KUSA News

10.09.2021 | Important Notice to KUSA Members

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Termination of the use of the SA Post Office as KUSA’s service provider for the despatch of documents

Relocation of the KUSA Office – Courier Services

Due to the high volume of returned, undelivered, or lost mail, it is no longer viable for KUSA to make use of the South African Post Office (SAPO) in the despatch of documents.  Postnet offer reliable courier services – Postnet2Postnet Pre-paid @ R99.00*, Postnet2Door Non-Express @ R162.00* (Major Centres) and Postnet2Door Non-Express @ R275.00*(Regional Centres), which are all trackable.

(*subject to change)

Please be advised that, with immediate effect, the following services will be subject to a payment of a Courier Fee:

16.09.21 | The Judges Education Council (JEC) – Support Officer

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When Mrs. Gael Morison recently emigrated to the UK, she resigned from her position as Support Officer of the JEC. As the JEC’s Support Officer, Mrs. Morison fulfilled the essential function of signing off Learner Judges’ Portfolios and officiated as External Examiner of requested re-marks of Learner Judges’ exams.

Until such time Fedco is in a position to appoint a replacement Support Officer, experienced All-breeds Judge, Dr. Heidi Rolfes, has agreed to fulfil the functions previously performed by Mrs. Morison until further notice.

The JEC is extremely grateful to Dr. Rolfes for being prepared to take time out from her busy career as a practising scientist to devote her expertise as former academic to assist with the education of Learner Judges on an interim basis.

10.09.21 | The Judges Education Council (JEC) - Extension of Closing Dates

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Learner Judges are hereby advised that the following closing dates have been extended:

  • The submission of Portfolios for sign-off to permit registration for the November 2021 exams – from 1 September 2021 to Friday, 17 September 2021 
  • Registration to sit for Paper 2 at the November 2021 exams – from 1 October 2021 to Friday, 8 October 2021

Please note that the extended dates are final.

08.09.21 | Message to Exhibitors and Showholding Clubs in Gauteng

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Goldfields Kennel Club is forced to discontinue use of the Clarkson Road gate for entry to  the showgrounds. This is the unfortunate consequence of exhibitors speeding down the streets to Clarkson Road, causing safety concerns and irritation for Morninghill residents.

In aid of good relationships with its neighbours, it was decided to use only the Boeing Road entrance to the showgrounds and to insist that clubs’ Covid-19 station be placed on the dirt road approximately at the fork, where keeping left leads to the lower grounds and keeping right, to the upper grounds. This has the advantage that show holding clubs, regardless of the venue of their shows, i.e. the paddock, the arena, or the upper grounds, may share a Covid-19 station.

Johan Warffemius
Chairman: Goldfields Kennel Club

KUSA National Retriever Field Trial

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I had the privilege of being invited to join the hosting club, Walmer and Suburban Kennel Club, on Sunday 22 August 2021 to watch the finals of the KUSA National Retriever Field Trial Championship Stake.

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FCI SHOW 15 May 2021-CACIB’S available for online printing

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The results of the aforementioned FCI International CACIB Show have been confirmed.
 
Click Here>>https://bit.ly/3iDYkvD to view the list of dogs awarded a FCI-CACIB at the show (sorted in numerical order of Exhibitor Numbers)
FCI-CACIB Certificates are no longer mailed to recipients.
FCI-CACIB Certificates can be downloaded and printed directly from the following website: http://www.fci.be/resultats/ib.aspx

Cancellation of the KUSA Classic 2021

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CONFIRMATION THAT THE KUSA FCI INTERNATIONAL (AFRICA) FCI-C.A.C.I.B.® SHOW IS GOING AHEAD

It is with sadness and disappointment that the KUSA Classic Organising Committee (KCOC) is obliged to inform the South African dog-showing fraternity that COVID-19 has prevailed once more and compelled the cancellation of the KUSA Classic 2021. After thorough research over the past few weeks, and in consultation with the sponsor, the KCOC concluded that a KUSA flagship event of the magnitude and repute contemplated by the sponsor, and expected by our exhibitors, was neither practicable, nor feasible, during these unsettled times.

Notice- Regulations Alert Level 3 under the Disaster Management Act

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Regulations for Alert Level 3 during COVID-19 lockdown, issued under the Disaster Management Act, No. 57 of 2002 

With dog shows proceeding under Adjusted Alert Level 3, it is necessary for the Kennel Union to bring the following to the attention of all those hosting and organising dog shows, and those contemplating attending them:

The Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act for Adjusted Alert Level 3 provide, inter alia, as follows in respect of “social gatherings”, provisions which also cover KUSA-licensed dog shows:

  • The owner or operator of the facility where the gathering is held must display a “certificate of occupancy” which states the maximum number of people the facility may hold, i.e. 100. [Regulation 36(2)]
  • Failure to display a “certificate of occupancy” renders the owner or operator of the facility liable to a fine or six months’ imprisonment, or [Regulation 36(3)]
  • The convener of a gathering must ensure the limitation of 100 persons at an outdoor facility is [Regulation 36(5)]
  • Failure to comply with the 100 persons limitation constitutes an offence on the part of the convener which, upon conviction, renders him/her liable to a fine or six months’ imprisonment, or [Regulation 36(6)]
  • Any person attending a gathering who knows, or ought reasonably to have known or suspected, that the number of people will exceed the 100-persons limit, will be guilty of an offence and, upon conviction, be liable to a fine or six months’ imprisonment, or both. [Regulation 36(7)]
  • In happening upon a gathering exceeding 100 people, an enforcement officer must order the assembled to disperse immediately. Any persons refusing to disperse may face arrest and detention under the Criminal Procedure Act, 51 of 1977. [Regulation 36(14)]

It is important for all those involved in the hosting and organisation of dog shows to be aware that KUSA’s Public Liability Insurance only covers KUSA-licensed events insofar as they are “legal” under prevailing national laws. In consequence, owners and operators of venues, as well as conveners of dog shows, are hereby advised that KUSA accepts neither responsibility, nor liability, vicarious or otherwise, for shows at which the legislated limits for gatherings are not strictly observed.

