Section 1. Purpose of Program. The purpose of the UKC Earth Work
Hunting Program is to encourage and promote the preservation of the inherent
hunting instincts of earth-working breeds. By offering Earth Working titles,
UKC supports the significance of hunting to the “Total Dog.”
This program will provide hunters
and their dogs with a series of actual hunts administered by experienced
licensed Judges working toward titles granted by UKC.
Many UKC-affiliated clubs provide
ongoing educational and training experience for hunters and their working
dogs.The United Kennel Club believes in
promoting the conservation of wildlife and is committed to the Second Amendment
right of our American customers, and to the right of all persons’ rights to
keep and bear arms.
The United Kennel Club, Inc. may change rules and policies as deemed
Section 2. Breeds eligible for the UKC
Earth Work Hunting Program
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Glen of Imaal Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Sporting Lucas Terrier
Teddy Roosevelt Terrier
West Highland White Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Section 3. Dogs eligible
to participate in the UKC Earth Work Hunting Program. Dog must be at
least six months of age and have a permanent UKC registration number, a UKC
Limited Privilege (LP) number, or a Temporary Listing (TL) number.
Section 4. Hunting Rules. The Judge is solely responsible for
conducting and directing the cast and for reporting all misconduct to UKC. All
aspects of the hunt not specifically addressed by these rules shall be left to
the sole discretion of the Judge. The Judge’s decisions in the field are final.
4.1 Authorized hunting grounds. Hunters
must only hunt on private lands where permission has been obtained from the
landowner or on public lands where applicable law or regulations permit.
4.2. Authorized cast members. Each cast
(hunting party) is limited to the Judge, one apprentice Judge (if applicable)
and no more than three dog handlers.
4.3. Authorized number of dogs per cast. The
number of dogs in a cast and the number of dogs loose in the field at one time
is left to the sole discretion of the Judge. However, handlers may rotate dogs
in and out of the field with the Judge’s permission. A dog may participate in
more than one cast per day.
4.4. Requirement for locator collar and
box. All dogs in the cast will be equipped with locator collars/boxes.
Equipment failure may be simulated to allow a Senior Judge to evaluate the
skills of an Apprentice Judge but no dogs will be hunted without this
of hunting time. The Judge will
determine length of hunting time for the cast.
4.6. Hunting order. The hunting order
of the dogs will be determined by the Judge. The Judge may allow more than one
dog loose to locate active burrows at his/her discretion.
4.7. Spectators. Spectators may only
participate with the approval of the Judge and the dog handlers. It should be
noted that spectators must not, under any circumstances, bring dogs with them
to the hunt field.
4.8. Hunting license requirements. All
participants must be licensed and comply with the federal, state, and local
hunting regulations. The Judge must verify each individual’s license before the
start of the hunt.
4.9. Earth Work Evaluation Forms. Each
Judge is required to bring blank UKC Earth Work Evaluation forms to a hunt.
Judges may obtain forms by contacting UKC Field Operations, 100
E. Kilgore Rd., KalamazooMI49002-5584. Prior to the start
of each hunt, the Judge will provide each owner/handler with one form for each
dog to be hunted. The owner/handler will enter:
·Dog’s UKC registration/ Temporary Listing/
Limited Privilege number
·Breed of dog
·Owner’s name, address, daytime phone number,
e-mail address, and signature
·The handler’s name, address, daytime phone
number, e-mail address, and signature, if the dog is being handled by someone
other than the owner. If the dog is handled by someone other than the owner and
the owner is not present in the field, the owner’s signature is not required.
4.10. Requirements for passing evaluation.
A. Dog must enter a natural earth or
rock formation, not man made (i.e., trash piles, stacked hay bales, rock walls,
brush piles, drains, etc.).
B. Dog must enter the earth and work
below ground level out of sight.
C. Dog must locate and work up to
quarry. The dog may be assisted by the removal of an obstruction (large rock,
tree roots etc.) that would have rendered the burrow otherwise impassable to a
dog. The Judge has the sole discretion to determine what other assistance, if
any, a handler may give his/her dog.
D. Reasonable verbal encouragement of a
dog is allowed. The Judge has the sole discretion to determine what constitutes
“reasonable verbal encouragement.”
