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British Rottweiler Association Rules.




  1. The association shall be called the British Rottweiler Association.


   2. The object of the Society will be to support and encourage all aspects of Rottweilers in Great Britain by:

   a.       The organisation of Shows and Training Classes.
   b.       Providing instruction in all matters appertaining to the Breed
   c.        Maintaining the Breed in accordance with the Standard approved by the Kennel Club.
   d.       Providing the opportunity for the interchange of knowledge and ideas between Rottweiler owners by meetings,                    newsletters etc. 



    3 a.   The Officers shall consist of a President, Chairman of the Committee, Vice Chairman of the Committee, Honorary                Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. They will hold office from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting or                        Committee Meeting at which elected until the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting next following.

​      b.   The members may at the Annual General Meeting elect such persons as they wish as Honorary Vice Presidents.                     Such Honorary Vice Presidents will hold office from the completion of the Annual General Meeting at which                           elected until the commencement of the following Annual General Meeting. There shall be no limit to the number                 of Honorary Vice Presidents.
      c.    The affairs of the Association shall be managed by a Committee of 8 Members, 4 to retire annually but to be                           eligible for re-election. They shall be elected in accordance with Rule 4e. The Members of the Committee will hold               office from the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting at which elected until the conclusion of the Annual                        General Meeting at which they are due to retire.
     d.    The President shall be ipso facto an additional Member of the Committee.
     e.    The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be elected in accordance with Rule 4f. They shall have the                     right to attend all Meetings of the Committee and Association and shall act on the decision of the Committee and              Association as instructed from time to time. The Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer shall be ipso facto                      additional Members of the Committee. 
     f.     Meetings of the Committee shall be held as often as deemed necessary but at least every 3 months. A quorum for                Committee Meetings shall be 4 for the transaction of business. Should any Committee Member be absent from                    three consecutive Committee Meetings without an explanation satisfactory to the Committee being given, he/she                shall be deemed to have automatically relinquished his/her Committee membership.

     g.    Officers and Committee of the BRA shall not serve concurrently on any other Rottweiler Breed Club Committee.

     h.    No person while an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee or hold any other office or appointment                within a Kennel Club registered society. 


   4. a.   The President shall be nominated by the Committee and elected in accordance with Rule 4f.
       b.   The Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be elected from the Committee Members by the Committee at the first                      Committee Meeting held after the AGM.  
       c.    The Honorary Secretary shall be nominated by the Committee and elected in accordance with Rule 4f.
       d.     The Honorary Treasurer shall be nominated by the Committee and elected in accordance with Rule 4f.
       e.     The Members of the Committee shall be elected by the Members at the AGM. Any member who has been in                       membership of the Association for the preceding one year can be nominated by another member who has been                   a member for the preceding two years, subject to the consent of the nominee. These nominations must be in the                 hands of the Honorary Secretary at least 28 days before the date of the Meeting together with the names of the                   retiring Committee Members willing to stand for re-election. The period of 28 days is to exclude the date of                           receipt of nominations and the date of the AGM. Nominations and notifications of willingness to stand for re-                       election are to be sealed in an envelope clearly marked ‘Nomination’ and are to contain no other matter.                               Envelopes containing nominations are to be opened by the Chairman in the presence of Committee Members at                  a Committee Meeting to be held not less than 21 days prior to the AGM. If the number of Nominees together                      with the retiring Members of the Committee who are willing to stand again exceed 4 in number, a voting paper                   recording the names of the Nominees, and in the case of Members of the previous Committee the number of                       times they have attended meetings, will be issued. The Members at the AGM must record no more than the                        required number of votes on these voting papers. The Candidates obtaining the largest number of votes together                with the Members of the Committee not due for retirement shall be declared by the Chairman to be the                                Committee Members for the ensuing year. In the event of an even number of votes being recorded for any two or                 more Candidates a final decision between these Candidates will be made by a vote of Members present at the                     AGM.
      f.      The nominations of the Committee for President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer, shall be submitted                  to a vote of Members present at the AGM for acceptance. In the event of Members refusing to endorse the                           Committee’s nomination for any 1 or more of the Officers, the wishes of the Members will be ascertained by postal               nominations and a postal ballot conducted in accordance with Rule 4e except that the result of such voting shall                   be submitted by the Scrutineers to a Special General Meeting and the words ‘Special General Meeting’ shall be                   substituted for the words ‘AGM’ wherever shown in Rule 4e.
      g.    The Committee shall have the power to co-opt a Member to fill a vacancy provided the total number of the                            Committee Members does not exceed the number allowed for full Committee. A Committee Member co-opted                  to fill a vacancy caused by the loss of a Committee Member who was not due to retire at the next AGM shall have                his co-option confirmed or rejected by the Members at the next AGM and then shall be due to retire at the AGM                  following the one at which his co-option was confirmed. Additional Members may however be co-opted for                          special purposes for periods not exceeding 1 year. Such Members too have the status of Committee Members                      but may only vote on the subjects for which they were co-opted.
     h.      In all matters of decision the Chairman shall have the casting vote only.


     5.     Candidates for Membership of the Association shall be proposed by 1 Member and seconded by another, and                       elected by a show of hands by the Committee at one of their Meetings. Two or more negatives from Members of                 the Committee shall exclude a Candidate from Membership except that the two Members recording a negative                   vote shall not be in Joint Membership together and, if they are, a further negative is required to exclude.



