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 … 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 … Read more

Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre


The KC has confirmed The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Centre will reopen at the University of Cambridge and it will continue to be led by Dr Cathryn Mellersh. THE KENNEL CLUB GENETICS CENTRE TO RE-OPEN AS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE Following the announcement in July 2020 of the closure … Read more

KC Health Test Results Update March 2021

Eye tests results for Irish Setters Irish Setter CLAD clear Irish Setter CLAD carriers Irish Setter CLAD hereditarily clear Irish setter PRA rcd1 clear results Irish setter PRArcd1 Hereditarily clear Irish Setter PRA rcd4 clears Irish setter PRArcd4 carrier results Irish Setter PRArcd4 affected Irish Setter PRArcd4 H-clears Irish Setter … Read more

Closure of the Animal Health Trust (AHT)

In 2020 we were given the sad news that the Animal Health Trust was closing. It had faced fundraising issues exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and when it closed at the end of July The Kennel Club and the Animal Health Trust (AHT) issued a joint statement advising that the … Read more

KC Breed Health and Conservation plan

The breed health and conservation plans ensure that all health concerns are identified through evidence-based criteria which is compiled into a single document.  The Kennel Club has gathered all available health information and data about each specific breed which  is used as a basis to collaboratively create a strategy to tackle the … Read more

Royal Veterinary College: Pandemic Puppies Survey

Royal Veterinary College: Pandemic Puppies Survey Pandemic Puppies: Exploring puppy buying during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic (UK)   We are all aware from many sources that unusually high numbers of puppies have been bought since the COVID-19 pandemic started in the UK and the ‘Pandemic Puppies’ study, being carried out … Read more


UPDATE ON CANINE HEALTH SCHEMES AS ENGLAND ENTERS SECOND NATIONAL LOCKDOWN  In light of the national four-week lockdown that began in England yesterday (5 November), the British Veterinary Association (BVA) and The Kennel Club (KC) have announced the following changes to the Canine Health Schemes (CHS) in order to follow … Read more

KC Health Projects

KC Health Projects have been added in the Health section. There is a list of research projects on the Kennel Club website and although there are not any specific to Irish Setters some owners might be able to contribute to research covering all breeds. Bringing about research collaboration (BARC) Genetics … Read more

Hip and Elbow submissions

Good News BVA are now able to accept and process hip and elbow submissions, with weekly scoring sessions commencing from the 8th July. However, this will depend on whether individual practices are able to undertake imaging and their specific guidelines. Eye testing sessions have also commenced, and available panellists are … Read more