The Welsh Terrier Club

The Welsh Terrier Club

Welsh Terrier Club Rules Revised 2012

1. Name and Objectives

The Club will be called The Welsh Terrier Club and its objectives will be:
(a) To promote the breeding, welfare and improvement of Welsh Terriers.
(b) To promote and advance the interests of the Welsh Terrier by giving prizes, supporting shows, selecting and maintaining lists of suitable judges and by any other suitable means - for the good of the breed.

2. Officers and Committee

The Club should consist of Patron(s), President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, a Committee of at least 12 (but no more than 15) and an unlimited number of Members. The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer to be elected from the Committee at the Annual General Meeting.

3. Management of the Club

Will be in the hands of its Officers and Committee. Members of the Committee will be eligible for re-election every four years. Meetings of the Committee will be held as often as considered necessary. A quorum for Committee Meetings will be five members (two of whom should be Officers).

The Committee has the power to co-opt Members onto the Committee in the event of positions becoming vacant between General Meetings. Those co-opted will only hold office until the next General Meeting of the Club at which an election of Officers and Committee takes place.

Committee Members who fail to attend three consecutive meetings without passing on valid apologies, in writing, will be automatically removed from the Committee. No person, whilst an un-discharged bankrupt, may serve on the Committee of, or hold any other office or appointment within, a Kennel Club Registered Society.

4. Election of Members

Members will be accepted, subject to Committee approval, on payment of subscriptions. The Club must make a list of Members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by the members of the Club or by The Kennel Club.

5. Voting Rights

Each Member will be entitled to one vote upon completion of twelve months membership and provided membership is fully maintained. In the case of joint membership and family membership, one vote will be allowed for each Member over the age of sixteen.
Voting at all meetings will be either by show of hands or secret ballot of all Members present, as appropriate.

6. Election of Judges

The Committee will be responsible for selection of Judges for its shows and keeping the Club's Judging Lists complete and up-to-date.

7. Club Property

The property of the Club will be vested in the Committee. In the event of the Club ceasing to exist, a General Meeting will be called to decide how the Club's assets should be disposed of. The outcome of that Meeting should then be notified to The Kennel Club.

8. Club Accounts

(a) A banking account will be held, in the name of the Club, into which all revenue will be paid and from which withdrawal shall only be made on the signature of the Treasurer and one other - either the Chairman or the Secretary.


(b) The Accounts will be certified annually and presented at the Annual General Meeting.


Note: One qualified accountant, or two unqualified individuals with accountancy experience, will carry out certification of the Accounts.

9. Subscriptions

The annual subscription will be agreed by Members in General Meeting and should then be notified to The Kennel Club.
No Member whose Subscription is unpaid is entitled to any privileges of membership and if the Member fails to pay outstanding subscriptions by the date of the Annual General Meeting, his/her name will be automatically erased from the register.

Acceptance back on to the register will be dependent upon payment of arrears.

10. Financial Year/Annual General Meeting

The financial year of the Club will be from 1st January to 31st December. The Annual General Meeting will be held in March.

11 General Meetings

(a) The nature and business to be conducted shall be to receive the report of the Committee and Balance Sheet, to elect Officers and to discuss any resolution duly placed on the Agenda of which prior notice has been given to the Hon. Secretary. No business will be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice of it appears on the Agenda - with the exception of routine matters or those that, in the opinion of the Chairman, are urgent.


(b) Notice of such Meetings will be circulated to Members in writing and/or by notice in the Dog Press (Dog World and Our Dogs).


(c) A minimum of 28 days notice of Meetings will be given.


(d) All items for inclusion on the Agenda must be received by the Secretary 14 days before the Meeting.


(e) The Agenda will be circulated at the Meeting.

12. Special General Meetings

A Special General meeting will be called by the Hon. Secretary if the President or four Members send a signed requisition stating the subject to be discussed and requesting a Special General Meeting to do so. The Club's Committee is also able to call a Special General Meeting.
No other business, other than detailed on the Agenda, will be discussed at a Special General Meeting.
Members will be informed of a Special General Meeting by notice in the Dog Press ( Dog World and Our Dogs) at least fourteen days before the date set for the Meeting.

13. Expulsion of Members

Any Member who is suspended under Kennel Club Rule A42j (4) and/or any Member whose dog(s) is/are disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A42j(8) shall, by that very fact, cease to be a Member of the Club for the duration of the suspension and/or disqualification.
If the conduct of any Member is, in the opinion of the Committee, injurious (or likely to be injurious) to the character or interests of the Club the Committee may at a Meeting, the notice of which must include as an object the consideration of the conduct of the Member, decide that a Special General Meeting of the Club will be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him/her.
Notice of the Special General Meeting will be sent to the said Member, giving particulars of the complaint and advising the Member of the place, date and time of the Meeting that he/she may attend to offer an explanation. If, at the Meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the Members present and voting, his/her name will immediately be removed from the list of Members. He/she will immediately cease to be a Member of the Club. However he/she may, within two calendar months of the date of the said Meeting, appeal to The Kennel Club upon and subject to such condition(s) that The Kennel Club may impose.

