Fila Brasileiro Association, Inc (FBA)
ARTICLE I – CONFORMATION SHOWS and other events defined
1.01 Any Fila Brasileiro presenting official Fédération Cynologique Internacionale (FCI) papers, or papers with other clubs that follow the official standard, is eligible to enter conformation show at which CERTIFICATES OF APTITUDE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP (CAC) may be awarded. Dogs not FCI registered that win a FBA champion title will not be recognized in Brazil. Fun matches, Sweepstakes, and Junior Showmanship entries are also permitted.
1.02 A SPECIALTY SHOW is an event given by the FBA or by any of its Delegates in order to promote the breed. CACs may be awarded. The judge must be licensed.
1.03 A FUN MATCH is an event given by the FBA or by its Delegates where no CACs are offered. The show may be officiated by a person who is not a licensed judge.
1.04 An OBEDIENCE TRIAL is an event presented by an obedience club to promote training dogs. Dogs may receive qualifying scores toward obedience titles. Obedience classes may be offered in conjunction with other shows – conformation or fun matches – under licensed obedience judges.
1.05 All officially nominated Delegates of the FBA may organize and apply for a Dog Show or Fun Match provided they follow FBA regulations.
1.06 The FBA may also offer a Junior Showmanship Competition at its shows. Only puppies are allowed at these competitions due to security reasons. Junior Showmanship is judged solely on the ability and skill of the handler. Puppies (defined in Article 3.02) are handled as in the breed conformation ring. The puppy’s conformation should not be considered by the judge. Puppies entered in this competition must also be eligible to compete in other shows or obedience trials. Junior Showmanship is divided by class, age, and occasionally by sex. Competition is for juniors aged 10 through 16 years inclusive. A special prize will be awarded to the winner. The fee for entering Junior Showmanship will be established by the Board of Directors (BOD) and announced in the Premium List.
ARTICLE II – Entries and catalogs
2.01 For an FBA sponsored show, a FBA member or non-member must fill out the official FBA application form. This may be requested from a FBA Delegate or any member of the FBA BOD. Usually the application form is mailed to all FBA members in good standing.
2.02 The application form will have the following information: day(s) of the show, exact location, and time of the show, name and address of the Superintendent, Chairperson, Show Secretary, and the Judges.
2.03 The BOD will not approve applications for FBA shows where dates conflict, unless it can be shown that granting the application will not act as a detriment to either show.
2.04 The FBA encourages their Delegates and other clubs to unite in order to lease facilities for holding related events. This way the best possible sites may be obtained to hold dog events.
2.05 The FBA encourages the Delegates and the Show Committee to hold events in conjunction with other Rare Breed Clubs or other official organizations.
2.06 Entries shall be directed to the promoting Association or places previously designated, within the permitted time, accomplished by the payment of respective fees and the completion of the entry form which will have: name of the dog; sex; registration number; breed; class; date of birth; affiliation; name of breeder; name, address, and telephone of the owner; and country of origin of the dog.
2.07 All acquired titles of a dog may be mentioned in the premium list.
2.08 The promoter club shall have a catalog or list of entries available for the Show Secretary to enable him/her to disseminate information.
2.09 Dogs can be exhibited only under the name of his/her owner and Certificate of Ownership or Transfer of Ownership should be presented if the dog is no longer the property of his/her breeder.
2.10 If the owner does not have the Transfer of Ownership at the day of the entry, he/she should make a statement informing the Association that the dog is already in his/her name and the Transfer of Ownership has already been made. This statement must be duly signed on the entry forms.
2.11 In cases where an epidemic disease takes place at the time of the show, the promoter club may, at its discretion; demand that the entry form be accompanied by a specific certificate of inoculation or the Association may cancel the show.
2.12 If any fraud is detected in the entry form or information, the entry will be automatically canceled without any right or refund of fee already received. Further possible disciplinary sanctions maybe invoked by the Association.
2.13 In all regular shows a catalog or list of exhibitors will be made.
2.14 The catalog or list of exhibitors will be available for a predetermined fee, before the show takes place.
2.15 The catalog will have the following information: name of the Association; time and place of the show; type of show; name of the Superintendent and name(s) of his/her assistant(s); name of Judges and the shows they will judge; name of the dog; breed; affiliation; date of birth; sex; class; registration number; nationality; name of the breeder, and name of the owner.
