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Health and welfare for show dogs


The Kennel Club has prepared advice and guidance for show organisers, judges, exhibitors and vets on all issues surrounding Category Three Breeds and vet health checks, which can be found in the Downloads section on the right hand side of the page.

Best of Breed Winners

Best of Breed Winners of Category Three Breeds at General and Group Championship Shows must pass a Veterinary Health Check with the Show Society Veterinary Surgeon before they can enter the group competition.

This regulation applies to the following breeds; Bloodhound, Bulldog, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Pug, Shar-Pei, St. Bernard.

Champion Titles

The Category Three Breeds must also undergo a Veterinary Health Check before their Champion title is confirmed. Exhibitors are advised to contact the Show Society Secretary of the General or Group Championship Show they wish to attend in advance to ensure the Secretary is aware that you intend to have a Champion title check.

For further information on the veterinary health checks, or to see how they are carried out, why not view the video below. Alternatively if you have any further questions, please contact Charlotte McNamara.