Rules for Dog Shows organized by the FCL

In case of doubt, only the French version of the show rules applies.
The masculine gender is used, even for the feminine, much like the singular is used to express the plural and vice versa.

Art.1 – In general.
All breeds recognized by the ‘Fédération Cynologique Internationale’ (FCI) are admitted at the dog show. The exhibitors should be able to present a certified copy of the pedigree of their dog as well as the European pet passport or the international Certificate with the required rabies vaccinations at the entrance of the show and when asked for.
For all cases undescribed, the FCI rules apply.

Art. 2 – Rules to be respected.
By signing the entry form, the exhibitor implicitly accepts all that is written down in these rules as well as the FCI rules.
Every exhibitor declares himself to be fully responsible in matter of legal provisions which apply on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg regarding animal protection and to abide by the Centenary Manifest of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale – for the dogs’ well-being, as determined by the FCI. This document is entirely integrated in the current rules, see attachment. Any breach with regard to the aforementioned provisions, will result in the exclusion of the exhibitor from the current dog show as well as all future dog shows. The FCL refuses all entries and presentations of dogs with cropped ears or a docked tail at its dog show and the dog shows organized by FCL members or canine associations affiliated to one of its members.
Every person who does not respect the rules of public order, will be excluded from the current dog show and futur dog shows.

Art. 3 – Dog’s security.
Every exhibitor attests to keep his dog safe during the dog show. Every person who enters several dogs at a dog show organized by the FCI, declares the total number of dogs on the entry form. Dog crates can be ordered when entering to keep the dogs safe. No dog is to be left alone in a vehicle parked within the dog show area and/or in the vicinity of the dog show. The exhibitor attests to transport his dog in optimal circumstances as described by legal texts and the current rules that apply on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg.
In order to assure this security, the FCL will regularly patrol the show grounds, while car park stewards will control the car parks of the show grounds. The Minister charged with the Administration of Veterinary Services will determine the responsibilities of those stewards.

Art. 4 – Entry of dog data.
Each dog entered for the dog show, should be owned by the exhibitor. However, it can be presented by a third person If that is the case, this should be mentioned on the entry form by giving the name and first name of the handler to the FCL. Furthermore, the license plate and country of origin of the vehicle that transports the dogs to the dog shows organized by the FCI or by members of the FCL or by canine associations affiliated to one of those members should be communicated.
The dogs should, on the day of the dog show, have the age mentioned on the entry form, if not they will be entered in a different class.
Every entry in Working Class and Champion Class is to be accompanied by a photocopy of the certificate that gives the right to enter in that class:
a) in ‘Working’ class: entering in ‘Working’ class is only permitted upon presentation of an international certificate issued by the national kennel club, from the country of residence of the dog’s owner and this before the closing date of the entries.
b) in ‘Champion’ class: only the International FCI Champion titles or national Champions recognized by the FCI are admitted. However, the FCL also accepted English, American, Australian and Canadian Champion titles, provided that the dog was at least 15 months of age when it obtained its title. The titles which can be won in one day, such as European Winner, World Winner, Bundessieger or other titles, do not give the right to enter in champion class. Entering in ‘Champion’ class is only upon presentation of a certificate of the national kennel club, from the country of residence of the dog’s owner and this before the closing date of the entries.
In case that document fails, the dog will be entered in ‘Open’ class.
Entries will be accepted until the closing date mentioned on the entry form. The FCL reserves the right to close the entries prematurely or to prolong entries.
The papier entries sent by post, should be completed in legible capitals or typed. The entries are to be sent to the address mentioned on the entry form in a postage paid envelope. Additional entry forms will be sent upon request.
Online entries will be completed with all data provided by the exhibitor in the database of the FCL, respecting the legal GDPR provisions.
Upon entering, the exhibitor implicitly accepts to pay the entry fee.
Upon reception of the entry, the exhibitor will receive a confirmation letter to verify the dog’s data. Every error or change should be immediately communicated to the dog show secretary for correction.
The confirmation letter is to be presented at the entrance, giving permission to enter the halls. Paper catalogues can be ordered beforehand by the exhibitor when entering his dog for the dog show. This letter is strictly confidential and every abuse will lead to the exclusion of the exhibitor from the current and future dog shows.

