2nd DRAFT REVISED BYLAWS CONSTITUTION OF THE SOUTH AFRICAN BOERBOEL BREEDERS’ SOCIETY (SABBS)

Registered as a breeders society in terms of the provisions of the Animal Improvement Act,

No 62 of 1998, Registration Number 62/98/B-68

For release to SABBS members in conjunction with the 2nd Draft Revised Constitution on 23 March 2015. Comments and proposals for consideration by the Steering Committee must reach the SABBS Office (office@sabbs.org) before 7 April 2015. Thereafter, 3rd revisions of both will be presented to SABBS members for voting and ratification by a general meeting of members during June/July at the latest.

BYLAW A: RECORDING AND REGISTRATION

1. BIRTH NOTIFICATION AND REGISTRATION

1.1 The Society shall keep records in the name of each breeder of all puppies born – whether born dead or alive – whose births have been duly notified by the relevant breeder and of such other details as may be determined by the Society. Birth Notifications (litter announcements) are recorded free of charge.

1.2 No Birth Notification/Application for Birth Registration of a dog shall be accepted, unless the dam and sire are registered with the Society.

1.3 Birth Notifications/Applications for Birth Registrations of puppies must be submitted under the prefix (stud/kennel name) of the owner of the mother – irrespective of who is the breeder of the mother (refer to Bylaw C1).

1.4 The breeder of a dog born from registered parents shall submit to the Office an Application for Birth Registrations within the prescribed timeframe, and pay the prescribed fee. Applications received after the prescribed date shall be accepted, subject to the approval of the Board and on payment of a late registration fee, as may be determined by the Board.

1.5 DNA profiles are recommended for all Boerboels. For the registration of their offspring, it is compulsory for:
a) All breeding dogs (male and female).
b) Dogs on the Stud Register.
c) Dogs on the Development (Annexure) Register.

2. BIRTH CERTIFICATE
The Birth Certificate is the document issued by the Society to the breeder after the Application for Birth Registration has been processed and verified.

3. REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE
To have your Boerboel appraised for full registration, the dog must have a *valid Birth Certificate, and in the case of a re-appraisal, the Registration Certificate. This must be handed in at the administration table when enrolling for the appraisal.
Definition: *Valid Birth Certificate/Registration Certificate means that the documentation must be acceptable to SABBS, e.g. that the dog’s origins can be traced.

3.1 Alterations or additions to Registration Certificates

Any alteration or addition to the essential information or particulars officially recorded on any Registration Certificate, which has not been initialled by the Secretary or any unauthorised endorsement or remark on such certificate bearing upon the essential information or particulars contained therein, shall render such certificate invalid.

3.2 Duplicate or replacement of Registration Certificates

The Society may issue a duplicate or replacement of any Registration Certificate issued by the Society, which has been mislaid, mutilated or lost, provided that such application shall be made by the person in whose name the dog concerned was last registered, and provided further that a bona fide owner who is in possession of the dog may apply to the Board to have such dog registered in his name, should it not be possible to trace the registered owner.

3.3 Cancellation of Registration Certificates and reinstatement of Boerboels

3.3.1 The Board may direct the Secretary to cancel the registration and to notify the breeder or owner accordingly of any Boerboel which has:
a) been birth recorded or registered by mistake;
b) been birth recorded or registered on the strength of false or fraudulent information supplied by the owner;
c) been birth recorded or registered after the owner has failed to comply with the requirements of any relevant Bylaw;
d) failed to meet the minimum requirements of the Breed Standard during an appraisal by an appraiser appointed by the Society or
e) been disqualified by a senior appraiser in the appraisal ring.

3.3.2 A Registration Certificate of a Boerboel issued by the Society shall be returned to the Society for cancellation and/or endorsement within 60 (sixty) days after the dog’s death, culling, or other circumstances requiring the certificate’s cancellation or endorsement in terms of the Constitution of the Society.

3.3.3 In the event of the Registration Certificate of a live Boerboel having been cancelled, such dog may be reinstated in the records of the Society on recommendation of the Board only, provided that the application for the reinstatement is made by the person who applied for the cancellation of the Registration Certificate or, in the case of his death, the person legally in possession of the dog. The reinstatement of any such dog shall be effected upon payment of such fee as may be determined by the Board from time to time.

3.4. Certificates of extended pedigree
A member may apply to the Secretary for a certificate of extended pedigree in respect of a Boerboel and the Secretary shall issue such certificate. Every such application must be accompanied by the prescribed fee as may be determined by the Board from time to time.

4. ELIGIBILITY FOR REGISTRATION

4.1 If your Boerboel has a valid Birth Certificate, and attains the minimum score of 75%, the dog will be entered onto the Registration Register, and a Registration Certificate will be issued to you via the Office.

