Health and welfare for show dogs

The following information provides those participating in, or judging at dog shows with a selection of tools that enable them to continue to put canine health and welfare first.

Breed Watch

Breed Watch has been developed to provide a resource for all those involved in dog showing to identify, monitor and address health and welfare concerns, further Breed Watch offers opportunities for judges and exhibitors to develop their understanding through educational events. Breed Watch raises awareness  of health and welfare ensuring it remains a key priority when judging and exhibiting dogs at shows.

  • To find out more about the points of concern listed for individual breeds use the Breed Watch tool.
  • For guidance on all aspects of Breed Watch please visit our online guide here.

Breed Watch Education Days

Breed Watch Education Days are open to all and will provide Judges at all levels of experience with a developed understanding of health and welfare concerns they should be aware of when judging. For more information about upcoming Breed Watch Education Days, click here.

Vet Checks

Veterinary health checks confirm Best of Breed awards at dog shows, by assessing dogs to ensure that no visible health conditions, which may cause pain or discomfort, are rewarded.  Further information can be found in this section on the processes and procedures behind these checks.

Category Three Breeds

This section provides answers to common questions about  Category Three Breeds including which breeds are identified as Category Three on Breed Watch, why they have been added, and what is being done to address the issues.

The Kennel Club Academy

The Kennel Club Academy contains new online learning resources delivering presentations including many of the mandatory elements required in the Kennel Club's established judges training programme. These are all essential pre-learning before attending the official seminars delivered by Accredited Trainers and offer established judges the opportunity to keep up to date on regulations and judging procedures:

  • Points of the Dog Assessment including an opportunity to test your knowledge
  • Conformation and Movement
  • Requirements of a Dog Show Judge including a mock exam
  • Ring Stewarding including a mock exam
  • Completing the Breed Health Monitoring form
  • As importantly, also featured on the Academy is a variety of breed specific films from breed experts giving their personal observations of the breed (Beagle, Dachshund, Boxer, Scottish Terrier and Chow Chow). More films will be added to the Academy during the course of this year and in years to come.

The Academy costs just £26 for one year's access to all of the Judges Education resources, including new resources that we continue to add over the next 12 months.

To find out more or to sign up for one year's access, click here.

Recently launched learning resource: Conformation and Movement

We have launched a new Conformation and Movement resource on the Kennel Club Academy. The resource acts as pre-learning and aims to complement and support the delivery of the seminars by Accredited Trainers and to enhance judges' educational experience. The Conformation and Movement Series is divided into seven easy-to-follow chapters. Users of the resource will be able to access it at their own time and convenience, as many times as they wish.


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