ANKC Information

Capital City Royal Show Dates


To assist State Clubs when making application to conduct National Shows we list below confirmed dates of Capital City Royal Show dates Australia wide to the Year 2010.

In accordance with ANKC Regulations Part 13 Clause 4.2.6 a National Show shall not be held on the same date as a State or Territory Capital City Royal Show where it would preclude exhibitors from participating in either event.   This also applies to General Specials day at the Royal Show.  There must be at least a five [5] days gap before and after the two [2] actual judging dates.

Where the ANKC grants a National Show date during a Capital City Royal Show in the same State or Territory, then in accordance with ANKC Regulations Part 13 Clause 4.2.7 the Member Body in the State/Territory of the Royal Show shall notify the Royal of the days in which the particular breed cannot be exhibited at their Royal Show.  This applies to all Capital City Royal Shows. 








22/2 - 24/2

20/2 - 22/2

19/2 - 21/2

New South Wales


20/3 - 2/4

9/4 - 22/4

1/4 - 14/4

Northern Territory


24/7 - 26/7

23/7 - 25/7

22/7 - 24/7



7/8 - 16/8

6/8 - 15/8

5/8 - 14/8

South Australia


5/9 - 13/9

4/9 - 12/9

3/9 - 11/9



18/9 - 28/9

17/9 - 27/9

16/9 - 26/9

Western Australia


27/9 - 4/10

26/9 - 3/10

25/9 - 2/10



22/10 - 25/10

21/10 - 24/10

20/10 - 23/10

Tracey Barry
ANKC Administrator


Re-Registration of Imported Dogs/Semen

Members are reminded that in accordance with ANKC Policy and Regulations, only dogs and/or semen imported into Australia that are
registered with a recognised Overseas Canine Controlling Body are the only dogs/semen that can be re- registered with the ANKC.
This means any dogs and/or semen imported from the USA that is not registered with the American Kennel Club (AKC) are not eligible
to be re-registered by the ANKC.
Further, members are reminded that the same policies and regulations apply to all Member Bodies Offices in relation to the re-registration
of imported dogs/semen.  Therefore once a Member Body has given a ruling regarding the re-registration or the non re-registration of
imported dogs and/or semen the same decision applies to all other Member Bodies.

Roger Bridgford
ANKC National Breed Standard Coordinator


Late Fee - National Show Applications

In accordance with the decision at the October 2007 ANKC Conference all State Club Secretaries are advised that a late fee of $200.00

will now apply for any National Show applications received outside the required timeframe of eighteen (18) months prior to the proposed
date/s of the fixture.
The late fee and a satisfactory reason are to accompany any such applications.
Please note the National Breed Councils Liaison Working Party at their discretion may waiver the late fee.
Full details regarding the regulations pertaining to submission of national show applications are contained in ANKC Regulations Part 13 and
can be viewed on the ANKC website at:

