HSDAA Show and Championship Rules and Procedures (Show Rules)
On July 14, 2015 the HSDAA Board passed the following changes to the HSDAA Show and Championship Rules and Procedures (Show Rules), effective July 15, 2015. The majority of the content of the Show Rules attempted to codify many of our existing practices such as a dog needing two testicles to be shown in the provisional or certified classes and that dogs that attack other dogs or people in the ring should be excused. However, there are some substantive changes to the Show Rules that we would like to make sure everyone is aware of.
Veteran’s Class: We used to have two classes for dogs over 7 years old: the Veteran’s class and the Senior Silk class. The Veteran’s class had been for dogs that were not champions that were over 7 years old and the dogs needed to be unaltered or intact. The Senior Silk Class was for Champions over 7 years old and the dogs could be altered. Since dogs over the age of 7 that are intact can compete in the Adult class, which is for dogs over 2 years of age that are not a champion and intact, we combined the former Veteran’s Class into the Adult class and all dogs over 2 years of age that are not champions and are intact should compete in this class. Dogs that are over 7 years old and are champions and may be altered can compete in the Veteran’s class. One of the reasons we made this change was to make it easier on our judges to understand what a Veteran’s dog represented as this is the common understanding in AKC and most, if not all, other registries. So if you have a champion dog that is over 7 you can compete in the Veteran’s class, whether or not your dog is intact. If you have a champion dog that is intact you may also choose to compete in the BOB ring or BISS ring if your dog is a Grand Champion. If you have a dog over 7 who is not a champion, you should enter your dog in the adult Companion or Certified class.
Best in Specialty Show (BISS): Starting at Nationals in 2014, we added a BISS ring and dogs that were Grand Champions were eligible to compete in that ring. We have added some clarification to the Grand Championship rules. One is that that unless there are Grand Champions entered and present at a show there will be no BISS ring. The BOB winner is invited to the BISS ring to compete with the Grand Champions that are entered and present, but if none are entered and present then the BOB winner does not advance to the BISS ring. Secondly, we clarified that if the BOB winner wins BISS or some advanced title beyond BOB that day, then the BOB winner is awarded the points for that higher win, but not for both the BOB and higher win. Finally, since the number of Grand Champions is ever-increasing, we added a few additional awards. If there are at least 5 Grand Champions present, there will be a Reserve Best in Specialty Show (RBISS) and for each additional 5 Grand Champions present there will be a Select Dog. Both the RBISS and the Select Dogs can be over either sex. Finally, in order to earn Grand Championship points at a show there must now be at least 8 Certified dogs entered. There still must be at least 4 Companion dogs entered to earn points towards a Grand Championship.
HSDAA Show and Championship Rules and Procedures
Published September 23, 2011
Effective July 1, 2011 (GCH classes begin at National 2014)
Revisions effective July 15, 2015
HSDAA SHOW RULES
A dog that is blind, deaf, altered (castrated or spayed) or a dog that does not have two normal testicles normally located in the scrotum, may not compete in the Provisional/Certified Classes except as set forth below and will be disqualified.
A Dog that is blind or deaf may not compete in the Companion Classes and will be disqualified.
When a judge finds any of these conditions in any dog he is judging, he shall disqualify that dog. When a dog has been so disqualified on three occasions it shall no longer be eligible to compete.
Puppies and adults entered in the Companion Dog classes (as well as the Veterans, the Grand Veterans, the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch but not the offspring thereof and Brace classes when offered) may be altered and shown in pet clip, but should carry sufficient coat to evaluate.
A dog that in the opinion of the judge is a menace or threatens or exhibits any sign that it may not be safely approached by the judge or examined by the judge in the normal manner shall be excused from the ring. A dog so excused shall not be counted as having competed. A dog that is excused for menacing or threatening by a judge on three occasions shall no longer be eligible to compete.
A dog that attacks any person in the ring shall be disqualified by the Judge. Any dog that has been disqualified under this section shall no longer be eligible to compete. Any dog , that in the opinion of 2/3 of the members of Board of Directors attacks a person at a HSDAA event resulting in an injury and is believed by the Board to present a hazard to persons shall be disqualified by the Board pursuant to this section and that dog shall no longer be eligible to compete.