E. When a burrow is approached by cast,
a dog should be allowed reasonable time as determined by the Judge to enter the
burrow and disappear from sight. The dog may exit and reenter an unlimited
number of times as long as it is actively working the burrow. If the dog exits
and fails to continue working the burrow, loses interest, or if the dog will
not enter the burrow, the Judge may declare the burrow is empty/uninhabited or
open for another dog to check and work. The Judge will use his/her discretion
to decide whether the cast is to move on or whether other dogs in the party
will be allowed to check and attempt to work that burrow.
F. Dog must mark the quarry by engaging
the quarry, baying, growling or other responses, or by putting enough pressure
on the quarry to bolt it or move it through the burrow. Dog must be close
enough to the quarry that physical contact is possible between dog and quarry.
It must have been obvious that the quarry’s movement resulted from close
contact by the dog. Judges must understand the individual working style of the
breed they are judging and judge accordingly.
G. Dog must either bolt, draw, or stay
with the quarry until dug to.
H. Quarry must be visually identified
as acceptable species of quarry by the Judge and be a formidable challenge to
I. Only one dog will be permitted in
the burrow at a time. Once a dog has been released to the burrow, all other
dogs must be restrained.
J. The primary objective is for the
handler and dog to work together as a team. Members of the cast and the Judge
may, at the Judge’s discretion, assist the owner in the recovery (digging out)
of the dog and quarry but must not interfere or hinder in any manner with the
dog that is currently working the burrow. A physically handicapped owner may
bring a person to assist in the locating, digging and recovery of his/her dog.
K. The Judge may only award a passing
evaluation to a dog that that locates and works its own quarry. No passing
evaluation may be given where one dog locates the quarry and a second dog works
L. It is the handler’s responsibility
to maintain control of their dog at all times while above ground.
4.11. Completing the Earth Work Evaluation
Form for dogs with passing evaluations. When a dog earns a passing
evaluation, the dog’s owner/handler must give that dog’s Earth Work Evaluation
Form to the Judge. The Judge must complete each dog’s form and return the
original (white) copy and bottom (yellow) copy to the dog’s owner/handler. The
Judge must keep the middle (pink) copy for his/her records for at least two
4.12. Excusing a dog from a hunt. The
Judge must indicate “Excused for fighting” in the “Other Judge’s Comments”
section of the Earth Work Evaluation Form of any dog excused for fighting. Once
excused, a dog may not participate any further in any hunting activities on the
day of the excusal. The Judge must keep the middle (yellow) copy, give the
bottom (pink) copy to the owner/handler of the dog, and send the original
(white) copy of the Evaluation Form to UKC Field Operations, 100
E. Kilgore Rd., KalamazooMI49002-5584.
A. Judge’s authority to deal with dog
fighting during a hunt. The owner/handler of a dog involved in a fight is
responsible for using whatever means he/she deems necessary to break up the
fight. If the owner/handler of either dog involved in a fight requests that the
Judge assist in breaking up the dogs, the Judge may use whatever force he/she
deems necessary to break up a dog fight.
B. Reporting a dog that is excused for
fighting. The Judge must indicate “Excused for fighting” in the “Other
Judge’s Comments” section of the Earth Work Evaluation Form of any dog excused
for fighting. Once excused, a dog may not participate any further in any
hunting activities on the day of the excusal. The Judge must send the original
(white copy) and the bottom (yellow) copy of the Evaluation Form to UKC Field
Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd., KalamazooMI49002-5584.
4.13. Excusing a handler from a hunt. The
Judge must excuse a handler from a hunt for any act of misconduct. The Judge
may excuse a handler from a hunt for failure to follow the Judge’s
instructions. The Judge has sole discretion whether or not to allow the dog of
an excused handler to continue to participate in the hunt with a substitute
handler. The Judge’s decision in these matters is final.
Section 5. UKC Earth Work Hunting Titles of
Excellence and Requirements
Titles must be earned in
sequence. Each new Earth Work Hunting title earned replaces the previous Earth
Work Hunting title earned. The total number of quarry required for each title
is cumulative and builds from the previous title.
