Phenotypic hip & elbow dysplasia trends Rottweilers & Labrador Retrievers in SA | courtesy of Prof Kirberger

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Phenotypic hip and elbow dysplasia trends in Rottweilers and Labrador retrievers in South Africa (2007-2015):

Are we making progress?

Canine hip and elbow dysplasia are major orthopaedic problems prevalent the world over, and South Africa is no exception. Hip and elbow dysplasia phenotypic status is certified by a number of different radiographic schemes in the world. South Africa uses the Fédération Cynologique Internationale system to certify hips, and the International Elbow Working Group scheme to certify elbows.

Exco at Work

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The Executive Committee held a face to face meeting in Johannesburg on Friday 27 April 2018.
In attendance were from left to right: Nico du Preez, Dudley Sparg (seated), Bruce Jenkins, Lois Wilson (Chairman), Ron Juckes and Ralph Zeeman.

Shea Wright Crufts Experience

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Hello, I am Shea Wright, the winner of the KUSA National Junior Handling competition 2017 held in Shongweni, Kwa Zulu Natal. I am 16 years old and in Grade 11 at Cornwall Hill College in Irene. I live in Midrand with my mother, father, older sister Montana, my younger brother Jordan and my grandparents. Collectively we have about 15 dogs, 8 horses and 6 cats, so I come from an animal crazy household.

Bidvest PetLounge announcement – Size 10 Crates

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Dear Valued client,

In the interest of the welfare of animals travelling and being able to offer the best service at all times we have made a decision to no longer accept bookings for size 10 crates on our daytime network.

This as a result of previous challenges experiences with size 10 crates on our freighter aircraft and network.  These bookings need to be made at least 48 hours prior to the flight departing and conformation of the booking is subjest to space availability and the approval from management.

Boxers: Update from the Chairman and Negotiating Committee

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As previously advised, we expected negotiations with the Federation of Boxer Clubs of Southern Africa (FBCSA) to have concluded during the first quarter of 2018 and are pleased to report that we are fully on track. As of 1 April 2018, all Boxers in South Africa will fall under the aegis of the KUSA, and thereby enjoy international recognition through the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the World Canine Organisation, of which KUSA is a member.

New prices for flying with BidAir PetLounge

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KUSA members can save substantially by choosing Bidvest PetLounge, a specialist travel facility, when flying their dogs. The latest rates are effective from 1 April 2018 onward.

By arrangement with BidAir Petlounge, KUSA members qualify for an exclusive discount of 15% on cash rates when transporting adult dogs or puppies unaccompanied. BidAir PetLounge also offers a flat rate for dogs travelling with their owners/custodians on the same flight.

Exclusion of Dogs from Exhibition Due to Aggression

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In the case of a dog aggression incident having taken place at a KUSA Show, the following procedure is to be followed as described in Schedule 3 Regulation 14.

Regulation 14 – Exclusion of dogs

A Show Committee will have the power to exclude, refuse or remove any dog which is, owing to disease, savage disposition, or any other cause, not in a fit state for exhibition at a specific Show. Once a dog has been excluded or refused admission or has been removed from the precincts of a Show because of disease, savage disposition or any other cause, it will not be brought into the Show at any time or under any circumstances.

FEDCO 12-2017 Annual Chairman’s Report

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It would be fair to say that, during 2017, the world was in a state of flux. Britain faced the reality of Brexit, whereas Germany and Spain and, to a lesser extent, France, experienced political turmoil. The Middle East continued to be plagued with instability and China’s economy slowed down.

South Africa did not escape political and financial strife. At times the political climate was pretty turbulent and we saw our currency reduced to junk status. Political pessimism and financial pressures impacted on KUSA’s members, resulting in a downturn in the numbers entering dog shows. The timing was probably not propitious for the introduction of 2nd Championship Shows, which further diluted show entries, especially in the less populous areas. Fedco is aware of these problems and will be considering measures to ameliorate them.

Establishment of the Judges Education Council

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This past year marked the fifth anniversary of Fedco’s sanction of the new KUSA Breed Judges’ Learning Programme and the members of the Federal Council deemed it an appropriate time to reflect on the Programme’s efficacy as a method of educating and training our Breed Judges but, more importantly, also to consider whether the Programme’s best interests were being served by the current province-based administrative structure which underpins it. At Fedco 12-2017, Fedco confirmed its confidence in the Programme, but recognised that, for as long as dog shows remained a key element in the training of judges, it was necessary for the Programme to keep pace with the dynamics and changing demographics of the sport.

Federal Council at work

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The Federal Council met in Cape Town on the 1, 2 & 3 December 2017.

Front row from the left: Jenny Hubbard (Vice Chairman) ; Chris Griffith (Chairman); Doreen Powell (President); Richard Dempsey ( KZN Chairman)
Back row from the left: Sheila Thornberry (KUSA Secretary); Gérard Robinson (DOGSPC Chairman); Lynn Scholtz (EP & B Chairman); Carol Immelman (DOGSPC Vice Chairman) ; Carine Buitendach (FS & NC Chairman); Lois Wilson (EXCO Chairman); Pascale Midgley (KUSA General Manager)

The Federal Council extends its best wishes to all Members for the Festive Season!

Attention Club Secretaries - Penalty Fees

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The late submission of Show Schedule documentation has a negative impact on the efficient running of the Shows Department. 

The repercussions affect several processes and procedures which in turn results in a diminished level of service provided to Clubs.
Penalty fees were instituted to encourage the timeous submission of Show Schedule documentation.
Unfortunately, the current rate of penalties levied does not appear to act as a deterrent.