4.2 If the dog does not attain the 75% requirement, it will be not be eligible for registration, but may be taken up in the Pet Register (refer to Bylaw B.6).

4.3 A dog that does not comply with the Minimum Breed Standard, as determined by the Society, shall not be eligible for registration (refer to “Breed Standard” in Clause 3 and “Disqualification” in Subclause 3.3 of the Main Constitution).

4.4 SABBS will accept documentation and appraisal scores of dogs registered with other organisations provided the dogs’ origins are known to SABBS. In addition, buyers and breeders who buy dogs registered with other organisations or who use males for servicing must ensure under all circumstances that such dogs and their offspring will be registerable with SABBS.
The following conditions will apply:

4.4.1 Dogs with Registration Certificates:
a) The owner must be a SABBS member.
b) Dogs’ Registration Certificates and appraisal scores will be accepted, provided their pedigrees are known to SABBS.
c) Dogs do not have to be reappraised, unless required for linear classification.
d) Dogs must be microchipped.
e) DNA profiles of the dogs must be submitted with the Registration Certificates.

4.4.2 Dogs with Birth Certificates:
a) The owner must be a SABBS member.
b) Birth Certificates of dogs born before 2 September 2014 will be accepted, provided their pedigrees are known to SABBS.
c) Dogs must be microchipped.
d) DNA profiles of both parents must be submitted.

4.4.3 Birth registrations of puppies born after 2 September 2014:
a) The breeder must be a SABBS member.
b) The parents of the puppy must be registered with SABBS.
c) The puppy must be microchipped.
d) DNA profiles of both parents must be submitted.
e) A birth notification fee per puppy will be payable.
f) If the puppy is older than 120 days on submission of the birth notification, an additional fee per puppy will be payable. Visit www.sabbs.org.za or contact office@sabbs.org for the relevant fees.

4.4.4 Dogs registered with KUSA only:
SABBS will consider registration of so-called KUSA dogs on merit, which will include among others, that the pedigrees must be known to SABBS; confirmation of the parents by DNA profiles; and that the dogs have been microchipped.

4.5 A Boerboel may be presented for appraisal from the age of 12 months. However, it is recommended that the dog be a bit older. The recommended age is ±18 months. In remote areas where there are infrequent appraisals, application may be made to the Board for the appraisal of a dog from the age of 10 months, and provided that the senior Appraiser views the dog as sufficiently grown/matured to be appraised.

4.6 Any dog of which the particulars supplied on the Birth Notification or accompanying certificates are open to question may, at the discretion of the Board, be refused registration.

4.7 No application for registration as a Boerboel shall be considered unless details of its birth have been recorded or are accepted, and
a) both its parents; or
b) its dam, in the case of a dog imported in utero or resulting from imported semen has been registered by the Society.

4.8 An imported dog, or one resulting from imported semen, shall be eligible for registration, provided that the requirements of the Constitution have been complied with.

4.9 An imported dog shall be eligible for registration, provided that the application for registration is accompanied by:
a) a certificate of registration or an export certificate issued by the Society (or body recognised by the Society and the Registering Authority) in the country of origin;
b) evidence to the effect that the dog concerned conforms to the Breed Standard, and other requirements as may be determined from time to time by the Society;
c) confirmation that:
i. the dog bears the permanent indelible identification marks, as recorded on the Registration or Export Certificate;
ii. the dog was sold and left the seller’s possession on the date stated and that the dog was shipped and/or transported into the country on the date stated; and
iii. the dog arrived on the applicant’s premises on the date stated.

5. IDENTIFICATION

5.1 Identification by microchipping
a) All live dogs of which the births are notified, and all dogs presented for registration, appraisal and transfer of ownership, must bear permanent identification. Such identification will be in the form of a microchip.
b) Microchipping shall be the Society’s official system of marking for the uniform and permanent identification of all Boerboels submitted for birth recording or registration in the Database of the Society.
c) Save for the compulsory and necessary microchipping of dogs as prescribed by the Society and required by legislation, any other identification mark on a dog, is prohibited.
d) The breeder shall be liable for the costs of microchips and insertion.
e) The Society shall not process the transfer of ownership of a dog, unless it is clearly identified.

5.2 Identification by names
a) In addition to the microchips, all dogs offered for registration, must be explicitly named.
b) The name must include the prefix (refer to Bylaw C.1) registered in favour of the breeder, and – exclusive of the prefix – must not exceed 20 characters.
c) The name of any dog, once accepted for recording of its birth, shall not thereafter be changed or amended, except when the name reflects an obvious error, in which event it shall be permissible to, subject to written motivation, amend the name only to the extent of correcting the error.

