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Hiya! This is a fairly long file so I suggest you read the bit about breed standards and save this file for offline viewing (look under the File menu for the 'Save As..' option). You need access to the internet or a good library for the breed standards bit so you might as well read that bit and then do some online research!
My name is Lyn and I'm one of the co-owners of PKC. It's my job to tell you about starting a Breed Club within the PKC. This little fact file should set out the basics - if you have any questions please email the new PKC address email@example.com
If your breed exists in real life e.g. Persian, Great Dane.
Your first job is to look at the real life breed standards (looks and personality) of your chosen breed and convert them into a standard for Petz. You can get breed standards from:
Of course, you can always get books out of your local library... ;o) You're expected to know the breed and it's standard until it's coming out of your ears!
Breed Standards must be international. For example in the USA Great Danes must have cropped (cut to make them look sharp) ears, but in the UK Great Danes must have floppy ears. That means in PKC Great Dane can have either cropped or floppy ears. For Persians in the UK a Calico Persian must have clear patches of colour, but in the USA the colours must be well mingled. Therefore in PKC both patterns are allowed.
The main nations you need to look at are USA and UK, with perhaps Canada and Australia if the breed is special to these countries.
If your breed doesn't exist in real life e.g. Alley Catz, Muttz, Tabbies.
Your first job is to make up a standard based on real life, for example if you were writing a standard for Tabbies you might look at what tabby colours British Shorthairs come in and use them. With a completely made up breed like Muttz and Alley Catz you have to decide what is and what isn't appropriate. If your breed doesn't exist in real life you have a much harder job with the standard.
Examples of Breed Standards at existing PKC Breed Clubs
These two links will take you to the home page of the two sample breed clubs. Each will have a link to their breed standards.
The Great Dane Kennel Club shows you a breed standard where PFMagic got the breed almost right and so the breed standard shows mostly PFMagic danes.
The Catz of Persia Cattery Club shows you a breed standard where PFMagic have only half created the breed and missed out a load of colours etc.
One of your duties is to maintain a page of all PKC petz registered with you. You don't need to make registration graphics but you must maintain a list or a table of petz registered with you, with:
Call name is in brackets as you don't need to include it but most clubs do.
You should also run a Breeders registry where breeders can register their sites, URLs, names, emails, number of PKC petz of that breed and number of Ch. PKC petz of that breed. They get to say they are a breeder with your breed club and you get advertisment.
You should hold special shows regularly (one every 2 weeks or one a month for example). You don't make awards for these shows, so you can hold them more frequently that normal PKC shows.
Special Shows at Breed Clubs award points but they aren't PKC points. You basically add up the points at the breed club and keep a running total of each petz points. Say 16 petz entered a show. The pet in 1st place gets 16 points and the pet in 16th place gets 1 point.
Standing - this column in the registry table or list is so owners and breeders can tell how their petz are doing. The pet with the most points is ranked 1 and the pet with the least points is the lowest rank. Petz who haven't entered any shows just get a ' - ' to show that they haven't ever entered a show.
Most sites also keep a Top 10 or Top 20 table running so people can check quickly who are the best petz of the breed at the breed club.
Your Breed Club
PKC keeps a list of Breed Clubs up at the PKC site. If your URL changes inform us so people can still find your breed club. Advertise your breed club in the Excite Clubs kennels and catteries, as well as at the PKC Club. Use the PKC List to advertise your breed club and its shows. It's what it's there for!
If you have a breed that is less popular in PKC such as German Shepherd or Lhaso Apso or something, you have another responsibility to encourage people to own and show your breed. You need to boost the popularity of the breed to make sure people show in your breed club. Encourage show sites to advertise the breed for you, and bring owners and breeders you know outside PKC into PKC to boost the popularity too.
Some breed clubs are only webpages. Some breed clubs are only Excite Clubs. Some are a mixture of both (main site as a webpage with the shows at an Excite Club). Excite Clubs are easier to make and easier to update - however, you will be expected to update the club more often than a webpage. As long as you update the registries and the shows a webpage can basically not change - an Excite Club is much more interactive. I suggested that you do not set up the breed club at Yahoo Clubs or something, as everyone in PKC uses Excite Clubs and very few people will make the effort to adapt to a new community system when Excite works perfectly well already. There's no point creating problems for yourself right in the beginning!
I've Done All That, What Now?
You've set all that up? Great! Email me and I'll do the final check and advise any minor changes and then off you go!