A. Earth Working
Dog I (EWDI)
1. Dog must
locate and successfully work quarry two times as evidenced by two Hunting
Evaluation forms completed and signed by UKC-licensed Judges.
These quarry may or may not be the same species of quarry.
3. Both passing
evaluations may be earned under the same or two different Judges.
B. Earth Working Dog II (EWDII)
1. Dog must
successfully accumulate 3 additional passing evaluations (A total of 5
cumulative passing evaluations).
2. Dog must
successfully locate and work at least two of the acceptable species of quarry
(This may or may not have been completed in a previous level).
evaluations must be earned under at least two different Judges (These Judges
may or may not be the same Judges as EWDI).
C. Earth Work Champion (EWCH)
1. Dog must
successfully accumulate 3 additional passing evaluations (A total of 8
cumulative qualifying passing evaluations).
2. Dog must successfully
locate and work at least three of the acceptable species of quarry (This may or
may not have been completed in a previous level)
evaluations must be earned under at least two different Judges. (These Judges
may or may not be the same Judges as EWDI, EWDII).
Earth Work Champion (GREWCH)
1. Dog must successfully accumulate 3 additional passing evaluations (A
total of 11 cumulative qualifying passing evaluations).
2. Dog must successfully locate and work a minimum of 3 of the
acceptable species of quarry (This may or may not have been completed in a
3. Passing evaluations received under a minimum of three different
Judges (These Judges may or may not be the same Judges as EWDI, EWDII, or EWCH.)
Total # Passing evaluations
Minimum # Different Judges
Minimum # Different species of quarry
5.2. Acceptable species of quarry. The following are acceptable species of
quarry provided that they are hunted in accordance with all applicable hunting
laws and regulations: red fox, gray fox, raccoon, woodchuck (groundhog),
marmot, badger, opossum and such other naturally denning animals that may be
considered formidable quarry at the Judge’s discretion, except that skunk is never an acceptable quarry.
5.3. Passing Evaluations. Each quarry
has equal value meaning that a dog earns one passing evaluation for each
acceptable quarry it locates and works successfully. The Judge has the sole
discretion to determine whether a quarry is acceptable and whether or not the
dog has earned a passing evaluation. A dog can continue to accrue passing
evaluations throughout the dog’s hunting career. Passing evaluations earned by
a dog remain with the dog in the event of change of ownership. Passing
evaluations may only be issued by UKC-licensed Earth Working Judges and Senior
5.4. Applying for a title certificate. The
owner of a dog eligible for an Earth Work Hunting title must submit an
Application for Earth Work Hunting Title accompanied by the signed original
(white) copies of the Earth Work Evaluation Forms documenting the number and
types of passing evaluations required for the title in question. Title
certificates will be mailed to the registered owner of a dog upon receipt of
the Application, Earth Work Evaluation Forms and fee of $20.00. A dog with a
Temporary Listing number may hunt and earn passing evaluations but no titles
will be issued to that dog until it is permanently registered with UKC or is
issued a Limited Privilege Listing number.
Section 6. Scheduling a
Individuals wishing to hunt their dogs for the purpose of earning UKC Earth
Working titles must contact a UKC-licensed earth working Judge or Senior Judge
to schedule a hunt. A list of current UKC-licensed Judges and Senior Judges is
available from UKC Field Operations, 100 East
Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, MI49002-5584 and on the UKC
web page atwww.ukcdogs.com.
All hunts conducted by UKC-licensed earth working Judges or Senior Judges are
automatically licensed by UKC.
Section 7. Suggested
The following equipment is used
for earth work. All of this equipment is not required for every hunt, nor is it
practical for every member of the cast to bring all of the needed equipment
into the field. The Judge and cast members must coordinate what equipment is
needed and determine who will provide the equipment when scheduling a hunt
date. The Judge determines what equipment will be allowed on the cast and
what equipment he/she will require the members of the cast to furnish.