2.16 The Association may charge a fee for the catalog. In a simplified list the following information should be given; Name of dog; registration number; breed; class; sex; and number of the arm band.
2.17 In an official show only dogs listed in the catalog or in the simplified list may enter the show.
2.18 Judges may not look at the catalog or simplified list until the show is over.
ARTICLE III – Classes and Groups
3.01 According to the FCI group classifications, the Fila Brasileiro breed belongs to Group II, classified as a Molosser.
3.02 The following REGULAR CLASSES are offered for both sexes:
Puppies: From 3 months to 6 months.
Novice: From 6 months + 1 day to 12 months.
This class may be divided into:
a. 6 months + 1 day to 9 months.
b. 9 months + 1 day to 12 months.
Junior: From 12 months + 1 day to 24 months.
This class may be divided into:
a. 12 months + 1 day to 18 months.
b. 18 months + 1 day to 24 months.
Senior: over 24 months.
Champion: For dogs that are champions of record or those that have completed all requirements but are not yet confirmed champions. (There is a limit of 90 days to have the title confirmed)
Great Champion: Only for dogs with a Great Champion title.
Winners: Best Male and Best Bitch.
Best of Breed (BOB) and Best of Opposite Sex (BOS)
Besides the REGULAR CLASSES, other classes may be provided such as:
NON-REGULAR CLASSES – fun classes.
Brace Group – A pair of dogs.
Team Group – Dogs from the same owner or the same breeder.
Breeders Group – A minimum of five (5) dogs from the same breeder, regardless of ownership.
3.03 The age of a dog will be calculated up to and including the day of the show.
3.04 The WINNERS CLASS will be divided by sex. Each division will be open only to undefeated dogs of the same sex which have won first prize in either Novice, Junior, Senior, Champion or Great Champion classes, including divisions A & B.
3.05 The BEST MALE shall compete against the BEST BITCH in order to obtain the BEST OF BREED. The defeated male or bitch will be the RESERVE or BEST OF OPPOSITE SEX.
3.06 The FBA may offer other single entry classes, divided by sex, as it sees fit, provided the classes do not conflict with the above mentioned classes. They are judged before Best of Breed competition.
3.07 In a circuit or cluster show, dogs may change from the Senior Class to the Champion Class or to the Great Champion Class in the same day. Once proof is given of the last winning on that day, the owner of the dog whose status is not confirmed, by asking the Superintendent, Chairperson, or the Show Secretary to sign a petition recognizing the change of class. The owner must complete the requirements for a championship according to their records, together with proof of winning, within a ninety (90) days period.
3.08 In any Specialty Show the FBA may offer a BEST PUPPY in the show awards.
3.09 The FBA may also offer the BRACE CLASS or any other class in the show, which is not divided by sex.
3.10 The FBA holding a show may also choose to offer a Junior Showmanship competition.
3.11 At the judge’s discretion the following classifications will be given in the classes:
EXCELLENT: This mark will be given for a dog that qualifies as very close to the official standard of the breed, has be shown in perfect condition, has a harmonious and well balanced structure and a very good gait. His/her superior qualities will make the judge disregard his/her small imperfections.
VERY GOOD: This mark will be given to a dog well balanced and showing good condition. The animal may show some slight faults, but is overall quality is evident.
GOOD: This mark should be given to a dog living up to the standard of the breed displaying some faults which are not disqualifying.
SUFFICIENT: This mark should be given to a dog that presents all the characteristics of the breed but shows some non-disqualifying faults or is not in good condition.
3.12 Only dogs with the mark EXCELLENT are considered for the CACs (Certificate of Aptitude for Champion). The judge may give the CAC to a dog that is not the BOB winner. This is a way of recognizing the high quality of both dogs.
3.13 The classes and procedures as adopted by the Board of Directors and conforming to the FBA regulations will govern JUNIOR SHOWMANSHIP.
ARTICLE IV – General Disqualifications
4.01 General disqualifications do not permit the following dogs to enter the ring: blind, deaf, lame, albino, monorchid or cryptorchid dogs, castrated or spayed dogs, lack of the true Fila type, or any dog whose appearance has been altered by surgery or artificial means to produce a certain effect.
4.02 Bitches in season cannot compete in a conformation show.
4.03 No dog shall be eligible to be entered in a FBA show if it is registered in an organization which is not recognized by the FBA.
4.04 Every dog must be entered in the name of the person who actually owns the dog at the time entries are closed. The right to exhibit a dog cannot be transferred.
