Latest Changes To The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme

The Kennel Club has announced the most recent changes made to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further improve dog health and responsible breeding.

These changes have been introduced following consultations with breed clubs and councils, in a collaborative effort to ensure that health and welfare issues are kept at the forefront of what the scheme sets out to achieve. This is mirrored in the continual addition of new DNA tests developed by scientists such as those at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust and other research institutions.

The changes follow the announcement made at the Kennel Club Annual General Meeting in May 2014 that litter registrations for Kennel Club Assured Breeders will decrease by £1 to £14 from July 1st 2014, whilst litter registration fees for non-Assured Breeders will increase by £1, to £16.

Bill Lambert, Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services Manager, said: "The Assured Breed Scheme is now over ten years old and it was always designed to develop, so that we can maintain maximum progress for dog health and encourage good breeding practices.

"Now that we are half way through 2014 we are pleased to be announcing the most recent set of changes, all of which have come about as a direct result of input from the breed clubs and councils we work with, to further adapt the scheme to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to health testing and welfare.

"The Kennel Club seeks to support and reward responsible breeders who put the welfare of their dogs and puppies first.  At the recent Kennel Club Annual General Meeting, Kennel Club members voted to reward ABS members by introducing reduced puppy registration fees to support their efforts to maintain responsible breeding and being a part of a scheme that promotes this."

The list of ABS breed specific requirements and recommendations is updated twice a year to ensure that they remain relevant and of maximum health benefit to all dogs bred by Kennel Club Assured Breeders. Further tests can be expected to be announced as they are developed.

As with previous changes, existing Assured Breeders have a period of grace of six months in order to comply with any new requirements and recommendations.

Breed clubs and breed councils wishing to make changes to the breed specific requirements and recommendations for their breed should write to Assured Breeder Scheme, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.

Details of the latest ABS changes will also be included in the ABS e-newsletter which will be emailed to all Assured Breeders during the summer.

Breed specific changes as of 1st July 2014 are as follows:

Airedale Terrier

  • Remove recommendation 'Bitches over six years not to produce a litter'

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit)

  • Add recommendation of annual eye testing

Retriever (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever)

  • Add recommendation of DNA test for Degenerative Myelopathy

Russian Black Terrier

  • Add requirement of elbow grading
  • Add requirement of hip scoring

Shar Pei

  • Add recommendation 'Bitches under two years not to produce a litter'

More information on the Assured Breeder Scheme can be found at

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