Art. 5 – Entry fee.
Entry fees are to be paid through bank transfer as soon as the entry form has been sent. Entry forms without payment confirmation may be refused.
The FCL may impose an additional tax for every late payment.
It reserves the right to claim the bank transfer costs, if any.
In case of a no show, the entry fee is to be paid, regardless of the reason. In case of a no show, the entry fee is to be paid, regardless of the reason. In that case, the FCL reserves the right to sanction every offender, through exclusion from future dog shows and by sending a report to the FCI.
The FCL will, under no circumstance, have to refund the entry fee if the dog show has to be cancelled, for any other reason.

Art. 6 – Entry refusal.
The FCL may refuse entries without having to give a reason for the refusal. If that is the case, the entry fee will be refunded.

Art. 7 – Exclusion of the dog and the exhibitor.
The dogs, the trimming of which or the colour of which are not accepted by the breed’s FCI standard will not be judged.
The same goes for the dogs deliberately entered in a class for which they are too young.
Every false entry in order to mislead the judge, will give the FCL the right to exclude that dog.
Every insult towards a judge or towards personnel of the dog show, every negative comment concerning the judging and every remark which may taint the success of the dog show or the judges will lead to the exclusion of the dog and the exhibitor.
In those cases, the entry fee will not be refunded.

Art. 8 – Entrance of the dogs.
On the day upon which they are judged, the dogs should be present in the halls when judging starts. The order of the judging is announced on the whiteboards on the side of the rings.
Every exhibitor should be on time. If, when his number is called, the exhibitor does not show up, the dog will be considered absent. Once a judging is done, it cannot be undone. The entrance will be refused:
a) to all dogs which do not possess a valid passport,
b) to all dogs which are visibly ill,
c) to all deaf and blind dogs,
d) to lactating bitches or bitches accompanied by their pups,
e) to aggressive dogs or dogs that bite without a muzzle.
The veterinary decision is irrevocable. Entry fees will not be refunded.

Art. 9 – Accommodation and care of the dogs.
Personalized crates can be reserved for a reasonable price. Those crates should be reserved beforehand by way of the entry form for entered dogs and visiting dogs that are not entered at the dog show.
When walking and inside the halls, the dog should be on the leash, i.e. a leash and a fitting collar.
Dog’s toilets will be clearly indicated and will be installed in between the halls. The exhibitor should clean up the faeces of his dog and put it in the dustbins provided.
The FCL is not responsible for any feeding of the dogs.

Art 10 – Responsibility and order.
The FCL is not accountable for any damage it has not caused. The owners are solely responsible for any damage they or their dog may have caused. In that case, the civil and penal codes of the Grand Duchy of Luxemburg will apply.
Instructions of the controlling personnel are to be immediately followed.
Exhibitors should visibly wear the catalogue number of their dogs until they leave the dog show, so that they can be easily identified. It is also expected that they carry their confirmation letter with them at all times.

Art. 11 – Show judges.
When necessary, the FCL reserves the right to change the judging list as well as the order of the rings.

Art. 12 – Dog judging.
Judges are responsible for their decisions. Their judging is irrevocable.
In case of dispute or doubt, only the judge’s book will be taken into account.
The dogs which were absent when the judging started, cannot be placed later on. Upon agreement of the judge, it is possible for the dog to be given a qualification.
The following qualifications can be attributed in the following classes : junior, veteran, champion, working, intermediate and open:
Excellent – Very Good – Good – Sufficient – Disqualification – Cannot be judged.
The following qualifications can be attributed in the Puppy and Minor Puppy classes:
Very Promising – Promising – Fairly Promising – Disqualification – Cannot be judged.

