Canine activities

Rally Regulation Changes Made By The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has made changes to the current rally regulations, which will come into effect immediately.
Return Of The Kennel Club’s Canine Sports Science Seminar
The Kennel Club Canine Sports Science Seminar will be returning this November, further to the success of the previous seminars held regularly since 2007.
Obreedience Qualifying Heats For Crufts 2017
12 Obreedience heats have been announced by the Kennel Club that will allow dog owners and their dogs to qualify for Crufts 2017. Read more.
Rally Joins Established Favourite Events in Obedience Ring at Crufts 2017
The Kennel Club has announced Rally is to join established favourite events in the obedience ring at Crufts 2017. Read more.
Olympia 2015
To say that Olympia is a unique event would be an understatement. It is five days of some of the best dog agility in the world! Read more.
Agility Team GB Performance Weekend Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th April
The weekend of Saturday 23rd April and Sunday 24th April saw Agility lovers from across the country competing at the Agility Enthusiasts Show held at the Lincolnshire Showground. Read more.
Scottish Borders Dog Show One of the Largest in Scotland and the UK: Thousands of Canines Head to Kelso
Nearly 6,000 dogs from over 200 breeds will be descending on Springwood Park in Kelso on 18th and 19th June for the Border Union Dog Show. Read more.
Entries on the Day and Proof of Posting
The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of its Proof of Posting (POP) policy. Read more.
Interview with Obedience Judges
The Kennel Club interviews Obedience judges Kim Innes, Nigel Slater and Krysia Wilenczyc. Read more.
Handling of Dogs at Shows
The Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors of policies regarding the handling of dogs whilst in the show ring, particularly in relation to the moving of dogs around the ring. Read more.
Warwickshire Crossbreeds Given The Chance To Qualify For Crufts
Scrufft is looking for local top dogs as it comes to the Finnish Lapphund CDC show in Priors Marston, Warwickshire on 18th June. Read more.
Vulnerable Breeds Competition Heading to Crufts Again
The Kennel Club has announced that its Vulnerable British & Irish Breeds Competition will take place once again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2017. Learn more.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Preston for the West Coast’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest dog breeds will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will be descending on Redwood Park in Inskip, near Preston from 24th - 26th June for the popular Blackpool Championship Dog Show. Learn more.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Windsor for Berkshire’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest breeds will be among the more than 9,000 dogs which will be descending on Home Park, Windsor from 30th June – 3rd July for the popular Windsor Championship Dog Show. Read more.
New Agility Regulations Allow a Challenge to a Dog’s Height Category
Championship agility judges will be able to challenge a dog’s existing height category under a new set of regulations to be introduced on 1st July 2016. Read more.
Peterborough Crossbreeds Given The Chance To Qualify For Crufts
Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to Just Dogs Live at the East of England Showground in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire on 9th July. Read more.
Additional Dog Agility Measurers Required
The Kennel Club is inviting applications from interested parties who would like to be considered to measure agility dogs. Read more.
Local Dog Wins One of Britain’s Largest Shows
A Dobermann named Billy, owned by the mother and daughter team of Jackie and Victoria Ingram from Brentwood, Essex has won Best in Show at the prestigious Three Counties Championship Dog Show in Malvern, Worcestershire. Read more.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Peterborough for Cambridgeshire’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest breeds will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will be descending on East of England Showground, Peterborough from 8th – 10th July for the popular East of England Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Previous Gavosie Trophy Winners
The Gavosie Trophy is awarded to the female handler accruing the most points at Field Trials during a season and can be awarded in any of the sub-groups of Retrievers, Spaniels, Pointers and Setters and HPR. Click here to view previous winners.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Leeds for Yorkshire’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest breeds will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will be descending on the Harewood Estate at Harewood near Leeds from 22nd– 24th July for the popular Leeds Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Young Kennel Club Member Makes History At World Dog Show
Young Kennel Club (YKC) member Antonia Leech is believed to be the first British handler in 18 years to be placed in the International Junior Handler Championship finals at the World Dog Show. Read more about this extraordinary achievement.
