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THE MALAYSIAN KENNEL ASSOCIATION

AUTHORISED SHOW RULES
( For All types of Shows )

PART I : INTERPRETATION

In these Rules the words defined as hereinafter following shall bear the meaning herein set out unless there be something in the subject or context inconsistent therewith. :

"These Rules" means: The authorized Show Rules for the time being in force.

"The Association" means: The Malaysian Kennel Association.

"Shows" means: A dog show or Dog Sports Event or Canine Event which is promoted by the Association or held under a license issued by the Association by an Affiliate Club.

"Show Committee" means: The Committee appointed by the Association, Affiliate Club of the Association or by a promoter of a show under these Rules.

"Unrecognized Shows" means: Any other shows.

Words importing the singular number only shall where the context so admits, include the plural number and vice versa. Words importing the masculine gender only shall where the context so admits, include the feminine gender.

PART II : SCORE

These Rules shall apply to all shows held under the auspices of or authorized - by The Malaysian Kennel Association, Association’s Affiliate Club and any person, firm or corporation conducting or taking part in any shows in any manner whatsoever, shall be bound by these Rules; PROVIDED that the Association may at its discretion exempt any show from the full application of these Rules or any one or more of these Rules.

PART III: KINDS OF SHOWS

Recognized shows shall be of the following kinds :

A) CONFORMATION DOG SHOWS

  1. CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW at which the Association's Challenge Certificates (CC) counting towards the title of Malaysian Champion and CACIB Certificates counting towards the title of International Beauty Champion may be awarded and at which there shall be no restriction on the number of exhibits which may be entered though there may be restriction as to the breeds or certain groups of breeds;
  2. OPEN SHOWS at which there shall be a restriction on the numbers of exhibits which may be entered (though there may be restriction as to breeds or certain groups of breeds) but at which No Challenge Certificates shall be awarded.
  3. LIMIT SHOWS at which the dogs entered and exhibited may be restricted and which may at the discretion of the Association be confined to dogs of specified breeds or groups, restricted to dogs the property of members of the Association, to owner resident within a specified area, or limited in any other way, which the Association may approve. No Challenge Certificates shall be awarded at Limit Shows and no dogs, which have won a Challenge Certificate, may participate in a Limit Show.
  4. EXEMPTION SHOWS that is, shows from which the Association may exempt the application of these Rules or any one or more of these Rules. No Challenge Certificates shall be awarded at the Exemption Shows.
  5. MATCHES at which there shall be no restriction on the number of exhibits, which may be entered. Puppies under 6 calendar months of age and dog, which have won Challenge Certificates, are not allowed compete at a Match Show. Matches may at the discretion of the Association and be confined to dogs of specified breed or group, restricted to dogs the property of members of the Association, to owner resident within a specified area, or limited in any other way which the Association may approve. No Challenge Certificates, prize cards, diplomas or other printed awards shall be awarded at a Match Meeting.

B) DOG SPORTS TRIALS

  1. OBEDIENCE TRIALS held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association's Obedience Certificates will be awarded.
  2. AGILITY TRIALS held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association's Agility Certificates will be awarded.
  3. DANCES WITH DOGS TRIALS held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association's Dances with Dogs Certificates will be awarded.
  4. RALLY OBEDIENCE TRIALS held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association's Rally Obedience Certificates will be awarded.
  5. IPO TRIALS held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association's Certificates will be awarded.
  6. ANY OTHER CANINE SPORT event promoted and held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association’s Certificates will be awarded.

C) GROOMING CERTIFICATION held by the Association and open to all exhibitors who qualify for the various classes offered and at which the Association's Certificates will be awarded.

PART IV: WHO MAY HOLD SHOWS

Any of the above mention type of shows may be promoted and/or organized either:

  1. By the Association itself in which case they may be described as The Malaysian Kennel Association Championship, Open, Limited, Exemption, Match, Obedience, Agility, Dances with Dogs, Rally Obedience Trials or IPO Trials.
  2. By Affiliates, groups or persons or individuals approved and licensed by the Association to hold Conformation Dog Show or Dog Sports Trials. The name by which the show is to be called shall be approved by the Association and notified to the promoters in the contract.

