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About the Kennel Club


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.

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 2016/2017)

3. Objects

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 activities:

   a) The classification of breeds and their registration;

   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 Societies;

      (iii) Dog Training Societies;

      (iv) Field Trial Societies;

      (v) Working Trial Societies; and

      (vi) any other Societies, recognised as furthering the knowledge and understanding of dogs and their competition.

   d) The licensing of shows, trials and other activities;

   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, and;

   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.