Code of Conduct for GDCP Shows

Introduction.          A dog judge has an important position in the dog show world. The objectivity of a judge should never have to be questioned. His general morals should never be criticized. The GDCP management took first step by introducing a detail procedure for selection of judges in a democratic way. And secondly President GDCP advised to formulate a detailed Code of Conduct for ring stewards and exhibitors which must be followed to ensure transparency in the game. Following Code of Conduct has been formulated under strict supervision of the President GDCP. After its approval it will also be disseminated to all ring stewards and exhibitors so that they can read and follow the code of conduct to avoid any disciplinary repercussions. A small booklet of Code of Conduct prepared by GDCP will be available at the show venues of GDCP Shows. All exhibitors and potential ring stewards must get a copy and keep it with them for their guidance. Col K. M. Roy, President KCP, has approved this code of conduct booklet. This effort is another feather in the GDCP’s cap.

  1. Club Management
    1. Only club secretary will correspond with the judges for any matter related to shows.
    2. No office holder of the club will handle his dogs himself in GDCP shows.
    3. The secretary will not handle his dogs under the judges he had been doing correspondence with.
    4. Club management will nominate some club representative for pick and drop of the judges from airport to hotel and from hotel to show venue. Only that representative will travel with the judge. And that representative will not preferably show his/her dogs under those judges. If he/she must exhibit his/her dogs he/she will arrange some handler and will not handle himself / herself.
    5. Club will NOT directly invite any Name of the judges will be given to KCP and President of KCP will be requested to invite judges on behalf of GDCP. After President KCP has sent invitations, all further correspondence with the judges will be done by the Secretary of GDCP.
    6. Other than designated photographer, no one will be allowed to take photo from inside the All photographs will be taken from outside the ring.
    7. Catalogue will NOT be uploaded on web or shown to exhibitors or Judges before the
    8. To assist stewards and exhibitors, judging and ring orders must be finalized and disseminated well in time.
  2. Ring Stewards
    1. Ring Steward cannot socialize with the judge before the show.
    2. During the show Ring Steward should not show the show catalogue to the judge.
    3. Ring Steward should address any exhibitor by name or his appointment.
    4. Ring Steward should call any dog by its pedigree name or call name.
    5. Ring Steward should stop exhibitors from using unfair means of calling which can disturb other dogs and exhibitors.
    6. Ring Steward should not dine or travel with the judge before the show.
    7. It must be preferred to choose such a steward, dogs of whose breeding or ownership are not being showed in his ring.
    8. A steward should not stand for stewardship if a dog of his ownership is being shown. As for family ownership goes there is no bar. However, a dog of ownership of any family member must not be living at the premises of the steward at least three months prior to the date of the show.
    9. Stewards have at least 75% role is smoothly running of any show. Despite this many think that stewardship is a very easy thing and therefore very few take it seriously.
    10. Steward should call the exhibitors according to the catalog numbers and line the dogs. If anyone is missing steward will call the number twice and if the exhibitor still does not come, he will loudly say “ABSENT” and ask Judge to start judging. No such thing as “LAST CALL”.
    11. After lining up, the Steward should go the Judge and say for example “Intermediate Class Bitches ten dogs”.
    12. After lining up, Steward should stand back well away from the Judge. Steward should not shadow the judge or come near him during judging. Some novice stewards keep hanging around judge during judging.
    13. Steward should NOT repeat NOT help exhibitor or Judge in checking teeth or testicles. This is the job of the Judge only. Some Stewards bend down with the judge when he is checking teeth. This is wrong; Steward must be away from the judge and exhibitors.
    14. When judge ask exhibitors to walk or trot, Steward should not pass instructions to handlers like “keep distance” or “trout fast” and so on. Only Judge can say this; Steward must keep mum during judging.
    15. After Judge has finished judging, Steward goes to the Judge to records grading and placing and announces the results.
    16. The writer Steward fills the Award Card and gives it to every Exhibitor.
    18. Please note in FCI system dogs are NOT repeat NOT graded as Excellent 1, Excellent 2 or Very Good 1 or very good 2 etc. This is done in Germany and they write in German Language V1 SG 1 etc in Germany.
    19. Writer Steward should not write V1 or Excellent-1. Just write Excellent. Excellent grading means the dog is Excellent specimen of the breed. Whether the dog is 1, 2 or 3 depends on which other dogs were in the line-up and so dog’s excellence in no way is affected.
