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From 2014 all Judges at Championship Shows will have the opportunity to report on any visible conditions or exaggerations that they consider to be detrimental to the health and welfare of any breed. Therefore for breeds such as ours, which are currently listed on Breed Watch – category 2, Judges will be required to complete a health monitoring form after each CC appointment.
These changes are also to ensure that Judges have an important role in maintaining the highest levels of canine health and welfare in pedigree dogs.
With the introduction of the new reporting systems, Judges are now at the heart of improving the visible health of pedigree dogs. Whilst there are already a number of show regulations in place which give authority to withhold awards or suggest or request a dog be removed from the ring or in extreme circumstances to exclude a dog from the ring on the grounds of health and welfare; judges are now being given the opportunity to report on any emerging health or welfare issues they pick up on whilst judging. This does not change the Breed Club(s) ability to report any suggestions or changes for Breed Watch.
The changes announced will provide breed representatives and the Kennel Club with early warning of emerging points of concern, which in turn will allow for the correct resources to be put in place to protect and improve the health of a breed. It also demonstrates a transparent process for removing and adding breeds to Breed Watch. Throughout this process there will be regular communication with Breed Club(s)/Councils.
- The decisions made by judges in the show ring strongly influence future breeding plans
- Judges must take conformation related health problems and temperament into account when making their decisions as well as breed type
- All show dogs should be Fit for Function: Fit for Life. http://www.fitforfunction.org.uk/
- Judges should never award prizes to dogs which are visibly suffering from any condition which would adversely affect their health or welfare. For example:
- Obvious breathing difficulty
- Significantly over or under weight dogs
- Lameness, including hopping
- A discharge from one or both eyes or any signs of discomfort in either eye
- Obvious skin or ear irritation
- Inappropriate temperament – refusal to be handled, timidity or aggression
- Exaggerations that would make the dog unsuited to the breed’s original purpose
A judge is expected to make such decisions based on their extensive experience of dogs as owners and breeders – they are not expected to display the knowledge of a veterinary surgeon and should not undertake any extra examination of a dog other than that which they would normally perform in assessing general fitness and breed type. Particular points of concern for individual breeds may include features not specifically highlighted in the breed standard and a description of any breed-specific points of concern which have been received by the Kennel Club; which judges should be aware of when judging a breed at a dog show.
During several committee meetings held in 2011, both The Keeshond Club and the North of England Keeshond Club discussed and unanimously agreed upon the following point to be included for a Breed Watch submission; as decisions made by judges in the show ring strongly influence future breeding plans and both clubs are concerned that incorrect Keeshonden are being bred from. Whilst it might not be considered to be a health issue at the present moment, both clubs’ are very concerned that it could very easily become one if not checked in time.
The following point has now been approved by The Kennel Club General Committee and appears under Keeshond Breed Watch: Excessively long coats.
The breed standard states: “Harsh, off-standing, straight. Dense ruff, well feathered on forelegs and profuse trousers, not feathered below hock. Soft, thick, light-coloured (not tawny) undercoat. Never silky, wavy or woolly, nor forming a parting on back.”
A correct coat can be all of these essentials without being long; nowhere in the standard does it mention length of coat or glamour. An incorrect, long coat is capable of hiding serious constructional faults and both clubs are concerned that dogs’ are sometimes being judged on appearance only. Attention should be paid to the anatomical outline of the dog, exclusive of coat.
Keeshonds were originally bred to be watch dogs on barges; their harsh outer guard hairs’ repelling dirt and the thick double coat is an insulator, keeping them warm in winter and cool in summer. Excessively long coats, which are often silky or woolly in texture, are not only incorrect; they have poor insulating properties to stop the dog from over-heating in hot weather. These types of coats are also a liability in wet weather and in water. Incorrect coats are time consuming and difficult to groom and if not done regularly and properly, can result in the coat becoming thickly matted with resultant skin problems. Keeshonds should possess an all-weather, almost water proof coat.
This is not a new problem as the following extract demonstrates.
Dog World Breed Notes June 1959 – Fred Greenwood (Wistonia)
‘As a more or less lone crusader for many years I have repeatedly pointed out that a long flowing coat was out of place in the breed. Apparently this type of coat was so prevalent amongst the exhibits at a recent show that at last something may be done about it.
Some time ago a joint committee of the two breed clubs got out a list of suggestions to judges on various points they thought needed clarification. Suggestions on what lines the breed need improvement and the question of coats was dealt with. These suggestions have gone out to judges and will no doubt help bring the ‘fashion’ a little more closely allied to the breed standard. Judges worthy of the name will give the suggestions their close attention and work accordingly; in this way will the breed be improved along the lines laid down in the Standard’.