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Instructions for C.A.C.I.B & Green Star awards:

The F.C.I require that Judges must compare each individual exhibit to their standard and grade them accordingly. Dogs of exceptional quality are considered for C.A.C.I.B (Int Certificate) and Green Star (National Certificate).

Certificats d'Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté (CACIB)

1. Grading: After each examination all dogs must be graded one of the following by the judge i.e. ''E'' (Excellent), ''V.G.'' (Very Good), ''G'' (Good), and Puppy Grading; Promising and Very Promising. Each exhibitor will be given a Grading Card by the steward.

2. Green Star (National Title): Only unbeaten dogs Graded Excellent are eligible to challenge for the Green Star.
   Reserve Green Star: Confined to dogs beaten only by the Green Star Winner and Graded Excellent.

3. C.A.C.I.B and Reserve: Confined to the winners of the Intermediate, Open and Champion's classes graded Excellent.

4. Note:
   a)
Where a dog under 15 months old wins a Green Star and is not eligible for the C.A.C.I.B. the Judge must award it to another qualified dog.

   b) All grades and awards must be completed by the Judge in the Judges book.

5. Best Puppy in Breed: Confined to puppies entered in Puppy class who have been awarded the Grade of Very Promising.

6. Best Veteran in Breed: Confined to dogs entered in the veteran class who have been awarded the Grade of Excellent.

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Best Puppy in Show:

In addition to the standard Groups, Puppy Groups will be scheduled and the winner of each Puppy Group may proceed to challenge for Best Puppy in Show. The Best Puppy in each breed will be eligible to compete in their respective Group.

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Best Veteran in Show:

In addition to the standard Groups, there will be a Veteran Group in which all Best Veterans in breed will challenge for Best Veteran in Show.
The Best Veteran in each breed (unless it wins Best of it's own Breed) will be eligible to compete in this Group.
If a Veteran wins Best of it's own Breed it will not be eligible to compete in the Veteran Group, but will proceed like all Best of Breed winners to compete in the standard group classification to challenge for Best in Show.

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Competition for Green Star and/or C.A.C.I.B.:

*The Junior Class winners that have been graded Excellent Grades will compete for the Green Star but NOT for the CACIB.

*The Intermediate Class winner if Graded Excellent will compete for the Green Star and the CACIB.

*The winners of the Open Class and the Champion Class, if Graded Excellent will compete for the Green Star and the CACIB.

*The winner of Veteran Class, if Graded Excellent will compete for the Green Star but NOT for the CACIB.

*The Puppy Class winners that are Graded Very Promising will compete for Best Puppy in Breed, will be chosen after the Best in Breed, and will go onto compete in the Main Ring for ''Best Puppy in Group'' only.

*The Veteran Class winners that are Graded Excellent will compete for Best Veteran in Breed, will be chosen after the Best in Breed competition. Winners will compete in the Main Ring for ''Best Veteran in Show''.

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Definition of FCI Grades:

Grading to be awarded to Puppies.

VERY PROMISING: General appearance; ''Very Promising Type'' whose merits in structure and conformation are such that it can be considered a very promising specimen of the breed.

PROMISING: General appearance; ''Promising Type'' whose merits in structure and conformation are such that it can be considered a promising specimen of the breed.
The grading given by the Judge must correspond to the following definitions.

 

Grading to be awarded to exhibits of 15 months or older.

EXCELLENT may only be awarded to a dog which comes very close to the ideal standard of the breed, which is presented in excellent condition, displays a harmonious, well-balanced temperament, is of high class and has excellent posture. It's superior characteristics in respect of its breed permit that minor imperfections can be ignored; it must however have the typical features of its sex.

VERY GOOD may only be awarded to a dog which possesses the typical features of its breed, which has well-balanced proportions and is in correct condition. A few minor faults may be tolerated but none of the morphological nature. This award can only be granted to a dog that shows class.

GOOD is to be awarded to a dog that possesses the main features of its breed however showing faults provided these are not concealed.

SUFFICIENT must be awarded to a dog which corresponds adequately to its breed, without possessing generally accepted characteristics or whose condition leaves something to be desired.

CAN NOT BE JUDGED. This rating is to be given to any dog which does not move, constantly jumps up and down on its handler or tries to get out of the ring, makes it impossible to assess the gait and the movement or avoids constantly to be examined by the judge and makes it impossible to inspect teeth, anatomy and structure, tail or testicles. This rating is also to be given if traces of operations or treatment can be observed which seem to indicate that the exhibitor wanted to deceive the Judge.

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Understanding the Green Star :
(Irish Points system)

The number of Green Stars required for Irish National Championship title is 7, to be gained under 7 different judges. The dog must be graded excellent, or in the case of a Puppy Very Promising, to challenge for the Green Star. Grading Cards will be issued by the Irish Kennel Club. Champions are eligible to challenge for the Green Star. One Green Star must be won after the dog reaches the age of 15 months. There will be no enhancement for Group wins.
 

Points under the old system would be converted as follows;

Dogs having won;

 1 - 5 points 1 Green Star point 
 6 - 11 points 2 Green Star points 
 12 - 18 points 3 Green Star points 
 19 - 24 points 4 Green Star Points 
 25 - 31 points 5 Green Star Points 
 32 - 38 points 6 Green Star Points 
Dogs having won 38 points or more under the old Green Star System must win 1 Green Star under the new system to be awarded the title of Champion.
 

Annual Champion (AN CH):
The title of Annual Champion in each breed is awarded to the dog with the highest number of Green Stars won in the calendar year. In the event of a tie the award is made to the dog with the greater number of Best Of Breed wins. This title comes after the dogs name.

It is proposed to implement this system from January 2007 with a review in 2009.

 

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