4.05 To be acceptable, an entry must be submitted to the FBA along with the required fee on the official FBA entry form, signed by the owner or duly authorized agent and must include all of the following information: name of the FBA or of the Delegation holding the show; date, time and place of the show; full description of class entered; full name of the dog; date of birth of the dog; individual registration number, name and address of the actual owner(s); name of the sire and am of the dog.
4.06 No entry may be accepted unless it is received by the Superintendent, Chairperson or Show Secretary named in the premium list, prior to the closing date and hour published in the premium list.
4.07 Owners are responsible for errors on the entry forms regardless of who may make such errors.
4.08 No dog shall be eligible to compete at any show or brought into the show grounds if it:
a. Shows clinical symptoms of any communicable disease
b. Is known to have been in contact with distemper, hepatitis, or any other communicable disease within thirty (30) days of the opening of the show
c. Has been kenneled within thirty (30) days of the opening of the show on premises where any communicable disease(s) existed.
4.09 Neither judge nor any person residing in the same household with a judge shall exhibit or act as agent or handler at a show in which he/she is officiating as a judge. Dogs owned wholly or partially by the judge or any member of his/her household will be ineligible to be entered at such shows.
4.10 A Show Committee may decline any entry or may remove any dog from the show for cause, but in each instance shall file good and sufficient reason for doing so with the FBA.
ARTICLE V – About Judging
5.01 Every dog in the competition ring for a class in which it is properly entered must remain in the competition, unless it has been excused, dismissed, or disqualified.
5.02 The FBA must provide arm bands for the exhibitors and shall see that every person exhibiting a dog wears it when in the ring. Said arm bands shall display the catalog number of the dog being exhibited.
5.03 Since the Fila Brasileiro Standard of the Breed specifies disqualifications for a dog below a minimum height, the judge has the authority to make a determination as to whether a dog is to be measured and if the dog measured is acceptable or not.
5.04 In all cases the judge will use equipment that meets the requirements of the FBA. If the judge finds the dog’s height is in compliance with the breed standard, he/she will mark the judge’s book “Measured In”. If the judge finds the dog’s height is not in compliance with the breed’s standard, he/she will disqualify the dog, marking the judge’s book “Measured Out – disqualified”. A dog that has been disqualified by three (3) different judges may not be shown again.
5.05 If the judge finds that the dog’s height is not in compliance with the requirements of the Class, he/she will declare the dog ineligible, marking the judge’s book “Measured out – Ineligible”. A dog declared ineligible for its class shall be considered to have been wrongly entered and cannot be transferred to any other class at the show.
5.06 If, in the opinion of the judge, the dog’s color, eyes color, or markings require disqualification, the judge shall disqualify the dog and mark the judge’s book accordingly.
5.07 The judge will excuse from the competition any dog that enters the ring limping. The judge will mark the judge’s book: “Excused – limping”.
5.08 The judge may disqualify any dog who bites the judge and will mark the judge’s book “Disqualified – has bitten the judge”.
5.09 In all Specialty Shows and even in Fun Matches the procedure adopted by the FBA is of a “hands off” policy. The judge will NOT touch the dog.
5.10 In the case of a disqualification, or if the dog is excused from the ring, the officiating judge may ask for the immediate presence of at least two (2) eyewitnesses (the Superintendent and Chief Steward), or of a veterinarian, if applicable, in order to register the procedure. In the judge’s book, the judge should state all details and information that will justify his/her actions.
5.11 Dogs can be exhibited only by their owner(s) or by a handler with the owner’s formal written authorization. This may be requested at the show. This does not apply to minors who are accompanied by a person(s) who are responsible for them.
5.12 In the ring it is forbidden to:
a. Use a pronged collar
b. Exhibit dogs off lead
5.13 Judging reflects the personal opinion of a judge about a dog and this decision is sovereign and final.
5.14 The adopted criteria for judging is the comparison of the official CBKC/FCI standard to the dog being exhibited.
5.15 The judge cannot change his/her decision(s) except to make corrections to comply with show regulations or technical requirements so long as the exhibitors are still in the ring or able to return to the ring.
5.16 Exhibitors who do not answer to the call to enter the ring will not be judged separately. Dogs that are not judged for this reason will be considered disqualified. Dogs that are absent without the permission of the judge will lose all their awards given in the show, as well as any possible acquired points.
