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Tuesday, 28 January 2020

The Kennel Club

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The Kennel Club is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. The Kennel Club was founded in 1873 and is able to offer dog owners an unparalleled source of information, experience and advice on dog welfare, dog health, dog training and dog breeding.

The primary objective of the Kennel Club is to promote, in every way, the general improvement of dogs. The Kennel Club was founded in 1873 and offers dog owners an unparalleled source of information, experience and advice on dog welfare, health, training and breeding.

The Kennel Club registers all dogs, both pedigree and crossbreed. It also registers canine societies and licenses around 5,000 dog shows, trials and other competitions each year. It seeks to protect the health and welfare of dogs and the rights of dog owners so that both may enjoy a long and happy, healthy life together.

Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, is organised by the Kennel Club and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham every year. In addition, Discover Dogs, an event designed to promote choice, care and training takes place annually in London. The Kennel Club runs several schemes, including the Assured Breeder Scheme, to promote the breeding of healthy dogs, the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, the largest dog training programme in the UK, and the Young Kennel Club, to encourage young dog enthusiasts.

There are three charitable arms to the Kennel Club: the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which seeks to make a difference for dogs through grants, funding welfare initiatives and scientific research into canine diseases; the Kennel Club Educational Trust, which runs projects to educate the public about dogs and promote responsible ownership; and the Kennel Club Arts Foundation, which has established an archive of important pieces of dog art, literature and artefacts.

Kennel Club Information

Kennel Club Registration Fees:

Litter Registration by the Breeder (per puppy)
Non-Assured Breeders    £17
Assured Breeders    £15
Litter summary certificate    £5
Late Registration (per dog)    £60
Transfer to New Owner    £17
Find A Puppy Service (Puppy Sales Register)    £20
Change of Name (Form 8)    £15
Change of Name - other than Kennel Name (Form 7)    £30
Export Pedigree    £50
Registration on Activity Register (Form 5)    £15
Loan of Bitch Agreement (Form 15)    £20
Registration of Imported Dog (Form 4)    £30
Duplicate Registration Certificate    £5
Registration of a Kennel Name plus 12 months’ maintenance    £70
Annual Maintenance of Kennel Name (by Direct Debit)    £18
Annual Maintenance of Kennel Name    £20
Enhanced Five Generation Pedigree    £23
Five Generation Pedigree    £10
Three Generation Pedigree    £10
Kennel Name Certificate    £10
Stud Dog Report    £6
Bitch’s Breeding Record    £5
Kennel Name Holders List    £6
Breeders List    £6
KC/BVA Hip Scheme (per breed)    £ on request
KC/BVA Elbow Scheme (per breed)    £5
KC/BVA Eye Scheme (per breed)    £ on request
KC DNA Test (per breed and condition)    £5
Stud Book Certificate    £5
List of Awards    £5
Duplicate Award Certficate    £5

• All the above fees include VAT @ 20%
• All application forms must be accompanied by the appropriate fees and cheques must be crossed payable to THE KENNEL CLUB.
• If you require further information or explanation please telephone 

01296 318540 (KC) 01296 336579 (Petlog)

A look back at the year

In his speech delivered to Kennel Club Members at the SGM held in London in November 2019, Kennel Club Chairman Tony Allcock OBE reported the good news that the Kennel Club is continuing to strengthen its links with other organisations.

Three significant agreements had been signed since the AGM in May – with Weatherbys in order to offer CombiBreed™ which tests for multiple inherited conditions with a single cheek swab; with Awaze UK in order to provide a platform for booking dog-friendly holiday accommodation; and with Hartpury University and College which will be supporting Agility Team GB and collaborating on canine sports science research. 

The Kennel Club and Weatherbys have partnered to provide CombiBreed™, a simplified process for canine genetic heath testing which will benefit both dog breeders and owners, helping to eradicate some of the most concerning genetic disorders facing certain breeds.

Thirteen breeds so far

Currently available for 13 pedigree breeds, breeders can order breed-specific CombiBreed™ health test packages directly from the Kennel Club shop at 

Priced at £135 (with a 10% discount for Kennel Club Assured Breeders at £121.50), CombiBreed™ allows breeders cost-effective access to the most impactful genetic health tests without the need to carry out each one individually, with results that are easy to interpret. At present, the packages are available for the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, English Springer Spaniel, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Beagle, Border Collie, Rough Collie, Chinese Crested and Australian Shepherd.

More information is available on the Kennel Club website at

Dog-friendly holidays

The Kennel Club has announced a new partnership with Awaze UK, the parent company of and Hoseasons, both of which welcome millions of guests and their canine companions each year, to provide a platform for booking dog-friendly holiday accommodation, ranging from holiday properties and lodges to canal boats and cruisers.

As the biggest providers of pet-friendly accommodation in the UK, and Hoseasons also offer ‘ultra dog-friendly’ properties complete with doggy showers and a welcome pack including towels, a water bowl and special dog tags.
And to celebrate the partnership, the Kennel Club with and Hoseasons have launched a competition to win a £300 prize towards a dog-friendly short UK break. 

Canine sports research

The Kennel Club is delighted to announce a new partnership between Agility Team GB and Hartpury University and Hartpury College.

As one of the leading education providers in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing, Gloucestershire-based Hartpury University and Hartpury College joins the Kennel Club and Natural Instinct in supporting Great Britain’s top dog agility team, ahead of next year’s European Open 2020, which will be held at Rutland Showground in Leicestershire from Thursday 30 July to Sunday 2 August 2020.

As well as their support for Agility Team GB, through the provision of the venue and facilities for both squad and team days, the partnership will also see a collaborative approach to sports science research in competitive canine activities. Providing opportunities for research and evidence-based practice that will benefit both dogs and human athletes, the relationship between the two organisations will bring together the Kennel Club’s commitment to dog health, welfare and training with Hartpury’s reputation in cutting-edge animal and sport research.

For further details regarding Agility Team GB, please visit the Kennel Club website:

Have A Go dog showing

Among the first initiatives announced by the Dog Show Promotion working party was the conferring of ‘all breeds’ status upon six general championship shows at which CCs would be on offer for all eligible breeds from 2019 onwards. The chosen events joined the traditional ‘representative’ shows to create a line-up of ten shows which would earn this special status by helping to promote dog showing in their catchment area.

In view of this, at each of these events this year (Crufts excepted, which already does quite a lot to promote dog showing!), Have A Go dog showing workshops have been held, designed for novice exhibitors or even those who have never shown a dog before but are curious. Around 30 people have attended each session held so far, which typically involves a talk on ringcraft and what to expect before, during and after a show, as well as some practical handling tips. 

Then comes the opportunity to handle a dog in a mock ‘class’ and it must be said that some of the goody bags offered to participants by societies, trade stands and the KC at these workshops have been generous in the extreme, which must make these newcomers feel very encouraged indeed. Let’s hope this is an initiative which is taken up by more societies in the years to come.

The sessions cost £10 which includes a copy of the Beginners Guide to Dog Showing. Some societies also charge a car parking fee, so anyone interested should check the show schedule. 

To find out more and to book a Have A Go dog showing session, please visit Kennel Club staff members are more than happy to answer any questions on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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