Kleine Münsterländer International (KlM-I) e.V.
Jacqueline Mette, Pretzschendorf, Dresdner Str. 19, 01774 Klingenberg
Dietrich Berning, Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen, Henrik Raae Andersen,
Cor Bottenheft, Philip van der Biest, Germain Klein, Birte Wold Myhre,
Peter Hübler, Urs Hoppler, Jiří Kec, Malin Nyström, Annika Wängvik,
Michael Schmiedel, Josef Westermann, Hans-Jürgen Heuser, Jacqueline Mette
Dietrich Berning, Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen, Henrik Raae Andersen, Cor Bottenheft, Germain Klein, Urs Hoppler, Heinz Trutmann, Malin Nyström, Annika Wängvik, Michael Schmiedel, Josef Westermann, Hans-Jürgen Heuser, Jacqueline Mette und Tom McDonald up until topic 8.4.
November 12, 2014
On the Member Meeting 2014 held on October 19, 2014
Brauereigasthof Autenried, Hopfengartenweg 2, 89335 Ichenhausen – Autenried, Telephone: +49 (0)8223 – 968440
Sunday, October 19, 2014, 09.00 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Agenda for the Member Meeting on October 19, 2014
Mr. Jesinghausen welcomes the representatives of the KlM-I member countries as well as Malin Nyström and Annika Wängvik from Sweden. Excused are Peter Hübler (President ÖVMü Austria) and Jiří Kec (President KDO Czech Republic). Cor Bottenheft represents the interests of Belgium. Tom McDonald is legitimized by SMCNA to represent the club.
- Approval of the agenda
The agenda is approved.
- Confirmation of the Minutes of the last Member Meeting on September 30, 2012
The Minutes from September 30, 2012 are approved.
- Reports of the Executive Board
→ Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen, President
In his report Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen would like to review the last 10 years of
KlM-I: laying the groundwork, establishing the club and activities until the present day. His full report will be published on the homepage of KlM-I.
The first meeting of KlM-Germany, as the parent country of the breed, and the representatives of interested KlM clubs from abroad took place eight years ago. There was great interest in getting to know each other and in working together. Previously, a concept to establish an international organization had been prepared. Verband Kleine Münsterländer International e.V. was founded in 2006. Bylaws were agreed upon unanimously. This document established the most important goals of the club: to secure the F.C.I. standard internationally as well as to preserve and promote the versatile hunting abilities of the KlM breed, while taking into account the sovereignty and historically based conditions of the national clubs. KlM international took on the following tasks:
- The standardization of breeding requirements (development of versatile performance breeding)
- Advocacy before national and international organizations and associations (development of cooperation with the F.C.I. and the national kennel clubs)
- Organizing international tests (designing and implementing an international testing system)
- Managing basic matters concerned with the breed, utility and organization
- Uniformly advise the national KlM clubs
What has been achieved so far? Because only limited funds and possibilities were available, KlM-I began by organizing collaboration and attempting to bring more transparency to the breeding and testing done in the member countries. The focus was on establishing international versatile performance breeding, strengthening contact with the F.C.I., and the development and implementation of an international Münsterländer test.
Complete transparency and comparability of puppy figures and tests is still missing even after 10 years of work, because the circumstances in most of the national clubs are very different, ranging from the legal conditions to cooperation with the national kennel organizations. Today we know that there are countries in which KlM puppies receive F.C.I. pedigrees without the parents having passed a natural ability test. Globally, the F.C.I. only ensures uniformity in appearance, but not in natural abilities. In many countries performance breeding orients itself on the interests of hunters, whereby KlM are already being specialized in breeding (e.g. as a field dog) and versatility in the genetic make-up of the breed is being lost. A primary mission of KlM-I is to take countermeasures against this practice and to educate. To illustrate this, KlM-Germany, as the parent country of the breed, was asked in 2013 to make the F.C.I. standard more precise and to highlight the natural hunting abilities of the breed in the breed standard. The motion has been submitted to the F.C.I. by the VDH.
KlM-Germany records the most common use of stud dogs abroad. In the past, countries which do not practice versatile performance breeding were also assisted. But this is now no longer possible after a change in the German breeding regulations. Mating abroad with German stud dogs is now approved only if the breeder is a member of a KlM-I member Club.