ARTICLE VI – Infractions / Complaints
6.01 Every exhibitor shall have the right to request an examination of any dog within a show’s premise which is considered to endanger the health of the other dogs in the show. The request is made through the Superintendent, Chairperson, or Show Secretary, in writing and on a form obtainable from the Superintendent or Show Secretary. It is the duty of the Superintendent or Show Secretary to see that the subject dog is promptly taken to a veterinarian by its owner or the owner’s agent.
6.02 Protest against a dog may be made by any exhibitor. It will be in writing and logged with the Superintendent or Show Secretary. It must be given to the FBA within seven (7) days of the last day of the show. However, if a protest is one which can be determined only by or with the advice of a veterinarian or at the time of the showing (in regard to a decision as to the physical condition of a dog), then this shall be done before the closing of the show.
6.03 No protest will be entertained unless accompanied by a deposit of thirty dollars ($30.00) which will be returned if the protest is upheld. If the protest is denied, the deposit will be forfeited. This does not apply to a protest made in the ring prior to the rendering of the judge’s decision.
6.04 If a protest is made during a show, the Show Committee will hold a meeting as soon as possible to give all parties concerned the opportunity to be heard. They shall render their decision immediately. If a protest is made after the show, a decision shall be made by the FBA within thirty (30) days of its receipt. All parties concerned will be given seven (7) days notice of the date and place of the hearing by the FBA. Written copies of all decisions on protest shall be forwarded immediately to the FBA BOD.
6.05 When a dog has been protested against, an appeal may be made to the FBA in regard to the decision of the Show Committee. This appeal may be taken and shall be forwarded to the FBA BOD within seven (7) days of the date on which the decision was rendered. There is a deposit of thirty ($30.00). If the decision is sustained, the deposit will be forfeited; but if reversed, the deposit shall be returned.
6.06 Any person handling a competing dog in the ring may verbally protest to the judge alleging that a dog being shown in the competition has a condition which makes it ineligible to compete under the FBA rules or a condition requiring disqualification under the breed standard. This is done before every dog in the class has been individually examined.
6.07 The Superintendent in charge will submit to the BOD within five (5) days after the show, any report about committed infractions during the show. The “period of an event” is counted from the beginning to the end of the show. In case the event takes place in a hotel, the period of the event is counted from the time of registration to the day of departure, including days and nights.
6.08 The Association will have fifteen (15) days, counted from the next day of the delivery of the report by the Superintendent, to notify the infractor through a written complaint allowing the infractor equal time to present his/her defense and his/her version of the facts involved in the case.
6.09 The complaint and the defense plus all proofs presented by the parties shall be attached together for submission to the BOD.
6.10 If a defense is not presented within fifteen (15) days, the case will be evaluated by the BOD under the presumption that the facts presented against the infractor are true.
6.11 Any decision of the Association may be taken to a grievance committee within twenty (20) days to review the complaint.
6.12 Any complaint in writing must be accompanied by a fee determined by the Association.
6.13 A grievance committee will have twenty (20) days to review complaint.
6.14 Both parties involved in the case will have the right to be informed about the development of the case.
6.15 When a claim is made against a Judge, the Superintendent will also present a report to the BOD.
6.16 Any claim about administrative procedure should be sent to the Association within five (5) days after the show.
6.17 The Association will answer within fifteen (15) days informing the complainant about its decision.
6.18 If the Superintendent notices any irregularities, he/she will also inform the BOD through a written report.
6.19 If a judge feels that he/she has been involved in any irregularity with reference to the show in which he/she is officiating, he/she should send a written report on the matter to the BOD.
ARTICLE VII – CAC, Championship and Great Championship
7.01 To acquire a FBA Championship title there is no point system involved. The judge will give a CAC to the Winners Dog and Bitch at his/her discretion. These certificates are awarded solely on the opinion of the judge; competition is not required.
7.02 The minimum age to acquire a CAC is twelve (12) months.
7.03 Only one CAC is given for each sex, for every fifteen (15) dogs, multiples or fractions thereof, in accordance with the judge’s will.
7.04 Only dogs with EXCELLENT marks are considered for CACs.
7.05 In order to be a Champion, a dog must be fifteen (15) months of age or older. Males must obtain four (4) CACs under 3 different judges. Bitches must obtain three (3) CACs, each CAC must be awarded under a different judge.
