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ANKC Ltd Survey - Jack Russell Terrier Owners


In accordance with Regulations Part 6 – The Register & Registrations Section 1.11 an online survey is now available from the link provided below where ANKC is seeking feedback from owners of Jack Russell Terriers regarding proposed amendments to the breed standard.  Details of the proposal and rationale are noted below for reference:


The ANKC Ltd have resolved to conduct a Survey of all Jack Russell Terrier owners recommending that the following changes to the Breed Standard be endorsed:

Chest deep rather than wide, with good clearance and the brisket located at the height mid-way between the ground and the withers. The body should be proportioned marginally longer than tall, measuring slightly longer from the withers to the root of the tail than from the withers to the ground the length from the point of the shoulder to the buttocks slightly greater than the height from the withers to the ground. Back level. Ribs should be well sprung from the spine, flattening on the sides so that the girth behind the elbows can be spanned by two hands - about 40 cms to 43 cms. The loins should be short, strong and deeply muscled.

The change is to replace the wording highlighted in red with the highlighted wording in bold.

This brings the Standard in line with the Country of origin UK standard.
The ANKC standard gives totally the wrong body proportions by measuring from the withers to the root of the tail versus the point of shoulder to the buttocks in the Kennel Club standard.

A majority of registered owners within the breed and responding to this survey must be in favour before approval is given by the ANKC Ltd.

The online survey can now be accessed by clicking here
The link is also available from the ANKC website (please click here).

Please note: Responses to the survey are required by COB 28 August, 2021.


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WARNING - Kennel Cough

Members are reminded that, in accordance with DOGS NSW Regulations Part II-Show, Clause 12.7, which reads as follows:-

(a) If a dog has been in a kennel affected with distemper, canine hepatitis, parvovirus or any other virulent contagious disease, it shall not enter a showground or remain on a showground for a period of three months after the date of the first diagnosis. (10/18)

(b)  If a dog has been in a kennel affected with or diagnosed with kennel cough, it shall not enter a showground or remain on a showground for a period of three weeks after the date of the first diagnosis. (10/18)
Any dogs displaying symptoms of illness or a communicable disease, in particular Kennel Cough, are not allowed to enter or remain on a showground.
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ACES Monthly Eye Certification Clinics


A supported service to DOGS NSW Members

Please note the dates for Eye Certification Clinics conducted under AVA-ANKC Australian Canine Eye Scheme Rules, for the first half of 2021. Each monthly Eye Clinic will operate from the SECRETARIES HUT on DOGS NSW Grounds from 4.00pm to 7.00pm:

Thursday, 3 June
Thursday, 8 July
Thursday, 12 August
Thursday, 9 September
Wednesday, 6 October
Thursday, 11 November
Thursday, 9 December

These dates are all confirmed, barring unforeseen circumstances that may necessitate a change, if so this will be advised in good time, depending on Meeting Room availability.

Usually we see LITTERS FIRST, aiming to minimise the exposure of any 8-week-old pups whose initial vaccination response status remains uncertain, to adult dogs coming in from different regions and kennelling situations. In those breeds where a once-only Gonioscopy Test is required (usually at 18-24 months, in addition to a current ACES Adult Exam), the Gonioscopy Test is charged as an addition to the ACES exam fee.

There is a set Scale of Fees applicable at these Clinics – at reduced rates for all DOGS NSW Members, so long as they comply with my reasonable requests to have their paperwork in order and Microchip records readily available, also that their dogs are well disciplined and used to close handling. Fee details can be found on DOGS NSW Website (Members/News & Updates) and on Facebook: ACES Eye Clinic - DOGS NSW Members.

All ACES booking requests should be forwarded by Email to and not to my mobile (as a recorded message or a text).
Once scheduling time comes around I need to have all requests in the same Email folder if I am to give each person the time required.

For further information on ACES Eye Certification at Orchard Hills and also in regional areas from time to time, go to the Facebook Group page ACES Eye Clinic - Dogs NSW Members

Dr Bruce Robertson BVSc Cert.V.Ophthal (RCVS) FANZCVS (Ophthalmology)
Veterinary Eye Specialist (Sydney, ret.)

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Non-Supply of Registration Papers to New Owners


The Office receives numerous complaints, in relation to new owners not receiving their registration papers within a reasonable time frame.  Members are advised that if the complaint is not resolved in a timely manner, after being contacted by DOGS NSW, then the apparent breach will be dealt with in accordance with DOGS NSW Regulations Part XI-Inquiries, Investigations and Appeals.