Last year, the function of Chairman for Performance Testing was created in the Executive Board of KlM-I. Germain Klein from France was entrusted with this task. His mission is to support the national clubs in the development and expansion of
versatile natural ability tests and to make the assessment of natural abilities internationally comparable.
In the development of performance breeding, KlM-I encounters problems not only with the member clubs, but most of the problems are the result of the national kennel clubs. With the exception of Germany, puppies in all other countries get their pedigree from the national kennel clubs and not from the breed clubs. The kennel clubs decide on records in the pedigrees. Internationally, there are no regulations, whether and which tests should be entered in the pedigree. Working together with the German JGHV, an initiative of the German hunting dog breeds which will push for better solutions in international performance breeding at the F.C.I, is now at the VDH (German Kennel Club). At the suggestion of Henrik Raae Andersen, the Executive Board of KlM-I had an opportunity to speak with a representative of the F.C.I. As a result of the discussion, Mr. Jørgen Hindse, President of the Danish Kennel Club and the Nordic Kennel Union and spokesman for the European Group in the F.C.I. was persuaded of the sense of our versatile performance breeding and promised his support. More and more authorities in international organizations now advocate common regulations in the performance area for hunting dog breeds.
In a further step, an international Münsterländer test IMP-A and IMP-B was developed through the collaboration of many member countries in developing the concept underlying the tests. Both tests enable a comparison of breeding potential at an international level. The final test proposal, which is based on previous versions of the two test regulations, will be considered for approval in today’s Member Meeting. Due to a change in leadership, the initial cooperation with the Verband Große Münsterländer e.V. has come to a halt. KlM-Germany was asked to submit the test regulations to the F.C.I. for homologation (international recognition). In recent years, the development, testing and implementation of both sets of test regulations has greatly encouraged international collaboration among the KlM clubs.
Two years ago, an International Breeding Committee was formed, chaired by Josef Westermann (Breed Warden of KlM-D), in which national Breed Wardens can work together on international breeding issues.
Traditions, established ways and legal obstacles, on the one hand, and lack of time, persistence and patience or insufficient persuasive powers on our side, have so far prevented greater progress in achieving the targeted regulations contained in the Bylaws in matters of the breed, utility and organization. Identification with the work of KlM-I hardly exists with breeders. Still, a foundation for the work has been laid.
→ Cor Bottenheft, Vice President
In the last two years, Cor Bottenheft has also maintained contact to KlM clubs abroad in order to promote interest in KlM-International.
In Belgium there were major difficulties, after there has been no Board of Directors for some time. More than a year ago a new Board has organized itself, which has
allowed the club to come to life again. Cor Bottenheft was invited to the Annual Meeting. The number of members is growing. Puppies receive a pedigree from the Belgian Kennel Club, if the parents have an F.C.I. pedigree. The hunting dog tests resemble those in the Netherlands. Next year, tests and a breed show will be organized.
In Luxembourg there is no breed club, but a club for all hunting dog breeds, of which 75 members own a KlM. 1-2 litters are born each year. The puppies receive their pedigrees from the Kennel Club, if both parent animals have F.C.I. pedigrees. Many members are a member of a Landesgruppe of the KlM club in Germany.
There are a few KlM in Spain. Occasionally a KlM will be registered with the Kennel Club.
The British military imported KlM to Great Britain. There is no breed club, but there are contacts.
The cooperation with the umbrella organization is outstanding in the Netherlands, so that the information exchange also works well. The puppy statistics, owners, HD, and eye examinations are automatically reported. 90% of KlM puppies are bred through the Heidewachtel Club. Since June 1, 2014, DNA is taken from each puppy. In the future it will be noted on the pedigree, whether the KlM was bred according to the health criteria of the breed club. The conformation judges are obliged by the Raad van Beheer (Dutch Kennel Club) to annually participate in a training session. The Kennel Club is dealing with the new F.C.I. standard and wants to understand this, because the performance ability must also reflect itself in the morphology.
Cor Bottenheft sincerely thanks Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen for the outstanding cooperation.
