Assured Breeder Scheme

Finding the right breeder
When searching for a healthy pedigree puppy it is the breeder that is the most important consideration - here are some helpful tips on how to find the right one.
Assured Breeder Scheme (information for pedigree puppy buyers)
The Assured Breeder Scheme guarantees new owners that they are purchasing a puppy from someone who prioritises the health and welfare of the puppies they breed
Buyers FAQs
FAQs for buyers about the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Puppy Farming
The Kennel Club is campaigning to end the cruel practice of puppy farming. The Kennel Club defines puppy farmers as intensive volume breeders who have little regard or consideration for the basic needs and care for the dogs concerned.
‘Huge Step Forward But Long Way To Go’ Says Kennel Club Of Welsh Puppy Farm Proposals
‘Huge Step Forward But Long Way To Go’ Says Kennel Club Of Welsh Puppy Farm Proposals
Kennel Club Code of Ethics
All breeders who register their puppies, and new owners who register ownership of their dogs with the Kennel Club, accept the jurisdiction of the Kennel Club and undertake to abide by its general Code of Ethics.
Assured Breeder Scheme
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme promotes good breeding practice and breeders must agree to follow set requirements, which encourage the breeding of healthy, well-adjusted puppies.
Why join the Scheme FAQs
Although many responsible dog breeders fulfil the scheme's requirements, the KCABS ensures that the puppy buying public know which breeders are declaring to follow good practice
Scheme requirements and recommendations
Assured Breeder Scheme requirements and recommendations
Assured Breeder Accolades
There are currently four accolades that Assured Breeders may qualify for
Kennel Club Breeder Assessors
The Kennel Club a number of Breeder Assessors who play a central role in maintaining the high standards of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme as it continues to grow in size and stature.
Breeder Assessment Visits
The purpose of visiting breeders is simply to ensure compliance of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme. Here's what to expect before, during and after a Breeder Assessor visit.
Policing the Scheme
Recent consultation with breed clubs has highlighted a lack of awareness of policing measures used in connection with the Assured Breeder Scheme
Puppy buyer advice sheet templates for Assured Breeders
List of advice sheets for Assured Breeders
Latest changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme
Improved dog health and responsible breeding will continue to be at the fore of the Kennel Club's work in 2014, with the latest breed specific changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) now announced.
All Assured Breeders to be Inspected and Receive UKAS Accredited Certification from January 2014
Every single Assured Breeder will be inspected by the Kennel Club, a UKAS accredited certification body so as to ensure that the scheme is recognised as the essential quality seal for puppy breeding and buying
Assured Breeder Scheme Testimonials
We asked some key breeders and assessors to tell us why they became members of, or began working for, the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Meet The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Team At Midland Counties
Dog breeders will have the chance to meet representatives of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) at Midland Counties show from October 23-26 at New Bingley Hall, County Showground, Stafford, and ask them any questions they may have.
Melton Borough Council Pioneers Scheme To Tackle Rogue Dog Breeders
The Kennel Club is working with its first local authority partner, Melton Borough Council in Leicestershire, on an information sharing project which could transform how dog breeding regulations are enforced. Read more.
Latest recommendations added to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
New recommendations have been added to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to imprpve dog health and responsible breeding in 2016. Read more.
New Assured Breeder Manager Joins Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has appointed Sarah Bartrip as the new manager to its Assured Breeder Scheme. Read more.
Best In Show Winner 2016
Marie Burns explains why she joined the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) and her experiences so far.
Reserve Best In Show Winner 2016
Charley Donaldson first became an Assured Breeder in 2014. Since joining, together with her two membership partners, she has bred 5 litters of whippet puppies and became a certified breeder under the UKAS accredited scheme after receiving an assessment visit in May 2016.
Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme Praised In House Of Lords
The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) has been praised in the House of Lords during an oral question session on puppy farming. Read more.
Latest Updates to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Recent updates have been made to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further improve dog health and responsible breeding. Read more.
New Figures Highlight Benefits of Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Responsible dog breeders who put the health of their puppies first could be saving puppy buyers thousands of pounds in vet fees and helping them get a dog that is more likely to live a healthy life. Click to read more.
Changes to Standard 2016
There have been changes made to the Scheme Standard throughout the course of 2016. Click to read more.
Assured Breeder Scheme Supporters
The following members are not currently breeding litters but are dedicated to promoting and supporting good breeding practice as advocated by the Assured Breeder Scheme.
Latest Updates to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
The Kennel Club has announced the most recent updates to the breed-specific health testing and screening schedule for the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS), aimed to further improve dog health and responsible breeding. Learn more.
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