Kennel Club Campaigns

In our duty to ensure that dogs are healthy and happy, the Kennel Club has a responsibility to lobby against legislation which could negatively impact on dogs and their owners, and to raise awareness of issues that affect dog health, welfare and general well-being.

We therefore have a dedicated Public Affairs team committed to campaigning and lobbying across the UK and Europe for canine issues as the voice of dog owners.

The Kennel Club also has a press team which publicises all of the issues that the Kennel Club has dedicated tools and resources for, in addition to running publicity campaigns for issues that require public education and awareness.

The Kennel Club also works to ensure that people know their legaland general dog owning responsibilities and provides information guides and briefings. So why not take a look?


  • "Out of Order: The Impact of Access Restrictions on Dogs and their Owners” – read here
  • Kennel Club ask breeders to send their experience of the 2018 Breeding Regulations to DEFRA  - read here
A Voice For Dogs Manifesto
The manifesto calls upon the incoming Government to urgently address the key issues facing dogs. The manifesto contains considered and practical solutions to concerns including breeding, dog walking restrictions, and pet travel.
Livestock Worrying 
7 in 10 livestock attacks are caused by stray/free roaming dogs, however, messaging and media coverage is overwhelmingly focussed on keeping dogs on a lead around livestock. The Kennel Club is working to improve public messaging on unaccompanied dogs to increase awareness of risks posed by escaping and roaming dogs.
Away from home and alone, your dog may be at risk of being shot for chasing livestock or causing a fatal road accident, leaving you with heartache, a court appearance and compensation to pay.
Animal Exhibit Regulations in Wales
The Kennel Club is urging dog show exhibitors from across the UK to write to the Welsh Government to prevent thousands of people who show dogs in Wales being caught in a newly proposed licensing system.
Collaboration is Key
Read our report ‘Collaboration is Key: The Way Forward for Breeding Regulations’ which sets out the Kennel Club’s recommendations to Government on new dog breeding licensing proposals. These proposals would see reduction in the litter licensing threshold at which dog breeders will require a licence, from five litters a year to three, which will result in a marked increase to the already stretched workloads of local authorities and could, if not done properly, have a negative impact on dog welfare and assurances to puppy buyers.
Collaboration is Key Infographic
This infographic pulls the key statistics from our Collaboration is Key report.
KC Dog
KC Dog is a dog owners group which aims to keep its members up to date about access issues directly affecting them, as well as other campaigns that members can get involved with if they wish.
Dog Health
The objective of the Kennel Club is to improve the welfare, health and general wellbeing of all dogs, throughout every stage of their lives.
Puppy Farming
A puppy farmer is defined as a high volume breeder who breeds puppies with little or no regard for the health and welfare of the puppies or their parents.
Puppy Awareness Week
Being puppy aware involves making sure you know which dog and breed is right for your lifestyle so that you can care for it for life, and making sure you can separate responsible breeders from puppy farmers. Every year the Kennel Club holds a Puppy Awareness Week (PAW) to spread this message.
Electric Shock Collars
The Kennel Club in calling upon the Government and Scottish Parliament to introduce an outright ban on this barbaric method of training dogs.
"Dangerous Dogs"
The Kennel Club is campaigning for the overhaul of existing dangerous dogs legislation. Regulating this issue and protecting the public has posed a problem for legislators for many years.
Access for Dogs
In order to ensure that responsible dog owners can continue to enjoy maximum access to our national open spaces, the Kennel Club actively lobbies on the following issues.
Compulsory DNA registers
The Kennel Club has considerable concerns over proposals from local authorities to introduce compulsory DNA registers to tackle irresponsible dog owners, specifically in relation to dog fouling and livestock chasing. We believe that DNA registers would have limited value in reducing irresponsible dog ownership but would negatively impact upon responsible owners.
Compulsory Microchipping
The Kennel Club believes that microchipping makes a clear link between a dog and its owner. Over 100,000 dogs either stray, are lost or stolen each year with many having to be kept in kennels before being re-homed.
Be Dog Friendly
Be Dog Friendly is a campaign run by the Kennel Club which aims to reward and encourage businesses and public places across the UK to adopt a dog friendly attitude towards the nation's 8 million dogs.
Pet Travel
In January 2012, the UK harmonised its pet travel rules with the rest of the European Union (EU) to allow for easier pet travel. Find out about the new requirements here.
Vulnerable Native Breeds
The Kennel Club is concerned with protecting those breeds of dog which are of British origin and are considered to be vulnerable i.e. those whose numbers are declining and whose status within the world of dogs has diminished over a number of years.
Animal Testing
The Kennel Club is in principle against the use of animals for routine testing purposes and is keen to work towards improving animal welfare by increasing an awareness of the human responsibility regarding animals and helping fund research into alternative testing methods.
Dog Meat
The Kennel Club strongly opposes the dog meat trade and condemns the acts surrounding the trade which are continuously taking place in East Asia.
Pet Passport between Northern Ireland and the British Mainland 
The Kennel Club and the Irish Kennel Club are aware of concerns regarding the possibility of an EU-style pet passport being needed to travel between Northern Ireland and the British Mainland once the Brexit transition period ends.



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