→ Henrik Raae Andersen, Vice President
In the last two years the Nordic countries have intensified their contact with KlM-I. Sweden and Finland are applying for membership with KlM-I.
The Swedes have been particularly engaged. A meeting between the new Chairman of the SVK, Malin Nyström (per Skype), Annika Wängvik and Henrik Raae Andersen has taken place. This year, Henrik Raae Andersen participated in a breeding seminar in Sweden. He is especially delighted that Sweden is personally represented at the table again today.
It is sad, however, that Norway and Finland are not present, because membership is connected with rights and obligations, and the member clubs should thus send a
representative to the Annual Meeting. Otherwise, dialogue and cooperation are difficult.
The DMK would like to do more for the classic Kleine Münsterländer for the sake of hunters. The VJP, HZP, IMP-A and IMP-B are seen as important instruments. The IMP in particular is a platform for cooperation across borders. In 2013 the DMK organized the IMP in cooperation with the Landesgruppe Schleswig-Holstein. In 2014 VJP and HZP tests were organized in cooperation with the Landesgruppe Schleswig-Holstein in Denmark. The International Breeding Committee makes a substantial contribution to international cooperation and strengthens the cooperation at the level of the Breed Wardens.
Next year, Henrik Raae Andersen wants to work on the spread of the IMP in the North and envisions the organization of national Münsterländer tests in Scandinavia.
In the past two years, cooperation in the Executive Board of KlM-I was very dynamic and fruitful. The TestRegulations IMP-A and IMP-B were given theirfinal form. An International Breeding Committee was established and cooperation with the F.C.I. was strengthened. After the founding of KlM-I, there wasformal collaboration with the F.C.I.on paper. Since last year’s meeting with Jørgen Hindse, President of the European Sectionof the F.C.I. and President of the DKK, we have been in direct dialogue with the F.C.I.
Henrik Raae Andersen addressed special thanks to Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen.
- Reports from the KlM-I national clubs
The report on Franceisin the presentationby Germain Klein under agenda point 7.
The Board in Switzerland consists of 7 members, which meet several times per year.Urs Hoppler has been President for 14 years.In 2013 the homepage was redesigned.Numerous events are organized throughout the year: the Annual Meeting, training days, annual judges training, afamily hike, asuitability for breeding test/evaluation, and obedience test as well as ablood tracking test and test to guide the handler to dead game(Bringselverweiserprüfung). Cynologists belong to the club and organize companiondog tests.
The club currently has 250 members. 19 bitches and 8 stud dogs have been approved for breeding. 95 % of mating takes place with German stud dogs.
Dogs participate in VJP and HZP in the neighboring Landesgruppen of KlM-Germany. Urs Hoppler thanks theneighboring GermanLandesgruppen for the good cooperation in testing.
The SKMV thanks Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen for the years of friendly cooperation and awards him the Golden Badge of Honor of the Swiss club for Kleine Münsterländer.
As the parent country of the breed KlM-Germany is involved in many of the issues ofKlM-International.Thus, § 17 of the German Breeding Regulations was adapted to support only breedersfrom KlM-I member clubs with German stud dogs and therewith promote performance breeding abroad.
As partof the HD evaluation a blood samplefrom each KlM must be sent in.The genetic material can be accessed in the future,ifproblems or questionsarise.
KlM-Germany has introduced a performancebadgethat will be awarded to KlMwhich have achieved good results at international tests or at the IMP-A or B. The performancebadgewill be made out with the name of the dog. The statute is currently underrevision.
There were personnel changes in the KlM-Germany Board for the position of Treasurer on grounds of age. Ms. Martina Maubach has replaced Mr. Bernhard Lackhove. Theposition of a legal adviser was created to offer legal counsel.
At the suggestion of KlM-I the F.C.I. standard was revised and submitted to the F.C.I. via the VDH.
To increase the acceptance of the IMP as an international test, recognition of the tests must be awakened with dog handlers and breeders, that is, a passed test must be recognized in the national clubs as a breeding requirement. KlM Germany has decided that the relevant bodies should work on the breeding approvalof the IMP.Adjustments such as age, “Laut”,and trackingmust still be discussed. All bodies have approved the testregulations for the IMP-A and IMP-B.
