It had long been possible for Breed Clubs or Breed Councils to request special protection
for any affix which they considered of paramount importance to their breed’s history
or development, but in 1986 this arrangement was greatly simplified, allowing any
Breed Club or Breed Council to protect those Affixes, where Kennel Club protection
had lapsed for whatever reason, which they considered of such importance to their
breed’s history and development that they should never appear on current dogs of
that or any other breed.
Many of the original Rough Collies affixes remain protected, frequently maintained,
although not necessarily used, by members of the original owners’ family. Where,
for whatever reason, this is not possible and an affix has been considered of significant
importance either the Rough Collie Breed Council, or the Breed Club most closely
associated with the original owner now provides this protection.
Occasionally full protection can not be undertaken, in such cases special arrangements
can frequently be negotiated whereby the Kennel Club refuse to allow current owners
to use the kennel name on a Rough Collie.
By the 1980s new applications for Affixes were increasing rapidly and the list of
protected word growing at an alarming rate, making the choice of new affixes and
the naming of dogs difficult. It was these two factors which prompted the Kennel
Club to first try curbing the number of new Affix application, which only increased
the problem of naming puppies, and then to overhaul the whole Affix registration
system. From the beginning of 1986 the compounding of an affix was suspended in favour
of annual maintenance, and although existing compounding arrangements would be honoured
they would no longer be eligible for renewal once current contracts expired.
So popular was this new service, approximately 400 were included in the first list
of Prefixes and Affixes published in the Stud Book of 1895, that the service was
amended to allow for lifetime compounding during the early years of the twentieth
century. This curtailed to 15 year some 70 years later, and between these two events
it also became a condition of acceptance that Affixes, as they were now referred
to, should be a made up word rather than a dictionary word or proper noun, which
explains why modern kennel names are invariably some form of anagram.
Affixes or Kennel Names as the Kennel Club now prefer to style them, have been an
integral part of naming dogs since the mid 1880s when the practice of adding roman
numerals to simple names made the addition of the owner’s Identity a practical alternative.
In the early days Kennel Names would frequently refer to a location, whether town,
village, district or estate with which the kennel’s owner was associated. By the
mid 1890s the Kennel Club were offering to protect these words in perpetuity, reserving
their use to those who were prepared to pay the necessary fees.