Any transgression in the upholding of the legislated limitation of a gathering shall automatically invalidate the licence KUSA had issued for the show. Should any liability arise from a show at which the authorised size of the gathering had been exceeded, such liability shall fall to the owner or operator of the facility, or the convener of such unlawful gathering, as the case may be.

Pascale Midgley

General Manager

The Kennel Union of Southern Africa

30.07.2021

A Tribute to Gael Morison

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A TRIBUTE TO GAEL MORISON, FEDERAL COUNCILLOR, ON HER RELOCATING TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, JULY 2021

Gael was born in Pietermaritzburg, where she lived until 1988. Her parents bred and exhibited Rough Collies under the “Clan Campbell” Affix and were both KUSA Judges. Gael therefore enjoyed a typical “doggy” childhood, exposed to all facets of dogdom.

A fellow Rough Collie-exhibitor imported an Afghan Hound into South Africa.Gael’s fate was sealed; she simply had to own one of these exotic hounds!

Gael married Peter Cliff in 1971.

Gael acquired her first Afghan Hound in 1973, sadly not a show dog. A short while later, her parents decided the time had come to pass the torch and gifted her a quality foundation dog and bitch. Gael and Peter started travelling to shows all over the country. They registered their Atlantis Affix with KUSA in 1976 and enjoyed considerable success in the show ring with their Afghan Hounds until their separation in 1986.

1n 1994 Gael added Shetland Sheepdogs to her kennel and continued her success with these two breeds, both as breeder an exhibitor.

Gael met Les, a Scotsman who had spent some time in what was then Northern Rhodesia and Southern Rhodesia, when he moved to KwaZulu-Natal (“Natal” back then!) in 1986.  After tying the knot, they moved to Hillcrest. Les was co-owner of Nashua Durban and they were fortunate to travel the world attending Dealer Conferences, which allowed them to attend many shows overseas. Dog-wise, Les was from a Working background and he soon obtained his judging qualification for the Working Group when the Herding Group was still subsumed into the Working Group.

Gael and Les became deeply involved with Clubs in KZN, not only serving on Committees, but also regularly stewarding at Shows. They independently continued to further their judging careers and Gael achieved All-breeds status in 1994.

Over the years, Gael & Les imported two Afghan Hounds from the U.K. and 1 from Spain.

Shetland Sheepdogs remained their choice for a second breed and the Shelties became Les’s heart dogs; he found them way more biddable than the Afghans! Les’s passion led to Sheltie imports from Australia and Canada for Kennel Atlantis.

2021 KUSA Classic Weekend 19.05.21

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2021 KUSA CLASSIC WEEKEND

GOLDFIELDS SHOWGROUNDS, JOHANNESBURG

Incorporating the FCI-C.A.C.I.B.® International (Africa) Show, KUSA Championship Show; KUSA National Eliminations, Finals & Awards including National Child, Junior & Open Handler Competitions

18 May 2021

IMPORTANT NOTICE - NEW DATES FOR KUSA CLASSIC 2021

As also contemplated for the cancelled event in 2020, the KUSA Classic 2021 Organising Committee (KCOC) remains committed to organising a spectacular event in 2021. Prestige has always been the epitome of KUSA’s flagship event, which also accords with the requirements of our sponsor, Royal Canin.

Unfortunately, the above would not be achievable without a comprehensive panel of International Judges. In order to meet the expectations of our members, exhibitors and sponsor to deliver a prestigious event, adjudicated by a panel of distinguished International Judges, the KCOC had no choice but to postpone the KUSA Classic 2021 till later in the year when international travel restrictions would hopefully have been relaxed.

With the approval of the Executive Committee, the KUSA Classic 2021 has been moved from Week 22 (27- 30 May) to Week 38 (18-19 September) for Working Disciplines and Week 39 (23-26 September) for Breed and Handling in the hope that by then the rollout of South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination programme would be firmly on track and infection rates would have reduced sufficiently to not only permit safe travel between South Africa and most countries, but also a relaxation of foreign countries’ quarantine regulations on residents returning from South Africa.

Please consult the KUSA Shows & Events Calendar by pressing the Ctrl+click on the following link:

Show Calendar (kusa.co.za)

We thank you for your understanding and for your ongoing support of the KUSA Classic.

We further bring to attention SCHEDULE 05E(24) - REGULATIONS FOR KUSA SHOWDOG OF THE YEAR COMPETITION

2. ELIGIBILITY OF DOGS FOR COMPETING IN THE SHOWDOG COMPETITION

2.1 The competition will run from the day after the final show of the cluster weekend which includes the KUSA Championship, KUSA Winners, and KUSA Nationals in any year, to the final day of the cluster weekend which includes the KUSA Championship, KUSA Winners and KUSA Nationals in the following year (Competition Period), and is open to dogs on the Kennel Union Breed Register.

The above Regulation remains valid. The end-date for the 2021 KUSA Showdog of the Year Competition will be the final day of the KUSA Classic cluster weekend of Week 39.

JEC Seminars 19.05.21

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Dear KUSA Judge,

Please find attached an invitation to join the KUSA Judges Education Council's Breed Webinars being held during May & June 2021.

All the necessary details are reflected on the attached invitation and we reiterate that all judges, regardless of level of study or qualifications are welcome and encouraged to attend.