Any Board member, the Chair of any Show or any member of the Show Committee may decline any entries or may remove any dog from its show for cause, but in each instance shall file a report with the Board explaining the action.
HSDAA SHOW PROCEDURES
Exhibitors shall pre-register (premium lists and entry forms will be available on the website) by the closing date listed. At the club's discretion, day of show entries may be accepted but those dogs, of course, will not be listed in the show catalogue. Only those dogs individually registered with HSDAA are eligible to be shown at HSDAA shows.
Exhibitors are expected to be ringside prior to the start of judging to pick up armbands.
Classes will be called in catalogue order, and standard ring procedure will be followed.
Judges will fill out a written report on each class dog, except for dogs entered in the Veteran and Grand Veteran classes, during the individual examination. Point cards will be awarded at the end of each class based on the judges' score.
Class placements and awards will be given out at the end of each class.
First place winners from each class, except for the winner of the Veteran’s class and the winner of the GCH Veteran’s class, will compete for Winners Dog and Winners Bitch who, with the HSDAA Junior Champions and Champions, are eligible to compete in the Best of Breed class, where Best of Breed, Best of Opposite Sex, and Best of Winners are awarded, along with AOMs if there are sufficient dogs present. The winner of the Veteran’s class will proceed directly to the BOB ring and the winner of the GCH Veteran’s class will proceed directly to the BISS ring
All registered Havana Silk Dogs are eligible to earn points toward their Grand Championship (GCH), including both Certified and Companion dogs. Past wins will count toward a dog’s Grand Championship. Points may only be earned at HSDAA sanctioned regional or national specialties. There must be a minimum of four Companion dogs entered in a particular show for any dogs to earn GCH points. For Certified dogs there must be a minimum of eight dogs for any dogs to earn GCH points. In order to obtain the title of Grand Champion a dog must earn a total of 50 points. Once a dog earns 50 Grand Champion points it will no longer be eligible to compete in the ring for BOB. Instead, all GCHs present at a show will compete for Best in Specialty Show (BISS), which shall take place immediately following the BOB ring. The BOB winner will also be eligible to compete along with the GCHs for BISS for that show. If there are no GCHs present, there will be no BISS ring and the BOB winner does not advance. If the BOB wins BISS or any higher award in addition to BOB, the BOB winner will receive the points for the higher award, but not in addition to the BOB points.
If there are at least five GCHs in the BISS ring, the judge shall choose a Reserve BISS (RBISS) winner. The RBISS winner can be of either sex. If there are at least 10 GCHs in the BISS ring, in addition to a BISS winner and RBISS winner, the judge shall pick a Select Dog (SD). For every additional 5 GCHs present in the BISS ring the judge shall pick a SD. SDs can be of either sex. The following schedule shall therefore apply based upon the number of GCHs present:
1-4 GCHs present there would only be a BISS winner
5-9 GCHs present there would be a BISS winner and a RBISS winner
10-14 GCHs present there would be a BISS winner, a RBISS winner and 1 SD
15-19 GCHs present there would be a BISS winner, a RBISS winner and 2 SDs
20-24 GCHs present there would be a BISS winner, a RBISS winner and 3 SDs
25-29 GCHs present there would be a BISS winner, a RBISS winner and 4 SDs
30-34 GCHs present there would be a BISS winner, a RBISS winner and 5 SDs
The following point schedule will apply for each show.
BISS 10 points
RBISS 8 points
SD 6 points
BOB 5 points
BOS 4 points
AOM 3 points
In addition, for each AOM given at a show, each of the above winners will receive an additional Grand Championship point. So if there are two Awards of Merit at a particular show, the BISS would receive 12 points, the BOB would receive 7 points, the BOS would receive 6 points and the AOM would each receive 5 points. Additionally, if there is a RBISS awarded the BISS winner will receive an additional 1 point. For each SDchosen, the BISS winner, the RBISS winner and each Select Dog shall receive 1 additional point. For example, if at a particular show there are 3 AOMs and 11 GCHs the BISS winner would receive 15 points the RBISS winner would receive 12 points and the SD would receive 9 points.
