of the results reached by the annual meeting of the International Union for
Leonberger Dogs 2002 ( IULH )
Location : Brewery restaurant “Kirchner“ in Leonberg
Time : 28.September 2002, 10.00 a.m. – 14.00 p.m.
Presence of : Delegates of IULH member clubs from the following countries
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA ( in alphabetical order )
Chair : President of the DCLH and chairman of the IULH, Mr. Gerhard Zerle
Minutes writer : Secretary of the DCLH, Mr. Mathias Ring
Items on the agenda : 1.) Welcoming address
2.) Reports by individual members on possible problems
3.) Changing the standard with regard to the wolf claws
4.) New statutes of the union
annual meeting of the IULH came to following results:
1.) Welcoming address
Zerle welcomed the representatives of the member countries. After that the new
presidents of the Leonberger Club in USA ( LCA ), Mrs. O´Connor, and Denmark,
Mrs. Keldgaard Nielsen, and another represantive of Russia, Mrs. Natalia
Romanova; were introduced. A participant of Portugal was welcomed as a guest.
There will be a foundation of a Leonberger Club soon.
The application of the represantitive of the Victorian Leonberger Club,
Mr. Hein Sibrijns, for changing the items was permitted unanimously.
The new item 2.)
Application for associated membership in the IULH of the Victorian Leonberger
The meeting decided the admission of the Victorian Leonberger Club as a
associated member. This club is the only one, which cares Leonberger (
30-40 dogs ) in Australia now. It is a duty for this club to form a federation
with other Leonberger Clubs in Australia, which will perhaps exist in future.
Such a federation will be a full member of the IULH.
new item 3.) Reports by individual members on possible problems
The delegates of France informed with regret, that the former president
of the French Club, Mr. Guilbert, died in spring 2002.
In England champion-titles were given to Leonbergers.
At present the Suisse Leonberger Club takes court proceedings against the
breeder Mrs. Koller, Kennel „vom Röthelbach“. Mrs. Koller was crossed out
of the list of members of the club.
Geeske Joel introduced a summary of health problems of the Leonberger
population in the USA.
exist a national commission of water rescue in the Kennel Club, which asks the
Leonberger clubs for support and co-operation.
for a champion title are HD A or B and a passed exam, which allowes the usage of
the Leonberger for breeding.
Hellener and Madame Courvonsier
will get the Leonberger – award in 2003
There will be new exhibition rules in Finlandia from
beginning January 2003. In addition to that new breeding rules can be expected
if the general meeting resolves them. The eye certificate will then be valid for
24 months. The character will be tested after the first litter birth. The result
of the test can not mean an exclusion from breeding, but it will be made public.
In the Netherlands there are two kinds of pedigrees which can not be
changed throughout the life of a Leonberger. These are the pedigree and the
In Austria it is possible that Leonberger receive register documents from
other studbooks ( outside the FCI ) so that these Leonbergers can be used to
fulfil the breeding rules of the Austrian Leonberger Club ( ÖCLH ) in practice.
new item 4.) Change of the Leonberger standard considering wolf claws.
resolution has been passed at the annual meeting of the DCLH in April 2002.
Judges in Germany are now ordered to not pay attention to wolf claws any longer.
new item 5.) Managing the new statutes of the IULH
Cejnek regreted that no passing of the resolution can be made available to the
conference. Reasons are an increasing occupational responsibility and health
problems.The IULH conference agreed as a
majority that Mr. Sibrijns continues
the work done by Mr. Cejnek. The resolution will be submitted to every club
in German and English language until March 2003.
new item 6.) Miscellaneous
Mr. Sibrijns introduced the delegates to the Internet statistics and
addressed a request to the clubs to send him the club newspapers.
The Spanish Leonberger Club thanked Mr. Zerle with a badge of honour.
Russia carried out its first club show and expressed its thanks to Mr.
Perosino for functionning as a special judge and councelor.
Mrs Jenny Inwood designed a piece of art which was discussed to become a
logo of the IULH webside and then to appear on the first page.
The conference agreed as a majority.
soon as the Union´s statutes are
concluded and resolved, a professional graphic will be charged with creating the
logo. Mr. Zerle thanked Mrs Inwood for her efforts and appreciated the
advertising appeal of the picture.
The ÖCLH will celebrate its 25th anniversary and invites to
their special club show in Tulln on 5th April 2003.
The Czech Leonberger Club welcomed all handlers to the
club show in Mlada Boleslav on 3rd March 2003.
From the beginning of December 2002 on the DCLH starts to sale a
„Steiff – Leonberger“ for the amount of 98 Euro. The stuffed animal was
created in co-operation with the Steiff Company Germany, the city of Leonberg
and the DCLH.
Mr. Guido Perosino asked the clubs to check the individual websides more
rigorous considering the truthfulness of the publications.
In accordance to complaints the chairman of the IULH
called the delegate´s attention to the problem that officials have to follow
the rules of their club and of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
just as much as they check these on the members of the club.