7.1 Field equipment.
§5 feet to 6 feet
long pry bar—such as 3/4", tempered steel, hex (6-sided bar) with one
pointed end and one flattened end.
purchased from any farm supply store. It is often called a "pig
catcher" or “hog catcher"
§Small limb saw
to saw through roots
§A good hunting
7.2. Equipment for your terrier:
locator box designed for underground work, electrical tape and extra batteries
for the collar and the box
bottle of fresh drinking water
to wash your terrier's eyes
supplement to give a terrier that has been working hard instant nutrition
§First Aid kit
remove skunk odor
§Phone numbers of
several vets in the area
§A cell phone
with extra charged battery
§In the winter:
plenty of dog coats/sweaters, towel, large blanket.
7.2. Equipment for you:
proof, insulated boots
hunting/work clothing for the conditions
8. Applying to become a licensed UKC Earth Work Hunting Judge. The
responsibilities of an Earth Work Hunting Judge are many and should not be
lightly undertaken.An Earth Work
A. Is responsible for introducing
novice dogs and novice owners to the world of earth work.
B. Must be knowledgeable and
experienced in the hunt field.
C. Must be knowledgeable about UKC
rules and policies for the Earth Work Hunting Program.
D. Must be able to make rational and
appropriate judgments in high stress situations.
E. Must be capable of conducting
casts with multiple owner/handlers and dogs.
F. Must always hold a current hunt
license in the state or states in which he/she hunts.
G. Must renew licensing status as
required by UKC.
Required qualifications for all UKC-licensed Judges. All applicants must:
A. Be twenty-one years of age or
B. Have full mobility to hunt in all
types of terrain.
Required qualifications for Earth Work Hunting Judges. Applicants must
Hold and furnish proof of a formal Earth Working Hunting Judge’s license from
the Jack Russell Terrier Club of America (JRTCA), the Canadian Jack Russell
Terrier Association (CJRTA), or other acceptable organization that licenses earth
working Judges; or
B. Meet the following criteria:
Have a minimum of two years experience in terrier earth work. Applicant should
submit a brief summary of his/her hunting experience, letters of recommendation
from experienced earth working Judges and hunters, or any other documentation
to verify applicant’s experience.
(2) Have personally worked at least two dogs and a
total of four different quarry. Acceptable proof shall
(a) Passing evaluations recorded on UKC Earth Work Evaluation
Forms and signed by UKC-licensed Earth Working Judges/Senior Judges.
(b) JRTCA or CJRTA Natural Hunting Certificates,
American Working Terrier Association (AWTA) Hunting Certificates or hunting
certificates issued by any other organization with an equivalent earth working
(3) Have personally titled at least two dogs to an
Earth Work Champion title or its equivalent in JRTCA, CJRTA, AWTA or other
acceptable organization that offers earth working titles. Acceptable proof
shall be copies of the title certificates or other documentation provided by
Application procedure. Interested applicants
may request an Earth Work Hunting Judge application package from UKC Field
E. Kilgore Rd., KalamazooMI49002-5584. Complete the application and the open-book test on
the UKC Earth Work Hunting rules. Send completed application, with proof of
applicant’s qualifications, along with the completed rules test to UKC Field
Successful applicants with two years’ or more experience as a licensed earth
working Judge. Applicants with two or
more years experience as a Hunting Judge for JRTCA, CJRTA or other acceptable earth
working organization shall be issued their Senior Judge’s license within 10
days of completed application and test.
applicants with less than two years’ experience as a licensed earth working Judge.
Applicants with less than two years experience as a Hunting Judge for
JRTCA, CJRTA or other acceptable earth working organization shall be issued
their Judge’s license within 10 days of completed application and test.
Successful applicants with no prior judging experience. Successful applicants will be issued their Apprentice
Judge’s license within 10 days of receipt of completed application and test.
Unsuccessful applicants. Unsuccessful
applicants may reapply after a one-year waiting period from the date applicant
receives notice from UKC.
Apprentice Judge. Apprentice Judges may not sign Hunting Evaluation Forms.
Apprentice Judges must apprentice with UKC-licensed Senior Earth Work Hunting
Judges until they receive at least two letters of recommendation indicating
that the Apprentice Judge has:
Been a primary participant in multiple successful digs.
Demonstrated his/her ability to account for quarry by digging to the dog rather
Demonstrated his/her competency with a locator box/collar and digging tools.
