Inter variety Breeding of Belgian Shepherd Dogs
(Approved March 2006)
To commence on 1 January 2007
The existing Policy on Inter variety Breeding of Belgian Shepherd Dogs to remain in operation until 31 December 2006, which only allows the inter variety mating between Groenendaels and Tervuerens.
The new Policy as printed below to come into affect 1 January 2007.
Therefore any progeny produced from an inter variety mating of Belgian Shepherd Dogs on or after the 1 January 2007, can only be registered if the mating has been approved by the ANKC at least six  months prior to the mating.
There are four  varieties recognised around the world today: the Malinois, Tervueren, Groenendael and Laekenois, each of which varies in coat colour, texture and/or length.
In the Belgian Canine Control Stud Book Belgian Shepherd Dogs are registered as One breed, with four varieties and the four varieties are listed separately which is the same as the ANKC registers Belgian Shepherd Dogs (One breed, with four varieties and the four varieties are listed separately).
Normally, inter-variety breeding is forbidden. However, by way of exception, permission can be given for certain variety combinations in special cases, when the request of the breeder is supported by serious and strong arguments. 'An improvement of a variety' or an indispensable broadening of the breeding material should appear necessary.
A request has to be submitted by the breeder six months in advance of the proposed mating to the ANKC/National Breed Standard Coordinators Group (NBSCG) and has to comprise: -
Permission will only be given for the following three variety combinations:
The progeny of the inter-variety mating is registered in the ANKC Stud Book, each puppy according to its variety. Matings later on of such a descendent are only allowed with a breeding partner of the same variety. The progeny of the inter-variety breeding are not to be issued Export Certificates.
In Belgium the policy towards registering puppies of a variety other than that of their parents is:
A puppy of a variety other than its parents will also be registered in the Belgian Studbook, and the variety of this puppy will be mentioned.
Example: a puppy Tervueren born from two Groenendael parents is registered as a Tervueren (not as a red or fawn Groenendael) and is delivered a full pedigree just like a puppy Tervueren out of two Tervueren parents. On the full pedigree of this puppy Tervueren it is only denoted by (G) that the parents are Groenendael.
This puppy Tervueren can only mated with a partner of the same variety.
Therefore a puppy of a variety other than the parents will be registered in our ANKC Studbook, and the variety of this puppy will be recorded. This puppy can only be mated with a partner of the same variety.