News for Members & Affiliate Clubs

August 2022

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Dogs ACT will be held at 7pm on Tuesday 30 August 2022. The venue is the Macarthur Room, Ainslie Club, 52 Wakefield Avenue, Ainslie.

Nomination forms for election to Council are here.

The agenda will be emailed out soon.

If you hear of any (financial) members who have not received this email, please ask them to email the Office. We will update our records – thank you for advising us!

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FCI General Meeting, Main Decisions, 20-21 January 2022, here

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March 2022

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DOGS ACT have been given instruction to keep our gates locked for another week. Unfortunately this means the office will be closed this week Tuesday 29 – Thursday 31 March.

While we are closed, we are still available via phone and email. Please send through your paperwork and call the office as required. We apologise for any inconvenience

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DOGS ACT have been given instruction to keep our gates locked. Unfortunately this means the office will be closed this week Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 March.

While we are closed, we are still available via phone and email. Please send through your paperwork and call the office as required. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Dogs Victoria are running a Virtual Dog Show in support of the Ukrainian Kennel Union, on Show Manager. Details are here.

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February 2022

Will you be attending Dogs Vic events? Read their Notice

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Dogs ACT is planning to conduct Scent Work Judges’ Training in 2022. The course is expected to commence in March 2022, and conclude in September 2022.

The documents for this course are:

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Dogs ACT gives very sincere thanks to EPIC for their attention and care to the state of our grounds, particularly our rings, during recent weeks!!

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The Dogs Australia Statement in response to the calls for some of Australia’s most popular breeds to be banned, is here.

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Press Release – Dogs Australia Statement on Norwegian Government Breed Bans is here

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January 2022

ACT Ladies Kennel Club & Canberra All Breeds Kennel Club would like to say a heartfelt “THANK YOU” to A la Carte and a local business man, who wants to remain anonymous for their sponsorship of their Christmas Fun Day.

It was a very successful day and “Thank you” just doesn’t seem enough.

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Please be advised that the office will be closed on Wednesday 26 January 2022 Australia Day Public Holiday.

The office will be open on Thursday 27 January as per usual.

“Celebrate Australia Day”

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Effective immediately, the suspension of Mr Peter Miller occurring on 9 October 2020 and the suspension of Mr Peter Miller, Ms Robyn O’Keefe and Ms Danielle Small occurring on 23 October 2020 is revoked and they are unconditionally reinstated in good standing.

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Dogs ACT Executive Council and Admin, wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas. We thank you for your support during yet another difficult year.
The office will close at: 2:30pm Thursday 23rd December 2021 so get your last minute paperwork in to the office. We reopen at: 9:30am Monday 11th January 2022.
In 2022 may we see more smiles and less worrying!
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From the ANKC: In accordance with Item 7.2.1 of the October 2021 ANKC Board meeting minutes an online survey is now available from the link provided below where ANKC is seeking feedback from owners of Rottweilers regarding the following proposal.

The current regulation under Regulations Part 6 The Register & Registrations is as follows:

8.9 Rottweiler

8.9.1 For litters of Rottweilers born where the parents have been born after 1.1.97, these parents must show results of X-rays for hips and elbows. (Amended 10/13 – 5.6.4)

Proposal to add as 8.9.2:

Effective immediately, any Rottweiler born a Natural Bobtail will be eligible to be registered on the Limit Register only and flagged NOT TO BE UPGRADED.


The adopted standard (FCI Standard No: 147) for the Rottweiler within Australia has now been updated as of 24 July 2018. A significant change to this updated standard is that it now reflects the length of the tail: “while positioned along the leg, the tail reaches approximately to the hocks or is a bit longer”, and the Natural Bobtail is listed as a disqualifying fault.

The following referenced attachments are available from the links provided below:

  1. Section of FCI Standard No: 147 – 24/7/2018 listing Natural Bobtails as a Disqualifying Fault.
  2. Copy Email from Prof Peter Friedrich outlining the ADRK reasons for not recognising NBT’s in the Rottweiler population.

