The Kennel Club Picture Library

The Kennel Club Picture Library is one of the largest dog image collections in the world. Situated in Mayfair, London, The Kennel Club Picture Library is open by appointment to anyone interested in dog photographs, dog photography, and historical dog images. We welcome visitors from all over the world. Get in touch to arrange your visit.

Our collection

Our photographic collection includes digital photographs, photographic prints, slides, transparencies, negatives, postcards, cigarette cards, carte de visites, cabinet cards, ambrotype, tin-types, glass plate slides and more.

Some of our oldest photographs include early Daguerreotypes and ambrotypes of dogs. One of our most prized photographs is an early photogravure of Dandy (an early retriever type) that is depicted from the first dog show in Newcastle, 1859.

We offer a commercial online picture library where some of our images are available for print, print products, and licensing for media, TV, and film.

Featured collections
  • Crufts
  • Marc Henrie Collection
  • Diane Pearce Collection
  • Dog World Collection
  • Steve Ribbons Collection
Our general photographic collections
  • Pedigree dogs
  • Historical photographs of breeds, working dogs and social history
  • Dog show photographs
  • Dog events and activities such as agility, field trials, working dogs, scent work, heel work to music
  • Assistance dogs and dog charities
  • Education and training
  • Royal dogs
  • Kennel Gazette photographs
  • Young Kennel Club
  • Illustrated breeds
  • Breed standard photographs and images

Donations

Do you have any historical dog photographs of early pedigrees? Or photographs of named champion dogs? Or breed club photos that need a new home? We are always open to donations of British dog photographs if you have the copyright to do so. Please contact us to discuss further. 

Research services

Visiting The Kennel Club Picture Library in person or making a quick query by email is free of charge. Prolonged research may incur a research fee and we may also need to charge for scanning services. Contact us to discuss your research requirements and we will do our best to help you.

Contact us

  • Opening hours by appointment only are Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Contact us via email
  • Send the picture library your research queries or suggestions using our online form