NAMING CONVENTIONS
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"V" Names for year 2004
"U" Names for year 2003
"T" names for year 2002
"S" names for year 2001
"R" names for year 2000

Please note there is no compulsory naming convention required by our association. However, we do encourage the continuation of European traditions relevant to the epagneul breton, and you will therefore see many dogs named in the manner utilized in France.  In America, it is the usual custom to place the kennel name first followed by the dog's registered name. There are, of course, many less formal means used also.  However, in France the manner used is to place the dog's formal name first followed by the kennel name, such as Poker des Pigenettes. The kennel name affixed will be the name of the breeder's (the owner of the dam) kennel.

In France there is a requirement that all dogs born within that year must be named with the letter of the alphabet that corresponds to that year.  For instance, in the year 2002 all dogs born will be required to be registered with a name beginning with the letter T.   In 2001 it was the letter S, 2000 it was R, etc. In this fashion you can tell by looking at the registered name of the dog 1. what year it was born and 2. what kennel it came from. The system is set up to go through the alphabet, skipping the letters k,q,w,x,y and z, and beginning over with A every twenty years.

Many breeders will utilize their perogative to give a registered name to each pup born in litters they produce, thereby assuring the consistency and continuity of correct naming conventions. By utilizing this procedure, and that of utilizing the letter of the year, anyone can easily recognize by the dog's name the year in which it was born and the kennel that produced it.

Registered names are traditionally much more formal names than most people end up calling their dogs, thus the term "call name". The call name, or a nick-name, does not have to be in any way related to the registered name.  Common courtesy and respect for a breeder's kennel name being restricted to dogs that are actually produced by that kennel requires that we, in the United States, demure from the transgression of "borrowing" someone's kennel name to attach to our dog's registered name. Kennel names are registered and protected by the FCI in Europe and no one is allowed to utilize another's kennel name. Though the AKC does not police such naming practices here in the U.S., we encourage anyone who is naming a french brittany (if your breeder did not already choose a registered name for it) to honor this practice voluntarily. We would also like to encourage you to cooperate with your breeder if they have a policy of naming all the pups they produce. 

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