7.06 All Fila’s must pass a Temperament Test (TT) in order to acquire a Championship title.
7.07 The certificate of Great Champion (Gr. Ch.) is given in accordance with the Judge’s will and under a point system. The point system will be:
First Place 10 points
Second Place 6 points
Third Place 3 points
Fourth Place 1 point
Males must obtain fifty (50) points under five (5) different judges and the Best of Breed classification three (3) times. Bitches must obtain forty (40) points and two (2) awards of Best of Breed. All documents must be presented to the FBA to prove that their dog is entitled to his/her certificate of Great Champion.
7.08 The FBA Show Committee will provide the CAC and the Gr. Ch. Forms to be signed by the Judge and by the Superintendent of the show.
7.09 The CAC will be awarded after the last class is judged (Junior and Senior classes only). The Reserve of CAC should be awarded to the second dog presenting the same high qualities. (It is a competition between the second place of the winner’s class and the first placement of the defeated class).
ARTICLE VIII – Certificate of Young Champion (CYC)
8.01 The CYC is for puppies from three (3) months to twelve (12) months.
8.02 Three (3) CYC’s under three (3) different judges are necessary to win the title which is only promotional and does not show in the pedigree. A judge may award as many CYCs as he/she likes to one or more classes.
ARTICLE IX – Ribbons, Prizes, and Trophies
9.01 All shows held under the FBA regulations shall use the following color for their prizes, ribbons, or rosettes:
First Place Blue
Second Place Red
Third Place Yellow
Fourth Place White
CYC Pink and Green
CAC Red, White, and Blue
Gr.Ch Dark Green
Reserve CAC Rose
Best of Breed Purple and Gold
Best of Opposite Sex Red and White
Best Puppy Pink and Green
The following colors may be used for additional classes:
First Place Rose
Second Place Brown
Third Place Light Green
Fourth Place Gray
9.02 If ribbons are given in Fun Matches, they shall be of the following colors:
First Place Rose
Second Place Brown
Third Place Light Green
Fourth Place Gray
Best of Breed Orange
Best of Opposite Sex Lavender
Best Puppy Green with Pink edges
9.03 All prizes offered in a premium list or catalog must be awarded in the regular course of judging.
9.04 Alcoholic beverages are not allowed as prizes.
9.05 Each Delegate or the FBA has the right to accept or refuse donations of prizes to be offered at their show.
9.06 A special rosette may be given for special occasions.
9.07 The Show Committee will be in charge of providing the ribbons, rosettes, and other prizes, plus donations and ads for the catalog.
9.08 Special prizes and trophies will be given in non-regular classes such as Braces, Team or Breeders Groups.
ARTICLE X – Judges
10.01 All FBA Delegates holding a show must send the names and addresses of persons selected to judge the shows to the FBA’s BOD before the premium list is published.
10.02 In the case of Fun Matches, the Delegates shall send to the FBA’s BOD the names and addresses of the qualified persons invited to judge the shows, and specify their qualifications.
10.03 The Delegates or the FBA must be able to provide the judges with the following: Their fees, if charged; proper and convenient transportation from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the show grounds and vice versa; lodging and meals.
10.04 No judge’s name shall be submitted unless the judge has agreed in writing to accept that assignment.
10.05 All judges should be invited at least two (2) months prior to the date of the show. This invitation must also be in writing.
10.06 The Delegates must not advertise the name of any judge prior to approval of said person by the BOD.
10.07 Specialty Shows may be judged only by licensed judges. Fun Matches may be judged by any member in good standing with the FBA. Licensed judges may not judge Fun Matches, but may judge Sweepstakes.
10.08 If a Show Committee is informed, at any time prior to fourteen (14) days of the opening of the show, that an advertised judge will not fulfill his/her engagement, the Show Committee shall replace the judge. The substituted judge must be approved by the FBA. The FBA shall notify all those who have entered dogs in the show under the advertised judge the name of the new judge. The exhibitors shall be permitted to withdraw their entries any time prior to the opening day of the show and the entry fees paid for entering the dogs shall be refunded.
10.09 Should the Show Committee be informed at the last minute before the opening of its show, or after the show has opened, that an advertised judge will not fulfill his/her engagement, it will substitute a qualified judge in his/her place. Approval shall be obtained only if time allows it.
10.10 The Show Committee will be responsible for having a notice posted in a prominent place within the show grounds (as soon as is practical when the show opens) to inform exhibitors of the change of judges. An exhibitor, who has entered a dog under an advertised judge who is being replaced, may withdraw his/her entry and will have the entry fee refunded, provided notice so such withdrawal is given to the Superintendent or Show Secretary, prior to the start of the show.