Shetland Sheepdog Becomes First Platinum Agility Warrant Winner
A Shetland Sheepdog, Ag Ch Japaro Cool Jazz at Craygill, has become the first dog of any breed to be awarded the Platinum Agility Warrant. Read more.
Northern Irish Crossbreeds Given The Chance To Qualify For Crufts
Scruffts is looking for local top dogs as it comes to Bark in the Park at Crawfordsburn Country Park, Co Down, Northern Ireland on 23rd July. Read more.
Kennel Club Seeks Olympia Agility Manager
The Kennel Club is looking for an individual to manage the running of the Kennel Club Agility Stakes Finals on site at the London International Horse Show at Olympia. Learn more.
Success For YKC Agility Team GB At The European Open Junior Championships 2016
Young Kennel Club (YKC) members representing Team GB took home two overall bronze medals after competing for the first time at the European Open Junior Championships in Slovakia. Read more.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Exeter for Devon’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest breeds will be among the almost 6,000 dogs which will be descending on Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter from 6th - 9th August for the popular Paignton Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Billy the Dobermann Wins Prestigious Windsor Dog Show
A Dobermann named Billy has won Best in Show at the prestigious Windsor Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Newfoundland Wins Prestigious Peterborough Dog Show
A Newfoundland has won Best in Show at the prestigious East of England Championship Dog Show. Read more.
World’s Largest Agility Festival To Return To Rockingham For Fourth Year
The Kennel Club International Agility festival will see over 2,900 dogs from all over the world heading to Rockingham Castle for the world’s largest agility festival for dogs. Read more.
Devon Crossbreeds Given The Chance To Qualify For Crufts
Scruffts is looking for local top dogs as it comes to Gables Farm Open Day in Plymouth, Devon on 30th July. Read more.
Kent Crossbreeds Given The Chance To Qualify For Crufts
Scruffts is looking for local top dogs as it comes to Beth’s charity Dog Show at Greenway Field, West Malling on 30th July. Learn more.
Crufts to Host Tenth Anniversary Eukanuba World Challenge in 2017
The world’s most famous dog show Crufts is to host the tenth anniversary Eukanuba World Challenge in 2017. Read more.
Britain’s Rarest Breeds Head to Poole for Dorset’s Largest Dog Show
Britain’s rarest breeds will be among the more than 5,000 dogs which will be descending on Pikes Farm, Organford near Poole from 13th– 15th August for the popular Bournemouth Championship Dog Show. Learn more.
Kennel Club Announces Field Trial Dates For New Season
Dates have been announced for various field trials to be held throughout the new shooting season. Read more.
Kennel Club Canine Sports Science Seminar returns on 27th November
The Kennel Club Canine Sports Science Seminar will be returning 27th November 2016, following the success of the previous seminars which have been held regularly since 2007. Read more.
Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Team GB 2017 Looking for Recruits
The Kennel Club is planning to enter a team to compete at the Open European Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in Belgium from 26th- 28th August 2017 and is inviting applications. Read more.
Welsh Breeds Fly the Flag in Builth Wells at the Largest Dog Show in Wales
Welsh native dog breeds will join over 9,000 dogs descending on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys from 19th – 21st August for the popular Welsh Kennel Club Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Changes to Heelwork to Music Rules and Regulations
The General Committee has recently approved amendments to the heelwork to music regulations. Learn more.
Field Trials Annual Trophy Awards
Field trials competitors are being encouraged to submit points gained through wins at Kennel Club field trials for the opportunity to win prestigious field trials annual trophy awards. Learn more.
Border Collie Chases Down First Diamond Agility Warrant Title
A Border Collie has become the first dog of any breed to be awarded the Diamond Agility Warrant. Read more.