    20. If a dog does not show teeth as quite a few dogs don’t because owners do not train them, steward should not come in to help or call some “EXPERT” from outside the ring to come in. Only the handler is supposed to show the teeth and if dog does not show teeth or testicle, judge will grade dog “CANNOT BE JUDGED” and Steward should ask the exhibitor to leave the ring. In Pakistan, many foreign judges are lenient knowing the level of handling so give room to handler in this. In other countries if a dog does not show teeth, out he goes.
    21. When handing over card to Class Winner or BOB, Steward may tell handler that the dog must come again to compete in the next class. As a matter of fact, owner themselves must know this but as many owners do not make themselves conversant with the system, Steward may advise them.
    22. Ring Steward should not smoke in the Ring. FCI has said in a circular that Dog Shows are sporting events and smoking is injurious to health so must be discouraged.
    23. Ring Steward should not use mobile phone in the ring. This can give impression that something is being fixed.
    24. Ring Steward should not talk to spectators standing along the ring.
    25. In the ring, whether judge is judging or standing idle Ring Steward should NOT HAVE CONVERSATION with the judge.
    26. Steward may ask Judge if he wants a cold drink or coffee but no other conversation.
    27. Ring Steward should not be rude with an exhibitor or spectator.
    28. Ring Steward should not tell credentials of the dog. Only thing a Judge is entitled to know is the date of the birth of a dog.
    29. When judging is going on, do not make announcements like “Handlers are working hard…clap and encourage handlers” or ask spectators to clap or pass remark on dogs. This is not Steward’s job and such announcements also distracts Judge, dogs and can give a wrong signal to some.
    30. Ring Steward should not be late for the Show. A Steward must reach venue at least one hour before the show to check details and set up of the ring.
    31. Ring Steward should come in the ring well dressed. Stewardship is a formal appointment so keep dignity of your official status. FCI only says “Steward must be appropriately dress”. In almost all Kennel Clubs of the world, Judges and Stewards are not allowed in the ring without a coat and necktie and jeans and T Shirts are forbidden. KCP has not prescribed a dress rule but it is expected that our Stewards and Judges are well groomed and will come well dressed.
    32. Ring Steward should Get fully conversant with the FCI system including ages of classes. Sometimes wrong dog comes in the ring in a wrong class. Unless a Steward knows the system, he will not detect mistakes which will result in wrong judging as Judge does not have a catalog.
    33. Ring Steward should Understand “Comeback System” well to ensure Second Best in Group or BIS etc., is called. If you do not call the correct dog, the owner will protest after the show.
    34. Ring Steward should Mark Local Bred Winner carefully so no Local Bred is missed.
    35. Ring Steward should Learn and remember which breeds are in which FCI Group. It looks stupid when a Steward runs out of the ring and asks a senior that what is the group of such and such breed. In the past, at times, wrong dogs were called in wrong group which was pointed out by the Judge which gives poor impression of Steward. Some owners themselves do not know groups of their breeds.
    36. Ring Steward should Remember in one breed, only one male and one female can get CACIB. It is the duty of the Steward to ensure CACIBs and for that matter all awards are given according to rules. If Judge is violating any rule vis-à-vis awards, Steward’s duty is to correct the Judge because Judge does not have a catalog so he will award to what is presented to him.
  3. Exhibitors
    1. Exhibitors should know the correct judging and ring orders. If they do not know, they can consult the show manager and note it on catalogue.
    2. Exhibitors should not contact the judge by any means including social media for socializing or to discuss any dog which will be judged by him/her.
    3. Exhibitors should not share pictures of any dog with the judge which has to be judged by him/her.
    4. While in the ring Exhibitors should not call the dog by its pedigree name.
    5. Exhibitors should not make any remark on the dog which can give away any old performance of the dog or credentials of the dog.
    6. Exhibitors should not talk to the judge unless judge asks him something to which he/she must reply.
    7. Exhibitors should not talk to ring stewards.
    8. Exhibitors should not introduce himself/herself to the judge or stewards.
    9. Exhibitors must carry sanitary bags to clean up after their dogs inside the ring. Although club management provides sanitary worker for cleaning but primarily this is responsibility of exhibitors.
    10. Exhibitors should respect the critique and placing given by the judges. Must not argue with the judges or make any gesture of disrespect.
  4. KCP Award System. The Current Award System of the Kennel Club of Pakistan is explained below. It is important that all dog owners, exhibitors, judges, Stewards and members of Show Committees make them conversant with this system.
    1. Points are no more given in KCP Shows. Instead of points, Challenge Certificate (CC) is given. Only one dog and one bitch in each breed is eligible for a CC. Only the “Winner of Winner” Dog and “Winner of Winner” Bitch is eligible to get Challenge Certificate, but it is NOT automatic. If a judge feels that the dog or bitch is not of sufficient quality, he or she may not award Challenge Certificate.
