The Full Guide (updated October 2010) to Member Services and Registration Rules is provided as a PDF download.
Society forms to record matings and transfer dogs are available by telephone enquiry to +44 (0)1234 352672 between 9-1 and 2-5 Monday to Friday UK time, or by email enquiry, giving your full name and address. Mating Cards and Transfer Forms cannot be downloaded and original documents must be submitted by post - fax and email scan copies may not be accepted.
There are specific rules regarding articficial insemination that the Full Guide refers to. An AI Protocol can be viewed and also an AI Notification Card downloaded.
There were several changes to these Rules following the Society meetings at the end of January 2009 and in January 2010 and a summary of those changes is reported:
The Eye Test Rules
The current position on Eye Test Rules has ben summarised in the March/April 2010 Society magazine and a reproduction of the news can be seen here.
Breeding of Dogs Act
The Society’s position with regard to The Breeding of Dogs Acts has been considered. Members will be informed of the law relating to licensed breeders and advised to follow the good practice whether licensed or not. The Society already has a rule that regulates breeding from a bitch such that no more than three litters will be registered in any three year period. You can see more detail here.
Transfer of Dogs Rules.
The Society’s position on Transfers has been that if a purchaser did not or could not get the Transfer Card signed by the seller then little could be done. This was not helpful in genuine cases and probably encouraged forgery. The new position will be that if a person ‘keeps’ the dog and is in possession of the Certificate then these are reasonable grounds for them to apply to become the registered keeper. This makes no judgement of who may hold legal title.
Therefore, if someone has the dog and Certificate but has lost contact with the previous registered keeper, they may submit a Transfer Card to the Society with no current keeper (seller) details at a cost of £12.00 for the Transfer and £22.00 for a letter of enquiry to be written to the previous keeper. The Society will then make all the enquiries for you and the dog will be transferred unless the previous keeper replies with an overriding objection based on hard evidence, for example theft or other wrongdoing established with the police. A complaint that “he did not pay me enough” for example, would not be evidence.
Please note that Duplicate Certificates will continue to be made available only to the current Registered Keeper. Be warned that there can be no signing of Transfer Cards on behalf of the seller. A forgery of signature is a serious matter that will be referred for disciplinary consideration. Finally, to stop arguments about who sends the £12.00, new Transfer Cards will just say “£12.00 fee payable”, and no longer specify that the seller has to pay.