The online survey can now be accessed from:

The link is also available from the ANKC website at:

Please note responses to the survey are required by COB 7 March 2022.


ANKC Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registration has been updated with decisions from the October 2021 Board meeting as follows:

New Clauses and – refer Items 7.5.4 and 7.5.5 of the October 2021 Board meeting minutes

‘ Effective from 1 July 2022 any dog identified on the pedigree database as Natural Bob Tail, will have NBT included as part of the printed information that appears as part of a dog’s registered name or number, ensuring that this information is included in relation to their official identification. (10/21, 7.5.4)’

‘ Effective from 1 July 2022 the identification code LST noting a Legally Shortened Tail is to be endorsed on the registrations of all dogs that have been previously registered under Vet Certification that they have a Legally Shortened Tail. (10/21, 7.5.5)’

New Clause 6.10.4 – refer Item 9.4 of the October 2021 Board meeting minutes

‘6.10.4            In addition to compliance with 6.10.1 any Dobermann applying to be registered as a Natural Bobtail (NBT) must also show DNA proof of purity of breed effective from 1 January 2022. (Added 10/21, 9.4)’

Section 10 – Recognition of New Breeds

Add Section 10 Recognition of New Breeds – refer Item 5.20 of the October 2021 Board meeting minutes

The ANKC website will be updated with the amended regulations.



Nominations are called for the ANKC’s Retrieving and Field Trial “Hall of Fame”. Information on the two categories is here. Nominations close on 31 May 2022.

First category is Outstanding Gundogs. Second category is Prominent Persons.


Dogs SA is seeking interest in applicants for the position of Executive Officer, the position description is attached. Applications close on 20 December 2021.



Revised Conformation Show Calendar approved by Council is here


On Sunday 24th Oct 2021, the ANKC updated their members on changes to the Australian organisation.

For all news regarding the ANKC update, more information can be found here.

There has always been a fair amount of assumptions made about the largest global organisation for Pedigree Dogs, so a series of the FCI Podcast Channel titled “Inside the FCI” aims to shed light and dispel assumptions about this international organisation that stands for Pedigree Dogs Worldwide!  The first episode goes straight to the centre of the FCI, with an interview with Mr Yves de Clercq, its Executive Director, finding out more about the workings of the FCI HQ in Thuin, Belgium, his role and that of the permanent staff.

Gopi Krishnan delves deep to get Mr. de Clercq’s views on the organisation, looking at its past, present and plans for the future, to truly understand the nerve centre and to give a clearer and in-depth view on the FCI.


Dogs ACT Annual General Meeting – Tue 9th November 2021 – 7pm Mallee Pavilion

Here is a nomination form for positions vacant.


The FCI are conducting a series of podcasts & the first one came out on 14OCT21. It was titled “Brachy Breeds & BOAS: Seeing Beyond the Nose” & was most interesting. Parties involved were Dr Jane Ladlow, Wenche Charlotte Skogli, Bill Lambert & FCI President Dr Tamas Jakkel & of course hosted by Attila.
If you wish to see it – check here on You Tube…
OR listen at Anchor at



Dogs ACT hopes that its members are doing ‘OK‘. Tue 14th Sept the ACT Government announced that the current lockdown we are all facing was to be extended for another 4 weeks, taking us to midnight Friday 15th October before we are able to continue ‘Covid normal’. We hope that you, our members, are not facing undue stress or pain while in the lockdown.  Do you have friends & family to talk to, even if only via your phone or tablet; those who are on their own, have to work from home, home school & other actions taken during this time must take time out for themselves each day. There are also agencies/organisations that can assist you if you feel bad such as Beyond Blue (1300 22 4636), and Lifeline (13 11 14) to name just a couple.  Please seek help if you need it.  We want to see you out & about again once everything is open!

In the meantime, please take care of yourself! We care about you.