Scottish Breeds Fly the Flag in Edinburgh at One of Scotland’s Largest Dog Shows
Scottish native dog breeds will be among the 4,000 plus dogs which will descend on the Royal Highland Showground, Ingliston, Edinburgh from 27th – 28th August for the popular Scottish Kennel Club Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Local Dog Wins One of Britain’s Largest Shows
A Bulldog from Lincolnshire has won Best in Show at the prestigious Leeds Championship Dog Show in West Yorkshire. Read more.
The Incident Book at Events
The Kennel Club would like to remind clubs and societies of the importance of the accurate reporting of incidents occurring at shows using the incident book. Read more.
Kennel Club Congratulates Agility Team GB At The European Open Championships
The Kennel Club congratulates Agility Team GB for their fantastic performance at the European Open Agility Championships in France over the weekend of 28th - 31st July 2016.
80-Year-Old Woman Heads To The World’s Biggest Agility Festival To Compete
Diana Arthurson from Melton Constable, Norfolk will head to the world’s largest agility festival this August at the age of 80 to compete with her dog. Read more.
Kennel Club Announces Squad Dates For Agility Team GB And YKC Agility Team GB
A squad day has been organised with Nottingham Trent University on Sunday 4th December 2016 for invited adults and Young Kennel Club (YKC) agility handlers who want to be a part of Agility Team GB in 2017. Learn more.
Rare Breeds Among Thousands of Canines Heading to Guildford for Largest Dog Show in Surrey
Rare British and Irish native dog breeds will be among the 6,000 plus dogs which will descend on Loseley Park near Guildford in Surrey from 9th-11th September for the popular Richmond Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Thousands of Dogs to Descend on Stoneleigh for One of Britain’s Largest Dog Shows
Over 8,000 dogs will be descending on Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire from 2nd-4th September for the popular City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show. Learn more.
Kennel Club Celebrates Successful International Agility Festival
Thousands of dogs descended upon Rockingham Castle to compete in the world’s largest agility festival. Click to read more.
Rare Breeds Among Thousands of Canines Heading to Ripon for One of Britain’s Largest Dog Shows
British and Irish native dog breeds will be among the 7,000 plus dogs which will descend on Ripon Racecourse in North Yorkshire from 16th -18th September for the popular Darlington Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Collapsible Tunnel Suspended With Immediate Effect
The Kennel Club has temporarily suspended the use of the collapsible tunnel in agility, following concerns expressed. Read more.
English Setter From Ireland Wins Pointer And Setter Champion Stake
A six-year-old English Setter has won the Pointer and Setter Champion Stake 2016 at the Byrecleugh Estate in Lauder in the Scottish Borders. Read more.
Monitoring of German Shepherd Dog Classes at Championship Shows
The monitoring of German Shepherd Dog classes at championship shows will start with immediate effect. Click to Learn more.
Irish Breeds Fly the Flag in Lisburn at the Largest Dog Show in Ireland
Irish native dog breeds will be among the 2,000 plus dogs which will descend on the Eikon Exhibition Centre, Balmoral Park, Lisburn, County Antrim from 24th – 25th September for the popular Belfast Championship Dog Show. Click to read more.
Rare Breeds Among Thousands of Dogs Heading to Wetherby for One of Britain’s Largest Dog Shows
British and Irish native dog breeds will be among over 6,000 dogs descending on Wetherby Racecourse in West Yorkshire from 29th September – 2nd October for the popular Driffield Championship Dog Show. Click to read more.
Two-year-old Labrador Wins Retriever Trial
A two-year-old Labrador Retriever bitch from Ardgay, Sutherland, has won the Kennel Club’s All Aged Retriever Field Trial at the Candacraig Estate in Aberdeenshire. Click to read more.
Rare Breeds to the Fore in Builth Wells at One of the Largest Dog Shows in Wales
Rare British dog breeds will be among over 6,000 dogs descending on the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys from 7th – 9th October for the popular South Wales Kennel Association Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Kennel Club Offers Free Agility Dog Measuring
The Kennel Club is offering agility competitors the opportunity to get their dog measured for free. Click to learn more.
