20.07.2022 | KUSA National Certificates (Breed)

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Certificates will be available for collection at Goldfields for all Gauteng based owners. The upcoming all-breeds shows are:

  • 14 August – Working & Herding Breeds Association, Golden Reef
  • 21 August – Goldfields Kennel Club

Alternatively, please contact Claire (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to arrange collection

08.07.2022 | For attention: National Conveners of Dogsports, Provincial Council Secretaries and Ad hoc Sub Committee’s

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Your attention is drawn to the following extract from the Minutes of the Fedco meeting held 06-2022. The office will be in touch with you shortly to assist you in drafting these amendments.

Examinations for Judges on the Schedules for the various forms of Dogsport as well as Schedules 3 and 9 Appendix “B” 

Submitted by the KUSA Office:

The Chairman explained that, in the area of Judges’ qualification, the various dogsport Schedules generally contained the requirement of a “written exam” on their own Schedules as well as Schedule 3, although some Schedules did not specify whether the exams were to be written with, or without, the use of reference material.

13.06.2022 | Basil le Roux representing KUSA and South Africa at the Junior Handling Competition at the World Dog Show, Madrid

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The Kennel Union of Southern Africa and South African dog world wish Basil le Roux (Jnr) a pleasant and very successful trip to the World Dog Show in Madrid, Spain. We are confident that he will fly the South African flag with pride and aplomb and excel in the Junior Handling Competition ring with any charge entrusted to his skilled showmanship.

Bring home the honours, Basil!

08.04.2022 | FCI Concession for Awarding the Title of FCI A2O International Beauty Champion (FCI-C.I.B.)

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With the termination of the National State of Disaster announced by the President, effective from the 5 April 2022, notice is hereby given of the withdrawal of the FCI concession for the awarding of the title FCI International Beauty Champion (FCI-C.I.B).

With immediate effect, the following criteria will need to be met to earn the title of International Beauty Champion (FCI-C.I.B.) as per the Regulations for FCI Asia, Africa & Oceania (A2O) Section International Championship :

  • Four (4) FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s,
    • awarded by four (4) different Judges,
    • from three (3) different Countries.

The period for accumulating FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s under the FCI concession , would thus be limited to the period 1 January 2020 to 4 April 2022.

05.04.2022 | Chris Griffith and his contribution to Dobermanns in South Africa

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A tribute by Brian Blades

Former Chairman of the Federal Council of KUSA, Chris Griffith, has passed away, aged 90. Before becoming Chairman of Fedco, Chris was Chairman of the Dobermann Club of Natal for many years, as well as Chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Council.

Chris’s Dobermann journey began with a puppy bitch from the United Kingdom, “Dizown Dressed to Kill”, known as Scarlett, imported as a family pet and companion with no intention to breed or show. When Scarlett arrived, it was evident that she was an outstanding puppy and Chris was persuaded to attend the Dobermann Club of Natal’s Championship Show in July 1994.

On arrival at the show, Chris informed me that Scarlett would not walk on a lead and was an absolute hooligan. At the show, Scarlett quickly grasped what was required of her and was judged Best Puppy in Show. With this success, and being a true competitor, Chris was keen to repeat Scarlett’s debut success. A few weeks later, he entered an All-breeds Championship Show, where Scarlett was once again awarded Best Puppy in Show. A second beautiful trophy got Chris hooked on dog-showing and led to the founding of his well-known Southernbell Kennels shortly thereafter.

14.03.2022 | Christopher John Lawson Griffith | 03.06.1931 – 13.03.2022

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It is with profound sadness that the Kennel Union informs its Officials, Members and Associates of the passing of Chris Griffith on 13 March 2022 in Lidgetton, KwaZulu-Natal.

Chris served as the Chairman of the Provincial Council of KwaZulu-Natal of KUSA for a number of years, during which he represented this Province on the Federal Council of KUSA. In June 2015, Chris stepped in as Acting Chairman of the Federal Council when David Thompson requested a leave of absence due to ill health. Chris completed David’s term in an acting capacity and was elected Chairman of the Federal Council of KUSA in December 2016 for a four-year term. In December 2020, Chris stepped down as Chairman of the Federal Council and handed the baton to Jenny Hubbard.

