AKC News and Updates January 2009
January 18, 2009:
The DDBSA’s first official AKC pointed show has been approved! The DDBSA National, to be held April 19, 2009 at Purina Farms in MO will hold AKC points.
The DDBSA is an official licensed club and eligible to hold point shows for the breed.
July 1, 2008:
The Dogue de Bordeaux is now an official AKC breed and is the AKC’s 158th breed. Good job everyone!
Other Registration Status News:
Now that the Dogue de Bordeaux has attained full 100% AKC recognition and is moved into the Working Group, all dogs in the FSS database that have three generation pedigrees from approved registrieswill automatically be issued an AKC registration number and certificate (dogs under 10 years of age only). Those Dogue de Bordeaux that do not have thee generations of approved registries (i.e. pedigrees including any FIC dogs) will remain in the FSS database indefinitely or until (if ever) a three generation pedigree of acceptable registries entirely, is achieved. These dogs with the FSS numbers only may enter and compete in regular AKC companion events only. They are not eligible to compete in any AKC conformation events and any offspring produced by these dogs, will be ineligible for registration with the AKC and offered the same competitions, companion events only. The DDBS and AKC representatives will be available to answer your questions and concerns, as well as facilitate any problems that may arise.
From the February 2008 Board Meeting:
FSS Enrollment for Fully Registered Breeds
The Board discussed an AKC Staff proposal, which would allow dogs that do not have a complete three-generation pedigree at the time the breed becomes AKC registrable, to continue to be eligible breeding stock by being recorded in the AKC Foundation Stock Service.
Following a motion by Mr. Merriam, seconded by Mr. Gladstone, it was VOTED (unanimously) to permit dogs lacking complete three-generation pedigrees to continue to be recorded in the AKC Foundation Stock Service at the time the breed is approved for regular status. These dogs will be eligible to be used as breeding stock during the Open Registration dates set at the time the breed is approved for regular status. The progeny of these dogs with complete three-generation pedigrees will be converted to AKC registration.
From the October 2007 Board Meeting:
The Dogue de Bordeaux will be eligible for AKC registration and for competition in the Working Group, effective July 1, 2008. There will be an open registry for the breed until August 31, 2012.
October 9, 2007:
As of July 2008 the Dogue de Bordeaux will be an official Working Group breed within the AKC. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work in completing this task! It has taken us 10 years, but it was well worth the wait!
October 9, 2007
Dear Mr. Brown,
It is my great pleasure to inform you that at the October 2007 Board meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved the Dogue de Bordeaux to be eligible to compete in the Working Group effective July 1, 2008.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any further questions. I look forward to working with you as the breed becomes eligible to compete in Conformation Events.
Sincerely, Mari-Beth O’Neill / cc: Darrell Hayes, Peter Gaeta
October 1, 2007:
Thank you to all who voted on the changes to the AKC Standard. Returns are as follows:
141 Ballots returned / 134 - Yes / 7 - No
The AKC has been notified and they have voted on our acceptance to the Working Group in October (see story on page 1).
Ballots go out to all members explaining the minor changes requested by the AKC. Ballots are due by September 24, 2007 to be counted.
DDBSA Petitions AKC for full status:
At the July 2007 AKC BOD meeting, the DDBSA petition for full working group status was reviewed and denied. Please see the following excerpt from their meeting minutes as to why:
“Dogue de Bordeaux:The Board reviewed a petition from the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America seeking full AKC registration; acceptance into the AKC Stud Book and eligibility to compete in the Working Group. The Board did have a number of reservations with some of the wording in the breed standard and Staff will be contacting the club concerning that.”
The DDBSA board has reviewed the recommendations and made some necessary revisions to the proposed breed standard. A copy of the reformatted standard will be mailed to each current DDBSA member, along with a ballot for you to either approve or deny the changes.
For general information, the reason these changes were brought to our attention at this time is because the members of the AKC Board are not the same people that are employed by the AKC in the standards and breeds departments who originally approved our current breed standard. The changes that the AKC is asking for do not affect the description of the breed characteristics in any way. There are three items that are addressed.