Members are reminded of the following DOGS NSW Regulations in respect of the obligation to provide new owners with the original Certificate of Registration and Pedigree when selling, leasing, loaning, gifting or any other form of disposing of a puppy or dog:-

Regulations Part I - The Register & Registration:-
2.5  Subject to Regulation 2.5A, a person shall only be entitled to apply to register a dog:
          (a) if that person is:
             (i) the breeder of such dog,
             (ii) the legal owner of such dog,
             (iii) a resident of the State,
             (iv) a member,
             (v) the registered owner of a prefix, and
          (b) in the case where the dog is part of a litter, all other dogs within that litter are also
               registered at that time.  9/98

2.9    Where the details of the new owner/s of the progeny of a litter are known prior to registration, the progeny is to be transferred directly into the new owner/s name at the time of registration, and it shall be the responsibility of the breeder (12/19 – Effective 01/03/2020) to:-

(i) lodge the application for registration into the name/s of the new owner/s in the approved form;
(ii) obtain the new owner/s informed consent in writing to the lodging of a transfer into the name/s of the new owner/s for registration;
(iii) advise the new owner/s in writing that DOGS NSW has a privacy policy in respect of personal information collected including the name and address of the new owner/s by providing a link to the Privacy Policy or a copy of that policy. (06/20)


13.1    In this Regulation 13, "transfer" refers to a change in ownership or possession of a dog or of any interest therein and whether by sale, lease, loan, gift, charge or other disposition.

13.9    In any case where more than a fifty percent interest in a registered dog is transferred, the transferor of that dog must, at the time of transfer, provide to the transferee the original Certificate of Registration of that dog. 06/06

13.10  In any case where more than a fifty percent interest in a dog which has not yet been registered is transferred, the breeder must, in accordance with 13.3, make application for registration within 30 days of the date of transfer. In such cases the breeder must deliver the original Certificate of Registration to the transferee within 28 days of its date of issue. 06/06

13.11  In any case where an interest of fifty percent or less in a registered dog is transferred, the Member who holds the Registration Certificate in respect of that dog must make application to DOGS NSW for the transfer to be registered within 30 days of the date of transfer.06/06

Regulations Part XIII - Code of Ethics:-

15.    All Members must register all litters bred by them, either alone or jointly with another. Registration of a litter must be effected within 6 months of the date of whelping. For the purposes of this clause “litter” includes all puppies there from living at the date of registration of the litter. A Member shall register all puppies in a litter at the same time and on one form of application for Registration of Litter.

21.    A Member shall ensure that within 28 days of the date of sale or transfer of a dog to another person that documents, as required by the DOGS NSW Regulations Part I, are provided to the new owner of the dog.



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Emerging Disease – Ehrlichiosis in Dogs


Written by Dr Karen Hedberg BVSc. 2021

Ehrlichiosis is a tick borne disease affecting primarily dogs. It is not transmitted from dog to dog, transmission only occurs through infected ticks, the main one being the brown dog tick. The brown dog tick is widespread throughout mainland Australia. No brown ticks have been found in Tasmania. While ticks are mostly coastal, they can be found further inland.

Ehrlichiosis is the disease that is caused by a tick borne bacteria called Ehrlichia Canis. Once a dog has been bitten by an infected tick, there are 3 stages of infection:-
1. Acute or early phase (3-4 weeks)
2. A subclinical phase (months to years)
3. Chronic or long term stage. (months to years)

Symptoms include fever, lethargy, enlarged lymph nodes, loss of appetite, discharge from the eyes and nose, weight loss, anaemia and bleeding disorders such as nosebleeds or bleeding under the skin that looks like small spots, patches or bruising.

The severity of symptoms varies considerably between dogs. The incubation period is 1-3 weeks after the tick bite, but the chronic form may not manifest for months or years following infection. PCR and ELISA tests give the most accurate diagnosis along with comprehensive blood tests. Affected dogs require veterinary treatment and supportive care, the earlier this is diagnosed and treated the better. Usually these dogs are treated with tetracycline drugs for a minimum of 4 weeks, shorter treatment periods may result in subclinical carriers. Seronegative PCR tests will indicate if the infection has cleared.

If not properly treated these dogs can and do die.

This disease can be found worldwide, particularly in tropical and subtropical areas. Once the disease is in the brown dog tick population, it is very difficult to control. German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies are predisposed to develop more severe signs of disease with a worse prognosis (reduced cell-mediated immune response).

In extremely rare cases, infected ticks may infect people, however the species of Ehrlichia that affects humans have not yet been detected in Australia.

Ehrlichosis is a nationally notifiable disease and the Government is conducting surveillance testing of dogs, particularly in the far north of Western Australia, Northern Territory and far north Queensland. The Kimberly and Pilbara regions are two areas affected in Western Australia, along with Katherine and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.

Dogs from affected areas are being monitored and their movement limited. Dogs moving from these areas could be required to be tested prior to movement and only travelling with healthy dogs that are on an effective tick control program.

