Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of
The International Union for Leonberger Dogs.
Held on September 24th 2005 Hotel Kirchner, Leonberg, Germany
Member Clubs represented
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, USA, Victoria (Australia).
Hungary, Slovak Republic.
The Chairman for the Meeting was Gerhard
Minutes were taken by Hein Sibrijns.
Herr Zerle opened the meeting and welcomed those present. He was delighted that
so many member countries were represented.
Two long term representatives were singled out to be honoured.
(It was believed that) Mr. Fred Inwood had already received the golden pin of
honour from the German Leonberger Club. As yet the Union does not have its own symbol of honour.
Mr. Pablo Pabst was then presented with the golden pin of honour from the
German Leonberger Club.
France has retired from the Union. As a result the Union’s president sent a letter to the
president of the French Club, expressing his and the committee’s deep regret at
Herr Zerle reported that he has judged at 4
international club shows this year. His observations were that the coat colour
is more uniform and that there are hardly any predominantly black dogs now, but
that there is still a lot of variation of type.
Type variation will therefore be the main theme for discussion at the judges’
seminar on the 19th and 20th November 2005.
The president then thanked the committee for their hard work and support.
Up until this day of the meeting, Union membership fees have been paid by 13
member clubs. A further 2 clubs have paid in cash and the cheque from an
additional club is still due to be cashed. The Norwegian club is the only club
that has not yet paid its fee.
The total amount received from 16 clubs comprising 9433 members is 2,686.60 €.
Expenditure up until 24th September 2005 is 156.24 €.
Discussion and acceptance of the reports
Denmark requested that in
future the treasurer provides hard copies of the financial report for review by
Guido Perosino stressed that each club should be working towards a more
homogenous type. 50 judges will attend the judge’s meeting and there should be
a report for inclusion on the union website and in each club newsletter. Guido
will write the article to be printed in the newsletters of the member clubs.
The delegates unanimously accepted the reports.
Latest Union developments
The Leonberger Club of New Zealand has applied for Union
The committee has studied the detailed and well presented application and
advises the AGM to accept the LCNZ as a member.
The Union voted unanimously to accept LCNZ as a Union member club.
An address for each Union member club will
be printed on the Union site.
Moravian-Schlesian Leonberger Club
In its capacity as the second recognised
club under the umbrella of the FCI in the Czech Republic, the
Moravian-Schlesian Leonberger club applied for observer member status within
the Union. They had submitted
the necessary paper work to the president; the committee had checked the papers
at the meeting held on 23rd September 2005 and now advises the AGM to accept the Moravian club as observers.
It was stressed that the Czech Leonberger
Club will be the primary representative and will remain the only club with full
voting rights for the whole Czech Republic.
There were two Moravian delegates present
at this meeting.
The Czech delegates expressed their
displeasure that they were not informed that the Moravian club had applied for
observer status and that the two delegates would be present at the meeting.
The committee apologised to the Czech club.
The Czech club then proposed that the decision on the admittance of the
Moravian Club to observer status be postponed until next year.
It was stressed that because the Moravian
club is recognised by the FCI umbrella organisation, it has the right to apply
for observer status membership. Second club membership is only possible in countries
where more than one club for a breed is recognised by the FCI. This is only
possible in a few countries and the Czech Republic is one of them.
Peter Cejnek went on to explain the
political and cultural backgrounds that make it necessary for the Czech Kennel
Club to recognise two breed clubs. Pablo Pabst stressed that one should not
refuse membership to any FCI recognised club.
The delegates of the Moravian club were
asked to explain why they have a separate club and want to be a member of the Union.
The Moravian club explained that they were
founded 12 years ago and are now seeking international recognition. The club
has 95 members and dual membership of the Czech and Moravian club is possible.
The representatives of the Moravian club
were asked to leave the room, so the delegates of the member clubs could speak
The Czech club explained that the Moravian
club was founded by some Czech members living in Moravia, who did not want to respect the breeding rules of the Czech club.
The Czech club had no problem with this
until recently. However, now a few Czech residents who have attempted to
oppress the Czech Club with lawsuits, letters from solicitors and complaints to
the police, have become members of the Moravian club, who in turn wish to apply
for Union membership.
It should be noted that the Czech club has
800 members and is therefore much bigger than the Moravian club.
It was clear that a war between the two
clubs is not in the interest of the breed or the Union.
