The Kennel Club has launched a new film to show breeders what to
expect from a Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme visit.
The film shows two of the Kennel Club's Regional Breeder
Assessors visiting two different breeders, and explores the various
stages that take place during an assessment visit and what the
Regional Breeder Assessor is looking for.
Assessment visits are required for all Assured Breeder Scheme
members, including new applicants who must be visited before they
are accepted as members. Existing members who have not already had
a visit under the new UKAS rules require a visit before they can
register a litter of puppies, and members are thereafter visited at
least once every three years.
Bill Lambert, Manager of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme,
said: "Breeders who are new to the scheme can sometimes be
apprehensive about the visits and what they will entail and we
"This film takes the mystery out of the process, which is simply
designed to ensure that the standards set out by the scheme are
met, and to help breeders identify if any improvements can be made.
We support breeders throughout the process, and the vast majority
of visits are entirely successful and require just simple changes,
which we talk through during the visit.
"The film shows how our assessors explain the format of the
visit to the breeder and the paperwork that they will go through,
in addition to what they will be looking for when they visit the
breeder's facilities. The film also explains how the assessments
close, when the assessor will feedback their findings and
"This film shows exactly what both new applicants and existing
scheme members awaiting a visit should expect. The visits are
friendly and the assessors are all carefully selected and trained
to a high standard, each undergoing a training course, so breeders
should be at ease and expect consistency, professionalism, support,
knowledge and a friendly demeanour from their assessor."
The film features two Assured Breeders, each with different
circumstances and facilities and demonstrates how the scheme is
open to all responsible breeders, regardless of the numbers of dogs
that they choose to breed.
Pat Taylor, an Assured Breeder of Golden Retrievers, who
features in the film, said: "I am glad to be part of a film that
shows behind the scenes on an Assured Breeder Scheme visit and
exactly how it is conducted. I enjoyed the visit process and found
my assessor to be friendly and knowledgeable and this film should
help other breeders know what to expect on a visit. I hope it will
encourage more breeders to join the scheme and help to enhance the
scheme as it goes forward."
Mr Lambert continued: "The process recognises that breeders
choose to breed on different scales and have a wide range of
different circumstances; the vast majority breed dogs as a hobby
and not as a business. We understand that the facilities will
be different for each and we build this into the process.
"We understand that every breeder is different but there are a
set of standards that everybody must comply with, in order to
ensure that the high standards our scheme members want to be
associated with, are upheld. But ultimately, it is the outcome for
the dogs and puppies that we focus on, rather than the method that
the breeder chooses to get there."
The film is available to view at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/visitingassuredbreeders
For queries contact the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme team
on 020 7518 1015 or firstname.lastname@example.org.