Written by marne jakins on .

How do you determine if the DNA is suitable?

Who's line are you taking the DNA from?

Could you tell me which line is the true Bull Arab?

There has been much misunderstanding about the concept of DNA testing. Here are the facts. No one bloodline or dog has been chosen as a "real" Bull Arab. Dogs will be excluded on what their DNA shows is in there. Bull Arabs have been bred together long enough that they have developed their own unique series of DNA. If another breed is detectable then that dog is not allowed entry to the stud book.

Adequate DNA sample number?

It is envisaged that all breeding dogs will have their DNA collected. This helps determine parentage and can help to quickly identify and eliminate any genetic disease which could crop up in the future.

Do you have a Breed Standard and who will decide if dogs comply with the standard?

Yes there is a Breed Standard, it is on the page headed Bull Arab Breed Standard. Type is determined by a panel in the case of Vet DNA collection or by a nominated person on collection days. I suggest that anybody with a dog they consider a Bull Arab read the standard before they look at registering their dog.

What criteria will you use to test for temperament?

Dogs are not to be vicious, aggressive or excessively timid. I am sure that everyone would agree that dogs with these characteristics are very undesirable. Your dog should be able to stand amongst other dogs without lunging at every other dog and foaming at the mouth. He should be able to have a friendly stranger approach him without savaging them and they should not be so frightened by a friendly stranger that they hit the end of a lead trying to get away, cowering and urinating.

15 years or do you mean 5 generations?

The ANKC require 15 years of independent record keeping before a breed is considered a Pure Breed.

The breed is a working dog and anything which detracts from this must be discouraged.

I am sure that nobody interested in this breed would disagree.

Aren't you worried that official breed recognition will lead to a spike in popularity, unscrupulous breeding and a ruined working breed?

The Bull Arab is already very popular, there is much unscrupulous breeding, which it is envisaged that the Registry will reduce. There are already well known breeders that breed for little more than puppy sales. Registration and working dogs can go hand in hand, the success of European working programs and our own Working Kelpie Council is proof of this. Registration doesn't ruin breeds, poor breeders do.

Won't it bring unwanted media attention if there is a dog attack there will be another "breed" to blame it on?

Supposed "Bull Arabs" who in reality are any cross bred dog that looks like it could have been bred as a hunting dog are being blamed for attacks already. These dogs are also being counted as Bull Arabs when they turn up in shelters and pounds. The only way the Bull Arab can be seperated from the average cross bred dog is to legitimize them in a registry.

Will we end up with two types of registers? One for working ability and one for looks, for the pet shop or showring.

No. There should be no need to seperate the two. There is a guarantee for working ability and health that breeders will be required to give on their pups, unless they state otherwise. There is no reason why a dog can't hunt on Saturday and show on Sunday, and spend the rest of the week at home as a pet.

Will registering the breed show hunting parents or just that the dog is a Bull Arab?

It will just show that a dog is a Bull Arab. There is no feasible or fair way to ensure that every dog is a good hunting dog. Like the purchase of Bull Arab pups today, one must make sure that they are purchasing a dog from a breeder with the same goals as the buyer and ensure they are from working parents.

Wouldn't having the breed recognized push the price up a whisker?

It may push the purchase price up a little, but for the benefits it provides both buyer and seller it is a small amount to pay. The Registry will not be influencing breeders / owners on what price they charge for their pups / dogs, this will be left to the discression of the breeder as it has always been.

There can be such a variation in the look of them, the big question will be what are they "supposed" to look like, and is it going to hurt the bloke that has them but they don't like the other fellas, and who gets to decide???

There are going to be some disappointed people, this is unfortunately unavoidable. However, each dog will be judged independently on its own merit, rather than any other factor, by a panel of Classification Stewards voted on by the Member body.

How will the dogs be temperament tested if they have to be DNA tested by a vet?

Dogs DNA'ed by a Vet will have the collecting Vet sign to say a document that states that the dogs are neither vicious, excessively shy or aggressive. Fair chance the Vet won't want to stick his/her hand in the mouth of a very nasty dog either!