      6.    The Association must maintain an up to date list of Members and their addresses, and those of branch members                    where appropriate and, if so requested, make the list of names available for inspection by the Kennel Club and                      Members of the Association. A declaration of the number of members of the Association must be made with                          Annual Returns.



      7.     Each Member shall be entitled to 1 vote immediately upon acceptance of Membership. In the case of Joint                            Membership 1 vote each Member or partnership is allowed. Voting shall be by secret ballot.


     8 a.    The Annual Subscriptions shall be such amount as agreed by Members in General Meeting and notified to the                     Kennel Club and shall be payable to the Honorary Treasurer on the 1st January each year. No Member whose                       subscription is unpaid is entitled to any of the privileges of Membership and if the Member shall fail to pay                             outstanding subscriptions by 1st March his/her name shall be automatically erased from the register. Acceptance                 back on the register will be dependent upon a new application and payment of back arrears.

               No Member may attend the AGM who has not paid the subscription due on 1st January of the year in which the                   AGM is being held.

​      b.     Candidates who wish to restrict their Membership to the British Rottweiler Association branches can be                                  nominated Branch Members only. Such Members shall pay a reduced subscription to the British Rottweiler                            Association but will not receive the British Rottweiler Association Newsletters or have voting rights. 



              The Annual General Meeting shall be held not later than 31st March, not less than 14 days notice being given to                    Members in writing. No business shall be transacted at an Annual General Meeting unless notice thereof appears                on the Agenda, with the exception of routine matters or those which in the opinion of the Chairman of the                            Meeting are urgent. Items for the Agenda must be in the hands of the Honorary Secretary not less than 21 days                    before the date of the Meeting. The Agenda will be circulated at the Meeting. The certified accounts will be made                available on request fourteen days prior to the AGM.

              The quorum for an Annual General Meeting shall be one Officer, four Committee members and two members.


              A Special General Meeting shall be summoned by the Honorary Secretary if 25 members send in a signed                              requisition stating the subject to be discussed; no business other than the matter on the Agenda can be                               discussed at a Special General Meeting. The Committee of the Association is also empowered to call a Special                     General Meeting. Items for the Agenda must be in the hands of the Honorary Secretary 21 days prior to a Meeting.               Members will be notified in writing of a Special General Meeting.

             The Rules of the Association shall not be altered except at a General Meeting or Special General Meeting, the                       notice for which contains specific proposals to amend the Rules. Any alterations to the Rules passed at a General                 Meeting or a Special General Meeting shall not be brought into force until the Kennel Club has been advised and                 given its approval of the alterations.

             The quorum for a Special General Meeting shall be one Officer, four Committee members and two members.


      9.    A Banking Account shall be opened in the name of the Association into which all revenue of the Association shall                   be paid and from which withdrawals shall only be made on the signature of 2 Officers, one of whom shall be the                   Honorary Treasurer. The financial year of the Association shall be from the 1st January to the 31st December. The                   Honorary Treasurer shall receive all monies, keep a proper record of receipts and payments and submit properly                   audited income and expenditure account and balance sheet(s) to the Members at the Annual General Meeting.                   The certified accounts will be made available on request to members fourteen days prior to the AGM.

             Certification of accounts must be carried out by one qualified Accountant or two unqualified individuals with                          accountancy experience, independent of the committee.



     10.    Any Member who shall be disqualified under Kennel Club Rule A11.j.(5) and/or Kennel Club Rule A11.j.(9) shall                      ipso facto cease to be a Member of the Association.

              If the conduct of any Member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the Association be injurious or likely to be                   injurious to the character or interests of the Association, the Committee of the Association may, at a Meeting, the                notice convening of which includes as an object the consideration of the conduct of the Member, determine that                  a Special General Meeting of the Association shall be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel                          him/her.

              Notice of the Special General Meeting shall be sent to the accused Member, giving particulars of the complaint                    and advising the place, date and hour of the Meeting that he/she may attend and offer an explanation. If at the                    Meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the Members present and voting, his/her                          name shall forthwith be erased from the list of Members, and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purpose to be a                Member of the Association except that he/she may, within two calendar months from the date of the Meeting,                      appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such condition as the Kennel Club may impose.


     11.     The property of the Association shall be vested in the Committee and in the event of the Association ceasing to                     exist, a General Meeting shall be called to decide the disposal of the Association’s assets and the outcome of the                 Meeting notified to the Kennel Club.

               (If a registered Association is wound up or ceases to be a Registered Association under these Regulations a final                   statement of accounts with a record of the disposal of the property of the Association shall be forwarded to the                      Kennel Club within six months and the persons named as Officers and Committee of the Association will be held                  responsible by the Kennel Club for the proper winding up of the Association).



     12.      The Kennel Club shall be the final authority for interpreting the rules of the Society in all cases relative to canine                     or society matters.

                 The Association undertakes not to join any Federation of Societies or Clubs.



     13.      A set of Rules will be produced and modified as required from time to time by the Committee to govern the                           conduct of training classes and competitions held by the Association. These Rules will be binding upon all                             persons taking part in these activities.


     14.     The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year, Maintenance of Title fee will be forwarded                  to the Kennel Club by the Honorary Secretary for continuance of Registration and that by 31st July each year                          other returns, as stipulated in Kennel Club Regulations for the Registration and Maintenance of Title of Societies                  and Breed Councils and the Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities, be forwarded to the                      Kennel Club. The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform the Kennel Club of any changes of Honorary                         Secretary of the Society which may occur during the course of the year.



     15.      As a member club of the Rottweiler Breed Council, the Association will adopt the Judges Lists that are produced                   by the Council.

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