The High Court have made a ruling regarding the use of a company’s FB page by those who post on them whereby the company is liable for costs,. damages etc if a post is found to be offensive in any way.  This ruling, while talking of a specific company, will set a precedent for many more such court cases & also may impact on your social media pages.  If you are responsible for the social media sites for a Club/Affiliate Dogs ACT urges you to monitor these pages & sites rigorously so that the Affiliate does not get embroiled in such issues.  An article from the ABC is located here which talks of this High Court ruling – for your information.



Members, we wanted to let you know that events that had been planned for you but due to Covid-19 have been postponed/suspended or cancelled are still being planned & approved.  We have here a list of those conformation shows and dog sports events which have already been approved by Council, since 1st July 2021,  so that you can future plan your calendars. These lists are fluid as month by month & week by week we are unsure of whether events will take place.  We will change the lists as & when necessary so that you can keep yourselves up to date with planning for exciting events. We appreciate your patience but we all continue to plan & only postpone when affiliates advise it is too dangerous to hold them.

Canberra is  under lockdown until 2nd September but we all hope that this will get us to open up the calendar of events again.  Remember to keep checking our calendar for events all dog sports & dog shows coming up in the next year.  As you can see the dog sports calendar is full in comparison as conformation shows are held on Dogs ACT’s grounds which are in the middle of the ACT Government’s health testing environment.

JULY 2021

Members please be aware that with summer on its way & interstate travellers moving across Australia rather than travelling overseas, the incidences of the disease EHRLICHIOSIS will spread to the southern States.  Dogs ACT posted an article about this in its March newsletter but have reprinted it in the July newsletter for your information.  ANKC have now produced a News Release & it is located here – please read it.

JUNE 2021

Are you an affiliate wanting to run a Scent work trial?  Then please find attached a guide to walk you through the processes of how to go about this.

MAY 2021

The ACT Government has stated that from 01 July 2021 they are commencing a ban on plastics. On this date they will ban all single use plastics. For more information please see their website here & check what you can/cannot obtain.  Dogs ACT will be following these guidelines.

If you are a Club wanting to run a Scent work trial – there is a Guide which you can use & was drawn together by the ANKC National Scent Work Committee. There is also a one page document here which asks what is scent work?

APRIL 2021

Are you a fan of the new Scent work sport? Do you want to check it our & see how much fun you & your dog can have? Dogs ACT are holding their first scent work element trial on 13th May 2021.  The schedule for it is here.  Check it out – this is exciting!


Are you checking your newsletter? Each month Dogs ACT newsletter is posted on a separate page for Members.  If you have anything you wish to submit please send the information to the office at

Want a steward for your event?

The updated Stewards List is here and includes all stewards available for your event. They cover all dog sports & dog shows.



Dogs ACT office reopened 5th January 2021. Normal hours apply each week however Dogs ACT is still within an Emergency Response Centre.  Members must therefore remember to check in before getting to the counter,  and follow the instructions for our office Covid plan to keep everyone safe.



Sat 12th/Sun 13th saw the ACT Ladies & Canberra All Breeds Kennel Clubs run 4 successful shows under trying circumstances. It was the first shows since the Royal Canberra Show in late Feb20 but due to the diligence of its members they were able to combat the strict Covid-19 requirements.  Everyone was glad of the events & exhibitors came from VIC, NSW, ACT & QLD…a success indeed!


Dogs ACT successfully ran their show training & socialisation classes each Wed until 9th Dec (16th Dec was cancelled due to torrential rain most of the day).  We would like to thank all of those participants & we did see the benefits from week to week of their classes.

A special mention must be made to Carrie Paine who trained all comers & would ensure that everyone got exactly what they wanted from the classes & felt individually given attention.  Thanks Carrie – you are one of a kind!


Dogs ACT continues their show training & socialisation classes each Wed evening at 6pm for all members.

Cost is $5 per dog. Due to Covid restrictions we need to know who is coming so please register your interest via Show Manager at the following link.  Classes are from beginners to advanced with all classes being separate.

We look forward to seeing you there! All welcome!



Champ Shows in December?

