Why should responsible breeders join the Scheme?
Although many responsible dog breeders fulfil the scheme's
requirements, the KCABS ensures that the puppy buying public know
which breeders are declaring to follow good practice. Breeders and
the Kennel Club can work together to force irresponsible breeders,
or puppy farmers, out of business as they will no longer be able
trade on people's ignorance.
There are various accolades within the scheme, to reward those
more experienced breeders, who set exemplary standards to which
others can aspire. The Kennel Club already has some very high
profile breeders in the scheme, who are helping to lead the
Every single Kennel Club Assured Breeder will be inspected by
the Kennel Club, a UKAS accredited certification body, in order to
ensure that the scheme is recognised as the essential quality seal
for puppy breeding and buying. The change will mean that UKAS
accredited certification will be given to all breeders who have
passed an Assessment Visit since 1st January 2014 and will be
backdated for those breeders who have successfully passed an
inspection in 2013.
I breed my dogs infrequently, is the Scheme for me?
The majority of people who register their dogs with the Kennel
Club do not breed large numbers of litters. 75 per cent of people
who register litters with the Kennel Club breed only one litter per
year, or less. However, we need all breeders, large or small, to be
part of the scheme - even if you only ever sell one or two puppies
outside of your family in a lifetime. Irresponsible breeders and
puppy farmers may use the excuse that they breed infrequently and
so don't need the scheme - but if all of those people who are
genuinely in this position sign up then disingenuous breeders will
no longer be able to trade.
What experience is required to become an Assured Breeder?
Many Assured Breeders have a wealth of experience and will have
bred for many years, and we do require breeders to have bred at
least one litter prior to acceptance.
The "Experience Accolade" denotes those breeders who have bred
more than 5 litters. However, the scheme is open to any
breeder, regardless of experience, providing they subscribe to and
abide by good breeding practice and fulfil the health testing
Does the Kennel Club profit from the Scheme?
The Assured Breeder Scheme exists to improve the health and
welfare of dogs; it is certainly not a way for the Kennel Club to
make money. The money that the Kennel Club receives goes back into
the print, marketing and administration costs of running the
Further developments, such as the implementation of a network of
regional advisors and our call to make the standards of the scheme
mandatory for all breeders by law, means that the Kennel Club is
continually investing in developing the scheme further.
Assured Breeder Accolades - Breeders' Priorities
The Assured Breeder Accolades give buyers information about
where the breeders' priorities lie. For example, the 'Stud Book
Accolade' indicates that the breeder has enjoyed some show ring
success and is clearly breeding dogs that have a level of quality
that are typical of the breed.
Additionally, every Assured Breeder is required to complete a
'Statement of Experience' which is made available to people
requesting information. This provides an ideal opportunity to
inform the public about additional health tests that they carry out
and indeed any other information about themselves which is
Will there be improvement courses for Breeders?
We feel it is important to provide as much information about the
breeders as possible and this was why the experience accolade was
introduced, for those responsible dog breeders who have bred more
than 5 litters. However, the KCAB accolades are designed to reward
those breeders who are following exemplary standards.
The Kennel Club currently holds a Breeder Symposium each year,
which provide an excellent educational forum and which is open to
all breeders. Further details on the 2012 Breeder Symposium will be
available later in 2012.
What is UKAS?
UKAS is the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, and is the
sole national Accreditation Body recognised by government to assess
against internationally agreed standards. Accreditation by UKAS
demonstrates that the Kennel Club has been assessed against
internationally recognised standards to demonstrate its competence,
impartiality and performance capability.
What does UKAS accreditation mean?
The Kennel Club is recognised by the United Kingdom
Accreditation Service (UKAS) as a certification and inspection body
and, as such, is able to issue UKAS accredited certificates to
members of its Assured Breeder Scheme. It is a level of quality
assurance which means that the Kennel Club is checked and audited
by UKAS in a similar way to the way that breeders are checked
during a visit by the Kennel Club, to ensure that the rules of the
scheme are followed. This gives confidence to puppy buyers that ABS
members are part of a robustly run scheme where breeders are
monitored to ensure that they adopt the good practice set out. As
such puppy buyers will have the best possible chance of buying a
well reared and healthy puppy.
What happens after membership has been accepted?
Once accepted for membership, Assured Breeders may use the
scheme literature and, if they use the Find a Puppy service, their
litters will be highlighted to show that an Assured Breeder has
posted them. Listings on the Find a Puppy Service are free of
charge for Assured Breeders. Additionally, Assured Breeders who
register more than four litters per year will still have access to
the Kennel Club Find a Puppy service. Assured Breeders will also
have prioritised access to supplementary information and advice
from the Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services Department.
What should the Puppy Sales Wallets contain?
Assured Breeders must use a Puppy Sales Wallet for each puppy
going to a new owner. The Puppy Sales Wallet is designed to contain
- Assured Breeder's contact details
- Breed Club contact details
- A copy of the contract of sale and written explanation of any
- A new owner questionnaire
- Written advice on socialisation, training, feeding, exercise,
worming regime, immunisation measures as well as copies of any
health or other relevant certificates.
So how much will I have to pay?
The annual direct debit payment scheme costs £45, rising to £60
during 2016 (the annual fee will then be capped at £60). New
applicants to the Scheme will initially pay £65 which is made up of
a £20 joining fee and £45 annual fee.