Once a dog earns 50 Grand Champion points it can use the title GCH before its name. In addition the following levels may be achieved and the corresponding title may be used:
- Bronze GCH 100 GCH Points
- Silver GCH 150 GCH Points
- Gold GCH 200 GCH Points
- Platinum GCH 250 GCH Points
- Diamond GCH 300 GCH Points
It is incumbent on the owner/member of the dog seeking to earn its GCH to submit the form and all of the records to the Show Records Chair to show that its dog has the requisite points to earn its GCH. The Show Records Chair can then verify the wins with the Club’s official records.
- Companion Puppy (6 mos. to 1 year)
- Companion Junior (1 year to 2 years)
- Companion Adult (Over 2 years)
- Companion Veteran (Comp CH dogs 7 years and older)
- Companion Grand Champion Veteran (Comp GCH dogs 7 years and older)
- Companion Best of Breed (for Comp Junior Champions, Comp Champions, Comp Winners Dog, Comp Winners Bitch and the winner of the Comp Veteran’s class)
Companion Best In Specialty Show (for Companion GCHs, the Comp GCH Veterans winner, and the Companion BOB winner if there are GCH’s entered and present.
- Puppy (6 months to 1 year)
- Junior (1 year to 2 years)
- Adult (over 2 years)
- Veteran (CH dogs 7 years and older)
- Grand Champion Veteran (GCH dogs 7 years and older)
- Best of Breed* (for Junior Champions, Champions, Winners Dog, Winners Bitch and the winner of the Veteran’s class)
- Best in Specialty Show (for GCH's, the GCH Veteran’s winner, and the BOB winner if there are GCHs entered and present)
* The BOB classes would be open to all Junior Champions who are not yet two years old and all Champions. When Junior Champions become age two, they are no longer eligible to compete in the BOB ring, and they should enter the Adult Class to obtain the 2 additional Majors required for their Championship and they can then compete in the BOB ring.
(note: Only dogs owned by HSDAA members are eligible for HSDAA titles)
POINTS AND MAJORS FOR CLASS DOGS
Point cards shall be awarded at an HSDAA show based upon each individual class dogs conformation to the standard and judges shall fill out a written critique for each entry, except for dogs entered in the Comp Veterans, Comp GCH Veteran’s, Veteran’s or GCH Veteran’s classes. There is no limit on the number of point cards which may be awarded at any show or in any class.
Judges shall rate each dog in 12 areas of breed type and soundness as: Excellent, Good or Needs Improvement, along with written comments, on a standardized form. Points awarded to each individual dog at a show shall be based the number of "Excellent" and "Good" ratings recorded on the dogs critique as follows:
- A 5-point card shall be awarded to a dog receiving all "Excellent" ratings (Major)
- A 4-point card shall be awarded to each dog receiving at least 9 "Excellent" ratings, with the remainder rated "Good" (Major)
- A 3-point card shall be awarded each dog receiving at least 6 "Excellent" ratings, with no more than 1 N.I. (Major)
- A 2-point card shall be awarded to each dog receiving at least 3"Excellent" ratings, with no more than 2 N.I. ratings.
- A 1-point card shall be awarded to each dog receiving at least 1"Excellent" rating, with no more than 3 N.I. ratings.
AWARDS AND ROSETTES
- Comp BISS (Companion Best in Specialty Show) (begins at National 2014)
- Comp RBISS (Companion Reserve Best in Specialty Show) (Begins Richmond 2015)
- Comp SD (Companion Select Dog) (Begins in Richmond 2015)
- Comp BOB (Companion Best of Breed)
- Comp BOS (Companion Best of Opposite)
- Comp BOW (Companion Best of Winners)
- Comp AOM (Companion Award of Merit)
- Comp WD (Compnaion Winner’s Dog)
- Comp WB (Companion Winner’s Bitch)
- BISS (Best in Specialty Show) (Begins National 2014)
- RBISS (Reserve Best in Specialty Show) (Begins in Richmond 2015
- SD (Select Dog) (Begins in Richmond 2015)
- BOB (Best of Breed)
- BOS(Best of Opposite)
- BOW (Best of Winners)
- AOM (Award of Merit)
- WD (Winner’s Dog)
- WB (Winner’s Bitch)
The schedule determining the number of AOMs for Companion and Provisional/Certified Classes
Comp GCHs and GCHs shall not count toward the number of dogs calculated to award AOMs except that Comp Veteran GCHs and Veteran GCHs shall be counted.
