The Kennel Club boosts its online Academy with three new breed films

  • Learn online at home 24/7, including with 3 new breed-specific films!
  • Wealth of resources including judge education in a number of disciplines. Other areas cover canine health, breeding and training

Learning about the different dog breeds continues to be made more accessible than ever, with the launch of three additional breed films on The Kennel Club Academy, the latest in a growing series of resources to be added to the leading online facility for those looking to improve their knowledge of the canine world.

The most recent of the breed-specific films to be launched is the Otterhound, which is now live, with the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Bloodhound having also been added in recent months.

The Kennel Club Academy has a wealth of resources covering not only judge education in a number of disciplines, eg agility, obedience and working trials, but also other areas of the dog world including health, breeding and training.

All the breed-specific presentations and films have been developed by experts in their breeds in collaboration with The Kennel Club and offer users an insight into their knowledge and experience. The learning resources provide a thorough introduction to the breeds, including their history, breed standard, a ‘nose to nail’ overview and movement in the show ring.

Giving her personal observations of the breed for the Otterhound is breed expert, Pam Marston-Pollock; for the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, it is Diana King; and the Bloodhound, Sue Harrison.

The resources provide pre-course learning ahead of attendance at a breed appreciation day and undertaking an assessment. It also provides Academy users with an opportunity to update their knowledge of breeds from breed experts.

Other breeds currently available to view online include: the Beagle, Border Collie, Border Terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, English Setter, Eurasier, Golden Retriever, Griffon Bruxellois, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Shiba Inu, Keeshond, Labrador Retriever, Manchester Terrier, Norwegian Buhund, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Schipperke, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, Tibetan Spaniel and Whippet.

Among the breeds planned to have films released in the coming months include: the Afghan Hound, Australian Shepherd, Basset Fauve De Bretagne, Basset Hound, Bedlington Terrier, Cairn Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Curly Coated Retriever, Finnish Lapphund, Finnish Spitz, German Pinscher, German Shorthaired Pointer, Gordon Setter, Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, King Charles Spaniel, Lagotto Romagnolo, Lancashire Heeler, Newfoundland, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Tibetan Terrier and Weimaraner.

Led by The Kennel Club’s Training Board, The Kennel Club Academy is an online learning resource for breeders, judges, The Kennel Club Accredited Instructor scheme members and anyone with an active interest in dogs. A range of learning resources, films and assessments is available, sharing insight and guidance from professionals and experts in their respective fields.

Gerald King, Chairman of The Kennel Club Training Board, said: "We are happy to announce the addition of another three breed films to The Kennel Club Academy, with more to follow in the coming months. These films are a valuable resource for those within the breed, judges and those working towards becoming a judge as well as dog breeders.

“The Training Board is keen to develop this area into an online library of films with multiple films for a breed, so breed clubs are invited to give serious consideration to collaborating with The Kennel Club for the creation of a film on their breed. The Kennel Club’s Educational Trust continues to fund the creation of these films and thanks all those involved in the development processes, aiding in a proactive and full approach to their judges’ education and the future of the breed. The Training Board’s view is that the more information which can be made available and retained about a particular breed, the better to provide a rounded education for generations to come.”

To access The Kennel Club Academy, please log into your account. Then simply select ‘Academy’ from the list of tasks on your dashboard.