Thank you everyone who took the exam and the Hands on Assessment – Well done to all who passed. 

Breed Appreciation Day 2021 YSSC

In line with the Kennel Club Judges Education Programme (Breed Shows)

The Yorkshire Shetland Sheepdog Club Breed Appreciation Day with Subsequent Multiple Choice Exam was held at Grenoside Village Hall on the 14th August 2021

and a res-it and Hands on Assessment was carried out at a later date . 

The day consisted of a breed talk aiming to provide or reinforce the basic knowledge to establish  a Candidates/Judge’s understanding and appreciation of the breed, in order to take a subsequent Multiple Choice Breed Standard Exam (dependent on eligibility – see below*).  Attending the Breed Appreciation Day and passing the Multiple Choice Breed Standard Exam forms part of the criteria that will enable the candidate to attain Level 2 Status.  Subjects covered in the morning session will include a brief history of the breed, function of the breed and its correlation to its confirmation and movement and breed specifics.  All elements of the standard will be covered, and there will be live exhibits for candidates to handle to see finer points of the Breed.   The presentation of the Breed Standard is Open to All.

*For those who sat the Multiple Choice Exam (MCE) the following was required  prior to the day:-

Candidates must either be already approved to award CC’s in a breed or must at least be a Level 1 Judge, appearing on ‘Find a Judge’ for the relevant breed. If a Breed Appreciation Day is held before the online system is available the organiser’s will accept on trust if a candidate states that they meet Level 1 requirements, as shown below:-

  1. Have a proven interest of a minimum of 5 years in pedigree dogs

  2. Completed a minimum of 2 full days of Stewarding appointments

  3. Attended a KC Requirements of a Dog Show Judge (RDSJ) Seminar (not mandatory to pass the exam)

  4. Attended a Kennel Club Conformation and Movement Seminar

The  Hands on Judging Assessment was limited to a maximum of 10 candidates of whom were required to be either on current A3 or B List for Shetland Sheepdogs.  The Assessment is for those aiming for the current A2 List before completion of the transition period within the current system.  Candidates will go over 5 dogs, watch them move and place the dogs.   

ALL ENQUIRIES please contact:-

Denise Rowan (Breed Education Coordinator)

Telephone: (07712737658) Email: