged in exhibiting. a) When a judge finds it necessary to excuse a person or dog from the ring under the provision of this section, that judge shall mark the judge's sheet ~excused. and briefly describe the reason for this action.

 

SECTION 10. A Judge must be supplied a judge's sheet in which he shall mark all awards and all absent dogs. The original sheet shall only be in the custody of the judge, steward, and superintendents. None other shall be allowed to access them. At the conclusion of the judging, the sheet must be signed by the judge and any changes must be initialed by him.

 

SECTION 11. A judges decision, as marked in the judge's sheet, cannot be changed by him after filing, but an error appearing in the judge's sheet may be corrected by the Show Committee Chairman after consultation with the judge.

 

SECTION 12. Only one judge shall officiate in each Group Class and only one judge shall select the Best In Show.

 

SECTION 13. Once the premium list of a show is published, no exhibitor, breeder, or breed club official shall have any type of communications with a judge that is listed as judging in the said premium list, prior to judging the show of which their breed(s) will be judging. If the show official is notified or witnesses this offense, the said person(s) or breed club, will be suspended, or ineligible to hold specialties at any Kennel Club USA shows.  Further action may be by the Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors which could result in the suspension of the entire breed in question. a) When a listed judge is speaking at a seminar, hosted by the Kennel Club USA, the exhibitors, breeders and Breed Club officials will be exempted from the rule listed in Chapter 10 Section 13, during the time of the seminar. Effective July 1, 1994

 

SECTION 14. Any licensed judge with any Foreign Kennel Club who is a member of the Federation Cynologique Internationale is licensed to judge any Kennel Club USA  shows for those breed that he or she is licensed to judge by their kennel club. Any American Kennel Club or the Canadian Kennel Club licensed judge is licensed to judge any breeds at any Kennel Club USA show.

 

SECTION 15. any foreign judge must have permission in writing, from his/her Kennel Club from where he/sheobtains his/her license before he/she may judge an Kennel Club USA Show.

 

SECTION 16. Once a premium list has been posted, the judges listed in the premium may not judge another rare breed show within one (1 ) month and/or 300 miles of show site for breeds they are schedule to judge.

 

CHAPTER 1 1 CATALOG

 

SECTION 1. Every dog show approved by the Board of Directors shall provide a printed catalog which will contain all information regarding preentered dogs. It will also contain the exact location of the show, the date or dates to be held, the times of the show, a list of all officers and members of the show committee, names and city names of the judges.

 

SECTION 2. Every catalog must bear the name of THE Kennel Club USA following by the word "Presents..

 

SECTION 3. The catalog must be in sheet form of 5.5 x 8.5 inches in size.

 

SECTION 4. The catalog must contain the names and information of all dogs entered in the show, arranged as follows: catalog number; name of dog; registration number or litter number; date of birth; name of breeder; name of sire; name of dam; name of owner; address of owner and if desired; show(s) of which said dog is participating. The entries shall be catalogued by groups, breeds, variety and regular classes in the order given in Chapter 1. A space must be provided for recording, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch, CACUS Winners Dog, CACUS Winners Bitch, Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, Best of Winners and Best of Breed Junior Puppy.

 

SECTION 5. The Schedule of ranking points governing each breed in the show must be published in the catalog.

 

SECTION 6. All prizes offered in the premium list of a show(s) or in the separate list of prizes if the condensed form of premium list is used, shall be printed in the catalog. If there are additional prizes not listed in the premium list, they will be in added in the catalog. Effected duly 1, 1994

 

SECTION 7. Only a Champion of Beauty of the Kennel Club USA will be listed as an American Champion in front of it's name, which is listed in the catalog.19Effected Julyu 1, 1994

 

SECTION 8. Champion of Beauty from any country that is a member of the Federation Cynologique Internationale, Canada or England will be listed as a Champion with the countries abbreviation listed in front of the abbreviation.

 

CHAPTER 12 BENCHING DOGS

 

SECTION 1. At a Benched Show to which admission is charged, every dog which is entered and present must be on its bench throughout the advertised hours of the show's duration, except for the necessary periods when it is actually being prepared for showing at its crate, or is being shown, or is in the exercise ring, or is being taken to or from these places. The advertised hours of the show's duration shall be the hours from the scheduled start of judging to the time shown in the premium list for the closing of the show.a) No such dog shall be in its crate during the advertised hours of the show's duration except by written permission of the Superintendent except for a period of one hour before the time printed in the program for the judging of its breed or variety and, if it becomes eligible for its Group or for Best of Show, for a period of one hour before the time printed in the program for the judging of such competition.