To book for the all or any specific webinars, please make payment of R50.00 per webinar into the nominated account and email your contact details and which seminar/s you would like to attend to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together with your proof of payment.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on this e-mail address or Louis Kruger on 061 503 4686 or Sally Young on 082 490 6961.

We look forward to having you join us!

KUSA Discipline Nationals 2021 30.04.21

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Congratulations go to the following winners:

KUSA NATIONAL CONTACT AGILITY (LARGE) - 25 APRIL 2021

Judge: Bobby Boyd
Contact Large 1st
Name of Dog : Duffy
Name of Owner: Rob Hall
Award Achieved : KUSA National Dog 2021 for Contact Large

KUSA NATIONAL CONTACT AGILITY (MEDIUM) - 25 APRIL 2021

Contact Medium 1st
Name of Dog : T
Name of Owner: Rob Hall
Award Achieved : KUSA National Dog 2021 for Contact Agility Medium 

KUSA NATIONAL CONTACT AGILITY (SMALL) - 25 APRIL 2021

Contact Small 1st
Name of Dog : Katy
Name of Owner: Carolyn Chelchinskey
Award Achieved : KUSA National Dog 2021 for Contact Agility Small

JEC Seminars 07.04.21

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Dear KUSA Judge,

Please find attached an invitation to join the KUSA Judges Education Council's Breed Webinars being held during April and May 2021.

All the necessary details are reflected on the attached invitation and we reiterate that all judges, regardless of level of study or qualifications are welcome and encouraged to attend.

To book for the all or any specific webinars, please make payment of R50.00 per webinar into the nominated account and email your contact details and which seminar/s you would like to attend to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. together with your proof of payment.

The first webinar, being held this Thursday, 8th April 2021 at 19h00 via Zoom is a presentation on the German Shepherd Dog by world-renowned GSD Specialist Judge, Breeder and Exhibitor, Mr. Imran Husain from Pakistan.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us on this e-mail address or Louis Kruger on 061 503 4686 or Sally Young on 082 490 6961.

We look forward to having you join us!

 

ANNOUNCEMENT – Appointment to the Federal Council 25.03.21

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In accordance with the Minutes of the Northern Areas Provincial Council Meeting held on 18 February 2021, the Chairman and Members of the Federal Council of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) take great pleasure in welcoming Brig Gen Nico du Preez as a member of the Federal Council.

KUSA extends its congratulations to Clr Du Preez on his appointment.

 

JUDGES EDUCATION COUNCIL (JEC) OF KUSA – UPDATE 12.03.21

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After reaching three year of operation during the latter half of 2020, the JEC embarked on a process of reassessment with a view to improving its service andefficiency and structured a proposal to the Federal Council to reassign Key Functions to align more closely with the hitherto identified strengths of the current members of the JEC. During this undertaking, it became evident that a further appointment to the JEC would be advisable and this recommendation was included in the proposal.

At the Special Meeting of the Federal Council held on 26 October 2020 & 2 November 2020, the following positions under the re-structured JEC were approved by the Federal Council, as well as the Key Functions assigned to them:

Chairman (Fedco Member) - Gérard Robinson – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vice-Chairman (Fedco Member) – Jenny Hubbard – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Admin, Development & Examination Officer – Joy McFarlane – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Assessment Officer – Tania Edwards – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Resources Officer – Nikki Redtenbacher

Support Officer – Gael Morison This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

COVID-19: KUSA Events under Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown as at 5 February 2021

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The KUSA COVID-19 Events Task Team is pleased to announce that, based on the re-adjusted COVID-19 Alert Level 3 announced on 1 February 2021, and informed by the encouraging reduction in the COVID-19 infection rate across South Africa, KUSA has taken the decision to once again permit dog shows and events, provided they are managed in such a way that all possible precautions are taken and preventative measures instituted to protect participants from exposure to the virus.

In particular, and without exception, the following protocols MUST be put in place:

· Access to the venue MUST be strictly controlled for the entire duration of the event.

· Clubs MUST ensure that no more than 100 people are present at the event at any time if held outdoors, or 50 people if held indoors.

· Spectators may not attend, only organisers, owners, exhibitors, handlers and their assistants may be present.

· The KUSA-provided register must be completed by ALL attendees, including organisers and workers.

Important Notice - KUSA Official Show Entry Forms

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The official KUSA Show Entry Forms have been updated to make provision for the inclusion of new Working Disciplines and to amend the Declaration to be signed by the Registered Owner or Authorised Agent of a dog entering a Show/Event.

Revision 01.01.2021 has been posted on the KUSA website and copies have also been distributed to all Provincial Council Secretaries.

Click here>> https://bit.ly/3rdGvFk to download the latest version.

In terms of Schedule 3 Regulation 7 - Entry for Exhibition – please note that “All entries shall be submitted on an official KUSA entry form, fully completed and signed. Any alteration or amendment to the Declaration thereon shall invalidate the entry. The current Form shall be that appended to this Schedule as Appendix 3.”

Exhibitors are requested to only use the 01.01.2021 Show Entry Forms for the 2021 Show season.

The Kennel Union of Southern Africa - Chairman's Report 2020

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In the dying days of 2019, a virus mutated and transmitted to humans in the Huahan market in Wuhan, China. It spread with pandemic speed. Two months into the new year of 2020 it had already established footholds in many countries across the planet. It was not long before it hit our shores and led to shut down with serious economic consequences. Industries closed and large numbers of people were confined to their homes. Others lost their jobs. The dog world was caught up in this maelstrom. KUSA’s office at 68 Bree Street was closed and office personnel operated from their homes. Management and staff put in a major effort to “work from home’” as seamlessly as possible limiting the impact on workflow. It is gratifying to report that KUSA’s staff have done a sterling job and that this has been achieved without sacrificing the quality of service to KUSA members.

