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Versatile Keeshond Information

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Keeshond Club of America Versatility Program

PURPOSE:

To encourage Keeshond owners to provide opportunities for their dogs to work in the many ways in which Keeshonden are capable, allowing dogs and owners to know the joy of working together.
To provide certification for those Keeshond owners and their dogs who perform these tasks. To encourage the breeding of Keeshonden with the soundness and temperament that allows them to work and interact with people to become the superb companions they are meant to be.

SCOPE:

To establish criteria for the Versatile Keeshond.
To establish areas in which these points can be earned. To establish rules for certification.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The Keeshond shall be registered with the American Kennel Club. A PAL/ILP registration number is also permitted.

  • The applicant shall be a member in good standing of KCA at the time of application for the certificate.

  • Deceased Keeshonden meeting registration requirements and having fulfilled all the requirements for certification are eligible for the Versatility Certification if the applicant was a member of KCA when the dog was alive. All necessary documentation must be completed and submitted to the KCA Versatility Committee for review.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • The Beginner Versatile Keeshond (BVK) Certificate requires a minimum of 7 points using at least 3 categories including one performance title. Performance titles include: Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Agility, Flyball, Barn Hunt, Scent Work, Coursing.

  • The Versatile Keeshond (VK) Certificate requires a minimum of 10 points using at least 5 categories including at least one performance title. Performance titles include: Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Agility, Flyball, Barn Hunt, Scent Work, Coursing.

  • The Versatile Keeshond Excellent (VKX) Certificate requires a minimum of 15 points using at least 6 categories.

A maximum of 5 points from any area should encourage broad experience.

 

DOCUMENTATION:

Documentation of the titles earned and the dog’s registration certificate MUST accompany the application.

  • Maximum 2 points allowed for Good Citizen tests; additional point must be from Temperament Test (ATTS).Photocopies of title certificates, health testing reports and AKC registration papers. Temperament Category:

  • Health Tests: Hips-OFA or Penn Hip, Eyes-OFA, Elbows-OFA, Patellas-OFA. Results must be recorded with the appropriate registry. Non-passing test results may be counted so long as the Keeshond is no longer intact.

  • Community Service is an act performed for the benefit of the community at large. It is voluntary work intended for the common good, usually done as part of an organized event. Examples are: Walking in a Pet Walkathon to raise money for a charity, plan a special event during Be Kind to Animals Week, participate in a community event by making a display on how to protect dogs from ticks, etc. Proof could be a photo, brochure etc.

  • Public Education is educating the public about the Keeshond breed at an organized event. This should include handouts which cover the history of the breed, health issues, what it’s like to live with a Keeshond (grooming, training, exercise requirements, fencing), and contact information for KCA and the regional Keeshond Club. KCA has these handouts available.

  • Submit the Versatility Program Application form to the KCA Versatility Chair by mailing the application along with supporting documents by email.

Once your application has been approved, certificates will be mailed out.

Directions:

  1. Indicate the Award Level for which you are applying.

  2. Circle the titles achieved on the Point Schedule.

  3. Provide copies of documentation: AKC Registration papers, all titles, copies of Health Tests, copies of Community Service/Public Education

  4. Email your scanned application package to: Versatilekees@gmail.com In addition to your application package please include the following:

    Dog’s call name:
    Dog’s registered name including titles as you want it to appear on your certificate: Please provide the name of the dog’s breeder:
    Please provide the name of the dog’s owner as it appears on registration:
    Your email address and mailing address:

    Email application and your supporting documentation to: Versatilekees@gmail.com

Keeshond Club of America Versatility Rev

Versatile Keeshond Award Recipients (through 2023)

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