The Group North America (KlM-GNA) has submitted an application to become a Landesgruppe with KlM-Germany and a candidacy status was awarded at the last meeting of the Extended Board. The final vote will take place at the Annual General Meeting. KlM-GNA already has all rights and obligations now.
That the originalnegotiations with SMCNA failed, is not aimed at Tom McDonald. Tom McDonald is welcome to join the new group KlM-GNA.
Dietrich Berning thanks Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen for the excellent preliminary work in North America.
Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen asks the members not to support SMCNA, especially their breeders.SMCNAis a club which is not affiliatedwith the F.C.I. andwilltherefore not come underthe jurisdictionof F.C.I. pedigrees. He encouragedsupport for the new club KlM-GNA.
- Report of the Chairman of the International Breeding Committee (Josef Westermann)
So far this year, there have been23 matingsabroadwithGerman stud dogs. On the one hand, this is very good, butmixed on the other hand,which could lead to problems in the long term,should thereeverbea serious health problem in the breed. Then one could not fall back to other bloodlines abroad. Therefore, Josef Westermann recommends – ifpossible- breeding abroad shouldstand onitsown legs. It is very rare that German breeders travel abroad to mate.
Ifa German stud dogis to be usedabroad, according to § 17 of the German Breeding Regulations,this should be reported to the KlM-Germany Breed Warden at least 4 weeks before.TheKlM-Germany Breed Warden, in agreementwiththe German Breeding Commission and the Breed Warden of the KlM-I member club, decides on
breeding approval. Breeders often call just 3-4 days before the planned mating. In
this regardJosef Westermann asks for information about the four week time period in the member clubs. Until now, Josef Westermann has not had a contact in each KlM-I member country, whomhe can ask whether the mating abroad was reported and approved. Also on this matter he asks for support from the member clubs.
After a pairing has been reported to Josef Westermann, he normally doesn’t receive feedback whether the pairing has taken place, how many puppies were born and
whether the puppies were healthy or not. He receives the Record of Litter Inspection only from Austria.
Therefore, the Breeding Committee of KlM-I has made a motion to the Member Meeting of KlM-I that, beginning January 1, 2015, a report onall puppies born from stud dogs whichwere used abroad, shouldbe sent to the breed club of the stud dog. This report should be prepared within two months of the birth of the puppies and include information onthe number of puppies, sex, color and hereditary faults (e.g. Record of Litter Inspection). Furthermore, it is alsoproposed that all further test results, breed show results as well as hereditary faults (e.g. HD, OCD, epilepsy, eye defects, etc.)which appear in the future life of the descendants should beimmediatelyreported to the breed club in which the stud dog is located. In addition, the Breeding Committee proposes that all KlM-I member clubs semi-annuallydistributethe entire test results (“Ostermannische Statistics”) of the KlM breed to all KlM-I member clubs.
In this way the information flow should not only go to Germany, but all member countries should exchange this information. This brings advantages for the health of the breed.
The proposal will be decided upon in a written resolution circulated to the members.
Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen thanks Josef Westermann. Hehas brokendown the issues which occupy KlM-I atthe everydaybusiness level. He stresses Josef Westermann’spleathat information on thesetopicsshouldneverflowin only one direction, but mutual communication is necessary.
- Status and further development of performance breeding internationally (Germain Klein)
If we want to maintain the KlM as a versatile hunting dog in the long term, we have to work together closely across borders, encouragegoodhealth, performance ability and breeding and exchange good blood lines across national borders. Without the interest of breeders and dog handlers the topic of international performance breeding has no future.
The goal is to maintain the profile of the classic Kleine Münsterländeracross borders. We must be able to test minimal requirements (performance abilities) in the long term in all countries. In the Minutes on the Member Meeting 2012 the criteria for the essentialperformance abilities of the KlM are defined: use of nose, joy in retrieving, search, pointing, willingness to track, enjoyment of work and water, cooperation.The implementation in national testing regulations should be developed with the competentKlM clubs.“Laut”is not tested or recorded in all countries. Some are still breeding with voicelessKlM.