Art. 13 – Awards.
The awards or other prices will be distributed on the day of the dog show, either at the stand on the dog show or at the secretary of the dog show. Prices or awards will be not sent afterwards. Prices can neither be cumulated.

Art. 14 – Conditions to becoming ‘Junior Champion of Luxemburg’ and ‘Veteran Champion of Luxemburg’.
The title of ‘Junior Champion of Luxemburg’ can be attributed to the dog, dog or bitch, which has won the ‘Junior’ class with the qualification 1 Excellent on the day of the dog show. The qualification should be clearly mentioned in the judge’s book. The judge has the right to refuse this title. If that is the case, it should be clearly entered in the judge’s book by mentioning ‘title not awarded’.
The title ‘Veteran Champion of Luxemburg’ can be attributed to the dog, dog or bitch, which has won the ‘Veteran’ class with the qualification 1 Excellent on the day of the dog show. The qualification should be clearly mentioned in the judge’s book. The judge has the right to refuse this title. If that is the case, it should be clearly entered in the judge’s book by mentioning ‘title not awarded’.
Both ‘Junior Champions’ as well as ‘Veteran Champions’ can compete for ‘Best of Breed’.

Art. 15 – Rules to award CACL and ResCACL
Dogs or bitches entered in one of the four classes Champion – Working – Intermediate – Open which have won 1 Excellent and 2 Excellent may be awarded a CACL and ResCACL. The judge has the right to refuse those titles. If that is the case, it should be clearly entered in the judge’s book by mentioning ‘title not awarded’.
The following breeds are entitled to a CACL or a ResCACL by colour variety or coat variety:
a) black – b) fawn, grey
a) black/rust – b) brown/rust
a) fawn – b) brindle
Great Dane
a) fawn – b) brindle – c) black – d) harlequin – e) blue
a) black – b) brown – c) white and black
Peruvian Hairless Dog (Large)
a) Hairless – b) Coated
Peruvian Hairless Dog (Medium-sized)
a) Hairless – b) Coated
Peruvian Hairless Dog (Miniature)
a) Hairless – b) Coated
Chow Chow
a) red – b) black – c) blue
Epagneul Breton (Brittany Spaniel)
a) White/Orange – b) other colours
Spinone Italiano
a) White/Orange – b) Rouan/Chestnut
Cao de agua Português
a) long and wavy b) shorter and curly
English Cocker Spaniel
a) red – b) black – c) other colours
American Cocker
a) black – b) other colours – c) parti-colour
Poodle (Standard – Medium-size – Miniature – Toy)
a) white – b) brown – c) black – d) grey – e) fawn –
f) red fawn
Chinese Crested Dog
a) hairless – b) powder puff
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
a) black and tan – b) ruby – c) blenheim – d) tricolour
King Charles Spaniel
a) black and tan – b) ruby – c) blenheim – d) prince Charles (tricolour)
French Bulldog
a) brindle – b) brindle with white patching
a) fawn with black mask – b) black –
c) silver – d) apricot with black mask

Art. 16 – CACIB – CACIB-Rés.
A dog or a bitch can be presented by a judge for the Certificat d’Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté, CACIB, according to the FCI rules. Only dogs and bitches which have previously won the CACL can be proposed for the CACIB.
The dog or the bitch having won the ResCACL, can consequently be proposed for the ResCACIB.
Only the FCI can confirm those proposals. The FCL commits to sending those proposals to the FCL as quickly as possible.
Neither the qualification 1 Excellent, nor the CACL should automatically lead to the CACIB.
The CACIB and ResCACIB will only be awarded to dogs and bitches entered in Champion – Working – Intermediate or Open classes.
The judge has to right to refuse this title. If that is the case, it should be clearly entered in the judge’s book by mentioning ‘title not awarded’.