Kennel Club's Canine Sports Science Seminar Takes Place at Stoneleigh
The Kennel Club’s annual Canine Sports Science Seminar will take place at the Kennel Club Building at Stoneleigh Park on Sunday 27th November. Click to read more.
Canicross Recognised By The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has added canicross as an official Kennel Club recognised canine activity. Click to learn more and how clubs can receive a discount on this activity.
Top Retrievers To Head To Suffolk For Prestigious Gundog Championship
The International Gundog League (IGL) Retriever Championship is returning to the Ampton Shooting Estate. Click to read more.
Field Trials Team GB To Head To World Championship For Second Year
Field Trials Team GB will travel to Denmark to compete for the second year running in the World Championships of Practical Hunting for Pointing Breeds and the St. Hubert Cup. Click to read more.
Crufts Stewards Needed for Working and Pastoral Day
The Kennel Club is calling for experienced ring stewards who wish to officiate at Crufts to get in touch to express an interest. Click to learn how you can be involved in the world's most famous dog show.
Double Handling Prohibited In All Breeds, Kennel Club Reminds Exhibitors
Following recent incidents at shows, the Kennel Club wishes to remind exhibitors that double handling is prohibited. Click to read more.
Obedience Awards Available To Competitors
The Kennel Club would like to remind obedience competitors and show organisers about the Obedience Excellent and Obedience Award of Merit certificates, which are available to competitors who meet the required criteria. Click to learn more.
Collapsible Tunnel No Longer Approved For Use by the Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has removed the collapsible tunnel from its list of approved obstacles for agility classes with immediate effect. Click to read more.
Minimum Distance Between Agility Obstacles Increased
Following research by Nottingham Trent University into dog jump distances, the Kennel Club has amended the distances between obstacles that dogs have to negotiate in agility. Click to learn more.
Changes to Rally Regulations
The Kennel Club has announced recently approved changes to rally regulations from the General Committee. Click to read more.
Changes to Obedience Regulations
The Kennel Club has announced approved recent changes to obedience regulations by the General Committee. Click to read more.
Changes to Agility Regulations
The Kennel Club has announced recent approved changes to agility regulations by the General Committee. Click to read more.
Six Crossbreeds Chosen For Scruffts Final At Crufts
At this year’s Scruffts competition, six have won a place in the final at Crufts for the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year final in 2017. Click to read more.
Ten Finalists Chosen For Crufts Junior Warrant Final
The Kennel Club Junior Warrant Winner of the Year competition semi-finals took place at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London, with 61 top young dogs competing for just ten places in the final which will be held at Crufts 2017. Click to read more.
Small/Mixi Pairs Winners Announced At Eukanuba Discover Dogs
Nicola Bradshaw and Valerie Hobart, with their dogs Mr Jay Tee the Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross and Barbie the Border Terrier, won the Small/Mixi Pairs agility final at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London. Click to read more.
ABC Agility Competitors Qualify For Crufts At Eukanuba Discover Dogs
20 dogs have qualified for the ABC Agility finals at the world’s greatest dog event, Crufts, in March 2017. Click to read more.
Britain’s Largest Two-Day Dog Show Draws Thousands of Dogs to Birmingham
British and Irish native dog breeds will be among the 10,000 plus dogs which will descend on the NEC in Birmingham from 10th - 11th December for the popular Ladies Kennel Association Championship Dog Show. Click to read more.
FAQs Obedience explanatory notes
The Kennel Club has reworded the relevant section of the Descriptions and Explanatory Notes for Obedience Tests. All handlers and judges should be aware of the new wording which will be effective in the new year. Click to read more.
Talented Young Dog Lovers Win Place At World’s Greatest Dog Show, Crufts
Young dog lovers from just 6 to 24 years old have spent the weekend competing with their dogs in Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility and Grooming Crufts qualifiers at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs. Click to read more.
