KC extends GSD League’s suspension


KC extends GSD League’s suspension

THE FATE of the German Shepherd Dog League of GB will now not be known until May.

The Kennel Club has agreed to delay its decision on whether or not to enact deregisteration until after its annual meeting.

The matter was scheduled to be decided at last week’s KC Board meeting. The League’s use of the term ‘champion’ and the fact it has held its own Sieger show has been a bone of contention with the KC, and it imposed the year’s suspension last spring. Now the threat of deregistration looms. It is understood that the League is prepared to compromise on the use of the word champion but its members are to vote on the issue of the Sieger show on May 7.

The KC’s 12-month suspension of the League has threatened the century-old association. The KC claims it should not be using the term ‘champion’ for its regional shows or running its own Sieger show, and said it will have to agree to stop doing so before it can apply for reinstatement; if not, deregistration will be considered.

However, the League believes that holding a Sieger show is within the constitution of the World Union of German Shepherd Dogs (WUSV), of which it was a member.

The KC said it had considered the League’s status at the Board meeting and agreed that it would await the outcome of the AGM. It imposed a further suspension of the League’s registered status until June 6.

League chairman Shirley Hutchinson, who is also WUSV co-ordinator and British Regional Group secretary, said: “Our council is very pleased that the KC’s Board has agreed to our request to postpone their decision until after our AGM.

“At that meeting our members will be given the opportunity to discuss and vote upon the issues surrounding our registered status and the KC’s requirements for its continuance.”