Animal exhibit regulations in Wales

UPDATE 14 October 2019

The Kennel Club and Welsh Kennel Club met with the Welsh Government’s Chief Veterinary Officer and officials on October 10th. The Welsh Government confirmed that the draft Regulations and Guidance concerning the licensing of animal exhibits is out for consultation and all options remain on the table. Activities considered in scope and out of scope will be determined on analysis of the consultation responses received. The Welsh Government Officials did express to us their desire for the licensing scheme to be proportionate and fit for purpose and they want to hear personal experiences, views and evidence from dog show exhibitors in response to their consultation.

The Welsh Government will finalise its proposals based on the responses it received to its consultation. We would therefore strongly encourage all with an interest in exhibiting dogs in Wales, whether you are resident of Wales or exhibit your dogs in Wales to respond to the Welsh Government consultation.

Pointers to consider when responding to the consultation –

  • There is no need to respond to every question. Please feel free to respond as many or few questions as you want to
  • Evidence your responses as best as possible – explain your motivation for exhibiting your dog, for instance the pride you have in your dog(s); the number of shows you take part in; the potential impact of a licensing scheme on you continuing to show your dogs in Wales
  • Considering referring to any Rules and Regulations that you are subject to while competing at a dog show and the importance placed on dog health and welfare
  • Highlight your contribution to the local economy as a result of attending
  • Finally, be polite – please be passionate, but please also be respectful to the civil servants who are working on these proposals

Kennel Club urges exhibitors to have their say on 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 potentially caught in a newly proposed licensing system.

The Welsh Government is currently consulting on new Regulations regarding Animal Exhibits, including the proposal that anyone exhibiting an animal in Wales will need to be licensed and inspected (subject to a limited number of exemptions). This will not only apply to those who live in Wales, but any exhibitor who shows dogs at any Welsh show. The draft Regulations will also require anyone who lives in Wales and exclusively exhibits their dogs outside of Wales to also obtain a licence and be inspected.

Although those competing in activity disciplines are exempt, the proposed amendment to the Animal Welfare Act in Wales would affect a huge number of dog show exhibitors; there are around 200 local dog shows that take place in Wales annually, as well as two major shows run by the Welsh Kennel Club and the South Wales Kennel Association. The Welsh Kennel Club show attracts around 9000 dogs. 

Full proposal and accompanying guidance

The full proposals and accompanying guidance can be found here.


Toolkit to get involved with the campaign

  • Send your Parliamentarian a letter outlining your experiences of dog showing and how the proposed regulations would impact you. We strongly advise including your personal views and experiences, however, we have created a template letter here to assist you (Template letter for Welsh Assembly).
  • Sign the Our dogs petition, asking the Welsh Government to not implement licensing for show dogs, cats and shown horses.
  • We strongly advise those who show their dogs as a hobby to meet with their local AM, MP or MSP. Here are key points to outline in your meeting (Key points for meetings with Assembly Members).
  • We have prepared a template response to the consultation, which can be downloaded here. However, the intention of the template is that it is used as a guide to formulate your own submission, in which you can draw on your own personal experiences. (Guide to consultation response)




Animal Welfare & Framework Branch

Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer

Welsh Government Cathays Park


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Please also copy the response to your local MP, Welsh Assembly Member or Member of the Scottish Parliament as well as

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