Two faults are removed because they apply to all breeds and do not need to be specifically listed. Any reference to another breed, has been changed to another adjective (again something that is being applied to all breed standards).
And lastly, some of the DQ faults are being modified to Severe Faults based on the fact that they can be subjective. The reasoning behind this is that if a dog is disqualified three times it can never be shown again and there is no appeals process to undo this decision with the AKC conformation system. It would be a shame to loose a dog’s show career because of this, especially if it were a matter of the judge not fully understanding our breed.
All of the proposed changes will be highlighted in the copy you will be receiving in the mail. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask prior to sending back your ballot. These ballots are very important and we ask that all members participate in this vote.
Once the ballots are back, and pending the results our petition for full working group status will be reviewed again at the October 2007 AKC BOD meeting. Our proposed entrance into the working group is still set for July 2008.
AKC January Board Meeting Minutes:
Dogue de Bordeaux Obedience Jump Height Requirement:
Following a motion by Dr. Battaglia, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously; absent Dr. Haines) to amend the Obedience Regulations, Chapter 4, Section 11 to add the Dogue de Bordeaux to the list of breeds approved to compete at a jump height that is three-quarters of its height at the withers. The new ¾ jump height will still follow current regulations with jumps being set at the nearest 2 inches. The change is effective July 1, 2007.
January 24, 2007:
FSS Link: http://www.akc.org/reg/fss_details.cfm
Many people are still confused about AKC FSS and how to obtain registration in AKC FSS. Please go to http://www.akc.org/reg/fss_details.cfm for details. If you still have questions after reviewing this page, please feel free to contact the DDBSA at DDBSociety@aol.com
January 21, 2007:
From the January AKC Board Meeting Minutes:
Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCDPR).
Following a motion by Mr. Goodman, seconded by Ms. Scully, it was VOTED (unanimously) to add Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico to the list of registries with pedigrees acceptable for AKC registration.
May 25, 2006:
As of July 1, 2006, any properly registered Dogue de Bordeaux (AKC FSS) may begin to show in the AKC Miscellaneous class. Go to http://www.akc.org under "Events" to find shows near you and enter. Any questions on AKC can be referred to our new AKC Delegate by election, Val Barr at Val911K9@aol.com
April 10, 2006:
Val Barr, of California, has been elected by the membership of the DDBS to be the first AKC Delegate for the DDBS. Val will be acting as the new club Liasion to the AKC, taking the club and breed to the next phase of Full AKC recongntion. The club, Officers and Board would like to thank Cindy McElderry for her hard work with the DDBS and AKC and look forward to her continued efforts with the club going forward.
The DDBS is the Official AKC Parent Club for the Dogue de Bordeaux!
Read the full December Meeting of the AKC BOD: http://www.akc.org/about/board_minutes.cfm Choose December Minutes
December 20, 2005
Read Highlights from the December Meeting of the AKC BOD: http://www.akc.org/news/index.cfm?article_id=2706
December 20, 2005:
What is the Miscellaneous Class?
This information is taken directly from the AKC webpage, http://www.akc.org/breeds/miscellaneous_class.cfm
Authorities acknowledge that throughout the world there are several hundred distinct breeds of purebred dogs, not all of which are AKC recognized breeds. Those officially recognized for AKC registration appear in the Stud Book of the American Kennel Club. The AKC provides for a regular path of development for a new breed, which may result in that breed's full recognition and appearance in the official Stud Book as an AKC recognized breed.
Briefly stated, the requirement for admission to the Stud Book is clear and categorical proof that a substantial, sustained nationwide interest and activity in the breed exists. This includes an active parent club, with serious and expanding breeding activity over a wide geographic area.
When in the judgment of the Board of Directors such interest and activity exists, a breed is admitted to the Miscellaneous Class. Breeds in the Miscellaneous Class may compete and earn titles in AKC Obedience, Tracking and Agility events. Miscellaneous breeds are also eligible to compete in Junior Showmanship. They may also compete at conformation shows, but here are limited to competition in the Miscellaneous Class and are not eligible for championship points.
