Press Releases

Kennel Club urges exhibitors to have their say on animal exhibit regulations in Wales
Campaigns - 16th September 2019 - 3:26 PM
The Kennel Club is urging dog show exhibitors from across the UK to write to the Welsh Government to prevent thousands of people who show dogs in Wales being caught in a newly proposed licensing system.
Agility Team GB announce partnership with Hartpury University & Hartpury College
Announcement - 9th September 2019 - 10:03 AM
The Kennel Club is delighted to announce a new partnership between Agility Team GB and Hartpury University and Hartpury College.
Glasgow North West MP's dog wins Westminster Dog of the Year 2019 'Paw-blic' vote
Events - 6th September 2019 - 5:00 PM
There were celebrations in Glasgow today as Jean, a five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier/Collie cross, belonging to Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, emerged victorious after being voted for by the public in the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition’s ‘paw-blic’ vote category.
The search is on again for UK's top dog hero for national award
Announcement - 5th September 2019 - 1:04 PM
On the 9th September, James Middleton will be launching the nationwide search to find the UK’s top dog hero to be crowned the 2020 winner of the annual Kennel Club Friends for Life competition, celebrating a lifetime of friendship and the heart-warming stories of how humans and dogs transform and enrich each other’s lives.
Kennel Club limits ‘hereditary clear’ status to support eradication of health conditions
Health - 4th September 2019 - 4:42 PM
From January 2022, the Kennel Club will limit the assignment of ‘hereditary clear’ status of registered dogs to two generations. This change will be put in place to safeguard against the impact that dogs with an incorrect ‘hereditary clear’ status could have on health issues within a breed.
JCF survey at Richmond and Darlington shows
Announcement - 29th August 2019 - 4:10 PM
Exhibitors and judges attending Richmond and Darlington championship shows will have the opportunity to have their say on the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) as part of a survey on the JCF, the Kennel Club has confirmed.
Kennel Club urge collaborative action to combat puppy farming in Wales as new research highlights crisis
Announcement - 28th August 2019 - 5:37 PM
Following the long-awaited announcement that Lucy’s Law, which bans the third party sale of puppies and kittens, will be coming into effect in Wales alongside a review of breeding regulations, the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the welfare of dogs is urging Assembly Members to consider its action plan to help local authorities clamp down on puppy farmers.
One the three inadvertently buy from puppy farms on impulse
Announcement - 26th August 2019 - 9:50 AM
New research shows consequences of impulsive UK puppy buying habits as charity urges public to #PAWs4thought this Puppy Awareness Week
Review process for JCF begins
Announcement - 23rd August 2019 - 10:57 AM
The first meeting of the panel set up to review the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) has taken place at the Kennel Club’s London headquarters, the Kennel Club has confirmed.
Kennel Club's eventful International Agility Festival 2019 draws to a close
Announcement - 21st August 2019 - 11:08 AM
Last weekend saw the Kennel Club International Agility Festival take place, with over 3,100 dogs and their handlers from all over the world competing in the event, held at Rockingham Castle.
Two novice judges join JCF review panel
Announcement - 9th August 2019 - 2:22 PM
The Kennel Club’s recent appeal for a novice judge to serve on the panel formed to carry out a review of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) has resulted in such an overwhelming number of CVs submitted that not one but two delegates have been appointed, the Kennel Club has announced.
The Kennel Club International Agility Festival Updates
- 9th August 2019 - 9:19 AM
Due to safety reasons, caused by the recent spell of bad weather, the event is cancelled today. If you are here for the Olympia qualifiers please do not leave the venue yet, we will be putting out further announcements shortly.
New DNA testing schemes for the English Setter
Health - 7th August 2019 - 4:22 PM
The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for progressive retinal atrophy (PRA-rcd4) and neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (NCL) in the English Setter following consultation with the breed’s health coordinator on behalf of the breed clubs.
Calling all Oxfordshire crossbreeds to compete for the chance to qualify for Crufts 2020
Announcement - 1st August 2019 - 2:30 PM
Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for local top dogs as it comes to Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on 3rd and 4th August 2019.
Five is the lucky number for Agility Team GB following impressive performances at European Open Championships
Announcement - 29th July 2019 - 5:00 PM
The Kennel Club would like to congratulate Agility Team GB for their performances at the European Open Agility Championships in Arnhem, The Netherlands over the weekend (25th-28th July).
Judging arrangements during JCF review
Announcement - 29th July 2019 - 4:53 PM
The way in which judging appointments are dealt with for breed shows as of 2020 has had to be modified in view of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) having been put on hold while a review is carried out, the Kennel Club has announced.
New all-in-one test for multiple genetic disorders launched by the Kennel Club and Weatherbys
Announcement - 26th July 2019 - 4:53 PM
The Kennel Club and Weatherbys are pleased to announce they have partnered to provide 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.
JCF review panel members confirmed
Announcement - 26th July 2019 - 3:46 PM
The 14 judges so far invited to serve on the panel formed to carry out a review of the Judges Competency Framework (JCF) have all accepted their invitation, the Kennel Club has confirmed.
Importance of checking eligibility before entering a show
Announcement - 25th July 2019 - 10:11 AM
Following a series of recent disqualifications from awards, which are disappointing for everyone concerned, the Kennel Club would like to remind exhibitors of the importance of checking their dog’s eligibility for classes before submitting an entry for a show.
Kennel Club updates Judging Regulations and Code of Best Practice
- 24th July 2019 - 3:31 PM
The Judges Committee and the Board consider there is value in bringing forward a number of new show regulations and a range of additional supporting statements in the code that recognises and protects best practice and underpins and protects the integrity of judges at every level of show.

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