PART VI. GENERAL CONDITIONS APPLICABLE TO SHOWS

A) APPOINTMENT OF SHOW MANAGER & COMMITTEE

  1. Every show or event must appoint a Show Manager who shall be responsible to the Association for the proper organization of the show in accordance with the Rules. The Show Manager of a show shall appoint a Show Organising Committee if required.
  2. The Association may in its discretion appoint to any Affiliate Member show or event sanctioned by the Association, any person as a Show Representative, either in lieu of or in addition to any Show Representative appointed by the Show Organising Committee to act as an observer to ensure the rules of the Association are being adhered to.

B) SHOW VENUE

No show venue shall be approved unless there be adequate shelter from the rain, and if the show is to be held prior to 5.00 pm there shall be effective protection from sunshine.

C) SCHEDULE OF CLASSES AND CATALOGUES

The Association or organising Affiliate shall on the day of the show publish and issue a Show Catalog containing a schedule of the show including:

  1. a statement on the cover that such Show is conducted under the Authorised Show Rules of the Association;
  2. name of the Show Manager and Show Organising Committee;
  3. names of judges and which classes, breeds, groups they are to judge;
  4. the full name, date of birth, registered number, name of owner, exhibit numbers and in the case of Conformation Dog Shows microchip number, names of their sires and dams and name of breeder;
  5. details of all awards to be made at such show;
  6. such other particulars as the Association may require.

D) JUDGES

  1. Judges, Show Managers and Chief Ring Stewards at all shows shall be appointed by the Association or organising Affiliate and to be stated in the Show Catalog. The invited judge must be licensed by a governing body recognized by the Association.
  2. In the event of a judge being unable to attend a show and judge there, or of his failing to attend to fulfil his engagement of a show, the Association or Organising Affiliate may appoint another judge to officiate in the place of the judge originally appointed.
  3. When the judge announced in the schedule is changed, the dog may be withdrawn from competition under substitute judge by giving notice in writing to the Show Manager before commencement of the judging of the breed or group. The Show Manager shall notify the Chief Ring Steward. A refund of the entry is also permitted if requested by the withdrawing Exhibitor, so long as the request is made before commencement of judging for the day begins.
  4. In the event the judge not fulfilling his engagement to judge, he may be required by the Association to give reasons of such failure, and in the event of his explanation not being considered satisfactory, the Association shall at its discretion, may take whatever disciplinary action deemed appropriate against the judge.

F) ENTRY FORMS & ONLINE ENTRIES

  1. All entries shall be in writing or via online entry where available in the form from time to time prescribed by the Association, and shall be completed by the bona fide owner and signed by at least one co-owner on behalf of other co-owners. The original of such written authority shall be sent to the Association at its registered office. Similarly all Online Entries submitted must be done so by the bona fide owner or co-owners.
  2. In submitting entry form the applicant shall deemed to have agreed to abide by the Association's Show Rules in force at the time of the show.
  3. Entries for a show must close at the time indicted in the schedule, entries received by the post after the closing time though bearing the date of closing of entries will not be accepted. No entries will be accepted after the closing date unless specified by the Association or permitted by the Show Manager or by the MKA Director in charge.
  4. The Association reserves the right to refuse to accept an entry without having to give a valid explanation.
  5. Affiliate Clubs refusing an entry a member of the Association, have to provide a written reason to the Association for such action being taken.

PART VII: BREED REGISTRATION AND CLASSIFICATION

A) BREED OF DOGS RECOGNISED

i) CONFORMATION SHOWS -The breeds of dogs recognized by the Association for exhibition purpose shall be the breeds of dogs recognized by the FCI and in addition such other breeds approved by the Association. ii) DOG SPORTS & OTHER SHOWS – All breeds of dogs including mix/cross breeds will be recognized by the Association for all Dog Sports or other non-Conformation Dog Show events. B) FORMALITIES REGARDING EXHIBITS (Conformation Dog Shows)