When the Board of Directors is satisfied that a breed is continuing a healthy, dynamic growth in the Miscellaneous Class, it may be admitted to registration in the Stud Book and the opportunity to compete in regular classes.
How Does the Miscellaneous Class Work, Will I Show Against Other
Dogues de Bordeaux?
This information is taken directly from the AKC webpage, http://www.akc.org/rules/conformation.cfm?page=4
Amended to April 2005
Chapter 3: Dog Show Classifications
The Miscellaneous Class shall be for purebred dogs of such breed as may be
designated by the AKC Board of Directors. No dog shall be eligible for entry in
the Miscellaneous Class unless the owner has been granted an AKC identification
number, and unless the AKC identification number is given on the entry form.
Application for an AKC identification number shall be made on a form provided by
the AKC and when submitted must be accompanied by a fee set by the Board of
The regular Miscellaneous Classes for each breed shall be Puppy and Open, with the same eligibility requirements in Sections 4 and 9 of this Chapter respectively. These classes shall be divided by sex. All class winners within a breed shall compete for Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed.
Each of the Miscellaneous Class Best of Breed winners shall be eligible to compete for Best in Miscellaneous Class. All entries for Best in Miscellaneous Class shall be made after judging of the individual Miscellaneous breed classes and no entry fee shall be charged. In the event that the owner of a dog designated Best of Breed shall not exhibit the dog in the Best of Miscellaneous Class Competition, no other dog of the same breed shall be allowed to compete. There shall be no further competition for dogs entered in the Miscellaneous Class.
The ribbons shall conform to Chapter 5, Section 2 of these rules and shall be the following colors:
First Prize - Rose
Second Prize - Brown
Third Prize - Light Green
Fourth Prize - Gray
Best of Breed - Orange
Best of Opposite - Lavender
Best in Miscellaneous - Pink and Green
At present, the Miscellaneous Class is open to the following breeds:
Swedish Vallhund (as of 9/01/05)
(Note from DDBS: Dogue de Bordeaux as of 7/1/06)
December 13 2005
From Mari-Beth O’Neil, Vice President Special Services AKC:
December 13 2005:
“It is my great pleasure to inform you that at the December 2005 Board meeting, the AKC Board of Directors approved the Dogue de Bordeaux to advance to the Miscellaneous Class effective, the next step toward full AKC recognition. The effective date is July 1, 2006”
The DDBS is pleased to announce to the Dogue de Bordeaux community – WE HAVE MADE IT TO AKC MISCELLANEOUS CLASS! Great job everyone. Our task is not over yet. We must continue to work as a breed club and move the breed into the Working Class. We encourage everyone to take the opportunities to start showing in AKC point shows that offer Miscellaneous classes starting in July.
While the breed is in Misc. Class, this is the last opportunity for all breeders, owners, show people to get their paperwork in order and register their Dogues de Bordeaux with the AKC FSS class. Once the breed moves into the Working Group, all opportunities will be over.
From DDBS President, George Brown:
I am very pleased to announce that our Membership has overwhelmingly voted to accept the proposed Breed Standard, amended Bylaws, and Constitution of the DDBS. This was the last step to finalize our petition for the AKC Miscellaneous Class. The results were as follows:
Membership as of August 23, 2005: 339 Members / Total Number of Ballots
Invalid Ballot: 3 (1 no boxes checked; 2 postmarked 9/16/05) / Abstained from Voting on Standard: 1
Approved Constitution: 145 / Not Approved Constitution: 4
Approved Amended Bylaws: 145 / Not Approved Amended Bylaws: 4
Approved AKC Standard: 142 / Not Approved AKC Standard: 6
For our petition to be accepted into the Miscellaneous Class, it must first be presented at the November AKC Board of Directors meeting. They will then vote Yes or No at their December Board of Directors meeting. It has to be a two month process for their meetings. First month to present, second month to vote. Our anticipated date of official Miscellaneous Class status would be July 2006.
