Dog Show Regulations

  1. All Dogs participating in an EBKC licensed dog show must be microchipped and have a valid European Pet passport (when traveling across borders) or a valid Health Certificate issued by a licensed veterinary surgeon (if the show is within same country of residence). – It is important to know that when crossing European borders this is obligatory by law for the safe passage of your dog from and to another country of origin.
  2. All dogs participating in the dog show must be in good health, up to date with their vaccinations, and well groomed and cleaned prior to entering the EBKC Dog Show ring.
  3. Required Vaccinations. All dogs six months of age or older must have vaccinations for Rabies, Canine Distemper and Canine Parvovirus to be present on the grounds of any EBKC event or to be eligible to compete at EBKC events. Dogs under six months of age present on the grounds of any EBKC event must have current vaccinations for Canine Distemper and Canine Parvovirus. Any dog that is known to have been in contact with a canine communicable disease within thirty days prior to the event may not be on the grounds of a EBKC event. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
  4.  In the case of dogs that have undergone surgical procedures, a veterinary certificate is required and must be presented upon request.
  5. All dogs participating in the dog show must be shown with a leash and choker. For the welfare of the dog and others, no spiked or studded collars are allowed on the dog inside the EBKC Dog Show ring.
  6. Prior to entering the show ring, dogs should be given ample time to urinate and defecate. If an ‘accident’ should happen inside the show ring, the owner/handler must clean up after their dog.
  7. All owners/ handlers must have a dog crate/cage for each dog entering the dog show.
  8. All owners / handlers must clean up after their dog.
  9. All owners / handlers must be professional and polite and respect the final ruling of the show judge.
  10. All owners / handlers must be able to physically control their dog and also be of an age to be able to communicate and understand the judge whilst in the show ring.
  11. No Bitches are allowed to enter the show location during their heat cycle.
  12. All dog owners/ handlers must provide fresh drinking water and a drinking bowl for their dogs.
  13. No human aggressive dogs are allowed to enter in the competition.
  14. Finality of Judges Decisions: By entering any EBKC event, the owner and handler of any dog agree to accept the decision of the judge as final. The decision of a judge is the responsibility of the judge and not that of European Bully Kennel Club.
  15. Restrictions: No dog less than 3 months of age may be present on the grounds of a EBKC licensed event. The presence of any other dog not entered into the event is at the discretion of the club. The use of alcohol and illegal drugs at EBKC events is prohibited. If an event is held in an establishment which has a bar, the sale of alcohol is permitted but alcohol is not forbidden in the show area. Fire arms or Weapons are prohibited.Violators may be excused from the ring by the judge or event grounds by the Event Committee or any officer of the club and the decisions of these officials are final.
  16. Dog Temperament and Behaviour: Owners of EBKC registered dogs are responsible for the behaviour of their dogs at EBKC events. Dogs participating in EBKC events are expected to have stable temperaments appropriate to their breeds and to be sufficiently well trained so that no dog’s behaviou interferes with the judge’s ability to evaluate the dog or its performance. Owners or designated handlers are expected to ensure at all times that their dogs present no threat to persons or other dogs attending the event. A judge must excuse a dog when the dog’s behaviour significantly interferes with the judge’s ability to evaluate the dog or to evaluate the dogs of other exhibitors. This includes, but is not limited to, such behaviour as not standing for examination or refusing to walk. A judge must excuse a dog when the dog’s demeanor gives the judge reason to believe that the dog may not be safely examined or appears to be a serious threat to other dogs in the ring. In such cases, the judge must mark the dog “Excused” in the judge’s book and state the reason for the excusal. The judge’s decision on such matters is final.
  17. Disqualification: A judge must disqualify a dog that bites or attempts to bite a person (including its handler), or that bites or attacks another dog. The term “attack” is defined as unprovoked, aggressive physical contact between at least two dogs or a dog and a person. If the bite, attempted bite or attack occurs in the ring the judge must mark the dog “disqualified” in the judge’s book and state the reason for the disqualification. The ring area includes all competition areas in which the judge is officiating including but not limited to; the chute area, on deck area, weigh in area, staging/holding area, catch/release area. The judge’s decision in such matters is final. The judge must also report any such incident to the Event Committee immediately and fill out a “Disqualified for Attacking” form. If the bite, attempted bite or attack occurs anywhere on the event grounds it must be reported immediately by the person(s) who witnessed the incident to a member of the Event Committee or the host club. The host club must assist the person reporting the bite, attempted bite or attack in filing a complaint using the procedure outlined in the EBKC Misconduct and Discipline Guidelines. When EBKC is notified that a dog has been disqualified under this section, the owner of the dog will be notified by certified mail of the judge’s report (disqualified in the ring) or the disciplinary commitRules for Dog Events 7 tee’s findings. The owner of the dog shall have 14 days from receipt of this notification to show cause for why the dog should not be barred from participating in future EBKC events and from all registration privileges. After reviewing any mitigating or extenuating evidence submitted by the owner, a disciplinary committee comprised of EBKC staff members shall make a finding of facts and determine the penalty (if any) and this ruling shall be final. The owner of the dog shall be notified of the outcome within 30 days of receipt of the owner’s response. Owners of dogs that are barred from registration privileges are required to return the dog’s EBKC registration certificate within 14 days of notice that the dog is barred. Failure to promptly return the registration certificate can result in loss of all EBKC privileges. Dogs barred from registration privileges may not be transferred nor may litters produced by these dogs be registered. The name, breed and owner of a dog barred from registration privileges shall be published on the EBKC website.
  18. EBKC exhibitors and Spectators are expected to display good behavior and good sportsmanship in and out of the ring. Judges may excuse exhibitors from their ring for violations of these rules or conduct that interferes with the event and event participants. Event Committee members and host club officers may excuse exhibitors or spectators from the show grounds for violations of these rules or conduct that interferes with the event and event participants.
  19. All owners / handlers must handle and control their dogs in a humane and professional way. Any mistreatment or abuse shown to the dog by its owner/ handler shall serve as an automatic expulsion from the show and will be barred from showing in any future EBKC Dog Show according the the EBKC Code of Ethics.
  20. All owners / handlers shall keep their dogs on a leash or in a crate (shaded from the sun) at all times.