Agility Stars Of The Future Compete At Eukanuba Discover Dogs Final
The rising stars of the agility world took part in the prestigious Kennel Club Starters Cup Agility finals at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs. Click to find out the winners.
Rewording of Descriptions and Explanatory Notes for Obedience Tests
The Kennel Club has reworded the relevant section of the Descriptions and Explanatory Notes for Obedience Tests. All handlers and judges should be aware of the new wording which will be effective from 1st January 2017. Click to read more.
Winners Crowned In The 2016 Companion Dog Club Competition
The ultimate competition for companion dogs culminated in an exciting final at London’s biggest dog event, Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London. Click to view the Companion Dog Club competition winners.
Kennel Club Registered Societies Given The Opportunity To Host An Olympia 2017 Qualifier
Kennel Club registered societies have an opportunity to hold a large ABC qualifying heat in 2017 ahead of the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes next winter. Click to learn more.
Capped Classes to Be Introduced for Open Obedience Shows
The Kennel Club is introducing capped classes for open obedience shows, effective from 1st January 2017. Click to learn more.
Gloucestershire Labrador Wins Kennel Club Retriever Field Trial
A six year-old Labrador Retriever bitch from Gloucestershire has won the Kennel Club Open Retriever Field Trial at the Blankney Estate, Lincolnshire.
Agenda for Obedience Liaison Council Meeting on 12 January 2017
The agenda for the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council meeting has been released. Click to find out more.
Agility Stars Qualify For Olympia Agility Stakes
This year’s finalists of the prestigious Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes finals have been announced. Click here to find out more.
Young Kennel Club Obedience Regulation Changes
Changes have been made to the Young Kennel Club Obedience rules and regulations which will take effect from January 2017. Click to learn more.
Kennel Club Announces YKC Agility Team GB Coaching And Support Members
The Kennel Club has announced its coaching and support team members for the Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Team GB squad for the Junior European Open held in Luxembourg in July 2017. Click to learn more.
Kennel Club Relaxes More Regulations for the Benefit of Shows and Exhibitors
Kennel Club show regulations are to be relaxed to allow those judges not on the B list to judge up to four classes of a breed at open shows, with a proviso. Click to learn more.
Doncaster Dog Wins English Springer Spaniel Field Trial
A two year old dog from Doncaster and her owner Victoria Williams, have won the Kennel Club English Springer Spaniel Open Stake 2016. Read more.
Kennel Club Members Agree Fee Changes for Show Licences
Kennel Club members agreed to the following changes to fees for show licences, at the recent Special General Meeting held in London. Click to learn more.
Derbyshire Dog Wins Kennel Club All Aged Spaniel Trial
A year-old Clumber Spaniel from Derbyshire has won the Kennel Club All Aged Spanieland Spaniel Trial held at Harvington Shoot. Click to read more.
Lancashire Dog Wins Kennel Club’s 15th Hunt, Point And Retrieve Championship
A four year-old Hungarian Wire Haired Vizsla from Lancashire has won the Kennel Club Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) Championship held at Tollishill and Longcroft. Read more.
Kennel Club Liaison Council Shows Council Meeting 20th April 2017
A meeting of the Kennel Club Liaison Council Shows Council will be held on 20th April 2017. Click to learn more.
Sixteen Flyball Teams To Compete At Crufts Finals
Crufts, the world's largest dog show, will be holding flyball finals next March at the NEC in Birmingham where 16 teams will strive to become Crufts Flyball champions. Click to read more.
Over 200 Breeds of Pedigree Dog on Show in Stafford as They All Vie for a Place at Crufts
British and Irish native dog breeds will be among the 9,000 plus dogs which will descend on Staffordshire County Showground in Stafford from 19th – 22nd January for the popular Manchester Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Vulnerable Breeds to Shine at Crufts Again: Entries for Kennel Club Competition Closing Soon
Owners of vulnerable British and Irish dog breeds are reminded that entry to the Kennel Club’s dedicated Crufts competition closes at the end of the year. Learn more.