At the SADB National this year, AKC Committee person, Cindy McElderry reported the good news to SADB President, Sylviane Tompousky and Raymond Triquet. Raymond announced our news at their Annual Meeting and Dinner that night where everyone applauded and was excited for the Dogue de Bordeaux Society and our beloved Dogue de Bordeaux breed in the United States.
I'd like to personally thank each and every one of you who worked so hard on the preparation of our petition, those who spoke out in the form of their vote and the diligence that has gotten our breed to this point in history. The results of this vote speak loud and clearly in regard to the dedication of our members to see our breed recognized as one with the rest of the world. This has been long overdue. I encourage you all to continue to strive for the love of our breed in every capacity of this beautiful dog that we love so much.
The FCI standard has been formatted into AKC format and has been approved by the AKC, SADB and the DDBS Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is also working with the AKC at this time on revising the DDBS By Laws.
Sign up for the free official “E Newsletter” of the AKC at http://www.akc.org/enewsletter/general/signup.cfm
The AKC FSS registration department has begun inputting the DDBS Database. If you submitted pedigrees from the UKC, FCI, FIC or USBC when the DDBS was collecting them, you should be receiving AKC FSS registration forms shortly. If you are not sure if your dog was entered into the DDBS Database, you can email DDBSociety@aol.com with your dogs name to inquire (phone calls will not be accepted for these inquires at this time).
However there is a small situation, between the time the DDBS collected pedigrees and the time the database was entered, some dogs had already been issued FSS numbers when their owners registered the dogs on their own. The system was supposed to catch these “duplicates” and not enter them again, but some dogs were missed and were reissued new FSS numbers by putting a “II” at the end of their name
If you have received such a registration form (i.e. your dog was previously registered AKC FSS by you and already has a number, and your new registration form has “II” at the end of your dogs name and a new FSS number), or if you have any other corrections or errors, please submit a copy of the registration and an explanation of the error/correction to be made to Jennifer Roberts at 60903 Valmont Dr,. Boulder, CO 80301 and she will work with the AKC on correcting the duplication. Please do not contact AKC directly as it will be more streamline and time efficient to have them submitted by Jennifer.
The DDBS is very proud to be chosen by the AKC FSS as the breed club that they will be recommending to the AKC to be the parent club for the Dogue de Bordeaux in AKC! This is great news for the breed and the organization. The DDBS and all its members and Board have been working very hard for this goal for many years.
Once the events committee and BOD of the AKC give their final vote, it will be finalized. The breed will be presented to be accepted to the Miscellaneous class by the end of the 2004 and will hopefully be accepted into the Miscellaneous class in 2005.
Please review the following message about registration carefully. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer at Doguestar98@msn.com
Good job everyone and congratulations!
The DDBS advises all USA Dogue de Bordeaux owners to use the AKC FSS as their primary registration body for domestic born Dogues de Bordeaux in the move forward with AKC recognition.
The AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) currently accepts the following registries for the Dogue de Bordeaux:
1) UKC (United Kennel Club)
2) USBC (United States Bordeaux Corp)
3) FCI - from the acceptable country list (see link) and must be an EXPORT pedigree from the dogs country of birth and in the new owners name. http://www.akc.org/rules/special_registry_services.cfm?page=5
The FSS does NOT accept the FIC (Federation of International Canines) as the primary registry for any dog or a dog within ones three generation pedigree.
When the Dogue de Bordeaux is admitted into the Misc. class, the above will still apply. Any dog that is issued an FSS number will be able to compete in Misc. class conformation events as well as companion events (obedience, agility, etc).
Once the Dogue de Bordeaux has attained full 100% AKC recognition and is moved into the Working Group, all dogs in the FSS database that have three generation pedigrees from approved registries (see acceptable registry list previously noted) will automatically be issued an AKC registration number and certificate.
** The FSS has approved the FCPR (Puerto Rico) as an acceptable registry only if listed within the three generation pedigree. Please note, they do not accept FCPR for the individual dog, as the primary registration, the dog must still be registered with one of the aforementioned acceptable registries – however they will accept it within that dogs three generation pedigree.
