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Kennel Club Insight-February

Kennel Club Insight-February

Kennel Club Insight

Your monthly guide to what the Kennel Club is doing for you and your dogs

by the Kennel Club press team

Ban on third-party puppy sales goes ahead

The Kennel Club was delighted to receive the news from Defra just prior to Christmas that a ban on the third-party sale of puppies and kittens in England, known widely as ‘Lucy’s Law’, is going to be brought in by the Government. This is an issue on which the Kennel Club has campaigned for a great many years, so we are pleased to know that a lot of hard work has not gone unheeded.

The decision was taken following a public consultation from which there was over 95 per cent support for a ban. It will help bring to an end the terrible welfare conditions found in puppy farming and solve a range of existing animal welfare issues.
This will mean that anyone looking to buy or adopt a puppy or kitten under six months must either deal directly with the breeder or with an animal rehoming centre.
This will help to crack down on puppy farms and make it much harder for high volume low welfare breeders, both licensed and unlicensed, whose trade relies on third party sellers.
These include the early separation of puppies and kittens from their mothers and the increased likelihood of long journeys that puppies or kittens have to undertake. All of these can contribute to an increased risk of disease and a lack of socialisation for the puppies and kittens.
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Olympia agility stakes finals winners crowned

This year’s winners have been crowned at the Kennel Club Olympia Agility Stakes, held in association with Skinner’s Pet Foods.

The prestigious event saw the stars of agility compete in five finals in the small, medium, large, large novice, and ABC (Anything But Collie) categories as part of the London International Horse Show at Olympia.

Each competition was judged by Kennel Club championship agility judge, Martin Cavill.

The winners of the agility stakes finals were:

• ABC – Isaac Hartley with Labrador cross, Kamikaze Kiera.
• Medium – Dawn Weaver with Border Collie cross, Galaxy's Ace Of Spades.
• Large Novice – Jenny Kimber with Border Collie, Fandabidozi Dare To Rumba.
• Large 6-7 – Natasha Wise with Border Collie, Ag Ch Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble.
• Small – Dave Munnings with Border Collie/Corgi cross, Boost Bite.

William Delamore, Sales and Marketing Director at Skinner’s, commented: “The standard at Olympia was world class. Every year we look forward to the competitions and we are thrilled to be part of such a prestigious event. Congratulations to the winners for their fantastic performances and we’d like to wish each and every competitor the best of luck for 2019.”

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Congratulations to all the competitors, we saw so many talented dogs and handlers over the weekend. The Olympia Stakes are always an exciting way to end the year and testament to how popular agility is as a canine activity. We hope that all our winners and competitors have a successful 2019.”

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Rollo wins Cocker Championship for 2019

FT Ch Kiltonbeck Rollo, owned and handled by Mr S Winspear, has won the prestigious Kennel Club Cocker Spaniel Championship for 2019.

The competition, sponsored by Skinner’s Pet Foods Field & Trial, was held at Thirlestane Castle near the Borders town of Lauder, by kind permission of Wilson Young Snr and Wilson Young Jnr and Eskdale Shooting Services.

The judges were Messrs P Avery, A Robinson, A Slater and W Thomas who selected the following winners:

• 1st – FT Ch Kiltonbeck Rollo, owned and handled by Mr S Winspear.
• 2nd – FT Ch Countryways Alice of Craiwarn, Mrs N Cannon.
• 3rd – FT Ch Windwithe Solitaire of Strigidae, Samantha Thatcher.
• 4th – FT Ch Endowood Clowne, Mr I Openshaw.

Diplomas of Merit were awarded to:
• FT Ch Glenugie's Nalani, Mr J Reid.

• FT Ch Timsgarry Jynx, owned by Ms A Hayes and handled by Mr I Openshaw.

• FT Ch Amtosk Countach, Mr M Smee.

• FT Ch Fernmoss Gertie, Mr R Ellershaw.

