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The Kennel Club of the UK

The Kennel Club is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. Besides being a voluntary register for pedigree dogs and crossbreed dogs, they offer dog owners and those working with dogs an unparalleled source of education, experience and advice on puppy buying, dog health, dog training and dog breeding

The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Their objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.



  • The KC runs the UK's largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs (through our activity and companion dog registers).
  • The KC runs the Petlog database, which is the UK's biggest reunification service for micro chipped animals.
  • The KC is accredited by UKAS to certify members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, which is the only scheme in the UK that monitors breeders in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches.
  • The KC runs the UK's largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licence shows and clubs providing a wide range of activities.
  • The KC helps people to enjoy fun sports and activities with their dogs. The KC runs the world's largest dog event, Cruftssince 1891, and license more than 4,500 other dog shows and events each year. The KC also runs the International Agility Festival, the world's largest dog agility event.
  • The KC is committed to providing education and advice to puppy buyers to ensure that they buy the right breed for their lifestyle, from a responsible breeder. The Discover Dogs event in London, which is a fun family day covering all aspects of dog care, helps people to understand how to buy a dog responsibly.
  • The Kennel Club Charitable Trust supports research into dog diseases and supports dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations which re-home dogs and assistance dog charities.
  • The KC jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and, through The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, fund The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.
  • The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust will contribute to the AHT's well-established cancer research programme, helping to further improve dog health.

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