When the Dogue de Bordeaux is accepted for full AKC recognition, those Dogue de Bordeaux that do not have thee generations of approved registries (i.e. pedigrees including any FIC dogs) will remain in the FSS database indefinitely or until (if ever) a three generation pedigree of acceptable registries entirely, is achieved.
These dogs with the FSS numbers only may enter and compete in regular AKC companion events only. They are not eligible to compete in any AKC conformation events and any offspring produced by these dogs, will be ineligible for registration with the AKC and offered the same competitions, companion events only.
During the period that the Dogue de Bordeaux is in the Misc. class, it is imperative that all Dogue de Bordeaux in the US are registered directly with the FSS (if they are not already). Up until the time we are 100% AKC, they will accept the FCI, UKC and USBC papers on your dog for FSS registration. BUT when we do gain full recognition – these registries will no longer be accepted and only those foreign registries from the aforementioned link will apply. Any registration dilemmas may be addressed and possibly corrected up until the date of full AKC acceptance. There will be a page on the DDBS website outlining and citing examples of acceptable and unacceptable pedigrees. There is no definitive date for full AKC recognition once we are in the miscellaneous class, typically a breed can anticipate at least a year and no more than three with the misc. class.
The DDBS and AKC representatives will be available to answer your questions and concerns, as well as facilitate any problems that may arise.
The above information has been verified and approved by the AKC FSS coordinator Patricia Lejman. Questions can be directed to Jennifer Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 303-442-1541 (Mountain Time).
July 9, 2004:
The AKCFSS has officially chosen to recommend the DDBS as the Parent Club for the Dogue de Bordeaux going forward with recognition. We anticipate being accepted into the Miscellaneous class within months and the Dogue de Bordeaux will be competing in this class in 2005.
The DDBS advises all USA Dogue de Bordeaux owners to use the AKC FSS as their primary registration body for domestic born Dogues de Bordeaux in the move forward with AKC recognition.
At the 2004 National Show, Cindy McElderry once again made a report on the progress of the Dogue de Bordeaux and the AKC. The AKC is ready to move forward and anticpate the Dogue de Bordeaux being accepted into the miscellaneous class by the end of the year. The recent untimely death of our contact at the AKC FSS, pushed back scheduled meetings, but the new person in charge is tending to business and a new meeting will be scheduled.
July 4, 2003:
At the national show, Cindy McElderry informed the BOD that our database has been turned over to the AKC and they are working diligently in getting it into their new program. The DDBS database is the first database the AKC is inputting into their new program. The AKC committee and the AKC-FSS are still working closely together to make this a reality. We will post when the task is complete and the next steps to be taken.
January 21, 2003:
At this time the database is closed and our goal is having it approved. The club and AKC have been working together over the summer and fall, and we continue into the winter months. The DDBS is no longer accepting pedigrees for the database. The DDBS STRONGLY suggests that all new litters and dogs be registered/listed with the AKC FSS only at this time. The DDBS will continue to update you on the progress on this page as it is received.
Please make sure to review the following pages:
So Many Registries What Do They Mean? and The Road to AKC for more information
How else can you help? Be an active member of the DDBS. Let everyone know you are a DDBS member at shows; help to educate judges, and be sure to bring the AKC judges form to shows where you are showing and ask judges to fill out the forms for you. Send the completed form into the address listed, these will then be sent to our AKC represenative. Be active in rescue, conformation, working events, pet events, ask for a supported entry at shows near you. There are many ways we can all work together to obtain the goal of AKC recognition for our breed.
Do You Have Questions About the AKC/FSS and the Dogue de Bordeaux?
Of course you do, and for that reason the DDBS has an AKC Committee - put in place in 1997 - to work closely with representatives from the AKC on the future of the breed within AKC and the Foundation Stock Service. Cindy and Jennifer work with the AKC and the DDBS Board of Directors everyday as liaisons between the club and the AKC. The DDBS AKC Committee is always available to answer your questions in a clear, concise, and upfront honest way about the ongoing developments of the breed between the DDBS and AKC. Please contact Val Barr at Val911K9@aol.com with any questions!
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