Disciplinary Measures

Failure to abide to the EBKC Dog Show Regulations & EBKC Code Of  Ethics can result in the expulsion of the owner/handler and their dogs from the Dog Show, disqualification of winnings of their dogs and be barred from entering any future EBKC Dog Shows. Any person placed on suspension may appeal directly, in writing, to the EBKC President. The decision of the President is final.

Inherent Rights & Powers of the European Bully Kennel Club

The European Bully Kennel Club holds and has reserved to itself certain inherent rights and powers in connection with conducting its business, registering litters, transferring registrations of dogs, licensing events, and awarding titles. These inherent rights and powers include but are not limited to the following:

European Bully Kennel Club has the right to inspect all reports, scorecards and documents related to EBKC events. Some, but not all, of the items subject to inspection are:

a) scores;
b) disqualifications of dogs for fighting or other reasons;
c) errors by the recording person; and
d) documentation excluded for any reason.

EBKC reserves the right to correct any mistakes found during such inspection whether or not the document has the signature of a Judge or Club Officer.

EBKC reserves the right to itself and in its sole judgement and discretion, to take such actions and impose such sanctions as would:

a) Bar an individual from entering or participating in any way in any EBKC licensed event.
b) Bar an individual from transferring or registering any pups or dogs in that person’s name (joint or full registration) or to any member of that person’s family.
c) Bar an individual from receiving Championship points for any dog registered in that person’s name (joint or full registration).

By way of illustration, the following constitute some, but not all, of the situations calling for the above sanctions:

a) Falsification or alteration of a EBKC Registration Certificate, Pedigree, EBKC DNA Certificate or any other EBKC document.
b) Falsification or alteration of any reports of wins issued to EBKC
c) Falsification or alteration of receipts issued by EBKC Judges.
d) Switching, wrongfully using or attempting to use a EBKC Registration Certificate, Pedigree, EBKC DNA certificate or any other EBKC document.
e) Selling or attempting to sell a dog with false or incorrect EBKC Registration Certificate or Pedigree.
f) Intimidating, threatening, or injuring a Judge, Club/Association member or official, event participant or spectator, or EBKC representative.

The six points given above are only by way of example and EBKC reserves to itself its inherent right and power to impose such sanctions in any other circumstances deemed appropriate by EBKC. Any individual who is found guilty by a court of law of a crime involving dogs will be barred from European Bully Kennel Club for an indefinite period. A person shall be considered guilty in a criminal proceeding if they are convicted by a judge, jury, or if they enter a plea bargain or other arrangement to plea to a lesser offense, or if their case is disposed of by any form of deferred adjudication; a person shall be considered guilty in a civil proceeding if they are held responsible or liable by a judge, jury, or if a compromised settlement is reached between the parties.

Last Updated: 1st January 2015