NKU decided in 2018 on new rules for recognition of breeds that are not recognised by the FCI. Breeds can be recognised by any of the NKU-countries and the other countries should be informed at NKU/AU meetings.
In 1996, the Nordic Kennel Union adopted a number of principles for how to recognise a breed in the Nordic countries. These rules were revised in 2012 and 2018.
The national kennel clubs of the Nordic countries sometimes recognise dog breeds that are not recognised by the FCI. The principle statement of the NKU is that each country can recognise these breeds but shall inform allt other countries about the actual recognition.
Issues to take into account
The NKU would like to point out that it is important that these new recognised breeds have a reasonably large population so that the breed can survive on a long-term basis. NKU does not encourage the division of breeds into smaller populations. Each country have the right to recognise or not recognise the acutal breed for their own country.
From the minutes extract below you can find out how breeds were recognised in the Nordic countries in the past and up to this day.
|2-2018, item 5
2018: If the non-recognized FCI breed is already recognized by an FCI country or a non-FCI member country it can be recognized by any of the NKU countries. The country in question informs other NKU countries in NKU/AU meeting about the decision to recognize the breed and other countries may accept the breed or not.
|1-2016, item 8
||2016: The NKU Executive Committee have assigned to the Managing Directors to suggest revised rules for recognition of new breeds.
Non FCI recognised breeds recognised by the NKU:
- FCI group 1: Chodsky Pes, East European Shepherd, Miniature American Shepherd.
- FCI group 2: -
- FCI group 3: Tenterfield Terrier, American Toy Fox Terrier, Ratonero Bodequero Andaluz, American Hairless Terrier, Rat Terrier.
- FCI group 4: -
- FCI group 5: Hälleforshund, Svensk Vit Älghund, American Eskimoo Dog, Dansk Spids
- FCI group 6: Anglo-Russkaja Gontjaja, Bluetick Coon Hound, Estlandsstövare, Gotlandsstövare, Plott, Russkaja Gontjaja, Treeing Ealker Coonhound.
- FCI group 7: Épagneul de Saint-Usuge.
- FCI group 8: -
- FCI group 9: Prasky Krysarik, Russkaja Tsvetnaja Bolonka
- FCI group 10: -
Sweden and Norway also have Working Kelpie as a breed of its own, the breed cannot be shown at dog shows.
Finland does not have Working Kelpie as a breed of its own, but they are registered as Australian Kelpie and can take part in shows.
|1-2012, item 5
2-2013, item 5
2012: The rules from 1996 were revised and changed to the following:
Step 1: For a new breed to be recognised it demands a majority decision in the NKU Executive Committee
The country that applies for a breed to be recognised should provide:
- A breed standard from the kennel club/country that has developed the breed including a pedigree that is recognised by any of the NKU-countries
- Information about the history of the breed
- A breeding strategy containing international population, health status, behaviour traits and genetic diversity
No Nordic country issues a pedigree for a breed not recognised by the FCI until:
- An application for a new breed to be recognised is made to the NKU Executive Committee
- The NKU/VK gives a suggestion of a decision to the NKU/AU
- NKU/AU decides according to a majority decision
Nordic all breed judges and group allrounders are allowed to judge these breeds.
Step 2: Shows
- A breed can be shown through a majority decision within the NKU Executive Committee. There has to be at least 50 dogs in at least two Nordic countries
- Rules for how to receive a national certificate should be assessed
- A breed enrolment should be made by the country which has applied for the recognition of the breed. This is to clarify size, type of coat, colour (at least one all breed judge should be present at the enrolment)
Step 3: The breed is recognised by the FCI as provisional or fully recognised.
|2-1996, item 21
||1996: The NKU Executive Committee agreed on the following principles to recognise a breed within the Nordic countries:
- Breeds recognised by the FCI
- Breeds recognised by The American Kennel Club and The Kennel Club
- Breeds recognised by any of the Nordic countries that have the Nordic countries as their origin
- New breeds that are not listed will be presented to the NKU for a common decision whether to recognise it or not.