Some information about
the Union Européenne du Berger de Brie (UEBB)
By the end
of the eighties a European union of Briard clubs was already being
discussed. However, at that time an agreement for its organisation
and functions could not be achieved.
In 1995 at
Maria-Schmolln in Austria, some presidents of European Briard clubs
gathered and agreed to found an association with the following
- Appoint a
commission for breeding and health
in order to collect information and to build data bases concerning
inheritable diseases and anomalies, with the aim of their efficient
control. It shall also suggest unified recommendations for breeders
from existing and traditional material in order to better advise
them and to steer them toward more careful selection to achieve
higher quality, rather than intensive production.
- Appoint a commission for character and
to work out tests for the judgement of character and behaviour
in view of the peculiarity of our breed as a common valuation
criteria throughout Europe. It shall choose specific work disciplines
for Briards in order to preserve the inherited characteristics
and properties of our breed. It shall also promote and organize
meetings and tests for these disciplines.
- Appoint a
commission for judges.
It shall work out rules and guidelines for a common interpretation
of the standard for the Briard in order to achieve as much as
possible uniform judgements at shows. It shall also organize
seminars for judges to make them familiar with the elaborated
guidelines. In order to promote uniform judgements, the organizers
of shows shall only invite judges who are ready to adopt the
instructions of this commission.
are composed of 5 or 6 adequate specialists, delegated by the
members of the UEBB. Larger commissions will become too unwieldy
for elaborating decisions and furthermore too expensive. There
are links between the commissions in order to keep each informed
of their workings.
It is well
known that breeders set their breeding goals according to their
successes at shows, based on the features judges seem to select
for. It is therefore hoped that more uniform judging will bring
about more homogeneity of the appearance of the Briard.
teething troubles, the machine is in operation and functions smoothly.
The commissions are operating and they have already had their
first meetings. The results are very promising and are showing
the importance of this organisation, for the welfare of a healthy
and assertive family- and utility-dog, with the typical distinctive
traits of the breed. We do hope, that all European breeders will
understand, that they can profit from the UEBB and that they can
improve their breeding lines, if they are on the other hand ready
to supply the commissions with the necessary information to feed
its data bases and statistics.
the UEBB have the following members:
Belgium, Germany with BCD and CfH, England, France, Holland, Italy,
Luxembourg, Switzerland, Slovakia and Spain. Though the organisation's
name is UEBB, all Briadclubs world-wide are invited to participate.
The president of the UEBB