Veterinary health checks


The Kennel Club has prepared advice and guidance for show organisers, judges, exhibitors and vets on all issues surrounding Category Three Breeds and vet health checks, which can be found in the Downloads section on the right hand side of the page.

Best of Breed Winners

Best of Breed Winners of Category Three Breeds at General and Group Championship Shows must pass a Veterinary Health Check with the Show Society Veterinary Surgeon before they can enter the group competition.

This regulation applies to the following breeds; Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Pug, Shar-Pei, St. Bernard.

Champion Titles

The Category Three Breeds must also undergo a Veterinary Health Check before their Champion title is confirmed. Exhibitors are advised to contact the Show Society Secretary of the General or Group Championship Show they wish to attend in advance to ensure the Secretary is aware that you intend to have a Champion title check.  

For further information on the veterinary health checks, or to see how they are carried out, why not view the video below.  Alternatively if you have any further questions, please contact Charlotte McNamara.

Version suitable for printing
Veterinary Surgeon Information
Veterinary Health Checks for Category Three Breeds Show Society Information
Veterinary Health Checks for Breeds listed On Breed Watch as Category Three - Exhibitor Information

Copyright © The Kennel Club Limited 2016. The unauthorised reproduction of text and images is strictly prohibited.