In the breeding year 2013 Germain Klein has attempted to getan overview on puppies, litters, tested dogs (natural ability tests) and HD results in the KlM-I member
countries. In doing this it is clear that there aredifferences in the figuresand greater transparencyis necessary. Still, the member figures and his statistics provide a rough preliminaryoverview.
Germain Klein explains his statistics on the total number of puppies born and from performance breeding. Until now in France, for example, there are no statistics on puppiesborn from performance breeding. If both parents have F.C.I. pedigrees, then the puppies automatically receive a preliminary pedigree. For a final pedigree the
dogs must be presented to a conformation judge. The parents not have completed a performance test. In France ca. 30% of the puppies receive a final pedigree, not all of
which are owned by hunters and entered inperformance tests. This example alone shows that something must be done to maintain the classic KlM.
In a chart, he has presentedthe puppy numbers per country compared to the KlM which were run at natural ability tests. To get the data, he had sent a spreadsheetasking for the figureson each member clubwhich he subsequentlyanalyzed. Some member clubs answered him quickly, others not at all.Overall, dependable, comparable cross-border data is needed in order to make progress with this topic. The comparison of testregulations shows in which countries the testregulations are similar and where they differ. In addition, solutions must be found to recognize and record“Laut”.
Performance breeding is made upof natural ability tests(minimum requirements), HD, breedshow results and “Laut”. It would bedesirable ifthe member clubs would establishcross-borderminimum requirements. A solution towards achieving internationally comparable tests and breeding approvalmay be the IMP.
The recognition of IMP-A and IMP-B by the F.C.I. is another important step. If the IMP becomesan officially recognized test, then themember clubs must enter test resultsin the pedigrees. The value of testing for dog ownersand breeders would increase greatly. The national KlM clubs mustaddressthe issue of the IMP as a breeding requirement. It isproblematic, however,that breeding approval is not matter of the breed clubsin all countries, but partiallya matter of the national umbrella organizations(i.e. national Kennel Clubs). Unfortunately, cooperationwiththeseorganizations does not run smoothly in everycountry.
German Klein dreams that in the futurethe IMP can take place in each country and that in the year 2024 a total of 126will participate in this test (in 2014, there were 17 KlM).This number would be interesting for the breeding potential. To achieve this goal, first the Boardsof the national clubs need to get involvedin the project and find solutions to reduce the costs.
At present, Germain Kleincannot guarantee that the IMP will be put onin Francein 2016. The costs are a major point of discussion.
The presentation by Germain Klein shows thateven after 8 years of KlM-I there is still no full international transparency, which would enable comparison ofbreeding requirementsand natural abilitiesand upon which conclusions for the future could be drawn.
- Change in the Bylaws – new version of § 5.2 sentence 6
The Executive Board proposes amendment of §5.2 sentence6 as follows: “Written
votes have to be carried out at the request of the Board or by at least five members.”Reason: The Member Meeting ofKlM-I meets only every two years. In this way, motionsmay be passed more quickly. The Member Meeting unanimously approves the amendment of § 5.2.
- Membership of SVK Sweden
Eight years ago Sweden was a founding member of KlM-I. All are therefore very happy,
that Sweden wants to be part of KlM-I again and is heretoday to present their workas well as the activitiesof the
Malin Nyström is responsible as Breed Warden of the Kleine Münsterländer in the Svenska Vorstehklubben. Annika Wängvik is the Deputy Breed Warden.
About 150 puppies per year arenormal for Sweden.This year only 100 are expected, as several bitches were barren. Most Swedish breeders hunt with their KlM. The breeding foundation in Sweden is good, but one is dependent on new blood from Germany.
Young KlM in Sweden complete natural ability tests until they are 2 years old. “Laut” is not explicitly tested, but reportedin writing.
Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen explains that previously KlM-I had information that the KlM were handled several times at „sport tests“.
In the SVK, four hunting dog breeds are organized. Today the focus is on the use of the KlM in huntingas the dog owners are usually hunters. Dog handlers are partially interested in medals and badges of honor, but the focus nowadaysis on hunting.
A Swedish version of the VGP was introduced with the help of the Danes. The dogs are tested overtwo days, also with a fox. Most of the participating dogs were KlM.
