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 Defra’s breeder licensing review

From The Kennel Club  We are contacting you regarding potential changes to legislation and research on welfare relevant to your club and its members. As a stakeholder organisation, we are taking this opportunity to share the Defra breeding regulation questionnaire-based consultation with those who may hold an interest. We are hoping you are able to circulate the Defra PIR survey to any licensed breeders within your breed club who may wish to respond to Defra’s breeder licensing review, and perhaps anyone who was impacted or has had to alter their breeding activities due to the 2018 regulations. Click here for the opportunity to feedback to Defra on the breeding regulations currently under review – LAIA PIR Survey (Schedule 1, parts 1 & 5, Schedule 6 – Breeding of dogs). Please note that this survey has a deadline of 11th November 2022. Many thanks for your help.

BVA/KC Eye Survey

Calling all owners and breeders who have used the BVA hip and elbow schemes. Following the hip and elbow survey (of which the results are currently going through analysis), the BVA have also developed a survey to owners and breeders who have used the scheme, to gain valuable feedback on the scheme’s performance and particular areas that need development. This survey is open to all breeds, and we would be hugely appreciative if you could share this with your communities to allow us to collect as many answers as possible. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ML2WN2S  The survey will be open one month from today, so will be closing on the 24th November 2022

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

Update on Bloat July 2022

Professor Ed Hall, our Breed Health Co- ordinator, attended the recent Large and Giant Breed Working Group meeting and one of the speakers was Professor Mark Dunning who gave a presentation on bloat. He is working with The Deerhound Club investigating the factors influencing bloating and the development and outcome of GDV in Deerhounds in the  … Read more

KC Hereditary clear status

Published on15 July 2022 at 9:13am The Kennel Club has announced that it is unfortunately necessary to pause the changes to its policy on ‘hereditary clear’ status, which were due to become effective from the start of next year. The Kennel Club previously announced that, from January 2023, the assignment of ‘hereditary clear’ status of … Read more