10.11 If an advertised judge shall have judged part of the classes of the breed and then finds it impossible to finish, a substitute judge will be selected by the Show Committee.
10.12 Any Delegate holding a show must prepare, after the entries are closed, a judging program showing the time and place, schedule of dogs entered and their classes. Each Judge’s assignment shall be divided into periods, if necessary. If an assignment exceeds five (5) hours, then one half to one hour must be allowed for rest or meals.
10.13 The maximum number of dogs assigned to a Judge in one day of breed judging should not exceed one hundred seventy five (175). Under very special circumstance, should a minor overload occur, the assigned Judge may judge up to two hundred (200) dogs.
10.14 A Judge’s decision will be final in all cases affecting the merits of the dogs. Full discretionary power is given to the Judge to withhold any or all CACs.
10.15 After a class has been judged, it will not be re-judged. A class is considered judged when the Judge has marked the book. A judge may correct any errors he/she has made, but he/she must initial any such corrections.
10.16 A Judge may order any person or dog from the ring. For the purpose of facilitating the judging, Judges are required to exclude from their ring all persons, except Steward, Show Attendants assigned to the ring, and those actually engaged in exhibiting.
10.17 A Judge shall be supplied with a Judge’s book in which he/she will mark all awards. The original Judge’s book at the show shall be in the custody of the Judge, Steward, Superintendent, or Show Secretary. At the conclusion of the judging, the book must be signed by the Judge and any changes made in the book must be initialed.
10.18 Only one Judge shall officiate in each class and only one Judge will select the Best of Breed.
10.19 If a judge disqualifies a dog at any show, he/she will note the reason in the Judge’s book.
10.20 During the show, the Judge is the technical representative of his/her organization and due to this status will verify the following before starting the show:
a. The condition of the ring including the footing.
b. The cleanliness of the ring.
c. The judging procedure and the number of dogs being judged.
d. The condition of the entrance to the ring, having in mind the speeding up of the judging procedure.
10.21 Only dogs that are waiting at the entrance or the ring for their call may enter the ring.
ARTICLE X1 – Show Committee, Superintendent, and Show Secretary
11.01 Show personnel will be responsible for the enforcement of all rules relating to shows and must provide themselves with a copy of the FBA Rules and Regulations for reference.
11.02 The Show Committee or Superintendent must provide a copy of the official standard of the breed to the Judge. In addition, the Judge must be supplied with a table and chair, a bottle of alcohol, paper towels, and drinking water or soft drink.
11.03 All members of the BOD may show their dogs except the person in close contact with the judges, who may show only the Puppy and Novice Classes.
11.04 Within seven (7) days after the close of the show, a catalog marked with all awards and certified by the Superintendent, or Show Secretary, together with the Judge’s book and a report of the show will be sent to the BOD. All these documents will be kept by the Secretary of the FBA in a secure safe.
11.05 All fees of any given show or competition should be sent to the FBA, in care of the Treasurer.
11.06 All expenditures must have receipts which shall be sent to the Treasurer, together with a report for proper reimbursement.
11.07 Before putting on a show, the Delegates should make a survey on how many entries they will have in order to cover most of the expenses. Dinner parties, seminars, working competitions, temperament tests, donation, etc. are helpful to raise funds to pay expenses incurred with matches or specialty shows.
11.08 At all shows the promoting Association will designate a Superintendent, a Show Secretary, and a Ring Steward. The Superintendent is the major authority during the event, from the beginning to the end. All personnel engaged in the event will remain under the supervision of the superintendent, who will follow all rules and regulations stated by the Association.
11.09 The broad authority of the Superintendent at the show grounds will not apply to the judging of the dogs in the ring. This is the sole responsibility of the Judge.
11.10 The authority of the Superintendent prevails during the show over the authority of the officers of the Association, who will be relieved of their duties at the time, remaining in equal position as an exhibitor or spectator.
11.11 Duties of the Superintendent:
a. To coordinate all work involved in the event.
b. To see that all rules and regulations are followed.
c. To assist the Judge in his/her judging by such means as:
i. To provide a ring adequate in size (50 feet by 30 feet is considered minimal), duly fenced, with appropriate designations.
ii. To have on hand the standard of the breed and all regulations.
iii. To provide tables, chairs, wickets, scales, or other items that may be necessary.
d. To verify that the show grounds are clean, large and well ventilated.
e. To verify that the Judge and Ring Steward have the necessary comfort and safety during the course of the show.
f. To hand out information.
g. To adhere to the schedule of the show.
h. To make decisions on any occurrences which have not been specified heretofore.
i. To write a report to the BOD in case of any occurrence of disciplinary or administrative issues that would require the opinion of a specified officer of the Association.
