How to register your club or society

The Kennel Club registers clubs and societies which can represent particular breeds, disciplines or activities, either on a regional or national basis. These societies must agree to abide by 'Kennel Club Regulations for registered societies' and must be formed with a committee and membership structure.

Kennel Club registration of canine societies is not mandatory, although it offers many benefits in terms of eligibility to hold licensed events, access to Kennel Club information and promotion and safeguarding of standards. There are about 1,800 registered societies registered in the UK holding over 3,000 licensed dog shows a year - a thriving community all dedicated to the Kennel Club's primary objective "to promote in every way the general improvement of dogs." 

How to apply for Registration of Title

If you think you would like to begin the process of applying to register your club or society with the Kennel Club the first steps are to collate the information listed below, complete the required paperwork and return this with the current registration of title fee of £100 to the Kennel Club. The forms should be completed, preferably in BLOCK letters for clarity.

  1. Registration of Title Application Form
  2. Registration of Title Questionnaire
  3. A list of current members
  4. Details of the society's financial status
  5. A copy of the proposed constitution/rules of the society that must comply with the requirements of the General Committee, see - Guide to the Formulation of Rules of Canine, Breed & Training Societies
  6. Support letters from Registered Societies (if available)

What happens next?

If, after giving initial consideration to the application, the Committee decides that it may proceed, it will be advertised in the Kennel Club Journal and subsequently reconsidered together with any objections which may have been received from Registered Societies.

Applications for registration of title will only be successful if the Committee considers that the proposed society will fulfil a function which is not met by any other existing Registered Society. Applications will be refused if the Kennel Club considers that the area or the breed with which the Society is concerned is already adequately catered for or if objections lodged by existing societies are considered valid. It must be stressed that the final decision rests with the General Committee of the Kennel Club.

If your society is already registered but you have a question or if you would like more information about becoming a Registered Society, please contact the Registered Societies Team or call 01296 318540 ext: 1206. 


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