Over 100 Breeds of Pedigree Dog on Show in Peterborough as They All Vie for a Place at Crufts
British and Irish native dog breeds will be among the 5,000 plus dogs which will descend on the Exhibition Hall, The Arena, East of England Showground, Peterborough from 5th-8th January for the Boston Championship Dog Show. Read more.
Dachshunds Born With Recessive Coat Type Now Eligible To Be Registered in Corresponding Breed
The Kennel Club has announced that Dachshunds born in litters of a different coat type to that of their parents, due to recessive genes, are now eligible to be entered in the register of the breed to which their coat most closely conforms. Read more.
Cheshire Dog Wins the Kennel Club's Novice Cocker Spaniel Field Trial
A two-year-old bitch from Cheshire has won the Kennel Club 16 Dog Novice Cocker Spaniel Field Trial, held at Stean, Yorkshire. Read more.
Labrador from Cheshire Wins International Gundog League Retriever Championship
A five-year-old Labrador Retriever from Middlewich, Cheshire has won the International Gundog League Retriever Championship, held at Ampton Shooting Estate, Bury St Edmunds. Read more.
Additional Accredited Trainers For Agility Needed For Judges’ Training Programme
The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Agility Accredited Trainer for the judges’ training programme to get in touch. Learn more.
Young Kennel Club - Squad Day
The Young Kennel Club Team GB first try out day was held on 4th December 2016 at Nottingham Trent University. For the first time the try out day was being held alongside the Team GB Agility Squad, providing a lot of atmosphere for all of the competitors. Read more.
Olympia 2016
New Kennel Club Olympia Agility Manager Laura Richardson writes about the spectacular day out at Olympia 2016 for the Agility competition. Read more.
Kennel Club Announces Changes in Stud Book Bands for 2017
The Kennel Club has announced changes in Stud Book bands for 2017 for some breeds, which will apply for all shows from 1st January 2017. Learn more.
Dyfed Dog Wins Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship
Byrbwll Dotty and her owner, Dai Ormond from Whitland, Dyfed, have won the prestigious Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship for 2017. Read more.
Cumbrian Dog Wins Kennel Club English Springer Spaniel Championship 2017
Rytex Reba, a two-year-old bitch, and her owner, Simon Dixon from Cleator Moor, Cumbria, have won the prestigious Kennel Club English Springer Spaniel Championship for 2017. Click to read more.
Kennel Club Invites Applications for Championship Obedience Status
The Kennel Club would like to advise obedience competitors that Thames Dog Training Club has relinquished its championship obedience status with effect from 2017. Read more.
Prestigious Kennel Club Gundog Event Returns to Chatsworth Estate
The Kennel Club’s prestigious Gundog Working Test will be returning to the Chatsworth House Estate in Derbyshire from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th June, hosting a number of tests and gundog activities for Spaniels, Retrievers and Hunt, Point and Retrieve (HPR) breeds. Read more.
Kennel Club Releases Agility Measuring Video
The Kennel Club has released a short video explaining the process of having a dog measured to compete at agility shows. Read more.
Kennel Club Consults Exhibitors and Show Societies on Proposed Changes to Show Regulations
The Kennel Club has issued a consultation document on its website in relation to proposed changes to show regulations. Learn more.
The Kennel Club Announces Eighteen New Dogs And Handlers For Agility Team GB 2018
The Kennel Club has announced 18 new dogs and handlers who have been selected onto the 2018 development programme for Agility Team GB. Click to read more.
Thousands of Canines Head to Peterborough for Huge Dog Show Featuring Over 200 Breeds
British and Irish native dog breeds will be among the more than 7,000 dogs which will descend on East of England Showground, Peterborough from 7th – 9th July for the popular East of England Championship Dog Show. Read more.
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