 

SECTION 2. The provisions of Section 1 also apply to a dogs under 2 months of age except that it need not be benched until after the judging of the breed classes for which it is entered or becomes eligible and it may be in its crate until the judging of those classes.

 

SECTION 3. Failure to comply with these rules may cause cancellation of the dog's winnings, and subject the owner. handler, to a fine and suspension of privileges.

 

SECTION 4. No signs shall be displayed on a bench except those approved by the Superintendent prior to one hour before the starting time of the show or first show during a cluster of shows.

 

CHAPTER 13 STEWARDS

 

SECTION 1. The Show Chairman shall appoint a chief steward well in advance of the date of their show whose duty it will be to invite a sufficient number of experienced persons to act as stewards in the judging rings on the day of the show. No person should be asked to serve as a steward whose judging or handling privileges are suspended or whose superintending privileges have been revoked. The chief steward should, confirm in writing, to each person who accepts an invitation to steward, the date and location of the show, the time at which they are to report for duty, and their particular ring assignment.

 

 

SECTION 2. In preparing the schedule of ring assignments, the Chief Steward and other club officials should keep in mind that no person should serve as steward with a judge under whom he has an entry, or under whom, in the course of the day's judging, such entry may become eligible to compete. If it becomes necessary during the show to resign stewarding assignments, care should be taken to see that a person is not assigned to serve as steward with a judge if there is any possibility that the judge, later in the show, will be passing upon an entry of the steward.

 

 

SECTION 3. Persons should be selected who are familiar with judging procedure, breed classifications and rules. It should be borne in mind that a good steward makes the work of judging easier by relieving the judge of necessary detail; by assembling classes promptly, and being able to keep the judging program on schedule and eliminate to a large extent, delays between classes.

 

SECTION 4 Each dog 6 months or older, must be registered with either a national breed club or an international breed club within 18 months of age. If a dog does not have a registration number, it may obtain an Kennel Club USA temporary show number during the said time period. If the dog does not obtain a registered number from a national club of the United States within the said time frame, it will not be eligible for any Kennel Club USA shows. a) An extended grace period may be granted by The Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors from time to time.

 

SECTION 5. Each foreign dog 6 months or older, must be registered with either a national breed club or an international breed club within 2 years of age. If a foreign bred dog does not have a registration number by the age of 9 months, it may obtain by Kennel Club USA a temporary show number during the said time period. If the dog does not obtain a registration number from a national club of the United States within the said time frame, it will not be eligible for any Kennel Club USA shows. a) An extended grace period may be granted by The Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors from time to time.

 

SECTION 6. All entries must be made in US funds by check, money order, cashier's check or cash. A worthless check is not considered proper entry fee. If a worthless check is received, the check writer will be notified by certified mail and must make payment for check and a processing fee by Money Order or Cashier's check within 7 to10 days of receipt of notice. If correct payment is not received within 10 days, any award or points won by dogs entered by virtue of the worthless check, will be forfeited, and the check writer will be immediately suspended from participation in Kennel Club USA sponsored events until full payment has been made and an application to resume participation has been made to, and approved by, the Kennel Club USA's Board of Directors. A "Stop Payment" placed on a check either prior to or after, participation in Kennel Club USA sponsored shows will be treated as a worthless check and will be treated in the same fashion.

 

SECTION 7. Every dog must be entered in the name of the person who actually owned the dog at the time entries closed. The right to exhibit a dog cannot be transferred. If an entry is made by a duly authorized agent of the owner, the name of the actual owner must be shown on the entry form. If a dog is owned by an association, the name of the  association and a list of its officers must be shown on the entry form.

 

SECTION 8. To be acceptable, an entry must be submitted with the required entry fee, on an official Kennel Club USA entry form, signed by the owner or his duly authorized agent, and must include all of the following information: name of the show; date of the show; breed; variety, if any; sex; full description of the class or classes in which entered; date of birth; full name of dog; individual registration number or litter number; where dog was whelped; agent, if any; and the name and address of the actual owner of the dog.

 

SECTION 9. No entry may be accepted unless it is received by the Superintendent of the Kennel Club USA who's address is published in the premium list to receive entries prior to the closing date as published inthe premium list, or in the case of a limited entry prior to the time the limit is reached. All the requirements of the foregoing paragraph and all other specific requirements printed in the premium list must be met before an entry can be considered acceptable.

 

SECTION 10. No entry shall be made and no entry shall be accepted by a Superintendent which specifies any condition as to its acceptance. These Rules and Regulations may be amended and updated from time to time by the President of ARBA, or the Show Director as they see fit for the good of the

 

Association. Amended and changed this 23rd day of March 1997

 

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