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ROEs | 45 Newly Approved | Plus! What Are They and Why They Matter

A requirement under the Animal Pedigree Act for all purebred animals under its jurisdiction, Rules of Eligibility (ROE) establish broad, key traits for each CKC recognized breed for breeding and registration considerations. ROE describe the most basic trait that, to a person with no knowledge of the breed, enable that person to identify the breed from another.
This may include size, coat colour, colour markings, coat texture/length, body, ear shape/placement, tail shape/carriage, feet, unique characteristics, and any genetic/observable variabilities.

Before a few years ago, CKC had not established ROE for its breeds. Working closely with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) for the benefit of purebred dogs and their breeders, CKC’s Rules of Eligibility Committee has been working hard to rectify this.
Recently, CKC received approval from AAFC for both the 2017 and 2020 referendums, approving 45 ROE that were included. You can find all approved ROE on our website.

As of today, the ROE Committee has completed the rough draft of all recognized and listed breeds and are now actively reaching out to Breed Clubs and Breeders to review and finalize them.
Working through the remaining groups in order – Working, Terrier, Toy, Non-Sporting, Herding – after the drafts are finalized, they are included in future CKC Referendums for member voting and then sent to AAFC for final approval.
On the heels of this good news, Ian Lynch sat down with Thora Brown, Chair of the Rules of Eligibility Committee, to discuss everything to do with ROE, including when ROE came into place and why, the ROE Committee’s current projects, the process for an ROE being approved, CKC members’ involvement in the ROE process, and more.

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