28.02.2022 | Resignation of Kyle Farmer

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It is with great sadness that the Kennel Union had to bid farewell to its Office Manager and Interim Secretary, Kyle Farmer, at the end of February 2022. During his 3-year tenure with KUSA, Kyle accomplished a great deal in improvement to operations and IT systems and his knowledge and innovative drive will be missed.

Those who are committed to the wellbeing and success of KUSA, will always be indebted to Kyle for the manner in which he had planned, steered and executed the organisation’s relocation from 68 Bree Street to a congenial office environment a few blocks away. He was instrumental in initiating an exciting new era for KUSA which, above all, secures his place in the history of our organisation.

After careful consideration, Kyle decided to emigrate to the UK for personal reasons and career opportunities.

07.02.2022 | KUSA Trick Dog – Entries for Elementary Class now open

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The Trick Dog Test (Schedule 11(C) is designed to encourage people to develop a solid relationship with their dog through working with that dog. This will also encourage good pet ownership and improve the handlers’ training skills by diversifying their training they do. The test is designed to be all inclusive, catering for dogs of all ages and breeds (including cross breeds), as well as handlers and dogs of varying physical abilities. It is also designed with the domestic pet owner in mind, encouraging them to spend more time with their dog and, hopefully, for them to become part of the KUSA family.

01.02.2022 | KUSA SHOWDOG OF THE YEAR 2020-21

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Award Ceremony held on 22 January 2022 at the prestigious Supa 7’s Event

Congratulations to the winners

Photo’s courtesy of Joan Whittingham










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After a distinguished career with the Kennel Union spanning thirty-four years, it is not only with great sadness, but also with heartfelt melancholy, that the members of the Federal Council, the members of the Executive Committee, the Management and staff of the Kennel Union and the Members of the Kennel Union bid farewell to the Manager of the Clubs, Shows & Judges’ Department of KUSA, Adele Bastick.

Adele joined the Kennel Union in 1987 as a Senior Typist, reporting to Kathy Walton.  In 1989, Adele was given the responsibility for all matters relating to the Judges’ Section. In March 1990 she went on three months’ maternity leave and on 27 January 2000 she was promoted to the Administrator of the Judges’ Section (Club Affairs).  In March 2005, Adele was appointed Manager of the Clubs, Shows & Judges’ Department with five members of staff reporting to her, a position she held up to her retirement.

Under the able leadership of the former President of the Kennel Union, Mr Greg Eva, Adele acquainted herself with the intricacies of the Kennel Union’s operations and, after Mr Eva’s departure, dedicated herself to adapting to the ever-increasing demands of an organisation which had undergone imperative restructuring. The Federal Council, Executive Committee and the General Manager became heavily reliant on her institutional knowledge of all matters pertaining to Clubs, Shows and Judges.

As we say goodbye to Adele after such a protracted and exemplary term of service, all her KUSA colleagues - those that shared her space in Bree Street, as well as those scattered across the country – wish her only happiness and fulfilment in her retirement and an abundance of pleasurable indulgence and accomplishment during the leisure years that await her. Adele will leave us with her unique mark entrenched in Kennel Union history and countless will be the days that one or other of her colleagues will wish that she was still close at hand.


Chairman's Report 2021

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My first year in office as Chairman of the Federal Council has brought some disturbing, some interesting and many varied challenges.

During 2021, we continued to deal with the adjusted Alert Levels of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sadly, this affected us all in one way or another and my deepest sympathies go to those KUSA Members who had lost family and friends during the year and who were financially affected by the pandemic. Just when we thought there was some light at the end of the tunnel, we are now further challenged by the new Omicron variant. With infections on the rise, we are bracing ourselves for a 4th wave of infections and with it, no doubt, further restriction as the National State of National Disaster continues unabated. I urge all KUSA Members to give themselves some level of resistance against this virus by supporting the vaccination drive.

It was very heartening to see the revival of some dog shows and events during the past year. Dog training resumed and socialisation of the ‘COVID’ puppies opened up. Thank you, to all the Clubs and Dogsport Committees who persevered and held shows and events under strict protocols and to the competitors who supported these events. The entries were generally encouraging and boded well for the future of the canine activities.