Demonstrated the ability to locate and retrieve a dog in the event of equipment
Demonstrated his/her ability to make rational and appropriate judgments in high
knowledge of safe hunting procedures for handlers and dogs.
Demonstrated knowledge of UKC rules and policies as they apply to the Earth
Work Hunting Program.
8.5 Judge. An Apprentice Judge who
submits two letters of recommendation as described in paragraph 8.4 above shall
be licensed as an Earth Work Hunting Judge eligible to sign Hunting Evaluation
8.6. Senior Judge. A Judge who has
served as an Earth Work Hunting Judge for two years may apply to be licensed as
a Senior Earth Work Hunting Judge, eligible to evaluate Apprentice Judges.
Successful applicants will be issued their Senior Judge’s license within 10
days of receipt of their applications. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply
after a one-year waiting period from the date applicant receives notice from
Section 9. Reimbursement of Judge’s expenses. Persons wishing to
obtain a Judge’s evaluation of their hunting dog must contact the Judge to make
arrangements for the hunt. UKC Earth Work Hunting Judges donate their time because
of their dedication to the preservation of earth-working instincts in dogs.
Remember that Judges have families, dogs and jobs so be courteous when
scheduling a hunt. Owners of dogs participating in earth working hunts are
responsible for reimbursing Judges for all expenses related to the hunt.
Expenses include, but are not limited to, mileage, plane fares, lodging, meals,
and out-of-state hunting license as necessary. Terms of this agreement must be
settled in writing and signed by the Judge and all members of the cast in
advance of any hunt.
Section 10. Use of alcohol and illegal drugs at UKC-licensed
events. The use of alcohol and/or illegal drugs
during UKC-licensed events is prohibited.Violators must be excused from the field for the remainder of the day by
the Judge and the Judge’s decision is final.Hunters must notify UKC in writing of any Judge who judges a UKC earth
working hunt while under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs.
Section 11. Barring a
dog for fighting. Any dog that is excused pursuant to Section 4.12 for
fighting three times within a two-year period will be barred from participating
in UKC events for two years from the date of the last excusal.
11.1. Notice to the registered owner. When
three Earth Work Evaluation Forms have been received by UKC indicating a dog
has been excused for fighting within a two-year period, UKC will notify the
registered owner(s) of the dog by certified letter. The letter will include:
A. The dates the dog was excused
B. The names of the Judges who
submitted the Earth Work Evaluation Forms,
C. The UKC registration number and
registered name of the dog,
D. The name and address(s) of the
registered owner(s), and
E. The start and end dates of the
period during which the dog is barred from participating in UKC events.
11.2. Returning dog’s UKC registration
certificate. The owner(s) must return the dog’s UKC registration
certificate to UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore
not later than 30 days from the date the certified letter is received. The
certificate will be stamped “BARRED FOR FIGHTING UNTIL[date two years from the
date the dog was last excused for fighting]” and returned to the registered
11.3. Reinstatement of the dog. At the
end of the two-year period, the registered owner(s) of the dog can return the
registration certificate, along with the proper fee, to the UKC Registration
Department for the issuance of a new registration certificate. The dog will
again be eligible to enter UKC-licensed events. Any further instance of
fighting by a dog after it has been barred for fighting shall result in
permanent ineligibility to participate in UKC events.
11.4. Penalties for failure to return dog’s registration certificate. If
the owner(s) of the dog fail to send in the UKC registration certificate by the
deadline indicated in the notification letter, the following additional
penalties shall be imposed:
A. The dog
may not be transferred into new ownership,
B. No litters will be registered
out of or by the dog in question,
Section 12. Misconduct & Discipline. Hunting with a UKC Earth
Working Judge for the purpose of earning UKC Earth Work hunting title
constitutes a UKC-licensed event.
Misconduct. Misconduct may be defined as conduct that is prejudicial to the
interests of the sport of purebred dogs. There are two general categories of
A. Wrongdoing during or associated with a UKC-licensed event. This
may include, but is not limited to, threatening, assaulting or battering
another individual; falsifying any event-related document; cheating or
conspiring to cheat in order to improve the standing of any dog competing at an
event; abusing or neglecting a dog in conjunction with an event; and any other
UKC event rule infraction.