At least 4 entries..................................... 1 AOM
5-8 entries............................................... 2 AOMs
9-12 entries............................................. 3 AOMs
13-16 entries........................................... 4 AOMs
17+ entries.............................................. 5 AOMs
At least 12 entries................................... 1 AOM
13-24 entries........................................... 2 AOMs
25-36 entries........................................... 3 AOMs
37-48 entries........................................... 4 AOMs
49+ entries.............................................. 5 AOMs
NON REGULARE CLASSES
At the National Specialty (and possibly other shows), Non-Regular classes may be offered. If they are offered, these are the rules pertaining to those classes:
Stud Dog and Brood Bitch
Entries for the stud dog and brood bitch classes shall be made in the name of the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch only. The dog or bitch shall be judged on the quality of the offspring and not the individual Stud Dog or Brood Bitch. The Stud Dog and Brood Bitch will be examined by the Judge only to determine if it has a condition which would cause it to be disqualified under our standard except that neutered dogs and spayed bitches are eligible to compete. Only the handler of the Stud Dog and Brood Bitch will wear an armband in these two classes and there is only one fee for the entry not for each dog. The entry shall consist of the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch and at least two but not more than four of its offspring. The offspring must be at least 6 months of age and be registered as provisionally certified or certified and be intact. A Stud Dog or Brood Bitch that is entered in either category cannot be entered as an offspring in the same class although a Brood Bitch could be entered in the Stud Dog class as an offspring of a Stud Dog and vice versa. It is not necessary for the offspring to be of the same ownership as the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch. It is not necessary for the dogs that are entered as offspring to be named at the time of entry but they must be represented to be in fact offspring of the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch. The offspring of the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch entered in these classes needs to be entered in a regular class. The Stud Dog or Brood Bitch does not need to be entered in a regular class.
A brace entry shall be comprised of two dogs similar in appearance, performing in unison, and presented by a maximum of two handlers. Brace entries must have at least one common owner or a common sire or dam. The brace entry will be judged by the similarity and quality of their appearance. The dogs must be at least 6 months of age and registered as a companion, provisionally certified or certified. Neutered or spayed dogs are eligible to compete. Dogs entered in the Brace class do not need to be entered in a regular class.
All puppies between the age of 4 -12 months are eligible to compete in the Puppy Sweepstakes. There will be three member judges that will not be owners or breeders of any of the dogs entered. All dogs will be judged using an Olympic-style 10 point system. Points from all three judges will be tallied after judging is completed. The dogs will be judged in each of the following categories and one overall score given by each judge (Type, Style, Side Gait, Front Movement, Rear Movement, Hand Stack, Free Stack, Soundness and Overall Conformation). The dog with the most points will receive 50% of the entry fee. The dog with the second most points will receive 20% of the entry fee and the dog with the third most points will receive 15% of the entry fee. In the event of a tie the three existing judges and one more randomly chosen judge will be issued new scorecards for evaluation of the two dogs that have tied. Dogs entered in these classes need not be entered in a regular class. There are two sweepstakes, one for companion puppies and one for provisional puppies. .
Entries shall be comprised of at least three but no more than five generation families with one member from each generation regardless of sex, exhibited from the oldest to the youngest. Only the oldest member of the entry will enter the class and wear an armband and there is only one entry fee for the entry not for each dog. All dogs must be at least 6 months of age and shall be registered as either provisionally certified or certified and be intact. This class is to be judged much like the Stud Dog or Brood Bitch classes, except the merits of all of the generations are to be considered. Except for the oldest dog in each generation class, dogs entered in the Generations Class need to be entered in a regular class.
Bred by Exhibitor Class
This class is a breeders' showcase for the specimens the breeder is most proud of and those that they wish to represent the best of their kennel. Entries for this class must be shown by any of the breeders of record of the dog. Dogs shown in this class must be at least 6 months of age and must be registered as either provisionally certified or certified and be intact. Dogs entered in this class need to be entered in a regular class.