Meetings of FEDCO and EXCO where held on teleconferences. This medium proved successful and resulted in significant savings in travel and accommodation. Dog shows were cancelled and have only recently started to emerge from a state of enforced inactivity.

Federal Council – Election of Office Bearers

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At the Federal Council meeting held on 4 & 5 December 2020, the following persons were elected:

Election of Chairman of the Federal Council and Election of President – Article 16.2.2.1

Nomination received for Chairman of the Federal Council:

Mrs JM Hubbard

Clr Hubbard was elected for four years from 01.01.2021 until 31.12.2024.

Nomination received for President:

Mrs DE Powell

Clr Powell was elected as President for four years from 01.01.2021 until 31.12.2024.

NOVEMBER 2020 BREED JUDGES’ EXAMINATIONS

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A CLEAN SWEEP FOR THE CANDIDATES!

The Judges’ Education Council is delighted to announce that, in the recent breed Judges’ examinations, the pass rate was 100%! Warm congratulations to all these Candidates who may now celebrate the success of their perseverance and thorough preparation. Particularly encouraging for the future, were the Level 1 Candidates, almost all of whom scored Distinctions (90%+). Well done to all – may the path ahead open many more successes that acknowledge your hard work and may your continued studies in the field of cynology reward you handsomely.

Gérard Robinson: Chairman: Judges’ Education Council of KUSA

IMPORTANT NOTICE for KUSA Licensed Judges When Officiating at FCI and Non-FCI Events

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Earlier this year, KUSA reported on the judgement handed down by the District Court in Dortmund, Germany, which concluded that the Verband für das Deusche Hundewesen (VDH) had violated German and European antitrust laws by seeking to restrain the Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV) from releasing its German Shepherd Dog Specialist Judges to member organisations of the Weltunion der Vereine für Deutsche Schäferhunde (WUSV) that are not members of the FCI’s National Canine Organisations (NCOs) in various countries of the world. This decision came about as the result of a legal challenge mounted by three WUSV-affiliated Clubs in various countries against an earlier directive issued by the VDH.

The VDH appealed the Dortmund finding to the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf and, on 7 September 2020, the Higher Court ruled in favour of the VDH, causing the three claimants to lose their case.

UPDATE: GSDFSA Vs Registrar DALRRD and Others Statement

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Members may recall that, in the Fedco update posted mid-May 2020, it was reported that the German Shepherd Federation of South Africa (GSDFSA) had applied for a Judicial Review under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) to have certain actions of the Registrar of Animal Improvement in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) (since renamed Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development – DALRRD) set aside. The impugned actions were the Registrar’s decision to register KUSA as the Breeders’ Society for 218 canine breeds (including German Shepherd Dogs) and as a Registering Authority for canines.

The above application was heard on 9 March 2020 and on 11 May 2020, the Honourable Shanaaz C Mia, Judge of the High Court, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, dismissed the application with costs.

Important Notice – Bidair Cargo Petlounge

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Please be aware that when using Bidair Cargo Petlounge’s services you must have all relevant documentation available for presentation to the Bidair Cargo staff as proof that you are a current member of KUSA and qualify for the discount offered.

Kindly present hard copies of all documents upon request to ensure a smooth experience. Bidair Cargo Petlounge reserves the right to withhold any discount offered, should you not have the required documents on hand.

Should you require further special arrangements, please ensure to arrange this in advance with the Bidair Cargo Petlounge team.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Important Club Notice - Show Disclaimer

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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THE OFFICERS, SHOW MANAGERS & TRIAL MANAGERS OF CLUBS AND OTHER ORGANISERS OF KUSA-LICENSED  SHOWS AND EVENTS

We refer all those involved in the organisation and management of KUSA-licensed Shows and Events to the Minutes of Fedco 06-2020, in particular to Items 3.12.2 (Clubs’ Disclaimer Notice) and 3.12.3 (Clubs’ Right of Admission Reserved Notice). These Minutes were distributed to all interested parties in July 2020 by the KUSA Office and the respective Provincial Councils and are also available of the KUSA website.

At its meeting held in June 2020, the Federal Council resolved that, for the reasons set out in detail in the Minutes, it would be mandatory for Clubs and other Show and Event organisers to display the following Notices at all KUSA-licensed Shows and Events:

Re-Starting Dog Shows and Dogsport Events

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The KUSA COVID-19 Events Task Team is pleased to announce that based on South Africa’s move to the coronavirus COVID-19 Alert Level 2, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development (DALRRD) has informed us that KUSA may go ahead with shows and events, provided all COVID-19 lockdown regulations are followed.

The KUSA office is therefore in a position to accept licence applications for dog show and dogsport events under certain conditions. Club officials are urged to please take careful note of the following requirements and guidelines when considering holding events and before submitting any licence applications.

· Irrespective of the discipline or type of show, Government Disaster Management Act Regulations for Alert Level 2 must be adhered to. These include, but are not limited to:

o Everybody at the event wearing a mask. Those not doing so must be turned away.

Dog Shows, Dogsport and Level 2 Lockdown

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Shortly after the declaration of a State of Disaster in South Africa in April, the Federal Council of KUSA established a Task Team to consider the allocation of “new” dates for shows and events that had been postponed due to COVID-19. As time progressed, the introduction of further stringent lockdown measures, coupled with a soaring COVID-19 infection rate, made it increasingly evident that we were a long way from resuming dog shows in South Africa.

