Kennel Club regulations relevant to Canine Health & Welfare


Below is a summary of relevant Kennel Club Regulations, Breed Standard clauses and declarations relevant to Canine Health and Welfare:

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 2007)

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 2009)

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.

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