14 Amendment to Rules

The Club Rules can not be altered except at a General Meeting, the Agenda of which contains specific proposals to amend the Rules.
Any proposed alteration to the Rules can not be brought into effect until The Kennel Club have been advised and approved the alteration.

15 Annual Returns to The Kennel Club

The Officers acknowledge that, during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title fee will be sent to The Kennel Club by the Secretary for continuance of Registration. By 31st July each year other returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of Title of Societies and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities, will be sent to The Kennel Club.
The Officers also acknowledge their duty inform The Kennel Club of any change of Secretary which may occur during the course of the year.

16 Kennel Club Final Court of Appeal

The Kennel Club will be the final court of appeal in all matters of dispute.

17 Federation of Societies or Clubs

The Club will not join any Federation of Societies or Clubs.

18 Breed Society Judges Lists

As part of its Annual Returns to be submitted to The Kennel Club, the Club will produce a list of Judges.
Judges Lists will be divided into five, namely A1, A2, A3, B and C, as required by The
Kennel Club. Expiry dates will also be given. On expiry, a new list will be compiled.


A1 List Will indicate those The Welsh Terrier Club would support and who have previously been approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates in the breed and who have completed their first appointment.
A2 List Will indicate those The Welsh Terrier Club would support to award Challenge Certificates and who have been assessed in accordance with the Kennel Club requirements and accepted by them for inclusion on the A2 List.
A3 List Will indicate those The Welsh Terrier Club would support to award Challenge Certificates but who have, as yet, not been approved by The Kennel Club.
B List Will indicate those the Welsh Terrier Club would support to judge the breed at Open Shows and at Championship Shows without Challenge Certificates.
C List Will indicate those The Welsh Terrier Club would support to judge the breed at Open Shows.

19 Criteria for inclusion on Judging Lists

Judges will be accepted onto the above Judging Lists provided they can satisfy the Committee that the following criteria have been met:


A1 List To have been approved by The Kennel Club to award Challenge Certificates and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Club.
A2 List Those who fulfil the requirements of the A3 List and who have been assessed in accordance with Kennel Club requirements and accepted by them for inclusion on the A2 List and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Club.
A3 List (Breed Specialists)
To have a minimum of seven years judging experience in the breed and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Club. A minimum of seven years activity in the breed. Activity being defined as owning - including trimming, preparing, exhibiting and handling in breed classes at Open and Championship Shows.
To have judged one Breed Club Open Show or Championship Show where Challenge Certificates were not available.
To have judged a minimum of 22 classes of Welsh Terriers with a minimum of 30 dogs seen in total and have judged a minimum of 30 other terrier/variety classes with a minimum of 100 dogs seen in total, across an adequate geographical area.
To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three Welsh Terriers when they obtained their first entry in The Kennel Club Stud Book.
To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
To have attended a seminar given by a Kennel Club Accredited Trainer on Conformation and Movement.
To have acted in the capacity of Steward for a minimum of 3 years and have completed a minimum of 12 shows.

Non-Breed Specialists

To have a minimum of seven years judging experience in any one breed (to include five years experience in Welsh Terriers) and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Club.
To have judged one Breed Club Open Show or Championship Show where Challenge Certificates were not available.
To have judged a minimum of 30 classes of Welsh Terrier with a minimum of 45 dogs seen in total and have judged a minimum of 60 other terrier breed/variety classes with a minimum of 200 dogs seen in total across an adequate geographical area.
To have awarded Challenge Certificates in at least one other breed.
To have bred and/or owned a minimum of three dogs when they obtained their first entry in The Kennel Club Stud Book.
To have attended at least one breed specific seminar run in accordance with the relevant Kennel Club Code of Best Practice and passed an examination and/or assessment where applicable.
To have acted in the capacity of Steward for a minimum of 3 years and have completed a minimum of 12 shows.


B List ( Breed Specialists)

To be able to demonstrate minimum of five years activity in the breed (activity being defined as owning and including trimming, preparing, exhibiting and handling in breed classes at Open and Championship Shows) of at least one Welsh Terrier.

(Non-Specialists)


To have judged and/or exhibited/handled similar long-legged terrier breeds for a minimum of five years and who can demonstrate support of another breed Club.
To have been approved by The Kennel Club to judge terriers at Group Level and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Club.

C List To have shown a genuine interest in judging the breed and have the support of The Welsh Terrier Club.

20 Judging Contracts

All persons invited by the Club to judge a Welsh Terrier Club Show will be required to provide a comprehensive written critique to the Canine Press (Dog World and Our Dogs) and to the Hon. Secretary for inclusion in the Yearbook. The critique should be provided within one calendar month after the date of the show.