i) REGISTRATION OF DOGS All dogs exhibited at the Association's shows or at Affiliate or MKA licensed shows, must be registered with the Association in accordance with the conditions stated in the Association's Registration Form from the time being in force. ii) UNREGISTERED DOGS - NAF The Association may allow the exhibition at show of dogs not fully registered by the Association but for which their registration have been applied and recorded as being "provisionally registered". Every such dog entered for a show shall have the letters "NAF" after its name indication that its Name Has Been Applied For and it will be allowed to be exhibited for a period of not more than six months after the date of its provisional registration. The date of provisional registration shall be the date of receipt of the application by the Association.  If full registration of the dog by the Association has not been effected after one year of the dog's provisional registration, the dog will be deemed as disqualified from the show at which it was exhibited and all prizes and awards that it may have won will be withdrawn. iii) IMPORTED DOGS - PROVISIONAL REGISTRATION APPLIED FOR (PRAF) (a) Dogs Imported into Malaysia permanently - All imported dogs will be permitted to be exhibited for a period of six (6) months pending full registration with the Association. Such exhibits will be entered as "Provisional Registration Applied For (PRAF)." To qualify for PRAF status all the required paperwork, especially a copy of the foreign Pedigree Certificate bearing at least the microchip or tattoo number of the animal to be stated therein must be submitted to the MKA with the required payment. If this is not submitted, the dog will not be allowed to enter any shows organized or sanctioned by the MKA unless written permission is given by the Association’s Director in charge. For the dog to be allowed to compete after the initial six (6) month period, the original Export Pedigree Certificate in the owner’s name must be submitted to the MKA. If documentation is not completed within a period of 12 months or if the particulars provided in the Entry Forms are found to be false, all placings and awards including the Challenge Certificates may be withdrawn at the discretion of the Association and the owner liable to disciplinary action in the case of false claims being made. No certificates of Championship or of any other such titles to be officially issued, until the re-registration process is completed. (b) Dogs entering Malaysia for International Shows – All dogs coming solely for the purpose of International shows or for shows sanctioned by the Association as being International events, will be permitted to be exhibited for the period of the said show and receive all awards won during the period of the show. These awards may be withdrawn if the particulars provided in the Entry Forms are found to be false or the owner does not comply with the rules and regulations of the short term import rules stated on condition of entry. iv) OWNERSHIP A dog must at the time of entry for a show, be the registered property of the exhibitor, save that the Association may in its absolute discretion accept an entry in respect of a dog which is temporarily in the charge of a person not its bona fide owner provided that such entry is made on behalf of the person who is the bona fide owner of the dog. v) TRANSFER All transfers of ownership must be completed and recorded by the Association before an entry can be accepted in the name of the new owner. C) CLASSES FOR BREED AND VARIETIES At any shows, except Match, The Association may provide classes from amongst the following classification. Affiliate clubs organizing breed specialty shows may alter the classes offered, but may not under any circumstances award Challenge Certificates to exhibits under the age of 15 months. DEFINITION OF CLASSES i) MINOR PUPPY: For dogs of three and not exceeding six calendar months of age on the day of the show (not eligible for CC and other classes) ii) PUPPY: For dogs over six (plus one day) and not exceeding ten calendar months of age on the day of the show. (Eligible for MKA Junior CC) iii) JUNIOR: For dogs over ten (plus one day) and not exceeding fifteen calendar months of age on the day of the show. (Eligible for MKA Junior CC) iv) INTERMEDIATE: For dogs over fifteen (plus one day) and not exceeding twenty four calendar months of age on the day of the show. (Eligible for MKA CC) v) OPEN: For dogs over Twenty four calendar months (plus one day) on the day of the show. (Eligible for MKA CC) vi) MALAYSIAN BRED: Open to all dogs over six calendar months (plus one day) whelped in Malaysia, inclusive of dogs imported in-dam. (Eligible for MKA CC if over fifteen months (plus one day) of age) vii) VETERAN: For dogs of any age specified in the schedule but not less than six years on the day of the show. (Eligible for MKA CC) viii) Any other classes as deemed appropriate by the Association and advertised in the show entry form.