The Dobermann was bred to protect us, now we must protect the Dobermann.

The United Kingdom Dobermann Association (UKDA) is an independent club in the UK for the promotion and protection of the Dobermann and member country of the (IDC) The International Dobermann Club along with about 36 other member countries, giving the UK a voice on the world stage!
The club was formed to unite breeders, owners, enthusiasts and all those with the breed’s best interest at heart and to promote a form of ‘fit for breeding test’ in the UK.
We have a love and a passion for our breed and we will work alongside other organisations, enthusiasts, breeders, professionals and the general public, to reduce rescue, irresponsible breeders, educate owners and the number of dogs that are being needlessly destroyed in order to protect and promote the Dobermann in the UK!


The UKDA was started on the 27th June 2008 at the inaugral meeting held at Chancepixies with 24 founder members:

  • Keith Allison- Newcastle
  • Irene Allison - Newcastle
  • David Anderson - Dover
  • Heidi Anderson - Dover
  • Harry Blackman - Middlesex
  • Brian and Christine Crittall - Lincolnshire
  • Tina Chapman - Folkestone
  • Sandra Clam - Folkestone
  • Christian Dufresnoy - Stoke-on-Trent
  • Des Connolly - Dover
  • Phillipa Engels - Deal
  • Georgina Engels - Deal
  • Lucy Evernden - Dover
  • Jean Frost - Stoke-on-Trent
  • Bassem Fayez - Folkestone
  • Marc Harvey - Middelsex
  • Dean Hill - Dover
  • Kirsty Hillen-Clarke - Hythe
  • Darren Joy - Surrey
  • Michelle & Steven Talbot - Isle of Man
  • Michael Thomsett - Deal
  • Margaret Welsh - North-East
  • Anthony Wilson - Folkestone

United Kingdom Dobermann Association
Held on Friday 27th June 2008

The Inaugural Meeting of the above Assocation was held on the 27th June 2008 at The Pines, Gravel Lane, West Hougham, Dover.

Those present were: David Anderson, Margaret Welsh, Michelle Talbot, Steven Talbot, Bassem Fayez, Dean Hill. Anthony Wilson, Georgina Engels, Kirsty Hillen-Clarke, Michael Thomsett, Des Connolly, Sandra Clam, Tina Chapman, Lucy Evernden, Darren Joy, Phillipa Engels, Heidi Anderson, Harry Blackman, Brian and Christine Crittall:
Apologies were received and noted from: Keith and Irene Allison, Marc Harvey, Nigel Morgan, Sue Leake, Jean Frost and Christian Dufresnoy. Mr & Mrs Allison and Mr Harvey had indicated their willingness to stand for committee.

Mr Anderson opened the meeting at 7pm and welcomed everyone. He then gave a brief account of the purpose of the meeting – the Welfare and future of the Dobermann - A statement was handed around the meeting indicating the aims and objects and vision for the future.
Copy attached to these minutes.

Mr Anderson then introduced Mrs Welsh who had agreed to take the mintues and offer advice and assistance where and when necessary. Mrs Welsh informed the meeting of her involvement with the Dobermann over the years and her experience as a Secretary, of a member Club of the Dobermann Breed Council.

Mrs Welsh then went through her proposals of how the first meeting should be conducted.
First item discussed was a name for the club. Several suggestions were made from the floor and after much discussion and a reminder that the name should not be similar in anyway to already formed Dobermann Clubs in the UK. A shortlist was made of (a0 U.K. Association of Dobermanns (b) U.K. Dobermann Association The UK Dobermann Assocation. It was proposed by Mr D Connolly and seconded by Kirsty Hillen-Clarke that UKDA should be adopted. A vote was taken which was unanimous.
The Consititution and Rules of the Association were discussed and voted upon. Separate list attached.
The Secretary asked the floor to nominate founder members who would wish to serve on the committee in the future. It was agreed that a small committee would be formed at the present time and the following were accepted by all present: President, Mr D Anderson, Chairman Mr M. Harvey, Secretary Mrs M.R. Welsh, Treasurer Ms. Sandra Clam and Membership Secretary Mrs H Anderson. With committee members of Keith and Irene Allison. The above would remain in office until the first AGM .
It was proposed by Mrs Welsh and agreed that Mr Anderson should continue with the assistance of everyone to work towards working alongside the Dobermann Breed Council to ensure the strength and purpose of the Association..
Mr Anderson gave a vote of thanks to everyone and closed the meeting by inviting everyone to join him and his wife for refreshments before making their journey home.

Date, time and venue of next meeting – to be arranged by Chairman and Secretary.

The meeting closed at 8.30pm.


The UKDA was unanimously accepted into the IDC at the Congress in Sweden on the 29th June 2008, represented by President David Anderson.

                                 UKDA Rules & Constitution



  1. NAME AND OBJECTS. The Club shall be called the United Kingdom Dobermann Association (hereinafter called the Association) and its aims, objects and vision shall be to unite and improve the Dobermann, in all aspects; to implement a fit for breeding test in the United Kingdom; to ultimately reduce the large number of dobermanns being needlessly destroyed or in rescue, through education and responsible breeding and ownership., and bearing in mind that the Dobermann is a working dog, to foster and promote the interests, welfare and good name of the breed. The Association shall not be classed as a trading business and the profits of the Association from all sources shall be devoted to the furtherance of the aims, objects and vision of the Association.
  2. MEMBERS. The Association shall consist of an unlimited number of Members, all of whose names and address shall be entered in a register kept by the Membership Secretary.

