By: Simon Parsons



I’VE ASKED several times recently why disqualifications take so long to appear in the Kennel Club Journal, especially when the issues involved seem to be relatively clear cut.

  Yes, the owner concerned has to be allowed to appeal, but surely the process can’t be as long-winded as it often seems to be.

  The recent Frenchie case has taken the best part of two years to be resolved. Now that the new CC winners (who were the original reserves) have actually received their official certificates, presumably the case will be listed in the next Journal? Let’s wait and see.

  There still doesn’t seem to be a resolution of the case of the dog who, at the time of its run of good wins last year, did not appear to be registered (she is now).

  Then we have one of the Crufts Scottie CC winners, from Russia, who has apparently been disqualified as she was in the post graduate class in spite of having lots of CACs – again nothing official yet and rumour has it that there may be one or more others in the same boat.

  It is particularly frustrating from DOG WORLD’s point of view as we keep records of CC winners which are the basis of the Top Dog, Top Stud Dog and Top Brood Bitch competitions. It would be very helpful if any changes to the results on the day could be announced as quickly as possible so we can make the necessary adjustments before any updates or annual lists of winners are published.

  Incidentally, is it just me who wonders if the KC was a touch hard on the Frenchie? The dog had been to the US and then returned home; his owner was under the impression he had gained enough points for his American title, and entered him here with it; it turned out that he hadn’t.

  Yes, that shouldn’t have happened, but I can’t quite see how it affected the dog’s UK show career – he was always entered in the correct class and presumably the judges wouldn’t know or care whether he was an American champion or not. I’d have thought this sounded more like a case for a strong warning to be more careful in future, but there we are.

  And being frank, the KC takes such a ridiculously arbitrary attitude to foreign titles in deciding which ones to record on registrations, in the Stud Book and so on, that it’s a bit much when it gets all pompous about other people!

  As for the Crufts wins, this has been a problem ever since the show was opened up to overseas dogs, even leading to the disqualification of an imported group winner on one occasion. All too many overseas exhibitors don’t seem to understand that, when working out eligibility for Crufts, overseas CACs etc count the same as a CC. So overseas champions (full champions, that is, not ‘junior champions’ and so on) must go in open (unless eligible for an age class), and those with CACs etc but not yet titled must go in limit.

  The organisers have tried to make it more prominent in the schedule, but still mistakes occur, sometimes easily discovered when the owners have boasted of their dog’s previous wins online!

  Perhaps, when an overseas entry arrives, Fosse Data could send a message to the owners asking them if they are absolutely sure their dog is entered in a class for which it is eligible.