BYLAW B: BOERBOEL DATABASE AND REGISTERS

1. DATABASE

1.1 The registration system of the Society shall consist of the Boerboel Database, and shall be maintained and operated on its behalf by a Registering Authority, appointed by the Society in terms of the Animal Improvement Act.

1.2 Animals shall only be taken up in the Boerboel Database after approval according to the Breed Standard as stipulated by the Board from time to time.

2. REGISTERS

The Boerboel Database is divided into * four main Registers:
a) Stud Book Proper Register (SP: Full registration)
b)Development Register:
i. Basic Section (BS)
ii. Annexure A (A)
iii. Annexure B (B)
c) Stud Register (SR: Elite group)
d) Pet Register (PET)
*Definitions: Stud Book Proper Register (SP) is for dogs with full registration.
*Stud Register (SR) is for the elite group of dogs that obtained appraisal scores of 85% and above, and that comply with the prescribed health testing.

3. STUD BOOK PROPER REGISTER (SP)

3.1 A dog shall be eligible for full registration and entry in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) after it has been appraised on individual merit and complies with the minimum requirements of the Breed Standard, and provided that:
a) it has a valid Birth Notification/Birth Certificate, and in the case of a re-appraisal, the Registration Certificate;
b) it has been microchipped;
c) the Birth Notification was submitted under the prefix (stud/kennel name) of the owner of the dam – irrespective of who is the breeder of the dam; and
d) it attained the minimum appraisal score of 75% at a SABBS appraisal.

3.2 The progeny of a Stud Book Proper Register (SP) dog mated to an SP dog shall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP), provided that they had been appraised at 75% or more and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Stud Book Proper Register.

3.3 The progeny of an Annexure B dog mated to an Annexure B or SP dog shall be eligible for registration in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP), provided that they have been appraised and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) and Development Registers.

3.4 Requirements for full registration

3.4.1 DNA profiles must be submitted for all breeding dogs (male and female) for the registration of their offspring.

3.4.2 SABBS recommends that breeders use a dog in the Stud Book Proper Register (SP) when breeding with a Development Register dog.

The table below sets out the development stages for the Development Register:
development register

4 DEVELOPMENT REGISTER: Basic (BS), Annexure A and Annexure B (Developing dogs)

4.1 Requirements

4.1.1 The Board may consider the merits of an application by the owner of a dog – where the required documentation is incomplete or non-existent – for inclusion in the Development Register, provided that:
a) The dog presents with the conformation, type and temperament of the breed, conform to the Breed Standard and is appraised at a minimum of 80%.
b) The progeny of the dog may be included in the Development Register if they also receive a minimum score of 80% during the development stages.
c) The progeny of the dog that have passed through the development stages may be entered into the Stud Book Proper Register (SP: full registration) if they are appraised at no less than 85%. If this percentage is not attained, they shall remain in the Development Register.

4.1.2 Dogs entering the Development Register must have microchips, have been DNA profiled and health tested to meet the following standards:
a) Females must be examined by registered veterinarians or veterinary institutions for signs of vaginal hyperplasia. Grade 1 or better is the criterion for acceptance in the register for developing dogs. A standard VH examination report is available at www.sabbs.org, or from office@sabbs.org.
b) Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: A certified radiologist must certify that the dog (male or female) has a hip status of between 0:0 and 1:1 or an FCI hip status of between A1 and C2, and an elbow status of 1:1 maximum. Contact the Head Office for Penn Hip / BVA and other classification requirements.
c) The Boerboel must have been assessed by a SABBS appraiser as having either correct (+) or acceptable (o) for its eyelids.

4.1.3 Dogs in the Development Register shall not be eligible for entry in the Stud Register.

4.2 Development Register: Basic Section Register (BS)
Subject to the discretion of the appraiser, and confirmation by the Board, dogs shall be accepted in the Basic Section (BS) as Basic dogs on application, provided they meet with all other requirements pertaining to the Development Register.

4.3 Development Register: Annexure A
The progeny of a Basic dog mated to a Basic, Annexure A, B (Developing dogs) or SP (full registration) dog shall be eligible for registration in the Annexure A Register, provided that they had been appraised and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Development Registers.

4.4 Annexure Register B
The progeny of an Annexure A dog mated to an Annexure A, B or SP dog, shall be eligible for registration in the Annexure B Register, provided that they have been appraised and approved in accordance with all other requirements pertaining to the Annexure Register.

4.5 Appraisal of Development Register dogs

4.5.1 Dogs that did not attain the minimum score of 80% and 85% respectively, may at any time be presented for re-appraisal again.