11.12 It is the responsibility of the Association to choose the Superintendent for its show, preferably a member of the Association in good standing and duly qualified to perform his/her duties.
11.13 It is up to the promoter Association to designate how many helpers will be necessary to handle the following duties:
a. Provide an assistant to the Show Secretary
b. Provide trained personnel to assist the Superintendent.
c. Provide the assistants for the Ring StewarT
11.14 Duties of the Ring Steward:
a. Help the Judge in his/her duties.
b. Write Judge’s dictated wishes in critiques.
c. Write all paper work stating awards which must be signed by the Judge.
d. Give guidance in accordance with the Judge’s instructions to the exhibitors, having in view the expeditious flow of the show.
e. Assure good communication among the Judge, Show Secretary and Superintendent.
11.15 The Show Committee must be present at the show grounds at least thirty (30) minutes before the event takes place.
ARTICLE XII – Show Grounds
12.01 The show grounds may be either indoors or outdoors. In order to better understand this regulation it will be understood “show grounds” to mean the total area that has been reserved for the event.
12.02 The size of the show grounds should be related to the number of dog entries and number of officiating Judges for the event.
12.03 In case of several rings, they should be numbered in order to be identified and should be sufficiently large (recommended size is 50 feet by 30 feet) to provide easy showing of the dogs. It should be remembered that the larger the dog, the larger the ring.
12.04 If the show is outdoors, a table with an umbrella or other suitable shading device shall be provided. In addition, a bottle of alcohol and paper towels for the cleansing of the Judge’s hands, a wicket for measurement, and a box containing the certificates will be on hand.
12.05 The show grounds should have rest-rooms and vending machines.
12.06 If necessary a sound system should be used to call the exhibitors and to inform them in which ring they should compete.
12.07 The sound system should be used solely for necessary calls.
12.08 In addition to all other necessary materials, the Show Secretary and the Superintendent should have the Fila Brasileiro Association (FBA) Rules and Regulations on hand.
12.09 At the show grounds all dogs must be accompanied by a person who is responsible for them.
12.10 The superintendent may ask for the withdrawal from the show grounds of any unaccompanied dog.
12.11 During the event the Superintendent may request to see the owner’s authorization if such is delegated to another. If the authorization is not presented, the exhibitor may be removed.
12.12 Owners and handlers will be responsible for any damage caused by their dog(s), will give proper identification to the victim(s), and will be liable for legal and disciplinary sanctions.
12.13 It is forbidden for the exhibitors:
a. To talk to the judge during the judging except to answer the judge’s or proper authority’s questions.
b. To smoke in the ring.
c. To show any attitude or action that may jeopardize the normal procedure of the show, or the authority of the Judge or the Association.
d. To abuse any dog.
e. To show a diseased dog.
f. To place in danger the security or safety of his/her dog or any other dog.
g. To give false information on his/her dog or any other dog.
h. To show any disrespect to the Judge or to any person(s) working at the show.
i. To attempt to disguise any disqualifying fault or any other cosmetic endeavor that may cloud the Judge’s decision.
j. To harm the performance of an exhibitor or his/her dog through any act that may interfere with their good performance.
k. To drink alcoholic beverages during the show in which his/her dog is exhibited.
l. To infringe upon the rights of a third party having in mind to harm them in any way.
m. To renege on the payment of proper fees or obligations assumed in reference to the show.
n. To break any rules of good manners, behavior, or sportsmanship.
o. To maintain conversation with other person(s) while inside the ring.
p. To harm the performance of other dogs by casting bait upon the floor or ground, using noisy probes, or balls, etc.
q. To use double handling which may result in the dog being excused from the ring.
12.14 Depending on the degree of the fault, the infractor may be excused from the show grounds, as a preventive measure, without any previous submission of a disciplinary action by the Association.
12.15 While inside the ring, the exhibitor will display only one arm band showing his/her identification number.
All clubs affliliated with the CBKC should print and distribute these regulations to all interested parties. These regulations are in force from November 5, 2011 on, and will supersede any earlier regulations.