Congratulations to the KUSA COVID-19 Task Team under the leadership of Carol Immelman, who worked tirelessly to assist KUSA and the show-holding Clubs. Their efforts are much appreciated, and we recognise that this was no easy task. I extend my thanks to our KUSA Legal Adviser for keeping us abreast of the ever-changing government regulations. The KUSA Shows Department was put under extreme pressure, dealing with short lead times and the extra workload of checking Show Schedules in accordance with the applicable protocols prior to the issuing of show licences. I thank the KUSA Office most sincerely for coping so well under the pressure.


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The following Learner Judges were successful in passing PAPER 2 of the above Examination for the Groups indicated and may now judge at Championship Show Level:


Mrs M. Heneke – Terrier Group

Mr G. Schultz – Herding Group

Prof. M. Nicolau – Gundog Group

Mrs L. Van Schalkwyk – Terrier Group


Mr T. Ingram – Terrier Group

Mrs M. Halmi  Hound Group

 The following Learner Judges were successful in passing PAPER 1 of the above Examination:

KUSA Regulations and Canine Physiology

(Group/Breed of study is in brackets)


Ms M.L. Tregoning (Herding Group)


Mrs L. Olivier (Herding Group)

Dr. M. Nezar (Herding Group)


05.11.2021 | Announcement - Winners - KUSA Showdog of the Year 2021

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KUSA is delighted to announce that the KUSA Showdog of the Year points table has been finalised and the winners can be declared as follows:

  • First & 1st-placed Toy – Yorkshire Terrier – Under the Stars of Hello Yorkies – Owner: Pam Brown
  • Second & 1st-placed Hound – Saluki - Fleetwind Thunderstruck – Owners: Elrena Stadler, Joy McFarlane and Néil de Kock
  • Third & 1st-placed Herding – Australian Shepherd - Stone Ridge Long Live Cowboys at Charisma – Owners: Willem & Louise Kruger
  • Fourth & 1st-placed Terrier – Scottish Terrier – Lucia’s Dream Steelsheen at Tartanskye – Owner: Martina Leroux-Cloete
  • Fifth & 1st-placed Working – Great Dane – Gaitewai A Falcon Flies of Fairmoor – Owner: Leigh Beckmann
  • Sixth & 1st-placed Utility – Dalmatian - Dallmalli Ducks in a Row – Owner: Carol Immelman
  • Eighth & 1st-placed Bitch – Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) – Everleigh Born to Perform – Owners: Lesley & Michelle Tregoning
  • Ninth & 1st-placed Gundog – Spaniel (English Springer) – Lordsett Cherry Alexander – Owner: Craig Polkinghorne

We also have pleasure in announcing that the Award Presentation Ceremony for KUSA Showdog of the Year will take place at the Eastern Districts Kennel Club’s prestigious SUPA 7s Spectacular gala event at the Indaba Hotel on Saturday, 22 January 2022. The Award Presentation will recognise the Overall Winner and the various Group Winners (all Dogs), as well as the Top Bitch.

You can find the full KUSA Showdog of the Year table here> https://bit.ly/31rBIbv

The next KUSA Showdog of the Year competition commenced on Monday, 27 September 2021.

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 @ R185.00* (Major Centres) and Postnet2Door Non-Express @ R275.00*(Regional Centres), which are all trackable.

22.10.2021 | FCI International Champion Concession

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1. According to the Regulations for FCI Asia, Africa & Oceania (A2O) Section International Championship, the following criteria need to be met to earn the title of International Beauty Champion (FCI-C.I.B.):

• Four (4) FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s,
• awarded by four (4) different Judges,
• from three (3) different Countries.

2. Following an appeal to the FCI for the relaxation of these requirements for South Africa for a finite period, i.e. until the National State of Disaster Regulations are repealed, we are pleased to advise that the FCI’s General Committee has agreed to KUSA’s request on behalf of exhibitors.

3. In consequence, for as long as the National State of Disaster prevails, South African dogs would be permitted to gain their FCI-C.I.B. titles by meeting the following criteria:

• Four (4) FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s,
• awarded by four (4) different South African Judges,
• or by a combination of four (4) different South African and foreign Judges,
• subject to the following:

4. The period for accumulating FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s under South African Judges in order to apply for the FCI-C.I.B., will be from 1 January 2020 up to the date of the repeal of the National State of Disaster.

5. FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s awarded by foreign Judges prior to 1 January 2020 will be considered for supplementation of those earned under South African Judges post 1 January 2020 to fill the required quota of four (4) FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s in order to apply for the FCI-C.I.B., provided that such FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s have been earned within the period of three years before 1 January 2020, i.e. between 1 January 2017 to 31 December 2019, and provided further that the combined submission is acceptable to the FCI.

6. The FCI has not, as yet, committed to any dispensation on the issue of FCI-C.A.C.I.B.®s earned subsequent to the repeal of the National State of Disaster supplementing those earned under South African Judges as from 1 January 2020.

KUSA Events under Adjusted Alert Level 1

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KUSA Events under Adjusted Alert Level 1

The KUSA COVID-19 Task Team is pleased to announce that following the Government adjustment to COVID-19 Alert Level 1, on 30 September 2021, the KUSA COVID-19 Protocols and Procedures have been amended as follows:

Access Control and Disclaimers will no longer be required at KUSA-licensed events, but organisers must continue to manage their events to include all possible precautionary and preventative measures to protect participants from exposure to coronavirus.

In particular, and without exception, the following MUST REMAIN IN PLACE:

  • Clubs must ensure that no more than 2000 people are present at any time during an Event held outdoors, or 750 people if held indoors.
  • Every person attending must wear a mask at all times, except when running while handling a dog in competition.
  • Sanitiser must be freely available in suitable dispensers.
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.

Responsibility for ensuring that all COVID-19 Protocols are adhered to is the sole responsibility of show-holding Clubs and they should take note of the following:

  • A COVID-19 Compliance Officer and Assistant COVID-19 Compliance Officer must be appointed and their details submitted to KUSA. The Compliance Officer must be a KUSA member, but it is not necessary for the Assistant Compliance Officer to be a KUSA member.
  • The following Statement must appear on all Schedules for KUSA events:

COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures will be observed at this event

  • A maximum of 2000 people will be allowed at the venue at any one time if held outdoors, or 750 attendees if held indoors.
  • All persons attending this event must wear a reusable cloth or sponge face mask, or a disposable surgical mask, except when running while handling a dog in competition. Face shields only are not legal. Any person not wearing a mask will be requested to leave the venue.
  • All attendees must observe social distancing and, whenever feasible, maintain a distance of at least 1.5 metres between themselves and others with whom they don’t cohabit.
  • Sanitiser will be available at the Organisers’ Office, on all Judges’ tables, at ring entrances and in the toilet areas.

30.09.2021 | KUSA Office Relocation - Important Notice

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As has been extensively publicised in Notices and Federal Council Minutes, the KUSA Office will be moving to new, smaller premises, located at 7 Bree Street, Cape Town, on Monday, 4 October 2021.

Private office space has been leased for a period of 12 months from a company that offers innovative, flexible and collaborative workspaces. The new premises will act as a hub, creating a hybrid working environment whereby staff can work from home for several days of the week and come into the office as required to attend meetings and do printing and courier despatches. This interim solution is envisaged to endure until the much-anticipated digital platform becomes available, allowing KUSA Members to download and print their own digital copies of Certificates. The introduction of the online digital platform is on track for the first quarter of 2022, by which time KUSA would hopefully have sourced and customised a suitable property to become its future permanent headquarters.

Until further notice, Members are requested NOT to visit the KUSA Offices (new or old) and NOT to arrange for third party Courier Company collection or delivery. Documents may be couriered to PostNet Long Street, 2 Long Street, Cape Town, clearly marked for the attention of KUSA, from which we will collect once or twice a week.  

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.

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

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


2021 KUSA Classic Weekend 19.05.21

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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


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.



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.


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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.

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Resources Officer – Nikki Redtenbacher

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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

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.

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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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

Posted in KUSA News

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:


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.


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:


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.


Posted in KUSA News

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


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

Posted in KUSA News

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

Posted in KUSA News

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.

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

Posted in KUSA News

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

Posted in KUSA News

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

Posted in KUSA News

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.