The Task Team was then mandated to consider what measures would be introduced when dog shows and dogsport were able to restart. Additional members joined the Task Team and a great deal of research has since been done on the protocols that need to be followed for the various branches of dogsport under KUSA’s jurisdiction. The Task Team received, and is extremely grateful for, the many submissions and suggestions from members of KUSA, Clubs and Sub-Committees, all of which are taken into consideration.

Now, as South Africa moves to Level 2 lockdown, the prospect of dog shows and dogsport events commencing again is becoming more likely. However, there are several misconceptions surrounding the reality of what is required in order for KUSA-licensed events to restart and therefore the Task Team deemed it prudent to highlight the following:

· KUSA’s activities are regulated by the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform & Rural Development (DALRRD), not the Department of Sports, Arts & Culture. KUSA is registered as a Breeders’ Society and Registering Authority by the DALRRD.

  • Given its affiliation to the , KUSA’s events are classified as public gatherings for recreational purposes, not as sporting events.
  • Although KUSA cannot specifically sanction dog-training by affiliated Clubs, it is also not in a position to prevent KUSA-members from training dogs individually. Moreover, KUSA has no jurisdiction over the activities of Professional Trainers.

· There being no certainty about the COVID-19 situation, or the lockdown levels, KUSA decided to rescind the few show licences which had already been issued for any events scheduled to be held before 31 December 2020. This was done in order to protect KUSA from possible adverse consequences of licensed events going ahead in contravention of Government regulations.

  • KUSA has NOT cancelled all shows for the rest of this year. Should the holding of KUSA events become possible in terms of Government regulations in the near future, previously issued licences will be reinstated for those Clubs that wish to proceed with their events, and new licence applications will be accepted.

· Although restrictions on certain activities have been eased under Level 2 regulations, the changes do not materially affect any events where 50 or more people are likely to attend.

· Events attended by fewer than 50 people may also not be restarted without the prescribed permission from Government – in KUSA’s instance, the DALRRD.

  • KUSA is therefore dependent on the assistance of  in order to restart events and is making every effort to engage with the DALRRD’s officials on this matter. The Department is, however, also under severe pressure due to COVID-19 issues, which resulted in a series of office closures at the various DALRRD campuses.

Once KUSA-licensed events restart, the following should be borne in mind:

· Traditional and existing event dates will be respected and given preference.

· Strict protocols, tailored to each Discipline, will be introduced for all KUSA-licensed events.

· Detailed submissions will be required from Clubs regarding the implementation of protocols, before licences are issued.

· The adherence to protocols at events will be monitored and non-compliance will lead to the withdrawal of licences and a shutdown of recalcitrant events.

KUSA and the Task Team members look forward to the possibility of licensed events resuming in the not too distant future and we are making every effort to facilitate the process.

All Clubs and other interested parties will be notified immediately when the necessary clearances have been secured from the DALRRD.

Notice to Affiliated Clubs, Provincial Councils and National Sub Committees Re: Use of Training Dog Collars

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This serves to remind all KUSA Clubs, Members and Organisations that the use of Prong (Spike) and Electric Shock Collars as a means of training dogs is not condoned by the Kennel Union of Southern Africa.

This notice serves to remind all KUSA Members of the following:

1. In 2007 KUSA published the following:

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Spike and Electric Shock Collars

Members are reminded that the use of spike and electric shock collars for the training of dogs is prohibited and anyone found using them may be liable to having Disciplinary action taken against them. Members should also be aware that should spike or electric shock collars be used, it is possible that, if discovered by the authorities, they could be charged with an offence in terms of Section 2(F) of the Animals Protection Act No 71 of 1962 (as amended).]

Extract of Section 2(F) of the Animal Protection Act No 71 of 1962 (as amended) :

2. (I) Any person who-

(f) uses on or attaches to any animal any equipment, appliance or vehicle which causes or will -cause injury to such animal or which is loaded, used or attached in such a manner as will cause such animal to be injured or to become diseased or to suffer unnecessarily;

2. KUSA Regulations are specific under SCHEDULE 05B(04) – Working Utility Dog, where it states:

3.3 Collars

The Judge(s) will ensure that during the exercises each dog under his jurisdiction wears only a plain training collar. Nothing will be attached to collars during exercises except leads when required. No spiked collars to be used. Tick collars and repellent devices will be allowed.

3. KUSA Schedule 05B(02) (Appendix B) -- FCI GUIDELINES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL UTILITY DOG TRIALS and INTERNAITONAL TRACKNG DOG TRIALS (IGP) states under the Preamble:

a. When it comes to training the physical as well as the psychological health of the dog is top priority. It is imperative then that the dog be handled in a fair, orderly and humane way .

b. It remains the ethical responsibility of man to raise and adequately train the dog. The applied methods must meet the standards of behavioural sciences, especially in regards to the breed. In order to achieve the upbringing, training or training effect, it is important to not utilize force and to use positive methods for the dog. Furthermore, it is imperative to decline the use of techniques that do not utilize the proper training, raising and training aides . Using a dog for dog sport has to be oriented to his capabilities, his competitive spirit and his willingness. Influencing the dogs training capabilities through the use of medication or animal cruelty must be avoided .

4. KUSA Schedule 05B(02) – Regulations for International Working Dog Trials and International Tracking Dog Trials (IGP) states:

3.3.7: Where there is a conflict between the Regulations for the International Utility Dog Trials and the International Tracking Dog Trial of the FCI and KUSA Schedules and administration, the KUSA Regulations will apply insofar as they do not alter the FCI IGP Trial rules.