Application for membership shall be made to the Committee through the Membership Secretary on official Association forms obtainable from the Membership Secretary or through the website. The form shall be completed by the applicant and submitted through the Membership Secretary together with the appropriate current subscription. Each application shall be considered by the Committee who shall have the right to refuse it without disclosing their reasons. No applicant shall enjoy any privilege of membership until this application has been accepted by the Committee except at the Inaugural Meeting.

  1. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE. The Committee shall consist of a President, a Chairman, a Honorary Secretary, a Honorary Treasurer and a Committee of up to 11 members.
  2. COMMITTEE. The management of the Association shall be in the hands of the Officers and Committee and any available positions can be voted for by paid up members.
  3. The Association may elect a President a person within the Dobermann breed if the postion becomes available, The Chairman shall be elected annually from the floor. Both with voting rights.

There shall be a Committee of up to 11 elected members and a Honorary Secretary and an Honorary Treasurer both of whom shall be ex-officio members of the Committee all with voting rights. The Committee shall, each year at its first meeting after the Annual General Meeting elect from among its members a Vice Chairman and a Membership Secretary if these positions become available.

Meeting of the Committee shall be held as often as deemed necessary by the Chairman or Secretary, or by the majority of the Committee.

For the transaction of business at the Committee Meeting a quorum shall be 50%of whom at least 5 shall be elected Committee Members.

Except in an emergency at least 21 clear days notice of a meeting shall be given to all Committee Members stating the place, the date and time.

Any acting Officer or Committee Member whom without reasonable cause, fails to attend three consecutive meetings may be suspended from the Committee.

Any acting Officer or Committee Member of the Society who resigns from the Society for any other reason than ill health will not be permitted to stand for re-election to the committee for a period of two calendar years following resignation.

  1. POWERS OF COMMITTEE. The Committee shall have the power to call meetings to arbitrate in matters of dispute within the Association, to deal at its absolute discretion with the funds and property of the Association and to settle any question or matter not at present provided for in these Rules. Any decision taken under this Rule shall remain operative until the following Annual General Meeting.
  2. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS. Annual subscriptions shall become payable on 1st January in each year and until further notice shall be – Joint (two members living at same address)£35..00 Single Membership £20.00 .Membership is restricted to persons over the age of 18 years.
  3. ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE. Officers and Committee members shall if they wish to stand for re-election so notify the Secretary at least 28 days prior to the subsequent Annual General Meeting. New nominations which must be proposed and seconded by a fully paid up member on the appropriate form shall reach the Secretary at least 28 clear days before the subsequent Annual General Meeting. Only paid up members may be elected to any office of to the Committee. No member shall be permitted to stand for any election to the Association office or to nominate another member until six calendar months have expired since his/her application to join the Association was accepted by the Committee. In the event of insufficient nominations to the Committee being received the requisite additional names shall be nominated from the floor at the Annual General Meeting and elected by a simple majority except at the Inaugural Meeting
  4. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS. An Annual General Meeting shall be held in conjunction with the IDC congress depending on dates of this congress.

    • To Pass the Minutes of the previous General Meeting(s)
    • To receive reports from the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
    • To receive the Annual Accounts.
    • To elect Officers, and Committee .
    • To appoint auditors, of whom there shall be two unless one is professional qualified when he alone will suffice.
    • To discuss items previously submitted to the Agenda.

At an Annual General Meeting, only business appearing on the published Agenda may be dealt with.

All items for the Agenda must be received in writing to the Secretary at least 28 clear days before the meeting.

  1. MINUTES OF MEETINGS. The Minutes of all Association meetings shall be prepared by the Secretary for agreement by the Chairman.
  2. AMENDMENT TO RULES The Rules of the Association may not be altered except at an Annual General Meeting.
  3. ASSOCIATION ACCOUNTS. The Association financial year shall run from lst January to 31st December in any year. A Bank Account shall be opened in the name of the Association to which all income shall be credited. Withdrawals shall be made by of two, Treasurer, Secretary, Chairman or President.

All reasonable expenses incurred by the Secretary or Treasurer or any other member of the Association so authorized by the Committee shall be reimbursed from the Association Funds as soon as possible.

The books of account shall be kept by the Treasurer who shall prepare the annual accounts for certification by the Auditors.

  1. WINDING UP In the event of the Association ceasing to exist for any reason a meeting of the committee shall be called to decide upon the disposal of any assets remaining after all the Association liabilities have been discharged
  2. FEDERATION OF CLUBS The Association is a member of the IDC.
  3. ASSOCIATION AUTHORITY. The Association is the final authority interpreting the Rules and Constitution of the Association and in all cases relating to Dobermanns and Association matters.
  4. The Association will make a list of members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by the members of the Association.
  5. The UKDA and its members will promote positive training methods above all others and any member promoting punitive methods by way of ecollar training will be liable to have their membership revoked while we understand it is a training tool it must not be promoted for every training situation ie recall or the socialization of dogs and with the current ban on ecollars in other parts of the UK and current debate in the UK we envisage a ban on these type of devices for the whole of the UK even if they are not banned we will not promote such training methods, any applicant or current member must not promote or sell electric training devices on their website or social media pages as we do not  promote this type of training any person found doing so may have their application refused and any current member may be suspended and random visits are made to our training clubs to ensure compliance, in recent years whole competing teams have been disqualified from major events due to e collar use and the latest news is Holland is introducing a ban on electric training devices
  6. Any member who shall be suspended by the UKDA, shall ipso facto cease to be a member of the UKDA
  7. We will work with organizations that have the breeds best interest as their core values.
  8. With the rise in social media we expect all our members to conduct themselves in a manner that does not harm our breed our organisation or bring our breeds organisations IDC/FCI or other UKDA members into disrepute in anyway.

JUNE 2008.

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