Docking, cropping and dewclaws

According to Danish legislation, tail docking, ear cropping and removal of dewclaws with the purpose of changing the dog's appearance are forbidden.

All ear cropped dogs born after 30 June 2009 cannot be shown regardless of the dog's country of birth. Cropped dogs born before 1 July 2009 can only be shown if the dog has been born in a country where ear cropping is permitted. (Danish bred ear cropped dogs born after 1 January 1985 cannot be shown).

It may be possible to procure further information at the show secretariat regarding the state of affairs of ear cropping in other FCI countries. Tail docked dogs born after 1 June 1996 cannot be shown, regardless of the dog's country of birth. The prohibition also includes dogs that have been docked for veterinary reasons, irrespective of whether a veterinary certificate is presented.

Exceptions

The following breeds are excepted from the tail docking prohibition:

  • Brittany spaniel
  • German shorthaired pointer
  • German wirehaired pointer
  • Vizsla
  • Weimaraner.

Stump-tailed

If a dog has been born stump-tailed (with a natural bobtail), it must as far as Danish bred dogs are concerned appear on the dog's pedigree certificate.

As far as foreign-bred dogs are concerned, a veterinary certificate issued in English in the country where the dog has been bred must be presented, certifying that the dog has been born stump-tailed.

For dogs born after 1 October 2004, only the following breeds can have inserted in the pedigree certificate that the dog has been born stump-tailed (with a natural bobtail):

  • Australian shepherd
  • Australian Stumpy Tail Cattle Dog
  • Boston terrier
  • Bourbonnais pointing dog
  • Bouvier des ardennes
  • Bouvier des flandres
  • Brittany spaniel
  • Croatian sheepdog
  • Danish/Swedish farm dog
  • English bulldog
  • Entlebucher sennenhund
  • French bulldog
  • Gos d'atura catala
  • Jack russell terrier
  • Karelian bear dog
  • King Charles spaniel
  • Miniature American shepherd
  • Mudi
  • Old English sheepdog
  • Perro de agua espanol
  • Polski owczarek nizinny
  • Pyrenean shepherd dog
  • Pyrenean sheepdog (smooth faced)
  • Rat terrier
  • Swedish vallhund (Västgötaspets)
  • Schipperke
  • Terrier Brasileiro
  • Welsh corgi pembroke.

Dogs without tail or with only a part of the tail born after 1 October 2004 of all other breeds than the above are considered missing a part of the body and consequently they cannot be shown (must be disqualified).

Removal of dewclaws

Furthermore, according to Danish legislation removal of dewclaws with the purpose of changing the dog's appearance is forbidden. As legislation regarding docking/other surgical interventions varies from country to country, the judge must not when judging consider whether the dog has in accordance with the breed standard been docked or had its dewclaws removed.

Vaccinations

When you participate in a Danish show or trial you must be able to document that your dog is protected against canine distemper, parvo virus and infectious hepatitis. This is possible by presenting a valid vaccination certificate or a positive titer test confirming the presence of protective antibodies.

For dogs over the age of 21 weeks, one of the following kinds of documentation must be presented:

  • A vaccination certificate which is at least 7 days and no more than 4 years old – and where the dog had attained the age of at least 16 weeks when the vaccination was performed.
  • A positive titer test which is no more than 4 years old – and where the dog had attained the age of at least 16 weeks when the blood sample for the titer test was taken.

For puppies between 12 and 21 weeks, one of the following kinds of documentation must be presented:

  • A vaccination certificate which is at least 7 days and no more than 5 weeks old.
  • A positive titer test which is no more than 5 weeks old.

Foreign dogs must moreover be vaccinated against rabies according to the Danish legislation in force at the time in question.