Pour le bien-être des chiens
Novembre 2011
En cette année de son Centenaire, la Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) confirme haut et clair sa mission à travers le monde : préserver la santé des chiens et promouvoir les relations entre le chien et l’homme par des activités internationales. Par l’intermédiaire de ses 86 membres et partenaires sous contrat (un membre par pays), elle se préoccupe du bien-être de tous les chiens dans le monde entier. Elle considère la santé, le caractère et le comportement comme les points essentiels pour atteindre ce bien-être. Elle soutient toutes les activités et les disciplines canines sportives qui sont jugées bénéfiques pour les chiens.
Ces visions et ces valeurs, reconfirmées en cette année 2011, cent ans après la fondation de la FCI, sont soutenues par son but statutaire. La FCI se propose en effet «d’encourager et de promouvoir l’élevage et l’utilisation des chiens de race dont la santé fonctionnelle et l’aspect morphologique répondent aux exigences du standard de chaque race et qui sont aptes à travailler et accomplir diverses fonctions selon les caractéristiques spécifiques à leur race (…) dans les pays où la FCI possède un membre ou un partenaire sous contrat». Elle s’impose de supporter la cynologie et le bien-être des chiens dans le monde entier par une éthique bien établie, par la recherche scientifique toujours plus importante en cynologie et par un libre échange des informations d’ordre scientifique. Quelles que soient les circonstances, le bienêtre des chiens doit constituer la priorité absolue dans un contexte de principes de fair-play et de fins humanitaires où toute discrimination est expressément interdite (Statuts, Articles 2-3-4).
Ce souci primordial du bien-être fait que n’importe quel membre ou partenaire sous contrat peut refuser de procéder à l’inscription ou réinscription dans son livre des origines d’un chien atteint de tares héréditaires ou porteur de tares allant à l’encontre du but statutaire de la FCI, ou qui ne répond pas aux règles de sélection définies (Règlement, Article 8, point 5 ). L’accouplement de parents non conformes aux standards de la FCI peut conduire tout autant au refus d’émettre des pedigrees (Règlement, Article 8, point 14). Les pedigrees émis dans le cadre de la F.C.I. sont des «documents prouvant que les chiots sont nés de parents de pure race et de la même race» (Règlement, Article 8, point 13). Ce souci de l’authenticité des pedigrees exclut qu’un pedigree incorrectement établi soit repris automatiquement dans un livre des origines reconnu par la FCI (Règlement, Article 8, point 5).
L’élevage et le développement des races canines doivent reposer sur des objectifs à long terme et sur des principes sains afin de ne pas produire de chiens malades ou possédant un caractère instable ou manquant d’aptitudes au travail. L’objectif de l’élevage doit être de préserver et, de préférence, d’étendre la diversité génétique (polygénicité) d’une race. Seuls les chiens fonctionnellement sains peuvent être utilisés lors de l’élevage.
Il appartient donc à tout éleveur sélectionnant un chien pour la reproduction de s’assurer de la stabilité de son caractère et de sa bonne condition physique. Aussi longtemps qu’un éleveur assure la garde d’un chiot, il doit lui permettre d’évoluer dans un environnement sain (mentalement et physiquement) et bénéfique afin de garantir une socialisation adéquate (Règlement, Article 12).
L’élevage ne peut être pratiqué qu’avec des chiens de pure race, sains de caractère, en parfaite santé en termes de fonctionnalité et d’hérédité. Les seuls chiens qui peuvent être considérés en parfaite santé en termes d’hérédité sont ceux transmettant les caractéristiques du standard d’une race, son type et son tempérament et ne présentant aucun défaut héréditaire substantiel qui pourrait menacer l’aspect fonctionnel de leur progéniture. Il est à éviter que les standards incluent des exagérations des caractéristiques qui pourraient mettre en danger la fonctionnalité des chiens.