Today, the Kleine Münsterländer areno longer dominated by other breeds in the SKV. There were numerous discussions about the topic of membership in KlM-I.
Malin Nyström and Annika Wängvik come from the breeding side. They have excellent communication with
Palle Jørgensen, the Breed Warden fromDenmark.
The application for membership with KlM-I fromthe Svenska Vorstehklubben isbeforethe Member Meeting today. The KlM-I Member Meeting unanimously resolves to admit the SKV as a member club in KlM-I.
- Membership of Saksanseisojakerho e.V. Finland
The Breed Club Saksanseisojakerho e.V.has applied for membership in KlM-I, with an annual membership lump sum contribution of €100. TheExecutive Board of KlM-I recommends accepting the applicationin principle. The Finns were invited to introduce themselvesat the Member Meeting of KlM-I. Unfortunately,the Finns have not respondedsince then. Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen proposes that the meetingagreeto admission in principle, provided that the provisions of the Bylaws, including the membership fee, will be accepted and that the Finns personally introduce themselvesto the KlM-I Executive Board within the next 6 months.
In a provisionaldecision,the Member Meeting of KlM-Iunanimously approves admission to KlM-I, taking into account the criteria listed above. The final decision is assignedto the Executive Board.
- Expulsion of SMCNA
TheExecutive Board of KlM-I requests the expulsion of SMCNA.Aprovisional
terminationhas already been expressed. The termination will take effect, if it is confirmed by the Member Meeting of KlM-I.
Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen stresses that KlM-Germany has made various proposals for three years, which were not accepted by the Board of SMCNA. Thus,no way of cooperation could be foundwith the SMCNA Board, which would have been compatible with the Bylaws of theVDH and the JGHV. Because no compromise could be found, the support by KlM-I and KlM-Dhad to be terminated. SMCNA cannot
therefore comewithin the jurisdictionof F.C.I. pedigreesand is now considered a dissidentbreeding club (Schwarzzuchtverein).
Tom McDonald, who is present at this meeting, has always worked hard for the breeding of the Kleine Münsterländerin the USA. He expressed his thanks for being heard again. Tom McDonald does not want to switch to KlM-Group North America.
TheMember Meeting unanimously confirms the decision of the Executive Board to expelSMCNA.It will be mentioned in aletter to the Board of SMCNA that the Member Meeting paid tribute to the work of Tom McDonald.
- Adoption of the IMP-B
The Member Meeting unanimously approves the test regulations for the IMP-B.
The evaluation system for the IMP-A was also changed to the 12 point system. The Member Meeting unanimously approves this change to the IMP-A.
- Request for homologation (i.e. approval) of the IMP-A and IMP-B by the F.C.I.
The Member Meeting unanimously resolves to ask KlM-Germany as the parent of the race to submit a motion to the F.C.I. for homologation of the test regulations IMP-A and IMP-B.
The motion of the International Breeding Committee will be made in a written resolution circulated to the members (see agenda point 6)
- Financial Report
The financial report will be sent in writing to all KlM-I member clubs.
- Discharge of the Board of Directors
The Executive Board is unanimously discharged with abstention of those affected.
The Executive Board proposes the appointment of Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen as Honorary President. The Member Meeting unanimously approves his appointment as Honorary President.
Cor Bottenheft presents a gift to Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen with words of appreciation for the work he has done.
- New elections
Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen is not running for re-election. The Executive Board proposes Dietrich Berning as President. There are no further proposals. Dietrich Berning, Provinzialstraße 24, 46499 Hamminkeln, is unanimously elected as President and accepts the vote.
- Vice President
The Executive Board proposes the re-election of both Vice Presidents, Cor
Bottenheft and Henrik Raae Andersen. There are no further proposals. Cor Bottenheft, Jan van Nassaupark 78, NL-3844 BS Harderwijk, is unanimously re-elected and accepts the vote. Henrik Raae Andersen, Lunderodvej 82, Marup, DK4340 Tølløse, is unanimously re-elected and accepts the vote.
Dietrich Berning points out that Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen will be invited to all further meetings as Honorary President.
Henrik Raae Andersen invites Bernd-Dieter Jesinghausen to the next Member Meeting of the Dansk Münsterländer Klub.
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