Dogs NSW

Platypus - NSW's National EmblemPlatypus - NSW's National Emblem

Dogs New South Wales (Dogs NSW) was pioneering in that, in 1975, the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales' Kennel Control (RASKC) became the first dog organisation in Australia to install an in-house computer to record our breed registrations. Certainly innovative for its time, it worked so well that by 1978 other States and Territories had become linked to the NSW system.

History of Dogs NSW

In 1893, the Kennel Association of New South Wales (NSW) was formed using the Code of Rules from the Victorian Poultry and Dog Society (VP&DC). In 1895, they held their first 'Annual Show'. Probably other dog shows were held because the NSW dog scene then grew haphazardly. By 1942, the unworkable situation of having four different organisations was operating, each under its own rules. These were

  1. The Premier Dog Club of NSW
  2. The Dalwood Homes Dog Show Committee
  3. The Utility Alsatian, Cattle and Kelpie Club of NSW
  4. The Canine Corporation of Australasia

Auspices with the NSW Royal Agricultural Society (RAS of NSW)

NSW Saint Bernard c 1890NSW Saint Bernard c 1890

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW was intent on creating just one canine governing body.  First a 'Consultative Committee of the RAS of NSW' was charged with giving recommendations to the RAS. This Committee consisted of a Chairman, three members of the RAS, plus representatives of each of the then five dog Groups, Toys, Terriers, Gundogs, Sporting, Non-sporting and Cattle Dog and Kelpie, plus two representatives of the Northern and Southern zones respectively.  After years of negotiation, from December 1948 ,the Consultative Committee came under the auspices of RAS of NSW and became known as the Royal Agricultural Society Kennel Club (RASKC)  By June 30th 1949, it had  73,210 dog registrations, 45 Affiliated Clubs and 34 Agricultural Societies with RASKC Affiliation.

In 1957, the RASKC began publishing a monthly journal which included litter registrations. In 1964 their name was changed to the RAS Kennel Control, confusingly retaining the abbreviation of the former RAS Kennel Club (RASKC). Their major function was to maintain the Register of Pure Breed dogs. By 1966 other functions were added. Of particular note was the addition of a Judges' Training and Examination Scheme. This catered for Breed Specialists, Group judges and all-rounders. In the beginning, the 'all-rounders' (all-breeds conformation judges) judged all disciplines which at that time included Obedience, Field and Retrieving Trials.

By 1988 the RASKC broke away from the Royal Agricultural Society and changed its name to the NSW Canine Council. In 1993,Her Majesty the Queens granted approval for it to be called the Royal NSW Canine Council Ltd (RNSWCC).

Dogs NSW finds a Home

Different to other States, in NSW there was no permanent venue for dedicated dog activities in its capital city, Sydney until 1988. Then State Government land was leased at Orchard Hills on Sydney's outskirts and the Bill Spilstead Complex for Canine Affairs was established as the headquarters for NSW.

NSW Dog Training Centre and Show GroundsNSW Dog Training Centre and Show Grounds

In 1971 at Hillsborough, some 150Km north of Sydney, a group of dog people advocated for a dedicated dog show ground. The Combined Northern Canine Committee (CNCC) was formed and 20 acres of ground was leased from the local City Council specifically for use as a dog training centre and show grounds. Dozens of local exhibitors and other dog people enthusiastically contributed both time and money into the ground's early development. Their legacy is the permanent fixtures, rings, roads and fencing and so on which are still in use today.

This complex was the first dedicated dog show and training ground in Australia, and remains a popular venue for dog activities in NSW[2].

Today the controlling body for New South Wales trades as 'Dogs NSW'.

References and Further Reading

[1] The RAS Kennel Control, New  South Wales by Dr Harry Spira.'An Historical Record of Australian Kennel Controls' published by the ANKC, Melbourne Vic 1988. Pages 27 - 33

[2] Jim Hickie, History of the Combined Northern Canine Committee Inc, est 1962 as published in the Show Catalogue of 2021.


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