5. KUSA Schedule 9 – Code of Ethics for Members of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) states:

ETHICAL BEHAVIOUR OF KUSA MEMBERS AS DOG OWNERS OR KEEPERS

KUSA Members shall, at all times, ensure that dogs owned by them, or entrusted to their care,

3.13 are not trained or worked beyond their willingness or capabilities and strictly confine training to methods that are humane and which do not cause undue fear, distress, or pain;

Members shall, at all times,

5.7 refrain from verbally or physically abusing any dog for not having performed to the expected standard or for having failed to achieve an expected award, or for any other reason whatsoever;

6. KUSA Regulations are specific under SCHEDULE 05M – Regulations for Flyball where it states:

10.2 Collars, Flyball harnesses and Leg wrapping

10.2.1 All dogs competing are to wear a flat buckle collar or Flyball harness of any material. Nothing in size. No hanging parts are allowed that are liable to flap around when the dog is racing. Holding any dog by the scruff of the neck or other parts is not permissible and will result in disqualification from the team.

10.2.2 Protection wrapping on dog’s legs may be used. Such wrapping should in no way impair the dogs’ performance and should not have any loose or hanging parts to it.

10.2.3 Unacceptable collars for all dogs attending Flyball events will include:

● Electronic collars

● Dummy electronic collars

● Pinch, pressure or prong collars

7. Other areas within the KUSA Constitution where there are references to the use of collars are:

Schedule 05N – Basic Working/Behaviour Test (BH)

1. On Lead Heeling - the on-lead dog, wearing an animal rights approved collar or harness

This is a serious matter. First and foremost, please ensure that dogs are trained by trainers who are keeping up with the modern view of positive reinforcement training. Prong, spiked and electric collars are simply cruel, being used to apply an aversive (stimulus that is painful or unpleasant) in order to prevent the animal from performing a particular behaviour. Under the Regulations of the Animal Protection Act the use of these collars is a Criminal Offence. KUSA has no alternative but to institute disciplinary action against those members or clubs which are found to utilise this method of training.

KUSA ACCESS TO GERMAN SV (VEREIN FÜR DEUTSCHE SCHÄFERHUNDE) JUDGES

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The German Shepherd Dog fraternity worldwide has noted with interest the judgement handed down by the District Court in Dortmund, Germany, that the Verein für das Deusche Hundewesen (VDH) had violated German and European antitrust laws by seeking to restrain the SV from releasing its German Shepherd Dog Specialist Judges to member organisations of the Weltunion der Vereine für Deutsche Schäferhunde (WUSV) that are not members of the FCI’s National Canine Organisations (NCOs) in various countries of the world. This prompted KUSA to seek confirmation from the FCI that, since this ruling was based on antitrust principles, it sought to bring about parity in all groupings’ access to SV Judges, whether German, or otherwise, irrespective of affiliation.

KUSA consulted with the Executive of the Asia, Africa and Oceania (A2O) Section of the FCI and received confirmation that KUSA-affiliated Clubs were equally entitled to apply for, and be granted, SV Judges to officiate at German Shepherd Dog Specialist Championship Shows in South Africa. The President of the A2O Section, Mr Augusto Benedicto Santos III, undertook to state the FCI’s position on this matter in writing and has subsequently provided KUSA with the letter below.

Following the Dortmund ruling, it is now abundantly clear that KUSA-affiliated German Shepherd Dog Specialist Clubs may no longer be denied access to SV Judges and hopefully it won’t be too long before one or more of our Clubs will host a Specialist German Shepherd Dog Judge from Germany to officiate at a Show held under a KUSA-licence!

July 29, 2020

Dear Jenny

AVAILABILITY OF SV JUDGES TO CLUBS AFFILIATED TO KUSA

I refer to our recent Zoom meeting and thank you for seeking the counsel of the Executive of the Asia, Africa and Oceania Section of the FCI on certain issues affecting the Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA). It was most useful to learn more about the challenges faced by KUSA in South Africa and I hope that Gopi and I were able to make a productive contribution towards addressing some of them.

You raised, inter alia, the issue of the availability of SV Judges to officiate at KUSA-licensed events following the judgement handed down by the District Court of Dortmund, Germany when, on 4 March 2020, the Court confirmed its interim injunction of 12 February 2020 by way of oral proceedings. As you correctly pointed out, the Court found that the instruction issued by the VDH to the SV in December 2019, violated European and German antitrust laws. In essence, the VDH’s instruction sought to prevent the SV from making specialist German Shepherd Dog Judges available to WUSV member Clubs in foreign countries where those Clubs did not belong to the FCI’s National Canine Organisations (NCO).

KUSA Statement

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KUSA statement on developments in the Netherlands affecting brachycephalic breeds

20th of June 2020

The Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) stands in solidarity with the National Canine Organisations (NCOs) around the world in advocating for the health and preservation of purebred dogs. The circumstances that have led to the recent decision by the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland (Dutch Kennel Club), to limit the registration of twelve purebred brachycephalic breeds, and further allow cross-breeding to increase muzzle length, is most disappointing. The impact of this decision will affect many responsible breeders in that country, making it impossible for them to continue improving the health and conformation of these breeds, within the framework of their breed standards.

These restrictions will have the greatest impact on the responsible breeders who focus on breeding healthy dogs, which best represent the breed standard, with no impact on those who breed indiscriminately. 

The prevalence of health problems in brachycephalic breeds is of concern to KUSA, particularly those pertaining to respiratory function and temperature regulation. These conditions related to Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) can have a serious and lasting effect on the welfare of affected dogs.

Important Announcement - Postponement of Dog Shows & Events Due to Covid-19

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Allocation of New Show Dates

8 May 2020

Shortly after the declaration of a State of Disaster in South Africa, the Federal Council of KUSA established a Task Team to consider the allocation of “new” dates for shows and events that had been postponed due to the stringent measures pertaining to social gatherings and sporting events put in place by the Government in mid-March.

