Kennel Club Insight
Your monthly guide to what the Kennel Club is doing for you and your dogs
By the KC Press Office
New breeding regulations
Changes to the legislation that regulates dog breeders, home boarders, boarding kennels and pet shops in England have now been passed in Parliament. The Kennel Club is still awaiting the publication of the accompanying guidance which will provide more detail on the practical implications. The new rules will come into force in October 2018 and the litter threshold for a breeding licence in England will drop from five to three litters in any 12-month period.
However, the specific conditions to which a licensed breeder or boarder will have to adhere, ie maximum number of dogs an individual can be responsible for, and canine living conditions, are to be confirmed. Likewise, we still await confirmation of how the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme will be recognised within the new licensing framework.
For further details on the new legislation, please go to www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/486/pdfs/uksi_20180486_en.pdf.
Petlog Premium launches app
The Kennel Club has joined forces with Bauwow to make sure that Petlog Premium customers can manage their membership through a handy app wherever they are. Whilst out and about, pet owners will always have 24/7 access to Petlog Premium lost and found services.
Recent research shows that:
• 53% of microchips show inaccurate keeper details
• 93% of dogs in the UK are microchipped
• 11% of the dog owning population still don’t realise it is now a legal requirement to have their dog microchipped
Petlog, managed by the Kennel Club, is one of the largest databases for microchipped animals. Petlog Premium offers pet owners a comprehensive range of lost and found services, which ensures they maintain accurate contact details so if the worst happens and their pet goes missing, they can tap the Bauwow app, or log on to the Petlog website and alert local authorised agents to help with their search.
By working with the Bauwow app, Petlog Premium customers now have an enhanced service on top of phone and web access, making it easier to access their details as well as a wide range of other benefits such as a search facility to find vets, stores, groomers, pet carers as well as locate pet friendly bars, cafes and holiday destinations to visit with their dog.
For further information on the Bauwow app and Petlog, please visit petlog.org.uk.
International Canine Health Awards
A leading veterinary dermatologist, a pioneering researcher specialising in canine tick-borne diseases, a devoted breed health coordinator, a PhD student researching pancreatic diseases and a veterinary student examining a life-altering parasite have each received one of the largest veterinary awards in the world for the role they are playing in transforming dog health.
The International Canine Health Awards, organised by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, were presented to Professor Yasuko Rikihisa from the Department of Veterinary Biosciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University; Dr Danny Scott, James Law of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, New York; Royal Veterinary College PhD student, Alice Denyer; University of Liverpool third-year undergraduate student, Jennifer Palfreyman; and breed health co-ordinator for Basset Hounds, Tina Watkins.
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The winners were given prize money to further their work in the field of canine research, underwritten by a major gift from Vernon and Shirley Hill of Metro Bank. Professor Yasuko Rikihisa was awarded £40,000 for the International Award, Dr Danny Scott £10,000 for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Alice Denyer £10,000 for the Postgraduate Student Inspiration Award, Jennifer Palfreyman £5,000 for the Undergraduate Student Inspiration Award, and Tina Watkins £1,000 for the Breed Health Co-ordinator Award. Nominations for the awards were judged by a panel of influential representatives from the veterinary profession and the world of scientific research.
Launched at Crufts in 2012, the International Canine Health Awards were developed to recognise and reward innovative researchers, veterinary scientists and students. For more information, please visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health/international-canine-health-awards/.
Significant Women exhibition
The Kennel Club Art Gallery’s current exhibition, ‘Significant women who have made a difference for dogs’, which was due to finish at the end of June has been extended and will now be on show until the end of July due to popular demand.
The exhibition is timely, coinciding as it does with the centenary commemorations connected with the landmark Government decision to give women the vote in 1918. It is also 40 years since the Kennel Club agreed to allow women to become full members of the club.
The exhibition focuses on twenty different women who made significant contributions to the world of dogs during their lifetimes including Queen Victoria, the first monarch to compete and win at dog shows; founder of the PDSA, Maria Dickin; renowned canine artist, Maud Earl; creator of the Ladies Kennel Association, Alice Stennard Robinson; leading suffragette and a founder of the animal rights movement, Frances Power Cobbe; and Britain’s first female dog show judge, Mary Ann Foster, who stepped into the judging ring in 1889.
The display includes information regarding these pioneering women along with a number of exhibits related to their work in the dog world. These include portraits of Veronica Tudor-Williams’ Basenji, Fula of the Congo; the famous Beagle, Ch Rossut Triumphant, bred and owned by Catherine Sutton; and Sybil Churchill’s Cairn Terrier, Ch Campanologia Pricket. There is extra interest in these exhibits as they were painted by women artists.
The Kennel Club Art Gallery is open to all and free to visit; however, an appointment is necessary. Visiting hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm. To book an appointment, please phone 020 7518 1064 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Agility Festival
The Kennel Club’s International Agility Festival, sponsored by CSJ Canine Feeds, will take place on the 9th-12th August 2018 at Rockingham Castle, Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. More than 3,000 dogs from all over the world will compete in over 200 separate classes held in 18 rings.
The Festival is open to any dog, as long as it is registered on one of the Kennel Club's registers – Breed or Activity – making it one of the few world-class agility competitions to be open to pedigrees, rescue dogs and crossbreeds alike.
The Festival always includes graded classes for all height categories and all grades of agility dog and handler, so that everyone gets a chance to compete at their own level at the UK's largest agility show. With a series of cup classes for all levels – the Starters Cup, Novice Cup, British Open and Nations Cup – as well as special classes for younger handlers and YKC members, there are many opportunities for the best performing dogs to secure a place at Discover Dogs in London or Crufts.
For the hundreds of visitors and spectators who now come to enjoy the Festival atmosphere, there are also opportunities to participate: 'Have a Go' agility to try out their own dogs' aptitude and their own handling skills, and a Companion Dog Show with pedigree and novelty classes. Plus of course a wide range of trade stands offering goods for both humans and dogs, all adding to the Festival fun!
More information about the Festival can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/events/international-agility-festival/.
Photo caption: Pictured at the International Canine Health Awards, organised by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and sponsored by Metro Bank, are Tina Watkins, Alice Denyer, Dr Danny Scott, Jennifer Palfreyman and Professor Yasuko Rikihisa.
Photo by PA / Jeff Spicer.