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The intentions of the Animal Improvement Act (AIA), hereafter referred to as the Act, are ‘To provide for the breeding, identification and utilisation of genetically superior animals in order to improve the production and performance of animals in the interest of the Republic; and to provide for matters connected therewith.’ It allows for the registration of only one breeders’ society per breed. As legally registered custodian of the Boerboel breed, SABBS is responsible for the standards that manage identification, recording, evaluation and improvement of the breed.