B. Violation of UKC rules. This may include, but is not limited to,
falsification of UKC registration papers; misidentification of a dog or the
parentage of a dog; non-event-related abuse or neglect of dogs; or continued
failure to keep proper registration records.
12.2. Procedures for handling misconduct
during or associated with a UKC-licensed earth working hunt.
Standard of conduct. United Kennel Club events are intended to be
family-oriented recreation for dog enthusiasts and their UKC-registered dogs.
Accordingly, UKC expects the highest standard of conduct at these events. The
following procedures apply to all cases of misconduct occurring or associated
with a UKC-terrier earth working hunt, regardless of whether the misconduct is
discovered during or after the hunt.
Jurisdiction. The Judge, all members of the cast, and any other persons
participating in the hunt in any way, including spectators and Apprentice
Judges are subject to the jurisdiction of the UKC and are therefore subject to
these UKC standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures. In addition, UKC
has jurisdiction over misconduct that may occur off the grounds of the hunt or
outside hunt hours. This paragraph shall be interpreted as broadly as is
necessary to regulate any off-grounds misconduct that is prejudicial to the
interests of the sport of purebred dogs. One example of such off-grounds
event-related misconduct is abuse of motel rooms by dogs or persons attending
C. The complaint. Any person, who becomes aware of an act of
event-related misconduct pertaining to anyone other than the Judge during the
hours of a UKC-licensed event, must notify the Judge at any time during the
hours of the event. The Judge may immediately excuse any individual from the
event where there is probable cause to believe that the individual has
committed an act of misconduct.Any
complaint pertaining to the Judge must be submitted to UKC in writing.The complainant must request a Misconduct
Report from UKC Field Operations, 100 E. Kilgore Rd.,
to complete and submit.
D. UKC Misconduct Report and Hearing form. Upon receipt of a
complaint, the Judge shall provide the complainant with a UKC Misconduct Report
and Hearing Form. The complainant must complete all of Section 1, providing the
·The complainant's name;
·The complainant's address;
·The complainant's daytime, evening phone
numbers, and email address;
·A complete factual description of the exact
conduct alleged to have occurred, including the identity of all witnesses,
other persons, and dogs involved in the alleged misconduct; and,
·The specific sections of the pertinent UKC
rulebook that have allegedly been violated.
The Judge shall enter the names,
and where known, the addresses, daytime and evening phone numbers of all
witnesses and cast members in Section 2 of the Misconduct Report and Hearing
Form. The Misconduct Report and Hearing Form shall be forwarded to UKC. No
action will be taken on a Misconduct Report and Hearing Form unless it is
signed and dated by the complainant.
E. Complaints against the Judge. Any person, who becomes aware of
an act of event-related misconduct on the part of the Judge, or becomes aware
of misconduct after the event, must notify UKC in writing. UKC staff shall
forward to the complainant a Misconduct Report and Hearing Form. Complainant
shall complete Sections 1, 2, and 3 of the Misconduct Report and Hearing Form.
Section 1 must be filled out completely. Complainant must fill out as much of
Sections 2 and 3 as he/she is able and return the form to UKC.
12.3. Procedures for handling misconduct not associated with a
A. UKC standard of conduct. UKC dog breeders and owners must comply
with all UKC rules, regulations, and policies, as well as all local, county,
state and federal government regulations for kennel operations.
B. Jurisdiction. All breeders who register individual dogs or
litters with UKC are subject to the jurisdiction of the UKC and are therefore
subject to these UKC standards of conduct and disciplinary procedures.
C. The complaint. A person who becomes aware of an act of
misconduct not associated with an event must notify UKC in writing. The
notification should include all known facts and circumstances surrounding the
alleged misconduct; the date of and location where the alleged misconduct
occurred; and any witnesses who may have additional knowledge of or information
about the alleged misconduct.
12.4 Investigation, findings, and
recommendations. UKC staff shall investigate all complaints of misconduct
filed in accordance with this rulebook and shall report findings and
recommendations to the UKC Hearing Committee.
