KC Crufts BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme Examination

BVA/KC/ISDS Eye Scheme Examination Crufts, National Exhibition Centre, Marston Green Thursday 9th March 2023 – Sunday 12th March 2023 The Kennel Club is pleased to offerBVA/KC/ISDS Eye scheme examinations at Crufts 2023 for just £30.00 per dog (at a reduced rate to the normal group pricing of £45). How to book your BVA/KC/ISDS Eye scheme … Read more

Idipathehic Epilepsy & Epilepsy of Unknown Cause in Irish Setter

This study was published in December 2022 by Marta Plonek & Dutch colleagues in Frontiers in Veterinary Science. This study focusses on phenotypic characteristics of idiopathic epilepsy and epilepsy of unknown cause in Irish Setters and looks at its mode on inheritance. To read the full study:    https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2022.1066094/full


The Kennel Club has organised a free webinar for owners and breeders who would like to find out more about canine epilepsy, including what research has told us to date, and how best to support dogs affected with the condition, and their owners. The webinar, organised by The Kennel Club’s health team and taking place via Microsoft Teams on Monday 30th January 2023 from 7:00pm-8:30pm, will serve as an opportunity to refresh interested parties’ knowledge of epilepsy, learn more about the complexities of the condition and what future research could teach us. Those interested in attending the webinar can register here. The webinar will include a presentation and question and answer session with world-renowned specialist Professor Holger Volk, who has pioneered advancements in canine neurology research throughout his career. The event will give owners and breeders who have varying experience with the condition a chance to learn more via Professor Volk’s expertise and experience. Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder in dogs, affecting an estimated 0.6-0.7% of all dogs in the UK alone – around one in 130 dogs. It is identified as a priority condition through the Breed Health and Conservation Plan project, run by The Kennel Club in collaboration with breed clubs, for 35 breeds, equivalent to almost 20% of Kennel Club registered dogs. Sadly, there is no known prevention for this disease, but there are tools and resources available to support affected dogs and their owners. Now fully subscribed More information about canine epilepsy is available at thekennelclub.org.uk/epilepsy/

KC’s CombiBreed

I am writing to let you know that there will be some changes made to the KC’s CombiBreed product. As of today the service will be placed on hold, as we will be launching our new and improved DNA Testing Services from the 1st November. During the month interim the product will be removed from The Kennel Club website and we will be unable to take orders whilst we prepare for relaunch. We wish to let you know and reaffirm to any owners who have already taken out a bundle/ test prior to today that their products will still be processed and completed, however no new orders will be taken from today until relaunch.  Please feel free to point any enquiries in our direction, through contacting the health team: health@thekennelclub.org.uk   or via phone on 01296 318540 selecting menu option 1 and entering 8501. CombiBreed will be renamed as “The Kennel Club DNA Testing Services” and we are excited to announce that profiling will be available as part of the product. A series of “coming soon” communications will also be sent out in the run-up to the launch with more detail on what the new products will entail. Any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

The BVA/KC Hip & Elbow Dysplasia Scheme

Customer Experience Survey We would like to invite you to participate in a survey being undertaken by the British Veterinary Association, in collaboration with The Kennel Club, to understand the experiences of customers who have used the BVA/KC Hip & Elbow Dysplasia Scheme between 2019-2022. It is of upmost importance to both The Kennel Club … Read more

KC Health Test Results Updated June 2022

All health test results have been supplied and reproduced by kind permission of the Kennel Club and will be updated periodically.  Latest Update June 2022 Eye tests results for Irish Setters Irish Setter DNA CLAD clear Irish Setter DNA CLAD carriers Irish Setter CLAD hereditarily clear Irish setter PRA DNA rcd1 clear results Irish setter … Read more

Recent Website Updates

We have been busy updating the website recently and the below sections have been updated, more to follow !!! Vets section Buying medicines online Thinking about unthinkable Pet Passports now Traveling Abroad Snow section About the breed section

The Kennel Club announces inaugural dog health and welfare conference

The Kennel Club has announced it will be hosting its first Health and Welfare Conference, bringing together dog health experts, breed community representatives, owners, breeders and dog show judges. Following the renewed interest in dog ownership during the pandemic, the inaugural event, taking place on September 25 and 26 2021 at Chesford Grange in Kenilworth, … Read more

Kennel Club Genetics Cenre Newsletter

The Kennel Club Genetics Centre (KCGC) is slowly, but surely, settling into the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge. The team now has a full complement of 9 members, all of whom have come from the Animal Health Trust (an indication of how much we all love and believe in the work … Read more