    2. On the Challenge Certificate the judge states; “I am of firm opinion that this dog is of such a merit as to be worthy of becoming a champion”.
    3. A dog getting three Challenge Certificates, from three different judges becomes a Champion.
    4. 2 Res CCs under two different judges are considered as 1 CC in accordance to the current KCP award system. For example if a dog has gained 2 CCs and 2 Res CCs (under two different judges) he has qualified for the Championship title.
    5. Award of CACIB and CAC, will be equal to a Challenge Certificate.
    6. Dogs and Bitches getting V-1 at German shepherd and Rottweiler Specialty Shows will not be considered equal to a Challenge Certificate. If winner of winners dog and winner of winners bitch is selected out of classes from Junior to Open then KCP will give CC to them which will count towards Championship. If this is not done then no CC will be awarded. It is incorrect to think that all V1s get a CC automatically.
    7. Unless an official Certificate by the Kennel Club of Pakistan is issued, the dog will not be called “CHAMPION”.
    8. Once a dog is a Champion, it CANNOT compete for any more Challenge Certificates. It competes in Champion Class only.
    9. A Champion dog will compete in Champion Class only but will compete for Best of Breed, Best of Group and Best in Show.
    10. If a dog has been made Champion in a country other than Pakistan, to earn title of Pakistan Champion, the dog will have to compete in its (other than Champion Class) Class and earn three Challenge Certificates to earn title of Pakistan Champion. However, if the owner does not want Pakistan Champion title, the dog may be shown in Champion class only, but the dog will not be entitled to title of Pakistan Champion (Pak. Ch.).
    11. To encourage local breeding, an award for Pakistan Bred is included in all Classes ie., Pakistan Bred Class Winner, Pakistan Bred Winner of Winner, Best Pakistan Bred of the Breed, Best Pakistan Bred in the Group and Best Pakistan Bred in the Show.
    12. All dogs will be graded as:-
      1. Excellent
      2. Very Good
      3. Good
      4. Sufficient
      5. Disqualified
      6. Cannot be judged
      7. However, they will not be placed ie Excellent One, Excellent Two and so on.
    13. Interpretation of Grading
      1. EXCELLENT. Excellent may only be awarded to a dog which comes very close to the ideal standard of the breed, which is presented in excellent condition, displays a harmonious, well-balanced temperament, is of high class and has excellent posture. Its superior characteristics in respect of its breed permit that minor imperfections can be ignored; it must however have the typical features of its sex.
      2. VERY GOOD. Very Good may only be awarded to a dog, which possesses the typical features of its breed, which has well-balanced proportions and is in correct condition. A few minor faults may be tolerated but none of a morphological nature. This award can only be granted to a dog that shows class.
      3. GOOD. Good is to be awarded to a dog that possesses the main features of its breed however showing faults provided these are not concealed.
      4. SUFFICIENT. Sufficient must be awarded to a dog which corresponds adequately to its breed, without possessing the generally accepted characteristics or whose physical condition leaves something to be desired.
      5. DISQUALIFIED. Disqualified must be awarded to a dog which does not correspond to the type required by the breed standard; which shows a behaviour clearly not in line with its standard or which behaves aggressively; which has testicular abnormalities; which has dental flaw or a jaw anomaly; which shows a colour and/or coat imperfection or clearly shows signs of albinism. This qualification shall also be awarded to dogs that correspond so little to a single feature of the breed that their health is threatened. It should furthermore be awarded to dogs that show eliminating faults in regard to the breed standard.
      6. CANNOT BE JUDGED. Cannot Be Judged is to be given to any dog which does not move, constantly jumps up and down on its handler or tries to get out of the ring, makes it impossible to assess the gait and the movement or avoids constantly to be examined by the judge and makes it impossible to inspect teeth, anatomy and structure, tail or testicles. This rating is also to be given if traces of operations or treatment can be observed which seem to indicate that the exhibitor wanted to deceive the judge.