The ACT Ladies & Canberra Kennel Clubs are attempting to put on 4 champ shows on the weekend of 12/13 Dec 20.

Latest message from the clubs is as follows:

Our Christmas shows are waiting for approval from the ACT Government (Event Exemption required due to expected exhibitor & attendee numbers). This is anticipated around mid November. Entries will be able to open at that time, so watch this space!!!



The Annual General Meeting of Dogs ACT was held on Tue 27Oct20 at the Mallee Pavilion at 7.30pm.

Candidates standing for nomination were voted on & several positions filled.

Information of the current Council can be found on this page


SEPTEMBER 2020 – COVID-19 effects on Events

ACT Heath declared a health emergency in March 2020 when the coronavirus hit Australia.  As such EPIC (Exhibition Park in Canberra, previously known as Canberra Showgrounds) became the ACT Emergency Response Centre.

Dogs ACT leases premises & grounds (grassed areas) within EPIC precincts. We are able to open during our normal office hours


AUGUST 2020 – Fake Dogs ACT Insurance

Dogs ACT have been advised that the Assoc Insurance (Aust) P/L has registered the names of all Canine Controls (except Dogs Tas) including Dogs ACT.

This is NOT the Dogs ACT official insurer.  If you have any questions or are approached by this association please send your approach to the Dogs ACT office at


Please be advised that from today, Tuesday 17 March 2020 until Sunday 3 May 2020, inclusive – all DOGS ACT events are to be cancelled or postponed and DOGS ACT grounds are to be closed for all meetings or gatherings of more than five (5) people. Further, the situation regarding COVID-19 will be reviewed no later than Monday 27 April 2020.

Further to the above: The Dogs ACT July Extravaganza scheduled for 2 – 5 July 2020 is hereby CANCELLED!

The health and well-being of all DOG ACT Members and Staff is our priority. In view of the declaration by the ACT Government of a Public Health Emergency on 16 March 2020.

DOGS ACT advises that all DOGS ACT events scheduled from Tuesday 17 March 2020 until Monday 3 May 2020 inclusive, are to be cancelled or postponed and that DOGS ACT grounds are closed for all meetings or gatherings of more than five (5) people.

DOGS ACT further advises that the situation regarding COVID-19 will be no later than Monday 27 April 2020, when further advice will be issued.

The COVID-19 pandemic is now moving extremely rapidly with infections increasing throughout the community, ie, community transmission is now becoming more common. Many of our members belong to the at risk group, especially those with other health issues.

People are being advised not to be in groups of over 500, but if one is in a high risk group, they should not attend any non-essential meetings or gatherings.

Regular attendees at DOGS ACT events could prove to be ideal vectors, ie, spreaders of this type of disease, as they may attend multiple events across the country, possibly being repeatedly exposed, thereby potentially repeatedly exposing others.

All Agricultural shows have been cancelled and, therefore, the DOGS ACT Council believe the only option for us is to take a similar step to cancel all events from Tuesday 17 March 2020 until Sunday 3 May 2020 inclusive.

We could be considered grossly negligent if we fail to be proactive in this rapidly developing pandemic. We do not need to lose any of our members to this serious condition.

If you need to cancel or change your booking of an event or camping, please email the Office at

The Office will be closed for public access during this time. Members may contact the office by phone, email and post.

The definition of all DOGS ACT events relates to:
• Conformation Shows
• Agility
• Dances with Dogs
• Endurance
• Gundogs & Retrieving
• Junior Handlers
• Lure Coursing
• Obedience
• Tracking
• All Dog Training
• Judges Training
• Meetings (only ones held at Dogs ACT Offices)

Conducted by DOGS ACT Affiliates, Associate Affiliates and any Members of DOGS ACT.

The listing of DOGS ACT EVENTS can be accessed on the DOGS ACT Website under CALENDAR, CLUBS, EVENTS –

References and Resources:
Australian Government Health Department:-
• ACT Government Health Department:-
• World Health Organisation:-
• Frequently asked questions about coronavirus (COVID-19):-