Societies and Clubs provide the main focus for competitors in
Working Trials, and are generally responsible for running trials
and for providing structured training. Working Trials spectators.
Many societies in the field are specialist Working Trials
societies, but a number are general canine societies. In either
case, Kennel Club registration offers many benefits, including:
- eligibility to hold licensed trials and other events
- access to Kennel Club information and services
- promotion and safeguarding of standards.
The Kennel Club also directs enquirers looking for a training
club to registered societies, and promotes licensed competitions
and trials held by registered societies. To protect
competitors, Kennel Club registered societies agree to abide by
Kennel Club Regulations and must be formed with a committee and
membership structure. Societies are required to submit an annual
return to the Kennel Club.
There are about 1,800 registered societies in the UK holding
nearly 3,000 shows and trials a year - a thriving community all
dedicated to the Kennel Club's primary objective: to promote in
every way the general improvement of dogs.
If you have any questions, please see the Frequently Asked
Questions below, or contact the Registered Societies department
through the Kennel Club website, or directly by email to Caroline
Hallett, Manager - Registered Societies. Caroline has many years
expertise and experience of dealing with clubs and societies and is
very happy to offer help and advice on club management.
Registering your Club or Society
If you are interested in registering your club with the Kennel
Club, an information pack on the Registration of Title with the
Kennel Club is available, which sets out the application process.
Please contact Clare Hitchcox either on 01296 318540 ext: 217 or by
Once societies become registered, new secretaries are issued with a
'Welcome Pack' which details the main requirements of societies in
terms of Kennel Club Regulations, society administration and event
management. Furthermore, a comprehensive manual or secretaries'
guide is available from the Publications Department full of tips
and advice for all club and society management teams.
Q. What are the the benefits of registering a club with
the Kennel Club?
A. The Kennel Club values its registered
societies and they have a vital role to play in helping as many
people understand the importance of the dog in society. Being
registered with the Kennel Club means that your club members will
have access to the very best standards in club management and show
administration as well as having access to a wealth of information
on every conceivable doggy matter, from genetic testing and health
schemes, to the full history of a breed. Only Kennel Club
registered societies can hold Kennel Club licnsed events which
attract tens of thousands of participants every year.
Q. Is Kennel Club Registration open to all?
A. The applicant society must have a
constitution based on the Kennel Club Regulations for societies and
is subject to approval by the Committee. On some occasions an
application may be turned down on the grounds that the particular
geographical area or breed is adequately served.
Q. How long does it take to process a Registration of
A. Usually 6-12 months depending on the type of
society. This because the application may need to be referred to
particular sub-committees which do not meet more than quarterly.
Also, applications are advertised in the Kennel Club Journal, which
requires a certain amount of lead in time.
Q. The Registered Society has appointed a new Club
secretary - should we notify the Kennel Club?
A. Yes - any changes of secretary must be
notified in writing to the Registered Societies Department on club
letterhead, so that the central database can be updated. Until
written confirmation is received, the update cannot take place.
Q. When are Annual Returns due?
A. 31 July
Q. When is Maintenance of Title fee due?
A. 1 January
Q. Is there an opportunity for secretaries of Registered
Societies to visit the Kennel Club?
A. The Canine Activities Department holds 'Meet the Staff' days
on a monthly basis, whereby society secretaries may visit the
department and speak to members of staff on any pertinent issues.
They may also visit the Library and Gallery by arrangement.
Additional information for Secretaries of Clubs and
for Secretaries of Clubs and Societies
Code of Practice
for Objections and Appeals