Citara, An American Alsatian

This guide has been prepared as an aid to assist your group in forming your club.

Clubs will prepare their own Constitution and By-laws and submit them to National American Alsatian Club for approval. Member clubs must receive approval for their bylaws, and any amendments, before they can become effective.

To submit your clubs bylaws, ethics, constitution and event rules and standards, send two copies with original signatures to the NAAC for approval along with a one time $25.00 processing fee.

NAAC will sanction clubs, their events and shows, established by serious and dedicated dog owners, throughout the United States. Interested people will form their clubs, vote on officers, write their by-laws set their own standards, show, and judging criteria and submit them to the NAAC for approval. Clubs may be Companion Dog Club, Service Dog Club etc. or a combination. Events can be held for conformation, obedience trials, tracking tests etc.

To be sanctioned a club must include the following as part of its charter or by-laws.

Each club is an independent organization that will operate under the lawful regulations of the state and jurisdiction they are in. No club or club member shall represent in any way that they are officials of, or part of the governing board, or official representatives, or are acting on the behalf or set policies of the NAAC.

This club will hold harmless the NAAC, its officers and representatives from any action arising out of the clubs operation, events functions and financial activities.

All dogs of club members and dogs entered in club events must be registered with the NAAC. Dogs earning points, titles, and awards at sanctioned club events will have said points, titles, and awards added to their NASC registration records and will be accrued toward NAAC titles.

All events will be open to NAAC registered dogs meeting the local clubs event criteria whether or not they are a member of the local club so long as they are in good standing with the local club and the NAAC. Examples (A Companion dog club in California must allow the entry of a dog from New York into an event held by the California club. A Search and Rescue club in California must allow the entry of a registered Alsatian Shepalute from New York into an event held by the California club)

Any sanctioned club knowingly permitting, sanctioning, selling, leasing, vending, donating any dog for the purpose of or being involved in any way directly or indirectly with the fighting of any dogs as an event, pastime, hobby vocation or the use of any animal in the training of a dog for fighting will immediately lose its sanctioned status and be subject to any additional penalties, fines and actions that the NAAC sees fit to asses. In addition all members of the club participating in such actions will be expelled from the NAAC and their dogs registration and all litter registrations will be permanently canceled and no fees will be returned. Such members will also be subject to any additional penalties, fines and actions that the NAAC sees fit to asses.

In the event that the NAAC finds it necessary to amend its rules, regulations or requirements for club sanctioning the local club will adopt such changes.

Naming a Club: The club can be named after a town, or can be a number, or after a famous person, or after a animal. The name must be approved by the club membership, passed and filed with the NAAC board.