The Union must not interfere in the internal affairs of a country, but can
demand that the two clubs in Czech Republic make
peace and begin working together.
After further discussion the Union demanded that the Czech club be fair
to the Moravian club and the latter ceases its attacks on the Czech club.
Peter Cejnek was appointed mediator and the
Moravian club application will be postponed for one year. Peter Cejnek and the
Czech club will present a report to the Union next year, at which point the application will be reviewed.
The delegates of the Moravian club were
allowed to stay for the rest of the meeting.
France is no longer
a member of the Union. In order
to remain in dialogue the president has asked the French club to send an
observer. Mr. Buff was introduced in this capacity and this decision was
The Union will make every endeavour to get France back as a Union member.
The Hungarian Leonberger Club is recognised
by the ministry of agriculture, but does not have any members or a committee
anymore and is not a member of the Hungarian FCI member umbrella organisation.
Therefore the membership of the Hungarian
Leonberger Club has ended. At this moment in time there is no new Leonberger
Club in Hungary. A multi-breed
club takes care of the interests of the breed.
A national Canadian Leonberger Club has recently
been founded. This club has not yet applied for Union membership.
Union member club in the
(Leonberger Club of
) has applied for parent club
status within the American Kennel Club. The results of the vote by the
LCA-membership to the question if LCA should apply for AKC PC status were:
was 69% ballot response.
of the 880 ballot responses: 747
voted Yes 133 voted No
. 85% of vote recorded
were Yes, 15% was No
second Leonberger Club in the
(Leonberger Club of the
) has also applied for AKC parent club status. The AKC will make a final
determination which club will be PC sometime
31 December 2006
but the final quarterly report is due on
31 December 2006
.. The AKC has set requirements for both clubs. The clubs have to send quarterly
reports to AKC.
01.01.2006 Leonbergers have now been admitted to the AKC companion events.
many LCA members would like to see the clubs reunite and unify for the sake of
the breed but that beyond re-unification it is simply important for the clubs to
be able to communicate and work together for the sake of the breed no matter
what the future brings
The Dutch Leonberger Club will celebrate
its 40th anniversary on the 16th and 17th September 2006 with a huge party and a
jubilee club show.
More information will be made available on www.leonberger.nl.
A representative from the Danish club asked
if the data on private internet databases is correct.
As a general rule only primary and kennel
club information is subject to scrutiny. This is not the case with privately
owned databases which can result in incorrect information.
There are numerous private sites with
unverified data and often this data has been entered without consent.
The Union would like to build a reliable database, but is currently not in a
position to do so.
Beth O’Connor will write a statement about
private databases for inclusion on the Union’s website.
Petra Junehall advised that the Leonberger
breed standard book featuring drawings and pictures is now available to
purchase in 5 different languages.
A sponsor has kindly agreed to cover the
hotel costs for foreign participants at the Italian Club Show on 23rd October 2005.
Italy is now
issuing two types of pedigree registration in two different colours for puppies
that meet special requirements.
Guido warned that 4 Italian sperm banks are
selling sperm from their own stock via the internet.
Next year the Italian Millennium awards will
go to Rahel Schaale and Jenny Kennish in recognition of their excellent
artistic representations of Leonbergers.
The Swiss Kennel Club now requires all
member and non member breeding stock to have passed a breeding ability check..
Before a female can be bred for the 4th
time, puppies from the 3 previous litters must be evaluated. Before a male can
be used at stud for a 4th time, puppies from his 3 previous litters
must have been evaluated.
Bern University is beginning to research Poly
The committee will continue to try
and convince the French Leonberger club of the importance of being a Union
The German Club announced that it
is now possible for the countries of origin for each FCI breed to have direct
The German Leonberger club will
sign a document agreeing to cooperate with the FCI. In future this will make it
possible to have direct contact with the individual FCI departments e.g. the
Within this agreement the
versatility of the Leonberger breed will be stressed.
The Belgian club has requested that
the Belgian Kennel Club no longer accepts “initial registrations”.
The British Leonberger Club will
not make any exceptions to the code of ethics and will only allow dogs with an
official eye certificate, showing they do not suffer from hereditary cataracts,
to be used for breeding. This also applies to foreign stud dogs.
The president thanked everybody for their participation and closed the
president. Hein Sibrijns, secretary