The Task Team comprised the two Fedco members jointly holding the Fedco Portfolio for Shows, Carol Immelman and Gael Morison, the Chairman of Exco, Bruce Jenkins, and Adele Bastick from the KUSA Shows Department.

At the time it was established, the Task Team agreed to adopt a wait-and-see attitude, given the rapidly changing circumstances. The Task Team also concluded that, should any dates be allocated, they would only be provisional at such an early stage.

As time progressed, with the extension of the initial lockdown and, more recently, the introduction of the five lockdown levels, it became increasingly apparent that we were a long way from being able to resume holding dog shows in South Africa.

2020 KUSA Classic Weekend

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GOLDFIELDS SHOWGROUNDS, JOHANNESBURG.
Incorporating the FCI International (Africa) CACIB Show, KUSA Championship Show; KUSA National Eliminations, Finals & Awards, including National Child, Junior & Open Handler Competitions

IMPORTANT NOTICE

With reference to our previous Notice published on 25 March 2020, it is with sadness and regret that we have finally reached the decision to cancel the 2020 KUSA Classic Weekend.

Needless to say, it was a difficult decision, taken only after careful consideration of all the circumstances and implications, but overwhelmingly informed by the persisting uncertainties in South Africa around the trajectory and ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The members of the Organising Committee of KUSA Classic 2020 thank you for your understanding and express their gratitude for your ongoing support of KUSA’s flagship event. We look forward to hosting a ‘bumper’ KUSA Classic Weekend in Gauteng in 2021!

2020 KUSA Showdog of the Year

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

As exhibitors are aware, COVID-19 has decimated the 2020 Show Season and thereby effectively suspended the accumulation of KUSA Showdog of the Year points.

In addition, the cancellation of the 2020 KUSA Classic Weekend has left the Competition without its regulated end-date in 2020. The Regulations for the KUSA Showdog of the Year Competition - Schedule 05E (24) – provide for the Competition to run from the day after the final show of the KUSA Classic Weekend in one year to the final day of the KUSA Classic Weekend in the following year.

Having considered the various options, the Federal Council of KUSA concluded that no Showdog of the Year awards will be made in 2020. However, all points accumulated by dogs during the period following the 2019 KUSA Classic Weekend to the present, will be retained. That means that no points earned to date will be lost, and once Championship Shows resume, points will be awarded as usual and added to the existing totals.

The end-date of the Competition will be the last day of the 2021 KUSA Classic Weekend and the winner will be declared the 2020 & 2021 KUSA Showdog of the Year.

The above solution was deemed to be the one that would cause the least prejudice to all parties. We look forward to the resumption of Championship Shows and the revival of the Points Table. Until then, enjoy the company of your beautiful dogs at home and keep yourself, your family and your loved ones safe.

GSDFSA vs Registrar AIA & Others

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Fedco Update - German Shepherd Federation of South Africa vs Registrar of Animal Improvement and Others

Members will recall that the German Shepherd Federation of South Africa (GSDFSA) applied for a Judicial Review under the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act (PAJA) to have certain actions of the Registrar of Animal Improvement in the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) set aside. The impugned actions were the Registrar’s decision to register KUSA as the Breeders’ Society for 218 canine breeds (including German Shepherd Dogs) and as a Registering Authority for canines.

On 11 May 2020, the Honourable Shanaaz C Mia, Judge of the High Court, Gauteng Local Division, Johannesburg, delivered her Judgement in the above matter, explaining the main issue at stake as follows:

“The main issue for determination is whether the Registrar was empowered to take the decision to issue a certificate to KUSA as a Breeding society on the 23 October 2015 and as a Registering authority on 13 June 2016 without consulting the Federation before taking the decision. Flowing from that, taking into account the provisions of s 7 of PAJA which prescribes the timeframe of 180 days for the institution of a review application; whether the application for review was brought within the prescribed timeframe.

Covid -19 KUSA Office announcement

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Dear KUSA Members

Re: Visits to the KUSA Office, Cape Town

The KUSA Office has noted the key containment and mitigation measures that are being implemented across South Africa in an attempt to reduce the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

Besides the basic protective measures recommended by the WHO and government, the following preventative measures have been put in place:-

Members are discouraged from coming to the KUSA Office. All applications are to be emailed together with proof of payment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please use your membership number as the bank reference.

In the case of applications for transfer of ownership or where original documentation is required to be submitted, please send via Postnet or Registered Mail.

Collection of Certificates (Registration/ Award or other) from the office will be suspended until further notice. Members will be contacted and given an option to have the certificates posted, at no extra charge or sent by Postnet at a charge of R99.

The daily delivery of Certificates to the Post Office and Postnet for onward postage, will be reduced to once a week, to lessen the exposure of the staff member involved.

Members are reminded that they can confirm receipt of their applications and track the progress of applications submitted via the KUSA Members Portal on the KUSA Website (https://www.k9online.co.za/login.php). Under the KUSA history Tab, all relevant information pertaining to each application batch submitted can be found (payments received, type of application submitted, date received, progress status etc.)

To register as an online user, go to https://www.k9online.co.za/register.php,and submit the online activation application form. A username and password will be emailed to you.

We urge all members to register as an online user and thereby gain instant access to your personal data including full details of dogs registered and litters bred etc. without having to be in contact with the KUSA Office, should staff be indisposed.

Further, members with inquiries are requested to submit all inquiries in writing via e-mail only. Telephonic inquiries are to be restricted to matters of grave urgency only, due to a reduction in staff resources and avoidance in sharing telephone equipment.