12.5 Hearing committee. The UKC Hearing Committee shall consist of
such department heads as shall be designated by the President of UKC. The
Hearing Committee shall regularly review complaints of misconduct, along with
the results of any investigations conducted by UKC staff.
12.6. Penalties for misconduct. If the Hearing Committee finds that
misconduct has occurred, one or more of the following penalties shall be
A. Probation for a period up to three years. During the period of
probation, the individual shall be closely monitored by UKC.Any other instance of misconduct may result
in immediate suspension or barring at the discretion of the appropriate UKC
Department Head and without further due process.
B. Suspension. The Hearing Committee shall impose a minimum Three
Hundred Dollar ($300) fine and a minimum one-year suspension for probation
violations and for most other serious acts of misconduct. The period of
suspension shall begin upon UKC's mailing of the notification to the respondent
via certified mail (return receipt requested), but the fine must be paid by
certified check or money order before the time counts toward the sentence. For
example, a person may be notified on January 1 that his penalty will be a
one-year suspension and a fine of three hundred dollars. This individual will
be suspended as soon as notice of the penalty is mailed by UKC to the
respondent, but the one-year suspension does not start until the date UKC
receives payment of the fine. If a respondent waits until March 1 to pay the
fine, the suspension will actually run fourteen months until of February 28 the following year.
C. Barring. The Hearing Committee shall impose barring for an
indefinite period of time for repeat instances of misconduct or for the most
serious forms of misconduct, including, but not limited to, cruelty to dogs.
The period of barring shall begin upon UKC's mailing of the notification to the
respondent by certified mail (return receipt requested).
12.7. Suspension and barring. During
the period of suspension or barring, a person who is suspended or barred:
A. May not register any dogs in his/her name (joint or individual
ownership). No dog registered in the name of a suspended/barred person (joint
or individual ownership) may be used for breeding and no offspring of such a
dog is eligible for registration with UKC. A suspended/barred person may
transfer any dogs currently registered in his/her name (joint or individual
ownership), except that no dog registered in the name of a suspended/barred
person, regardless of co-ownership status, may be transferred to any member of
that person's family.
B. May not register any litters or sign any litter registrations in any
C. May not enter or participate in any way in any UKC-licensed event. No
dog registered in the name of a suspended/barred person (joint or individual
ownership) may be entered or participate in any way in any UKC-licensed event.
D. May not receive Championship points for any dog registered in
his/her name (joint or individual ownership).
E. May not advertise in any UKC publication or Internet site.
12.8. Appeals. Any person placed on
probation, suspended or barred in accordance with these rules may appeal
directly, in writing, to the UKC President within 30 days of receiving
notification of probation, suspension, or barring. The decision of the President
12.9. UKC Inherent Rights and Powers. Notwithstanding anything
herein, and regardless of whether these procedures are followed, under UKC's
Inherent Rights and Powers, UKC reserves the right to itself and its sole
judgment and discretion, to investigate any suspected misconduct and to impose
such sanctions and penalties as deemed appropriate.
Section 13. UKC right
to inspect and correct all event records. United Kennel Club, Inc. has the
right to inspect all reports, scorecards and other documentation from UKC
events, and to review those documents for any reason. In accordance with our
Inherent Rights and Powers, UKC reserves the right to correct any errors or
make any other adjustments in said documents, regardless of whether or not the
documents are properly signed by Judges or club officials.
Section 14. Inherent
Rights and Powers of UKC (Revised November
14.1. United Kennel Club holds and has
reserved to itself certain inherent rights and powers in connection with
conducting its business, registering litters, transferring ownership of dogs,
licensing events, and awarding titles. These inherent rights and powers include
but are not limited to the following:
14.2. United Kennel Club has the
right to inspect all reports, scorecards and documents related to UKC events.
Some, but not all, of the items subject to inspection are:
disqualification’s of dogs for fighting or other reasons;
C. errors by the
recording person; and
excluded for any reason.
UKC reserves the right to correct
any mistakes found during such inspection whether or not the document has the
signature of a Judge or Club Officer.
