Kennel Club support and funding

The collection of scientific data is of the highest importance, helping to:

  • Identify the prevalence of canine and breed specific health conditions
  • Understand the heritability of specific disorders
  • Classify the genetic status of dogs for known conditions
  • Provide evidence based advice on how to breed away from particular disorders
  • Develop new or more effective treatments for health conditions 

To help achieve this, the Kennel Club regularly assists and collaborates with research facilities, Universities, veterinary organisations and charities to further our knowledge of canine health and welfare.

How the Kennel Club helps with your research

The Kennel Club can help researchers in a number of different ways, which can include providing contributions towards funding, assisting with the recruitment of dogs and owners for your study and providing you with data from the Kennel Club database.

International Canine Health Awards

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust International Canine Health Awards, which are the largest veterinary awards in Europe, have been created to recognise innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students from around the world, who have carried out research that has helped to improve the health and wellbeing of dogs.

The Awards, which are underwritten by a major gift from the Vernon and Shirley Hill Family Foundation, will identify and encourage visionary thinking, ambition and life-changing accomplishments. Those who receive the awards will be passionate about making a difference for dogs. Each award provides a large funding programme to the recipient, which rewards them for their dedication and innovation in the field of canine health and welfare and invests in helping them to continue making a difference for dogs.

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust

This dog charity helps to look after the health and welfare of all dogs and makes a difference by funding a wide variety of work, ranging from supporting research into canine diseases, dog welfare organisations and the promotion of support dogs, all of which give dogs a healthier, happier life.

Founded in 1987, it has donated almost £6 million to support these initiatives through various dog charity grants, and is able to provide its support through the generosity of our donors.

Recruitment and publicising

On your behalf the Kennel Club may be able to promote your study or encourage people to participate in your study via:

  • An e-mail sent  to all registered owners of a particular breed
  • Social media (Facebook and Twitter)
  • The "Events, seminars and surveys" section on the Kennel Club website
  • The Kennel Scope (a newsletter for veterinary practices)
  • A press release
  • An e-mail sent to all, or selected Breed Health Co-ordinators, who may in turn be able to publicise your study amongst their chosen breed community
  • The "BARC" section on The Kennel Club website publicises sample requests and requirements for research projects


The Kennel Club records a significant amount of health data, which includes breed summary data for DNA tests results, as well as dogs tested under the BVA/KC health schemes (Hip, Elbow, Eye and CM/SM Schemes). Much of this information can be found under published health results. If require any further information, then please e-mail Nick Sutton.

Publishing your findings

From Biomed central, Canine Genetics and Epidemiology is a peer-reviewed, open access, online journal publishing original research and review articles relating to all aspects of canine genetics and epidemiology.

The Kennel Club Educational Trust will cover 50% of the article processing charge for manuscripts published in the area of domestic dog health.


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