As the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health,
welfare and training, the Kennel Club heavily invests both
financial and organisational resources in welfare campaigns, health
screening schemes, dog training and education.
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) is the only scheme
in the UK that monitors breeders in order to protect the welfare of
puppies and breeding bitches. The Kennel Club has recently received
formal accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service
(UKAS) to certify dog breeders under the Assured Breeder
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust helps fund research into
diseases affecting dogs, as well as helping dog welfare
organisations and promoting support dogs.
The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust
(AHT), funded through the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, is at the
forefront of pioneering research into dog health. Additionally, the
Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT contributes to the AHT's
well-established cancer research programme, helping to further
improve dog health.
The Kennel Club runs several clinical health screening schemes
in conjunction with the British Veterinary Association which aim to
detect the presence of hip and elbow dysplasia and eye diseases and
thereby help breeders choose breeding stock that are free of
disease. The Kennel Club also runs a large number of DNA screening
schemes across many breeds.
Health screening results of KC registered dogs that are screened
under any of the official BVA/KC schemes or any of the official DNA
testing schemes are recorded and published on the Kennel Club's
Health Test Results Finder on its website.
The Health Test Results Finder is part of the Kennel Club's Mate
Select service online, which allows breeders to calculate
inbreeding data and estimated breeding values which will help with
making better breeding choices based on science.
In addition, the Kennel Club continuously reviews the breed
standards for each of the 216 recognised pedigree dog breeds and
has introduced veterinary checks at championship dog shows for some
breeds deemed to require monitoring for visible conditions which
may cause health or welfare concerns.