14.3. UKC reserves the right to itself and in
its sole judgment and discretion, to take such actions and impose such
sanctions as would:
A .Bar an
individual from entering or participating in any way in any UKC-licensed event;
B. Bar an
individual from transferring or registering any pups or dogs in that person's
name (joint or full ownership) or to any member of that person’s family,
C. Bar an
individual from receiving Championship points for any dog registered in that
person's name (joint or full ownership).
14.4. By way of
illustration, the following constitute some, but not all, of the situations
calling for the above sanctions:
or alteration of a UKC Registration Certificate, Pedigree, UKC "Easy
Entry" Card or any other UKC document.
Falsification or alteration of any reports of wins issued to UKC
Falsification or alteration of receipts issued by UKC Judges.
wrongfully using or attempting to use a UKC Registration Certificate, Pedigree,
UKC "Easy Entry" Card or any other UKC document.
E. Selling or
attempting to sell a dog with false or incorrect UKC Registration Certificate
threatening, or injuring a Judge, Club/Association member or official, event
participant or spectator, or UKC representative.
illustrations given above are only by way of example and UKC reserves to itself
its inherent right and power to impose such sanctions in any other
circumstances deemed appropriate by UKC
14.5. Any individual who is found
guilty by a court of law of a crime involving dogs will be barred from United
Kennel Club for an indefinite period. A person shall be considered guilty in a
criminal proceeding if they are convicted by a judge, jury, or if they enter a
plea bargain or other arrangement to plea to a lesser offense, or if their case
is disposed of by any form of deferred adjudication; a person shall be
considered guilty in a civil proceeding if they are held responsible or liable
by a judge, jury, or if a compromised settlement is reached between the
15.1 UKC’s performance pedigree. United
Kennel Club is the largest working dog registry in the world. It is a
pedigree-based registry and issues a certified pedigree free of charge with
each permanent registration. The UKC “performance” pedigree is unique in that
it provides the number of puppies produced by each dog in the 3-generation
pedigree, and the number and types of titles earned by those offspring. This
pedigree is invaluable in planning a breeding program around hunting and conformation
15.2. Single registration. Eligible
purebred dogs may be individually registered with UKC (Single Registration).
15.3. Litter registration. The litters
of UKC-registered sires and dams may be registered, making them eligible for
permanent individual registration (Litter Registration). Litter registration is
preferable since it provides the linkage to develop a useful performance
15.4. Dogs with disqualifying faults. Dogs
with disqualifying faults as defined in the UKC breed standard are ineligible
for permanent registration.
15.5. Limited Privilege (LP) Listing. Spayed/neutered purebred Terriers and
Dachshunds that are otherwise ineligible for UKC registration (dog may have an
incomplete pedigree or lack proof of purebred status) may still participate in
UKC Terrier Hunts (and other UKC performance events for which they are
eligible) using a Limited Privilege Listing number.
15.6. Temporary Listing (TL) Number.ATemporary Listing number may be used to enter
a dog in U.K.C. events before the dog is permanently registered with UKC or
receives a Limited Privilege number. A TL number expires 60 days after it is
issued. Points or legs earned during the 60-day period expire unless the dog is
permanently registered with U.K.C. or issued a Limited Privilege listing on or
before the 60th day. Temporary Listing numbers may be purchased and issued on
the same day by calling the Dog Events Department at U.K.C. TL numbers may also
be purchased on-line at https://host.securelook.com/ukcsec/tlapp.html.
A Temporary Listing (TL) number may be issued to:
·Any purebred dog that is eligible for
registration with U.K.C.
·Any spayed/neutered purebred dog that is
ineligible for registration with U.K.C.
·Any spayed/neutered mixed-bred dog eligible to
participate in U.K.C. performance events.
No titles will
be issued to any dog hunting under a Temporary Listing Number until the dog is
permanently registered with UKC or is issued a Limited Privilege Listing
15.6. Registration forms and information. All
registration forms are available at http://www.ukcdogs.com/forms.html
or directly from the Registration Department, United Kennel Club, Inc., 100 E
Kilgore Rd, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584, (269) 343-9020. For more information about
UKC registration rules, you may order a rulebook from UKC or you may read the
rules on-line at http://www.ukcdogs.com/rules/index.html.