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 database
for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs (through our activity and
companion dog registers).
- We run the Petlog database, which is the UK's
biggest reunification service for microchipped
- 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 the world's largest dog event, Crufts
since 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 Trust supports
research into dog diseases and supports dog welfare
charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue
organisations which re-home dogs and assistance dog charities.
- We jointly run health screening schemes with
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 health.
- Our Kennel Club Cancer Centre at 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 (Objects) are:
3.1.1 To promote in every way the general
improvement of dogs;
3.1.2 Without derogating from the generality of
Article 3.1.1, the pursuit or carrying out of the following
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.