We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Media Release 2

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Seizure of dogs by the Boksburg SPCA from the Springs property of KUSA Member

The widely reported seizure of Pomeranians and Yorkshire Terriers from the property of a KUSA member in Selcourt, Springs, is of extreme concern. KUSA was alerted to the seizure of the dogs on 10 February 2020 through a posting on the Boksburg SPCA’s Facebook page.

KUSA condemns any form of cruelty to animals. The extremely grave situation called for swift and decisive action and, as soon as the name of the person involved was disclosed by the SPCA, an investigation was instructed by the Chairman of the Federal Council under Article 19 of the KUSA Constitution.

Media Release 1

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KUSA response to the post of 9 February 2020 on the Facebook page of the Boksburg SPCA, entitled SPCA CONFISCATES 41 PEDIGREE DOGS FROM KUSA-REGISTERED BREEDER

The Kennel Union of Southern Africa (KUSA) strongly condemns any form of cruelty to animals and was dismayed to learn about the serious allegations against an alleged KUSA member which, if found to be true, will result in disciplinary action against such member in terms of KUSA’s Disciplinary Rules.

KUSA has contacted the Boksburg SPCA to request details of the so-called breeder, but learnt that this information was privileged at the moment. Once the SPCA has released the name, the necessary research can be done and disciplinary action taken, if warranted.

It needs to be pointed out that the SPCA’s headline is inaccurate and misleading. KUSA does not register breeders and has neither the authority, nor the power, to bestow the title of “registered breeder” on any person. KUSA is primarily a registry where records of ancestry and genealogy of purebred dogs in South Africa are kept on behalf of its members.

New views required for Elbow Dysplasia certification submissions

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The South African Elbow Dysplasia (ED) scheme was initiated in 1999 to assist breeders to improve breeding selection to reduce the incidence of this very common and often crippling disease in dogs, particularly larger working dogs. Certification is done according to the Guidelines of the International Elbow Working Group (IEWG) and as approved by WSAVA. The number of views required to certify dogs varies in different countries with increasing views resulting in more accurate grading.

In 1999 the minimum requirement of a single flexed lateral view of each elbow was instituted to start the SA scheme to minimise costs and gain greater breeder compliance. We are now 20 years further with additional knowledge of subtle radiological changes in dysplastic elbows as well as the X-ray digital era upon 98% of veterinary practices. This creates additional opportunities to improve ED grading accuracy with minimal cost implications.

In discussions with KUSA and the National Clinicians Group of the SAVA and based on IEWG guidelines and a recent article* on the incidence of hip and elbow dysplasia in South Africa, the following two views of each elbow will be required for elbow grading as from 1 June 2019:
• Fully Extended ML view
• Pronated CrCd view
Minimal, if any, cost changes to owners are envisaged with the introduction of the new views.

The KUSA HD/ED approved radiologists will also directly inform veterinarians of these changes. KUSA members are however requested to confirm the extra views with the veterinary practice at time of admission of their dogs for ED radiographs. Incorrect submissions of the old single elbow view will be accepted for the first three months after the implementation date to allow a smooth transition period. Updated HD/ED application forms are available on the KUSA website.

AKC Certified Export Pedigree: Everything You Need to Know

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If your dog is a world traveler, his journeys just became easier.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has launched the new AKC Certified Export Pedigree that merges into one document all the information required to obtain registration with foreign kennel clubs.

The new document makes it safer and less confusing to register dogs abroad. This is especially helpful for breeders who sell puppies overseas and those who show dogs in other countries.

“I am excited to announce the AKC Certified Export Pedigree is live,” says Linda Duncklee, Director of AKC Registration. “We will soon be sending information to all the foreign registries to let them know.”

AKC has reciprocal agreements with more than 200 foreign kennel clubs. To register an American-born, AKC-recognized breed with one of these registries, the dog first must be registered with the American Kennel Club and the owner must provide proof of this to the foreign organization.

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Exclusion of Dogs from Exhibition Due to Aggression

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EXCLUSION OF DOGS FROM EXHIBITION DUE TO AGGRESSION

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. The Show Secretary, on behalf of the Show Committee, shall submit to the Secretary within seven (7) days of the close of the Show a written report supported by sworn statements of any witnesses and all other evidence available to the Show Committee at the time of the incident.

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Seizure of dogs from the property of KUSA Members

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The widely reported seizure of dogs from the property of two KUSA members by the SPCA is of extreme concern. KUSA became aware of the seizure of the dogs in the early morning of 4 February 2019. KUSA condemns any form of cruelty to animals and the serious situation called for swift action, which was taken immediately. This took the form of a Review and Investigatory Committee (R&IC), appointed in terms of Article 19 of the KUSA Constitution.

The Chairman of the Federal Council has informed the parties involved that, during the period of the criminal investigation and the term of the R&IC, the following would apply:

With immediate effect, the persons involved would be precluded from registering any dog, whether adult or puppy, whether locally bred or imported, with the Kennel Union;

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.

Statement on Membership

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STATEMENT OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FEDERAL COUNCIL ON THE FEDCO DECISION TO REQUIRE THAT OWNERS OF DOGS ENTERED AT KUSA CHAMPIONSHIP SHOWS BE MEMBERS OF KUSA

It is both curious and disappointing that members of KUSA, who should have the best interests of the organisation at heart, express such vehement opposition on social media to Fedco’s decision to redress an historical deficiency in the Constitution by expecting owners of dogs entered at KUSA’s Championship Shows to be members of the organisation.

How to import dogs and canine products

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Importing dogs and/or frozen semen is a necessary, yet stressful process that many KUSA members endure to ensure the excellence of their bloodlines. A lot of the stress can be taken away by knowing what is expected from you to make the process a success.