Dog breeding

Breeding a litter of puppies is a rewarding experience, but it can also be costly and time consuming. Whether you're an established dog breeder or just starting out, learn more about responsible dog breeding. We've got the detail you need to make informed decisions and ensure the welfare of your dog and their offspring.

First time breeders

If you're thinking about breeding from your dog, it's important to consider the time and financial investment required before you begin.

Start breeding

Existing breeders

Already bred your first litter? Browse our resources, including litter registration, puppy packs, health testing and change of ownership.

For existing breeders

Stud dog owners

Thinking of using your dog at stud? First and foremost, your goal should be to improve the breed. Find out what to expect.

Use your dog at stud

The Kennel Club Assured Breeders

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The Kennel Club Assured Breeders scheme aims to work together with breeders and buyers to force irresponsible breeders, or puppy farmers, out of business.

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Health screening schemes for breeders

Responsible breeders prioritise canine health. Our comprehensive health screening schemes and DNA Testing Services help to ensure the wellbeing of your puppies.

Health screening schemes
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Health Test Results Finder

Use this resource to find any dog registered with The Kennel Club and see all available health information, DNA test results and screening scheme grades that we record.

Find health test results
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Inbreeding Co-efficient calculators

Our inbreeding calculators use all our pedigree records to calculate the degree of inbreeding for individual dogs or for the future puppies of two potential mates.

Inbreeding Co-efficient