Les chiens présentant des défauts éliminatoires ne peuvent être utilisés à l’élevage.
En matière de «gestion» des défauts héréditaires tels que la dysplasie de la hanche ou l’atrophie progressive de la rétine, les pays membres ou partenaires sous contrat de la FCI doivent tenir un registre d’identification certifiée des chiens touchés par ces maladies, les combattre d’une façon méthodique, enregistrer de façon continue les progrès réalisés et en faire part à la FCI sur demande.
La Commission scientifique de la FCI soutient l’évaluation des défauts héréditaires et aide à combattre ces défauts par ses conseils. Elle peut établir un cahier de mesures relatives à la lutte contre ces défauts, qui devrait être respecté par les pays membres ou partenaires sous contrat dès son approbation par le Comité Général de la FCI.
Les pays membres ou partenaires sous contrat doivent établir leurs propres règlements d’élevage, basés sur le règlement de la FCI, dans lesquels figurent les objectifs à atteindre. Ces règlements doivent tenir compte, de façon appropriée, des spécificités du travail propre à chaque race.
Les pays membres ou partenaires sous contrat doivent refuser l’élevage sous leur patronage aux personnes considérées comme marchands de chiens et producteurs de chiens en masse dont l’activité principale est d’acheter et de vendre des chiens afin d’en tirer un profit financier sans se préoccuper du bien-être individuel des animaux (Règlement International d’Elevage de la FCI, Préambule 1).
En règle générale, les chiots doivent être vendus et transférés à une personne privée au nom de laquelle le pedigree doit être émis (Règlement International d’Elevage de la FCI, Règle de base 15).
Les juges de la FCI sont responsables du choix et du classement des meilleurs sujets dans chaque race; ils permettent ainsi à ces chiens de former la base du pool génétique et ils donnent aux éleveurs responsables des outils pour pratiquer un élevage sélectif. Ils contribuent de façon proactive et notable à la santé du chien ainsi qu’à son bien-être, en favorisant un élevage responsable. Dans ce contexte, les juges prendront part à des réunions d’information, de formation et de formation continue.
Ils doivent respecter le code d’engagement des juges d’expositions de la FCI. en faveur du bienêtre des chiens de pure race, de leur santé et de leur développement. De même, ils doivent respecter les circulaires de la FCI relatives à la santé et au comportement, tout comme les instructions spécifiques ayant trait à la santé.
Au nom de la préservation et du développement des races qu’ils jugent, ils doivent prendre en considération, outre la morphologie et le mouvement, le facteur sanitaire des chiens ainsi que leur aptitude à accomplir les fonctions pour lesquelles ils ont été sélectionnés. Cet aspect devrait être clairement reflété dans les rapports que les juges établissent à propos des chiens.
Un comportement agressif ou peureux lors du jugement ne sera en aucun cas toléré et donnera lieu à la disqualification.
Les juges doivent punir sévèrement toute caractéristique extrême qui peut provoquer des troubles de la santé, du comportement ou du mouvement.
Ils ne peuvent interpréter aucun standard d’une manière telle que cela porte atteinte à la santé fonctionnelle d’un chien.
Le bien-être des chiens doit constituer LA PRIORITE lors de toute exposition canine (Règlement de la FCI pour les Juges d’expositions).
Toutes ces directives exprimées dans les Statuts de la FCI, dans son Règlement général, dans ses Règlements d’élevage, des expositions et des juges, ont été reprises dans les STRATEGIES INTERNATIONALES D’ELEVAGE DE LA FCI, approuvées par le Comité Général de la FCI à Madrid en février 2010.
Elles sont le point d’aboutissement après un siècle de développement en faveur du maintien et de l’amélioration des races canines à travers le monde. Elles forment le point départ de la FCI pour un nouveau siècle d’existence pour le bien-être des chiens WORLDWIDE.

F. Denayer Ancien président de la Société Royale Saint-Hubert