As a promised tonight I will explain my exit from the Kennel Club Assured Scheme. The reason I am no longer in the scheme is that I refuse to register my litters of cross breeds on the Activity register and this excludes me from the Assured Scheme. If you go to the Kennel Club website you will see that the Activity Register is a register for owners of dogs who wish to compete in agility, flyball etc.
The Kennel Club though say I have to register all offspring from my breeding stock with them even though I am only registered as an Assured Breeder of Cavaliers and they offer no Assured scheme for cross breeders only people who pure breed. The Kennel Club though think they are being clever and have got round the little thing of not having a litter registration for cross breeders by calling the Activity Register also a cross breed register, so think they cover the cross breed register issue but what this says to me as a serious breeder is, "look we understand that cross breeding is actually not going away and we want to cash in on it but don't want to be seen to endorse it, don't want to be upsetting the old breed clubs now do we, so if you don't mind, just bring your cross breed in the back door and please do not go any further than the kitchen but we will expect you to pay the same fee to register your pups as the pure breeds who have access to all facilities in the club house and you don't. Thank you, would you like a receipt with that." This is dog discrimination and if this was humans of different colour or ethnicity being treated this way the Kennel Club would be having Human Rights rammed down their throat or maybe it might be more fun ramming it where the sun don't shine.
Thank you indeed Kennel Club I have seen the light and realise you can not be expected to be able to bring cross breeding under your unbrella, as if we look at what you have allowed happen to pure breeding it could be catastrophic for the survival of dogs into the future. Though the Kennel Club I think wishes to become the arbiter of all that is dog in this country, they should not be allowed to do this and the reason for this is because it is not independant it is still very much under the strangle hold of the breed clubs. Its all down to pounds and pence not keeping people on the radar. Can you imagine what a contract with the governament is worth to oversee all microchipping of dogs ? That's the one they are going for at the moment and they might even have it already, as in 2016 when all dogs have to be by law microchipped in the uk, there will have to be a central register like we have with horses and weatherbys got that one. The next big contract for the Kennel Club is to oversea and control all dog breeding. I believe dog breeding needs to come under more control but not by the Kennel Club it is to bigoted for the job.
Lets take a look at the Health and Breeder Manager, now you would think this position is going to be held by a person who has some qualifications in animal sciences like genetics maybe or maybe from a veterinary back ground but good old Kennel Club appointed a breeder of Bull Terriers to this position, not just any old Bull Terrier breeder though, I believe his has bred champions, so he does know how to breed a deformity but a show winning one at that. That's it he is a breeder of show winning Bull Terriers, so I guess we have nothing to worry about on the health front for purebreeds now, what with the Bull Terrier being a beacon of health light shining from the Kennel Club. Sorry but I would like to list the health problems in Bull Terriers but it could take sometime and I have more interesting things to write about. To any Bull Terrier breeders out their who might read this and are now foaming at the mouth, I know Cavaliers ain't much better but at least I admit that and can see further than pure breeding to try and help Cavaliers. Its called having an open mind and being able to evolve.
Now a couple weeks ago I pinned the Kennel Club down on this registering cross breeds on the Activity Register and rather than strike some middle ground they let me go and I cannot show you the emails because the Kennel Club puts a waiver thing on the bottom of their emails and Mr Lambert pointed this out to me in an email, so guess he would not be happy for people to read his emails to me but I'm going to show the last email I sent him and you are going to either think mad cow or really mad cow.
From: Jane Howarth <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Bill Lambert <Bill.Lambert@thekennelclub.org.uk>
Sent: Thursday, 8 August 2013, 17:51
Subject: Re: ABS renewal 07/08/13
Dear Mr Lambert,
please I have not bred any dogs with less responsibility and breed my dogs way above Assured standards and could you tell me where on the Activity register there is registration reference to litters. The registration form for purebreeds has clearly litter registration, you do not provide a registration service for crossbreeders registering litters of puppies not dogs. I do not misunderstand because if I have a purebreed dog I can purchase a certificate from you with his/her parentage, this is not open to crossbreed dogs that have prove of parentage, so you wish me to register my crossbreed pups but have a very two tier system with crossbreeds being seen as second class citizens. If you had this system in place with humans in a Club you would be up in court with a big fat human rights summons on you.
Code of conduct, contract now you are splitting hairs, sorry I meant contract and your contract is lacking. The utter rubbish about inactive , active is hilarious, someone does not pay a renewal they are not a member any more simple, not an inactive member, what absolute twaddle. You are running the shop and speak this utter drivel, that when challenged have no come back.
No I do know that not every one operates within the law because motorists can be checked but if we did not have preventative policing as well as policing to pick up people when non-compliance is detected then the roads would be an even more precarious place than it is. You seem to of missed the point that you need to act when non compliance is detected but you also need preventative policing of the Assured scheme, the two run hand in hand. You figure of 1500 hundred breeders being removed from the register could be also read as 1500 breeders who maybe with stringent preventative measures in place should of never been on the register in the first place. Not a figure I would brag about, more a figure that shows that the Assured Scheme is some what lacking.