Three dogs brought into NSW from the Northern Territory have tested positive for Ehrlichia and have since had veterinary treatment. Similarly in Queensland, a small number of infected dogs have been detected that were brought in from the Northern Territory. Human assisted movement of dogs is considered the most likely means of introducing E. Canis into Queensland. Wild dogs and foxes can also carry the disease.

In South Australia, a few infected dogs were detected in the far north of the state, however on testing, few ticks were found to carry the disease. However, this tick is found throughout the state.

Maintain dogs on a tick control program – ensure you do not run over time before treating again, even 2-3 days late could cause issues.

Avoid taking dogs into tick infected areas such as the bush and long grass, especially on coastal areas.

Inspect you dogs for ticks daily for 5-6 days after being in tick infested areas.

The most likely way this disease will spread is by the transport of dogs interstate. Dog exhibitors like to travel far and wide for shows, often interstate. We should all be vigilant with providing tick control measures, and renewing these before we travel!

Do not take dogs running along beaches, through the bush etc without adequate tick prevention. Be aware at some shows, the grounds may back onto bush, do not walk your dogs through these areas.

Long Term
We have to be aware that this disease will in all probability become far prevalent and widespread over the next 10 years. Tick prevention should become second nature especially when travelling.

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Amendment to ANKC Standard - Whippet


Please note: the ANKC are arranging the following change to the Colour section in the standard of the Whippet on their website to ensure consistency with the Kennel Club (UK) standard.

Currently reads:
Any colour or mixture of colours 

Amended to read:
Any colour or mixture of colours, except merle.

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Royal Canin Webinar - Topic: Dental Disease - One Bite at a Time


Dental disease affects 80% of dogs and 70% of cats over three years of age and can have significant health and welfare consequences. In this webinar, Dr Ben Porter opens up the mouth and discusses all things dental disease.
From halitosis to tartar, brushing to dental diets, he’ll discuss why it’s important to regularly flip the lip on your dogs and cats and to pay close attention to their mouths. 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email and you will be able to watch the webinar anytime until 31st May 2021.

Click here to register.

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Attention French & British Bulldog Breeders/Owners


As you may be aware, in 2017 a French Bulldog Task Force was implemented by ANKC Ltd to deal with issues that arose regarding the registration of French & British Bulldogs on the Main Register whose colours did not comply with the ANKC Ltd Breed Standards for those breeds. A Press Release in relation to the ANKC Taskforce can be found via the following link:- Press Release - French Bulldogs Taskforce (

Since that time DOGS NSW Board of Directors has convened a Compliance Investigative Panel to oversee the conduct of inspection of all French & British Bulldogs, who are currently on the Main Register, at the time of registration of litters and/or transfer of ownership, where the pedigree of those Main Register dogs contain prefixes that have been identified as:-

a. Producing litters using dogs and bitches that carry genetic traits allowing progeny to be colours other than those approved for ANKC Ltd Main Register registration.
b. Having imported dogs/semen of non recognised ‘colours’ that do not comply with ANKC breed standard requirements.

For those breeders/owners whose dogs are required to be inspected and that reside in the Sydney Metropolitan area, the DOGS NSW Compliance Investigative Panel conduct inspections on the fourth Wednesday of the month between 3.00pm and 4.00pm at the DOGS NSW Complex (Secretary’s Hut), 44 Luddenham Road, Orchard Hills NSW 2148.

For those breeders/owners who reside in Regional NSW, arrangements can be made for an approved Verifier to take photographs of the subject dog, confirm identification by microchip scanning and completion of the relevant Verification form. The photographs and Verification form are then submitted to the DOGS NSW Compliance Investigation Panel for determination of colour.

Further information in relation to the DOGS NSW Compliance Investigative Panel can be found on the DOGS NSW website by clicking here.

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Members are advised that DOGS NSW grounds have sufficiently dried out since the recent flooding, and that the grounds have now been RE-OPENED to members and visitors.

The grounds are now open from 7.00am to 4.00pm daily.

DOGS NSW apologises for any inconvenience the recent ground closures are incurred.

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DOGS NSW Grounds CLOSED for this Weekend- 27 & 28 March 2021


Please be advised that due to the recent extreme weather conditions and flooding of grounds, the DOGS NSW Executive Committee has resolved as follows:

THAT the recommendation of the Chair of the Grounds Committee to close the DOGS NSW grounds this upcoming weekend, ie, Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 March 2021 be approved and that the relevant Clubs be advised accordingly.

Therefore, the Clubs that will be affected will be required to apply to the Show Committee for a change of date.

DOGS NSW apologises for any inconvenience this has caused. Further notice will be given via email, the DOGS NSW app and Facebook when the conditions improve and the grounds re-open.​

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