The Kennel Club is responsible for the approval of Championship
Show Judges, of which there are in excess of 10,000 approved in the
The Judges Sub-Committee (JSC) processes some 300 appointments
for judges every six weeks to award Challenge Certificates (CCs) at
championship Shows. The Kennel Club holds a database of
judges who have been previously approved for the breed(s) listed.
Each and every appointment for a judge to award Challenge
Certificates is subject to Kennel Club approval therefore, each
judging appointment is for one occasion only. To find a judge by
name or by breed use the Find a
Judge Tool here.
Each first time CC appointment is subject to an evaluation, the
results of which are also considered by the JSC, as are
applications for inclusion on a breed club's A2 judges list.
As part of a determined drive to improve quality and standards
in all dog activities the Kennel Club has now developed a
Code of Best Practice for Judges which can be downloaded here.
The Kennel Club liaises with overseas Kennel Clubs with regard
to the eligibility of UK judges to judge abroad and in considering
overseas judges' nominations to judge to CC level in Britain.
For those clubs wishing to invite a judge from outside the UK a
Best Practice Document has been produced which covers judging
contracts, appropriate briefing of the judge, what documents should
be sent to the judge in advance and other advice. It can be