Below is a summary of relevant Kennel Club Regulations, Breed
Standard clauses and declarations relevant to Canine Health and
1. Regulation F.9 (2007)
In assessing dogs, judges must penalise any features or
exaggerations which they consider would be detrimental to the
soundness, health or well being of the dog.
All dogs must be able to see, breathe, walk and be free from pain,
irritation or discomfort.
2. Regulation F(1)21n. Judges and Judging (January 2009)
Judges may exclude any dog from the ring if it is considered not
in a fit state for exhibition owing to savage disposition or
suffering from any visible condition which adversely affects its
health or welfare and the exclusion must be reported immediately
by the judge/steward to the Show Secretary. The judge's
decision is final and the dog shall be excluded from all subsequent
competition at the Show. The judge must make a report to the Show
Secretary at the first opportunity after the Show.
3. Regulation F(1)15b. Exclusion of Dogs (January 2009)
If the show executive receives a report from a show official or
Kennel Club official of an apparently visibly unhealthy and/or
unsound dog, the dog will be referred to the show veterinary
surgeon and if the allegation is upheld the dog will be excluded
from subsequent competition at the show. For example if the dog in
question had been awarded Best of Breed, it would be excluded from
the Group competition.
4. Regulation F(1) 22e. (For High Profile Breeds)
When requested to do so, judges must submit a completed breed
health monitoring report form and a copy of their critique to the
Kennel Club within 21 days of the close of the show.
5. Judge's Declaration on Challenge Certificate (June
Having assessed the dogs and penalised any features or
exaggerations which I consider detrimental to their soundness,
health or welfare, I am clearly of the opinion that ... is of such
outstanding merit as to be worthy of the title of Champion
6. Introductory Paragraph to All Breed Standards (January
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal
characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures
that the breed is fit for function. Breeders and judges should at
all times be careful to avoid obvious conditions or exaggerations
which would be detrimental in any way to the health, welfare or
soundness of this breed. From time to time certain conditions or
exaggerations may be considered to have the potential to affect
dogs in some breeds adversely, and judges and breeders are
requested to refer to the Kennel Club website for details of any
such current issues. If a feature or quality is desirable it should
only be present in the right measure.
7. Universal Fault Clause in Every Breed Standard
... the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded
should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the
health and welfare of the dog.
8. Withholding of awards
You may withhold awards if in your opinion an exhibit lacks
sufficient merit. Remember; if you withhold third in a class, you
must withhold all subsequent awards in that class.