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Questions About Registration of Purebred FCI BBS/WSSD
What rules have been established by the FCI regarding registration of the BBS/WSSD?
The FCI published the circular below in June of 2007. It entails requirements to protect against loose registration practices of some FCI member countries.
Circulaire 77/2007 21.06.2007 Zirkular Circular White Swiss Shepherd Dog (WSSD, 347):
"As the responsible country for the breed standard White Swiss Shepherd Dog (WSSD, standard 347), the SKG informs us of their concerns about the breeding of this breed and the issuing of pedigrees by some FCI member countries. We share their concern and observe that even after the recognition of the White Swiss Shepherd Dog (WSSD, standard 347) on 01.01.2003 (date of the official recognition), matings with non-purebred subjects (3 generations) from this breed continue to take place and that white German Shepherd Dogs with one or more colored ancestors are re-registered as WSSD. We remind all FCI member organizations and contract partners that they have to comply with the following:
1. White Swiss Shepherd Dogs (347) CANNOT be mated with white German Shepherd Dogs (GSD, standard 166) since they are two distinct breeds with different breed standards. In order to guarantee that both breeds are correctly separated, it is also important to respect what follows.
2. WSSD cannot be entered in the studbooks of this very breed if a part or all their ancestors (3 generations) were still registered, after 01.01.2003, as white German Shepherd Dogs.
3. It is not allowed to re-register as a WSSD (347) a dog which was registered as a white German Shepherd Dog (166) after 01.01.2003.
4. An accidental white German Shepherd Dogs (white puppy in a litter of German Shepherd Dogs) with one or more colored ancestors cannot be used for breeding as a WSSD nor can it be re-registered as a WSSD."
More recently, rules have now been edited to establish that dogs able to be accepted into the breed have a minimum of three generations of FCI pedigreed dogs behind them. Therefore, the subject dog to be registered must have FCI registered BBS/WSSD parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
It has also been determined by the FCI that the domestic UKC White Shepherd has the same restrictions as the white German Shepherd and cannot be registered as a BBS/WSSD for all the same requirements listed in the circular above.
Will the AKC, UKC, and CKC register my FCI BBS/WSSD?
The AKC, UKC, and CKC are more than happy to register the FCI BBS/WSSD, but all these associations will recognize your dog as other than the FCI BBS/WSSD. These clubs will change the breed of your dog to an AKC or CKC German Shepherd Dog (color white) or a UKC White Shepherd. The UKC, not being being affiliated with FCI, recognizes the BBS as a separate and unique breed under the title "White Shepherd.' However, our club, ABBSC, still requires Breeder Members to abide by FCI rules. The FCI does not take a stern position for FCI registered dogs registering with another club.
How does ABBSC view this?
ABBSC will not be punitive should an FCI/FCPR registered dog be dual registered with the UKC. ABBSC allows a dual registered FCI BBS/WSSD with the UKC, but not the AKC. ABBSC recognizes the lack of availability of conformation and performance shows available to our breed and has moved to allow UKC registering and showing of our FCI member dogs for purposes of competition. Our view is that this is the equivalent of participating in local dog clubs and shows.
Does ABBSC allow registration into their registry of UKC White Shepherds which are not also registered FCI BBS/WSSD?
Again, it has been determined by the FCI that the domestic UKC White Shepherd (non- FCI) has the same restrictions as the white German Shepherd Dog and cannot be registered as an FCI BBS/WSSD for all the same requirements listed in the circular above. As the only BBS/WSSD club in North America partnered with FCI, ABBSC must also follow these rules.
Does ABBSC register into their registry offspring of FCI BBS/WSSD bred with UKC White Shepherds?
We do not. In the United States, a legitimate breeding for purposes of registration with ABBSC consists of an FCPR registered Berger Blanc Suisse/White Swiss Shepherd Dogs to an FCPR registered Berger Blanc Suisse/White Swiss Shepherd Dog. The Swiss Parent club requires that dogs able to be accepted into the breed must have a minimum of three generations of FCI pedigreed dogs. At this time, ABBSC requires an additional generation of FCI pedigreed dogs for Full Registration with ABBSC. We will register dogs with three generations Provisional Registration, recognizing that the next generation will be Full Registration.
Do FCI BBS/WSSD lose their FCI registration when registered with AKC as German Shepherd Dogs?
The FCI registration of dogs also registered with the AKC, the UKC, or the CKC will not be sacrificed by FCI, but offspring of that dog in a breeding with AKC German Shepherd Dogs will be considered AKC German Shepherd Dogs by all. ABBSC will NOT register an FCI BBS which has been reregistered AKC GSD. This only does harm to our breed. We strongly discourage our members from registering with AKC in any way, including the PAL or Canine Partners programs. As long as AKC does not recognize Berger Blanc Suisse as a separate breed, we should not participate.
What are other ABBSC registration rules for Member Breeders?
Berger Blanc Suisse/White Swiss Shepherd Dog registration rules for the United States:
All eligible dogs must be registered with the FCPR. With litters, both parents must be registered by the FCPR, FCI of Puerto Rico.
FCI BBS/WSSD's with Export Pedigrees imported from FCI member countries will be allowed Provisional Registration until registered with the FCPR.