    14. Classes and Award System in the KCP Show. Dogs will be judged according to the following classes:-
      1. Baby Class: Up to 6 months (Challenge Certificate CANNOT be awarded)
      2. Puppy Class: From 6 to 9 months (Challenge Certificate CANNOT be awarded)
      3. Junior Class: From 9 to 15 months (Challenge Certificate can be awarded)
      4. Intermediate Class: From 15 to 24 months (Challenge Certificate can be awarded)
      5. Open Class: 24 months and over (Challenge Certificate can be awarded)
      6. Champion Class: All Champions (Not entitled to get Challenge Certificate)
      7. Classes for CACIB Shows will be as per FCI Rules as given below:-
        1. Baby Class: 3 to 6 months (CACIB CANNOT be awarded)
        2. Puppy Class: 6 To 9 months (CACIB CANNOT be awarded)
        3. Junior Class: 9 to 18 months (CACIB CANNOT be awarded)
        4. Intermediate Class: 15 to 24 months (CACIB CAN be awarded)
        5. Open Class: 15 months and over (CACIB CAN be awarded)
        6. Champion Class: All Champion (CACIB CAN be awarded)
        7. Veteran Class: 8 years and over (CACIB CANNOT be awarded)
      8. Judging Procedure
        1. Class Judging. Dogs and Bitches will be individually and separately judged according to their classes, starting with the Baby Puppies. The judge will grade all the dogs presented but will place the exhibits 1st, 2nd and 3rd only. The dog and bitch placed First in its class, irrespective of its grading will be called “Class Winner” and will be awarded Blue Ribbon.
        2. Winner of Winners Bitch. At the conclusion of judging all classes, the steward will call all the class winner bitches (having Blue Ribbon) except winners of Baby and Puppy classes. At this stage, the judge will award Challenge Certificate (CC) to a bitch other than the winner bitch of Champion class. However, the award of CC is NOT automatic. If the judge feels that there is no bitch with “such a merit as to be worthy of becoming a champion”, he may withhold a CC. Now the judge will select Winner of Winners bitch, which obviously will be either the winner bitch of Champion class or the one, which has received a CC. This will be the Best Bitch of the Breed.
        3. Winner of Winners Dog. The above procedure will be repeated to select a Winner of Winner Dog ie., the Best Dog of the breed.
          Note: To help judge ensure that a Champion Dog is not awarded a CC, the winner of Champion class, irrespective of its catalog number will be placed first in the judging line up, followed by winners of Open, Intermediate and Junior classes.
        4. Best of Breed. After Best Dog of the Breed and Best Bitch of the Breed has been separately selected, the judge will select the Best of Breed and Second Best of the Breed.
        5. Group Winner. After Best of Breeds of all the breeds in a particular Group have been selected, the steward will call and line-up all the Best of Breed for the judge to select the Group Winner and reserve Group Winner.
        6. Best in Show. After all the ten Group Winners have been selected the steward will call all the Group Winner and line them up for the judge. The judge will select the Best Dog in the Show, the Second Best in Show and Third Best in Show.
        7. Come Back System to Select Second Best Dog. As in all Kennel Clubs of the world and FCI Shows, to select Second Best Dog in any Class a system known as “Come Back” will be followed. After Class Judgment, when Winner of Winners is to be judged, all Class Winners will be Called for Best Bitch or Best Dog of the Breed separately. Once Best Dog or Best Bitch has been selected, the Runner Up of Class Winner will be brought back into the ring for selecting 2nd Best Dog/Bitch. Similarly, when judging Best of Breed, Once Best of Breed has been selected, the Runner Up of the Sex (Dog or Bitch) selected as Best of Breed will be brought back into the ring for selecting 2nd Best of Breed. When selecting Best of Group, same procedure will be followed that is the Runner Up of the Best of Breed will be called in to compete for Second Best in Group. For Selecting Best in Show, both Best in Group and Second Best in Group will be called together to compete together. The Judge will select Best in Show, Second Best in Show and Third Best in Show. However, a dog which has been beaten by a dog will not be put above a non-beaten dog. Here Steward need to be vigilant and if Judge puts it above a non-beaten dog, Steward must point it to judge.
        8. Local Bred Best in Show & Local Bred Second Best in Show. In KCP Rules of Show Judging there is provision of selecting a Best in Show Local Bred and Second Best Local Bred Dog. It is a very good provision to encourage local breeding. With effect from Show Season 2018/19, selecting Best and Second Best Local bred dog will be compulsory in all shows sanctioned by KCP. KCP will follow, “If a Group Winner is NOT a Local Bred then Best Local bred in the Group will also be declared and will be eligible to compete for Best Local bred in Show but will wait till Judge selects BIS. If Best in Show and Second Best in Show both are Local breds then Best in Show dog will get two trophies; one for being Best in Show and other for being Local Bred Best in Show. If Best in Show and Second Best in Show are imported dogs, then Local Bred Best of Group will compete separately for Local Bred Best in Show and Second Local Bred Best in Show.”

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