4.5.2 Progeny of Development Register dogs that did not attain the minimum appraisal score shall not be registered.

5 STUD REGISTER (SR: Elite group of dogs)

5.1 When a Boerboel attains a score of 85% or higher at an appraisal it may be taken up in the Stud Register, provided that the owner forwards the following original certificates to the SABBS Office as proof that the dog complies with these prescribed health test requirements:
a) Females must be examined by registered veterinarians or veterinary institutions for signs of vaginal hyperplasia. Grade 1 or better is the criterion for acceptance in the Stud Register. A standard VH examination report is available at www.sabbs.org, or from office@sabbs.org.
b) Hip and Elbow Dysplasia: A certified radiologist must certify that the Boerboel (male or female) has a hip status of between 0:0 and 1:1 or an FCI hip status of between A1 and C2, and an elbow status of 1:1 maximum. Contact the Head Office for Penn Hip / BVA and other classification requirements.
c) The Boerboel must have been assessed by a SABBS appraiser as having either correct (+) or acceptable (o) for its eyelids.

5.2 DNA profiles are required for all Stud Register dogs.

6 PET REGISTER (PET)

6.1 A dog that attains a score less than 75% at a SABBS appraisal shall not be eligible for SABBS registration and/or breeding purposes, but may be taken up in the Pet Register (PET).

6.2 SABBS shall record dogs that were disqualified (for whatever reason) in the PET Register (refer to the Main Constitution, Subclause 3.3 “Disqualification”). The offspring of such dogs will never be registered.

6.3 A registered Boerboel that is sold with the intention of, or on condition that it should not be used for breeding, shall be recorded in the Pet Register. This Register is a safeguard for the breeder should the new owner nothonour such agreement. SABBS also needs this information for recording purposes.

6.4 Castrated males, or dogs born as monorchids or cryptorchids and sterilised females, may be taken up in the Pet Register if the owners want their dogs to be appraised.

6.5 Dogs in the Pet Register shall not be allowed in the show ring.

BYLAW C: REQUIREMENTS FOR BREEDERS

All SABBS breeder members shall undertake to abide by the Code of Conduct relating to responsible breeding practices (refer to Bylaw G 1 and 2).
DNA profiles are recommended for all Boerboels, and are compulsory for all breeding dogs (male and female) for the registration of their offspring, and for dogs in the Stud and Development Registers.

1. APPLICATION FOR A PREFIX
1.1 To register as a breeder, the member must at least own one SABBS’ registered female and must apply for the allocation of a prefix (stud or kennel name). Six suggested names must be provided for prefix registration on the application form, which is available from the Office (refer to Bylaw A 5.2 (b) as well).

1.2 No dog shall be accepted for registration unless the breeder has previously, through the Society, registered for his exclusive use, a prefix by which all dogs bred by him and eligible for registration shall be designated, and identified.

1.3 No prefix shall exceed 18 characters. The name of a city, town or post office shall not be accepted for registration as a prefix. The prefix must not exceed three spaces and must consist only of different letters.

1.4 Application for the registration of such prefix must be made to the Secretary and must be accompanied by such fee as may be prescribed by the Board from time to time.

1.5 No transfer of a prefix shall be allowed from one breeder to another, except under such conditions and to such persons as provided for in the Constitution.

2. CONFIRMATION OF PARENTAGE

2.1 DNA profiles are recommended for all Boerboels. For the registration of their offspring, it is compulsory for:
a) all breeding dogs (male and female);
b) dogs on the Stud Register and
c) dogs on the Development Register.

2.2 In order to confirm the parentage of a dog, the Society shall have the right to insist on DNA or any other proven scientific method of confirming parentage at any time:
a) as a routine procedure, on a basis to be determined by the Society from time to time; and
b) in any case of doubt.

2.3 In respect of the tests referred to in Section 2.1 above the breeder shall be responsible for all costs of all parentage control tests.

2.4 In respect of the tests referred to in Section 2.2 above the Board shall be responsible for the costs thereof should the tests be positive. If only one animal should prove to be negative, the owner shall be liable to pay for the tests and the costs of such further tests required by the Board.

2.5 Breeders must ensure that applications for Birth Certificates (refer to Bylaw A.2) are completed correctly and in full. It must include the ID, microchip numbers, and DNA profiles of the parents, as well as the microchip numbers of the puppies.

3. REFUSAL OF APPLICATIONS

3.1 In the case of progeny begotten from a female mated to different males or inseminated with semen from different males at consecutive oestrus periods within 28 (twenty-eight) days, the Society shall refuse registration unless the male parentage of all puppies is confirmed by means of DNA profiles.

3.2 The Society may refuse to accept applications from any person who has intentionally supplied false, inaccurate or misleading information or who has negligently failed to supply any information or particulars which was his duty to supply within a reasonable time.

3.3 Whenever the Society has refused to accept applications from any person, it may, in addition cancel any or all previous entries made in the database on behalf of such person.

3.4 The Society shall