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ANKC Open Book Junior Handler Judges Exam

Friday, 5 January 2018

As a result of the National Junior Handler Committee Chairperson report being endorsed by the ANKC Board at their meeting in October 2017 the amendment to the ANKC Open Book Junior Handler Judges Exam was approved.
This amendment was changing the score from 80 to 60.
The ANKC website has been updated with the amended exam under Regulations Part 15 and can be viewed via the ANKC website here

New legislation section on the website

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

As the Victorian Government resumes debate on the Domestic Animals Amendment (Puppy Farm and Pet Shops) Bill 2016, it remains vital that all members are informed of any changes which may affect your obligations as a member of Dogs Victoria.

As such we have created a new section on our website called ‘Victorian Legislation’.  This section will contain continually evolving information as issues relating to canine welfare are raised. 

National Agility Committee : Clarification of Rule 4.3 - Height Card

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The National Agility Committee has confirmed the following clarification in regards to Rule 4.3 – Height Card in the updated Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials which are effective from 1 January 2018.

If a dog that has been measured is not 2 years old as of 1 January 2018 (with the exception of dogs in the 600 height category) then it will be required to be re-measured when it reaches 2 years of age.  The full ANKC Press Release can be read here

Documents from the FCI General Assembly

Friday, 1 December 2017

Published documents from the FCI General Assembly held in Germany on 6-7 November 2017 can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Decisions of the FCI General Assembly

Friday, 1 December 2017

The main decisions from the FCI General Assembly held in Leipzig, Germany on 6-7 November 2017 can be read here

New Regulation - Shortened Tails Registration Process

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Members are notified of the new Shortened Tails Registration Process as approved by Management Committee at their November 2017 meeting.

This is a new regulation which will be updated on our website shortly.  Click here to read more.
Members have until 31 December 2017 to comply with the process.

Notice of 2018 Meeting: National Breed Councils

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Please find here a Press Release relating to the 2018 National Breed Council meeting for your information.

Conclusion to litigation relating to Irish Wolfhound registrations

Monday, 27 November 2017

On Wednesday, 22 November, Dogs Victoria successfully resolved two Magistrates’ Court proceedings commenced against us in 2014 by a group of current members and Irish Wolfhound breeders. Dogs Victoria is relieved to have achieved a final conclusion to over five years of litigation relating to inaccuracies contained in applications for litter registration made by a previous member of Dogs Victoria of two Irish Wolfhounds in 2007, resulting in those dogs wrongfully being entered onto the ANKC Main Register and therefore wrongfully entitled to the benefits of registration.

In their claims, the plaintiffs alleged that Dogs Victoria had breached its duties and obligations under legislation and our Rules in the decisions made to address the inaccuracies in the original litter registrations, which also affected the progeny of those litters. The plaintiffs also complained that Dogs Victoria were negligent in the decisions we made. We have and continue to deny these allegations, and have been required to spend considerable resources defending the claims and the integrity of our internal governance.

On 8 June 2016, Magistrate Smith ruled that an unregistered dog known as ‘Murphy’ was the sire of the dogs that were entered on to the Main Register in 2007, and that those dogs were to be removed from the Main Register. Following this, the plaintiffs asked the Court to have ‘Murphy’ entered onto the ANKC Main Register to reinstate the dogs initially registered in 2007.

At a hearing on 24 October 2017, Magistrate Smith agreed with submissions made by Dogs Victoria that Murphy was ineligible for registration on the Main Register.  Following this ruling, Dogs Victoria and the plaintiffs have settled the litigation. On 23 November 2017, the Magistrates’ Court dismissed the members’ proceedings with no order as to costs.

The legal costs of these proceedings have been predominantly recovered under Dogs Victoria’s insurance. A final reconciliation will be available within the annual reports.

2018 Magazine - Front Cover Opportunities

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Front cover opportunities for the Dogs Victoria magazine are now available to members for 2018.
Interested parties should complete the Front Cover Booking Form found here or further information contact Janet via

2018 Melbourne Dog Lovers Show – New Breed Showcase

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Dogs Victoria is expanding its role and presence at the Melbourne Dog Lovers Show in 2018.

We are pleased to announce our exciting new Breed Showcase for presenting more breeds, with additional options for our members and clubs to be involved.

For further details please refer to the Expression of Interest/Application Form here which needs to be completed and returned by Friday 15 December 2017.

The current floorplan can also be viewed here.


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