Thank you for the thoughtful comments and continued attention to the topic of a breed split. In case you missed the first four installments, here are links to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4. To conclude the series, Part 5 will outline the stance of the CEB-US and what this means to EB owners.
NO CHANGE FOR THE BETTER
The CEB-US is resolute in advocating for the Epagneul Breton to maintain its current status within the American Brittany Club and retain independent recognition from the United Kennel Club. Rooted in our mission, the CEB-US is dedicated to promoting and safeguarding the EB, steadfastly adhering to the standards established by the French. The optimal strategy for preserving the breed standard and upholding the cherished upland tradition is to keep the EB under the ABC umbrella, with the UKC serving as the trusted custodian of the EB breed registry.
What does this mean for you? Whether your aspiration is to own a field champion or you just want to relish the companionship of a furry friend, the century-old French tradition defines the essence of the EB. A breed split, in contrast, would introduce unnecessary disruptions, diverting the breed's focus and straining the limited resources devoted to preserving its heritage.
The CEB-US passionately supports all Epagneul Bretons and takes pride in celebrating their achievements. While we utilize the UKC as the platform to confirm our dogs and assess them against the French standard, we rejoice in the successes of the Epagneul Breton across various trialing and testing venues. Firmly opposing a breed split under the American Brittany Club, the CEB-US eagerly anticipates standing shoulder to shoulder with the ABC to promote and cheer on the Epagneul Breton
What's on the horizon for the Epagneul Breton? The CEB-US remains dedicated to ensuring the breed's future integrity, envisioning these dynamic bird dogs to remain recognizable even to someone from 1900 France witnessing a modern-day EB hunt the uplands. Grounded in focused standards of form and function, standing alongside the American Brittany Club with a unified voice, the breed is poised to honor its French history while embracing the challenges and opportunities of the future.
Your participation matters! If you wish to contribute to the conversation, the most impactful way is to share the message about the tradition and promising future of the Epagneul Breton. A broad understanding of the breed's history and standard expectations strengthens our collective voice, making it more credible and united.
The CEB-US, alongside regional clubs and members, sent letters of support to maintain the status quo and opposing the breed split at the ABC. The CEB-US Board, along with influential EB owners, is actively working behind the scenes to promote and safeguard the breed. If you have questions or seek a more hands-on involvement, feel free to reach out to the CEB-US via email.
We realize this is a condensed version of a much larger and very important topic. While we aim to educate our members and Epagneul Breton enthusiasts of the basic fundamentals of the variables affecting the breed, a digital newsletter is limited as a medium for delivering detailed information. For more information or to join the conversation, please reach out to the CEB-US.