Open letter to the board of the Raad van Beheer (Dutch Kennel Club) regarding Brachycephalic breeds
Hollandse Bulldoggen Club – Eerste Gezelschapshonden Club Nederland – Shih Tzu Club Nederland – Boston Terriër Club Nederland – Commedia Mopshonden Vereniging – Engelse Bulldog Club Nederland – Pekingees en Dwergspanielclub – Vereniging van Fokkers en Liefhebbers van gladharige Dwergpinschers
To the board of the Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland
Attn.: Mr. R. Nuberg, Secretary p/a Emmalaan 16-18 1075 AV Amsterdam
24th of June 2020
In response to the Minister’s negative response to the breeding strategy-program drawn up jointly by the Raad van Beheer and the breed clubs involved, you informed us on the 11th of May to adjust the breeding declaration and registration of Brachycephalic breeds effective from the 18th of May this year
In fact, this means that the Raad van Beheer (Dutch Kennel Club) no longer issues pedigrees to puppies born from breed – typical parents of the following breeds:
Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, Bulldog, French Bulldog, Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Petit Brabançon, Japan Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Pug, Pekingese and Shih Tzu
This disastrous decision makes breeding dogs of these breeds in accordance with the breed standard impossible in the Netherlands. The breeders of these breeds are there fore heavily duped. In addition, the result of this decision will be that the breeds with a CFR between 0.3 and 0.5 will also follow soon. It also sets a precedent for the same exclusion of breed – typical dogs of other breeds with external characteristics, which will be attacked in an equally easy but misleading manner. Internationally, this decision has already led to many indignant and troubled reactions, both within the FCI and its affiliated contract partners.
The Breed clubs involved therefore agree that this is an wrongful decision that ignores the statutes and by – laws of the Raad van Beheer (Kynologisch Reglement)
Herewith we would like to make four urgent requests to you to restore the situation as to before the 11th of May and prevent the current situation from having a knock-on effect on many other breeds to follow:
– The “Raad van Beheer” (Dutch Kennel Club) immediately and retroactively revokes the amended registration procedure for Brachycephalic Breeds published the 11th of May 2020.
– The “Raad van Beheer” (Dutch Kennel Club) endorses the statement that the breed standard is leading and supports the FCI Standards Commission open letter about Brachycephalic dogs
– The ‘Raad van Beheer” (Dutch Kennel Club) concludes covenants with the breed clubs involved , whereby a best effort obligation is placed with the breeders as a condition for the issuing of pedigrees. This effort obligation includes a mandatory health test, preferably based on the scientific research conducted by the Cambridge BOAS Research Group through a license from the English Kennel Club supported by the FCI. In view of the many preparatory work already carried out, this can be realized in the very short term together with the breed clubs involved.
– The “Raad van Beheer” (Dutch Kennel Club) in collaboration with the breed clubs
involved, establishes a network of 20 to 30 veterinarians to facilitate the breeders of our clubs to carry out the health tests mentioned in the covenants. This concerns, for example, the Cambridge BOAS test, patellatest and the eye test (for Brachycephalic dogs). These veterinarians can be trained by a number of specialists (partly in accordance with the license with the English Kennel Club) and form a network of test locations in the Netherlands. By doing so health tests can be made cheap and accessible, which increases the chance that not only breeding animals, but also offspring can be tested. This provides more data and can lead to a faster elimination
of problems in a breed. These vets are also an important refer ence group for the pedigree dogs and can act as their ambassadors. We expect The “Raad van Beheer” (Dutch Kennel Club) to comply with these reque after which we can work to preserve the breeding of the aforementioned breeds in good cooperation . If you do not respond to our requests, we consider convening an Extraordinary General Meeting in accordance with art. 21 of the statutes of the “Raad van Beheer op Kynologic Area in the Netherlands” (Dutch Kennel Club).
Hollandse Bulldoggen Club
Eerste Gezelschapshonden Club Nederland
Shih Tzu Club Nederland
Boston Terriër Club Nederland
Commedia Mopshonden Vereniging
Engelse Bulldog Club Nederland
Bulldog Club Nederland
Pekingees en Dwergspanielclub
Vereniging van Fokkers en Liefhebbers van gladharige Dwergpinschers