We are the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health,
welfare and training. Our objective is to ensure that dogs live
healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
- We run the UK's largest registration databasefor both pedigree
and crossbreed dogs (through our activity and companion dog
- We run the Petlog database, which is the UK's biggest
reunification service formicrochipped animals.
- We are accredited by UKAS to certify members of the Kennel Club
Assured Breeder Scheme, which is the only scheme in the UK that
monitors breeders in order to protect the welfare of puppies and
- We run the UK's largest dog training programme, the Good
Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licence shows and clubs providing a
wide range of activities.
- We help people to enjoy fun sports and activities with their
dogs. We run theworld's largest dog event, Cruftssince 1891, and
license more than 4,500 other dog shows and events each year. We
also run the International Agility Festival, the world's largest
dog agility event.
- We are committed to providing education and advice to puppy
buyers to ensure that they buy the right breed for their lifestyle,
from a responsible breeder. The Discover Dogs event in London,
which is a fun family day covering all aspects of dog care, helps
people to understand how to buy a dog responsibly.
- The Kennel Club Charitable Trustsupportsresearch into dog
diseases and supports dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club
Breed Rescue organisations which re-home dogs and assistance dog
- We jointly run health screening schemeswith the British
Veterinary Association and, through The Kennel Club Charitable
Trust, fund The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health
Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog
- Our Kennel Club Cancer Centreat the Animal Health Trust will
contribute to the AHT's well-established cancer research programme,
helping to further improve dog health.
If you wish to know more about us, please download our Annual
Report and Dog Health Report which contains information about our
works to help dogs and improve their chances of living long,
healthy lives with responsible owners.
Objects of the Kennel Club (an extract from the Kennel Club
Year Book 2013/2014)
3.1 The objects for which the Kennel Club is established
3.1.1 To promote in every way the general improvement of
3.1.2 Without derogating from the generality of Article 3.1.1,
the pursuit or carrying out of the following activities:
a) The classification of breeds and their
b) The registration of dogs, transfers of
ownership, production of pedigree certificates etc.;
c) The compilation and maintenance of registers of
relevant associations, clubs, societies and other organisations
(Societies) including registers of:
(i) Breed Societies;
(ii) General Canine
(iii) Dog Training Societies;
(iv) Field Trial Societies;
(v) Working Trial Societies;
(vi) any other Societies,
recognised as furthering the knowledge and understanding of dogs
and their competition.
d) The licensing of shows, trials and other
e) The award of challenge cups;
f) The award of challenge, champion and other
certificates and the approval of judges who award them;
g) The publication of an annual stud book
containing (inter alia) a record of championship shows, field
trials, working trials and obedience tests;
h) The publication of a gazette and journal;
i) The making and giving effect to reciprocal
agreements with ruling canine authorities in other countries;
j) The formation and regulation of Councils to
consult on subjects on which such Councils shall be considered to
have special knowledge;
k) The election of Associates of the Kennel Club,
l) The maintenance of a junior organisation to
foster in young people the knowledge of dogs and their welfare and
acceptable standards of personal behaviour.