Tracey Barry
ANKC Administrator


Canine Research Grant Awards for 2008

The Canine Research Foundation (CRF) is the research funding vehicle of ANKC. The CRF is a Public Charitable Trust that awards grants for research to be conducted by Australian universities.
The funds are generated via the levy on puppy registrations of those ANKC Member Bodies participating, plus tax-deductible donations and bequests. The CRF was founded by Dogs Victoria in 1992 and has awarded 67 research grants totalling in excess of $ 700,000 to date.
This is a tremendous effort.
Summaries of more recent research projects are shown on the ANKC web-site to assist owners and breeders in becoming aware of the
significant results being achieved in our canine research directed at improvement of canine health, and as an important Australian contribution
to the world scene. Most projects to date have been successful, with results published in veterinary/scientific journals and on web-sites available to veterinarians and the canine community internationally. We can all be justifiably proud of results.
Breed clubs/councils are invited to nominate research topics and forward them to the ANKC Administrator for consideration by March 31
each year. Individuals are encouraged to consider making a bequest to the CRF to further the worthy cause of improving the health of our
loyal companions.
This year twelve applications for grants were received and six of those survived the rigorous three-stage review process - Review Panel,
ANKC Canine Health Committee and CRF Trustees. The CRF Trustees have awarded the grants totalling $88,692 for research commencing in
2008 as follows: -
Grants Awarded for Research Commencing in 2008
1. Project Title: Assessment of different methods for the treatment of canine nasal aspergillosis.
Project leader: Dr Mansfield, Murdoch University
Grant: $10,880 for 2008.
Nasal aspergillosis is a relatively common problem in young to middle-aged dogs and has a high morbidity, usually resulting in euthanasia if
left untreated. Treatment at present requires general anaesthesia, is expensive and often a single treatment is not successful. The project
aims to establish a method of CT imaging that will ensure effective drug distribution throughout the nasal cavity, and to then compare results
of various treatments with the drugs clotrimazole and enilconazole against controls of the traditional clotrimazole soak.
2. Project title: Investigations into ‘immunological memory’ of dogs vaccinated with commercial vaccines against canine
parvovirus and canine distemper in Australia.
Project leaders: Drs Norris & Hawke, University of Sydney)
Grant: $18,920 for 2008; $11,840 for 2009.
This project will provide important information on the duration of immunity in pet dogs following vaccination, and the usefulness of serology
in immune memory. This will enable a more accurate and individualised approach to be made when designing CPV and CDV vaccination
protocols for canine patients. It will facilitate investigation of individuals with poor responses to vaccination and provide a powerful
immunological tool with wide ranging implications on the study of canine infectious diseases.
3. Project title: Investigation of serum bile acids tolerance testing in Cairn Terrier puppies.
Project leader: Dr Abraham, University of Melbourne.
Grant: $7,000 for 2008; $7,000 for 2009.
This work is an extension of Dr Abraham’s prior research into serum bile acids tolerance testing and liver function. Bile acids tolerance testing
has emerged as a routinely used diagnostic test for liver function in veterinary practice. This study aims to determine whether the bile acids tolerance test adult dog reference range is appropriate to assess liver function in young puppies, and if not a reference range will be
established. Mode of inheritance of portosystemic venous anomalies will be investigated and DNA will be collected with the aim of developing
a genetic test for portosystemic shunts.
4. Project title: Use of the genome mapping technique for the rapid identification of major histocompatibility complex (MHC)
class II haplotype in dogs with common autoimmune diseases.
Project leader: Dr. Holloway, University of Melbourne
Grant: $5,000 for 2008; $5,000 for 2009.
The MHC is divided into three major linked gene clusters, the class I, class II and class III genes. The class I and II genes are of particular importance in the generation of an immune response. Both normal and abnormal (autoimmune) responses may be dependent on the type of
MHC molecules that are expressed on the antigen presenting cells in an animal. The aim of the project is to apply the genome mapping
technique (GMT) to the screening of large numbers of dogs with common autoimmune diseases, such as immune mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA), thrombocytopenia, diabetes mellitus, GME, Addison’s disease and immune mediated polyarthritis. If MHC ll type could be inferred rapidly using GMT then this advice could be returned to breeders to aid in selection of breeding stock to avoid diseases in the future.
5. Project title: Comparison of the effect of one-lung ventilation and two-lung ventilation with intrapleural insufflation on oxygen delivery index during thoracoscopy in the dog.
Project leader: Dr Yates, University of Melbourne
Grant: $12,825 for 2008.
Thoracoscopy (‘keyhole surgery’) is a minimally invasive surgical method recently applied to veterinary surgery to provide information to
facilitate decision-making for a variety of surgical indications. The two methods of ventilation used for human thoracoscopy are:
(a) increasing the pressure within the pleural cavity by insufflation of carbon dioxide gas
(b) collapsing one half of the lung and only providing ventilation of the other half.
These have potential to result in clinically significant cardiopulmonary compromise.
The two ventilation techniques will be compared and assessed for dogs by calculating an oxygen delivery index.
6. Project title: The role of oxygen radicals in fatty liver diseases of dogs.
Project leader: Dr Sandy, University of Melbourne
Grant: $9,677 for 2008; $550 for 2009.
The project aims to determine whether liver oxygen radicals are fundamental in driving the development of idiopathic fatty liver disease in
dogs. If they are, as suspected, non-invasive diagnostic tests and development of a cost-effective treatment plan will be investigated. It is suspected that a fatty liver syndrome disease in dogs has a similar disease profile to the (non-alcoholic) syndrome in humans, and results also will provide some insights into the pathogenesis and possible treatment regimens in human medicine.
The Trustees are confident that the resultant research will contribute significantly to improvement in canine health, and commend the ANKC Member Bodies, their breeders and other donors for the financial contributions and general support. Special thanks are due to those who give their time and effort to make the research program so successful.

 Bob Maver
Canine Research Foundation Trustee

Contact Details

Dr Chevaun Haseldine
PO Box 402 McLaren Vale 5171, SA, Australia
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