A veiled reference to you breeding Bull terriers, better than having veiled threats of being not able to register purebreeds ever again or "I'll visit you tomorrow" as you once said to me or being told "I'm scheduled a visit soon," and veiled references to not having paid my renewal and your reference about the welfare of my dogs. It was not veiled at all it was a question about baiting breeds which you consider your dog is not and you did not answer the question, due to getting a bit over protective, I believe a trait displayed in Bull Terriers. All the bull and terrier type dogs have originated from either vermin control or baiting of some description. The Bull Terrier developed into a gentlemans companion but we must remember that in the time this happened a gentleman walking the streets of a city would need a dog that could protect him, so these dogs where needed for the protection as much as a companion and seeing as a lot of this gentleman of that time visited whore houses and taverns a dog for protection when walking the streets to these dwellings was better then taking a loose tongued body guard. I suspect this may not be included in the book you have at the Kennel Club library and if you would like me to send you a list of historic books to read that give a more gritter account of the times the Bull Terrier type was developing and accounts of its use in vermin control, baiting and attacks on people in the red light districts of that time you are more than welcome. Does your history start from the first ones seen showing but as you know they go back further than that and I imagine Mr hinks being a dog dealer although wanting a companion but with dealing and carrying cash around also needed a dog that could handle its self and thease dogs most certainly where used for baiting with accounts of them doing so. The question is unanswered about baiting breeds because you took the question personally and then tried to belittle me. I could give you reference to a number of books about development of dogs from a zoological approach but I think it would be wasted.
Finally as I'm pretty sure you have read this far, although you have decided that further correspondence will be declined. You did not have to reply the last email but I new I could make you break cover once more. Why Mr Lambert you are wasted in the Kennel Club, you should be leading the country, you are so full of spin I'm dizzy. You have managed to send me two emails and answered nothing. A man who can spout so many words with out any depth to them needs to be in politics.
Good day to you Mr Lambert and good luck, well good luck to breeding dogs, as with you at the helm they are going to need it. As I said before, you need breeders like me more than we need you, and if you are that tunnelled visioned to not realise that, you are past helping.
So you see I got some hot air off my chest and would love to post the whole conversation but not sure I might get my website closed down. Lol. If I showed you the emails you would see I start in conversation with good cop Glen Dymock who is Assured Breeder Scheme manager and as usual he kicks off with the , "Where coming to visit you soon", veiled threat. You come on and visit me, as I have been under this threat for two years, every time I have questioned the Assured Scheme I seem due a vist which never happens, I think a pattern is emerging there. When I question Mr Dymock telling me I'm "scheduled a visit soon". I then get bad cop enter , Mr Lambert. He gives it to me rather weakly with a rather poor analogy in comparing car insurance to the Assured Scheme. Mr Lambert a car is an inanimate object unlike a dog and really not a good analogy. Now a really good analogy I like is the one I use for breeders who site that if a dog is not docked he is more likely to damage his tail. (Hilarious, but breeders say that) The analogy is, it was noted that survivours of World War one that still had both legs intact, in later life some suffered injuries to them, soldier's that had lost one leg, leg injuries in later life was half to soldiers with both legs but soldiers that had lost both legs reported no injuries to legs in later life. So to conclude if you have no legs, you have less chance of injuring them. Now that's an analogy or is it me taking the mick out of people who think they should cut off a dogs tail.
Now lets not wander Jane. Where were we ? That's it bad cop. Bad cop he then goes down the belittling route and me thinks why don't I just go over in the corner of the room and hit my head against the wall. One thing though Mr Lambert you made me realise, I don't need the Kennel Club. I have outgrown you, I have the ability to grow and you want to stifle that, I have the ablity to admit I can be wrong and then address my wrongs.
I'm now waiting to see the effective population size figures for breeds that the Kennel Club have been promising for a while now and unless people keep on with them to publish their findings it may get brushed under the carpet, as I believe this will truly show the damage the Kennel Club has done with their breeding policy over the years. It will give no pleasure to be one of the , "Told you so," crew but I fear the worst and the delay fuels the feeling that it might even be wrose than we fear. A good blog to go on and read more about the problems in the Kennel Club is Pedigree Dogs Exposed - The Blog at http://pedigreedogsexposed.blogspot.co.uk
Another blog that I find of interest is Borderwars at http://www.border-wars.com/about These are not sites for the easily offended.
Now I'm going to give a bit of advice to the novice dog owner who is looking at getting a cross breed. Now when you get your cross breed home the day will come that you can venture into the public domain and it might not happen today, it might not happen tomorrow but it will probably happen one day. You will be in the park or it might be at the beach. They will of clocked you but you have not noticed them as they casually draw up beside you, they smell Poodle cross !
Now they won't come out with it directly, they will draw you in making you think they are your friend and bam ! They hit you with the killer question, "What breed is your dog ? I know what they want but you are like a lamb to slaughter as you say, "Its a Cavapoo." They almost foam at the mouth at hearing you utter the word Cavapoo, they now are going to give you a lesson in purity. "Breed !" they say, "That's a breed!" What they then go into is cruelly belittling your dog and you by informing you it is either a mutt or mongrel.
Now if this has already happened to you, sorry I could not save you but for those yet to come across the evangelical purist then this is what you must say, "No, its not a breed, well not a pure breed, can't you tell its a cross breed ? " but now I've prepared you for this encounter you might want to have a bit more fun with the reply, which neatly brings me to a blog that the title did make me laugh, now please look away if easily offended. The title is, "Is a Labradoodle a mutt ? Only if you're an asshole", and you can read the whole blog at http://desertwindhounds.com/2013/09/11/is-a-labradoodle-a-mutt-only-if-youre-an-asshole/
That's taken a bit longer than I thought and we will end on some photo's of Ysobel's litter now seven weeks old and some photo's of the dogs crashed out about the house and that's what I'm about to do, crash out.
“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you,but he will make a fool of himself, too.”
― Samuel Butler
Me with Bumble and Blottie, waiting patiently to be unleashed, November 2018
Hello, I am Jane, you might of guessed, I love dogs. We are situated in the North Devon countryside, England, United Kingdom. Our home is occupied by my husband, David, our children, pack of dogs and me.