One of the most important tasks of the Association is to carefully handle the breeding of our breed. As the oldest breed association in the country of origin, the conservation and management of the Dutch Schapendoes as a dog breed is our responsibility. Health is very important, but we must also ensure that the behaviour and appearance of our breeds is safeguarded. Within breeding there is always a balance between health, behaviour and appearance.
We have a Breeding Affairs Committee (FAC), which consists of a representative of the board, a secretary, general assistants, a health and behavioural assistant and any supporting members or experts as needed.
We also have a Committee for Population Policy. Given the complexity of the work, knowledge of breeding, heredity and population genetics, or willingness to deepen the knowledge, is important to the members of the FAC and Population Policy team. Do you think it would be fun and interesting to work on these subjects? Please contact the secretary of the FAC or of the board about the possibilities.
Tasks and activities
The Breeding Rules are adopted at the General Members’ Meeting.
A breeder submits a request for approval of a desired combination of male and female to the FAC. The Breeding Affairs Committee checks all breeding applications against the established policy. In this way we can be sure that all puppies bred through the Association meet the health, character and conformation requirements of the breeding policy. With the help of Doesdata, the FAC plucks the ancestors of both the male and the bitch until the 3rd generation (if necessary until the 5th generation). It also looks at data of the (possibly) previously born offspring of the parent dogs. Based on the results of this research, it is determined whether the combination complies with the VFR and is responsible, or whether there are certain risks associated with the combination. The breeder is informed about the findings. If agreement can be given on compliance with the VFR, the stud dog owner will also be informed. Issued agreements can be found on this site.
If the FAC or the Population Policy team detects certain trends, they can approach the board with policy proposals, which are then democratically voted on during the General Assembly of Members (ALV). They can also work out certain policy topics or carry out research on the recommendation of the ALV.
In addition, the FAC is an important ‘sparring partner’ of the breeders. These can be experienced breeders, but also the people who want to breed a litter for the first time and want more information about this. Also people who have a male and might want to use him as a stud dog can contact the FAC with their questions. In order to broaden the knowledge of our members, a breeders’ meeting is organized at least every year.
Young Dogs Day
Once a year a Young Dogs Day is organised in cooperation with the Events Committee. Here all puppies from the previous year and their parents are invited. The puppies are judged individually, and a litter report is made by an authorized judge. Besides the fact that this is always a very pleasant day, it gives the breeders and the breeding committee a good picture of the inheritance of our breeds and the current status of the Schapendoes breed.
The FAC makes litter visits and can be assisted by litter visitors who are divided over different regions. Litter visitors visit all litters born through our Association and make a report of this for Doesdata and the breeder.
The FAC also organizes a number of annual inventories that are mandatory for our breeding animals, called Inventarisations. From the age of 15 months Schapendoezen can be judged on their suitability for breeding. Attention is paid to health, appearance and character.