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United Belgian Shepherd Dog
Association
Conformation Licensed Classes

UKC CHAMPIONSHIP 100 points;
Points won under at least three different judges;
Three times awarded Best Male/Female under three different judges  

Point Schedule:
First in each class 5 points
Best Male/Female 10 points
Best Male/Female of Variety 8 points
Best of Winners 12 points

UKC GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP
Five Champion of Champions class wins (at least three entered in class)
Won at five different shows under three different judges

CLASSES & JUDGING

Belgian Shepherd Dogs that are not UKC Champions of Records may compete in one of the following classes:
Puppy—6 months to 1 year of age;
Junior—1 year to 2 years of age;
Senior—2 years to 3 years of age;
Adult—3 years of age and over;
Breeder Handler—6 months of age and over—One of the breeders on record at UKC, or a member of the breeders of
records’ immediate family (spouse, parent, step-parent, child, step-child, brother, sister) must handle the dog.
These classes are offered for each sex in each of the four varieties—Groenendael, Laekenois, Malinois and Tervueren.

Belgian Shepherd Dogs that are UKC Champions of Record may compete in the
Champions class. This class is
comprised of champions of both sexes and all four varieties.

Belgian Shepherd Dogs that have earned the UKC title of Grand Champion may compete in the
Grand Champion
class.
This class is comprised of grand champions of both sexes and all four varieties.

Best of Breed Competition is comprised of the Best of Winners and the winners of the Champion and Grand
Champion classes.

RULES AND REGULATIONS
For official rules and regulations and registration information contact the United Kennel Club, Inc.,
100 East Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-5598; 269/343-9020; Fax 269/343-7037
www.ukcdogs.com

1. All dogs must be UKC registered in order to compete in all classes at this show with the exception of Elder
Sweepstakes.
2. Food or bait is allowed in the ring with judge’s permission only. Anyone found to be carrying food or bait
without permission may be excused.
3. No “double handling” is allowed. This is defined as a person outside the ring trying to catch the attention of the
dog being shown by noises, toys, etc.
4. No professional handlers are allowed to show dogs. This is defined as a person who shows dogs for a livelihood
or for monetary gain. Handlers may show dogs owned by them.
5. No grooming in the ring.
6. No harnesses or pinch collars.
7. Any dog behaving in an aggressive manner towards people or other dogs, in or out of the ring, will be expelled
from the showgrounds.
8. Belgian Shepherd Dogs will be judged using assisted animation as the judge directs. The judge will determine
when the animation will take place, where the dog is to be, and how long the activity will last. Dogs will be
animated individually to allow the judge to critique the dog completely. The dog may be held by the handler while
one person, designated by the handler, enters the ring and moves, calls to the dog, makes noises, etc. to animate the
dog. Or, the designated assistant (or ring steward) may be asked to hold the dog’s lead while the handler animates
it. The judge may ask the animator to move in order to improve the view of the dog, or to tone down excessive
noise or motion on the part of the animator. The dog is not to be stacked by hand or posed during this portion of
the presentation. No additional persons should enter the ring or engage in animation activities. The dog will not
be physically examined or gaited when being held by the assistant.

The judge will critique each dog presented. Each will be rated against the breed standard, receiving a rating of
“excellent,” “very good,” “acceptable,” or “not rated” (in the case of disqualified or excused entries). Each exhibitor
will receive a copy of the written critique of the dog. The critiques will be published in the Belgian Beacon
(UBSDA’s newsletter) and some may be published in Bloodlines.

RATINGS
Excellent:
While recognizing that no dog is without faults or weaknesses, dogs receiving this rating should be of
utmost quality overall and possess many fine attributes according to the UKC standard.
Very Good: Dogs receiving this rating may be otherwise excellent dogs in poor condition, dogs with some fine
attributes but lacking quality in some area(s), dogs of good type, construction, and character but not outstanding,
or dogs with a major fault that mars an otherwise excellent specimen. Dogs rated very good may receive a first
place in their class, but generally should not receive Championship points at that show. Judges may withhold
points and/or ribbons at their discretion.
Acceptable: These are dogs that are adequate, marred by faults and/or lacking in quality, or dogs that are of
incorrect, inadequate type. Dogs rated acceptable should not receive a first place ribbon and should not earn points
at that show. The ribbon and points should be withheld if it is the only rating given in the class. The judge may
give a single entry second place in the class of one or withhold all ribbons.
Not Rated: Dogs so lacking in breed type that they appear to be of questionable or mixed breed heritage, or dogs
who are excused or disqualified. These dogs should receive no rating or placements.

Note: Each rating may be modified by a plus (+) or minus (–) to further indicate the relative quality of the dog.