• FT Ch Poolgreen Clasp, Mr M Smee.

• Rugeley's Peregrine, owned by Mr L Mulcrow and handled by Mr A Bennett.

• FT Ch Dakotagun Arwin, owned by Mr J and Mrs R Atkinson and handled by Mr J Atkinson.

• Trochry Eau Rouge of Poolgreen, Mr W Clulee.

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• Glenugies Tempest, owned by Mr and Mrs J Reid and handled by Mr I Openshaw.

• FT Ch Kiltonbeck Helga, Mr S Winspear.

• FT Ch Brillscote Blackberry, Mr J Thompson.

• Pinsark Anastasia, Mr A Kirk.

• Endowood Faith, Mr S Dixon.

The Guns' Choice was FT Ch Windwithe Solitaire of Strigidae.

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YKC drawing competition winners announced

Young Kennel Club members were recently given the opportunity to help promote the YKC’s new crossbreed competition by designing an eyecatching poster.

The YKC had a lot of brilliant drawings sent in and judging was difficult. The winning posters were:

• 1st prize – Chloe McLellan, age 15.
• 2nd prize – Amy Brook, age 17.
• Joint 3rd prize – Rosie Green, age 13, and Rebecca Johnson, age 9.

The YKC Crossbreed Competition will showcase YKC members’ crossbreed dogs in the YKC ring at Crufts. The idea behind the competition is very similar to that behind the well-established Scruffts competition, an event which is fun but also seeks to stress important messages relating to responsible dog ownership.

The YKC members were asked to make the crossbreed dog(s) the main subject in the design of their drawing. The poster could show part of the dog such as just the head or the entire body of the dog standing, sitting or lying down. The picture could also show more than one crossbreed dog, in a group picture.

The design entry had to be A4 in size and portrait layout. A range of materials could be used, including drawing (pencil or pen), painting or printmaking. No titles or wording were required to be added to the design.

Congratulations to the winners of the competition. More information about the YKC can be found by visiting

KC Academy breed film library grows

Is your breed club/council interested in collaborating with the Kennel Club on an exciting opportunity to create a breed specific film for judges’ education? The Kennel Club’s Education and Training team is developing an online library of such films on the Kennel Club Academy to assist aspiring and existing judges.

The films are managed by the office on behalf of the Training Board and funded by the Kennel Club Educational Trust. Each film aims to deliver the selected breed speaker’s interpretation of the Kennel Club Breed Standard and will be broken down into the following four segments:

• History of the breed
• Kennel Club Breed Standard
• Nose to tail
• Movement in the ring

The film’s messages may be delivered through different media such as audio voiceover and ‘to camera’ footage and will require supporting scripts and PowerPoint presentations for approval and delivery.

For more information, please contact the Education and Training team at To be considered for 2019, please express your interest as soon as possible to allow for development time. Filming days are provisionally pencilled in for April, July and October.

Please note the following breed films have either already been made or are in the process of being created – Border Collie, Border Terrier, Boxer, Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dachshund, Dalmatian, Dandie Dinmont Terrier, English Setter, Eurasier, French Bulldog, Golden Retriever, Griffon Bruxellois, Italian Greyhound, Japanese Shiba Inu, Keeshond, Labardor Retriever, Lagotto Romagnolo, Manchester Terrier, Norwegian Buhund, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Schipperke, Scottish Terrier, Siberian Husky, Tibetan Spaniel, Pembroke Welsh Corgi and Whippet.

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Free licences for single breed CC judges

Under newly-approved changes to the Judges Competency Framework (JCF), which begins in 2019, there will be no licence fee for single breed judges approved to award CCs by 1 July 2019.

In order to qualify for a free licence and maintain it, judges must not aspire to award CCs in an additional breed.

These changes have come about as a result of a review of the JCF carried out by the Judges Committee following feedback, including comments received at the Kennel Club SGM in November.

Such judges will be exempt from paying a fee provided they apply for their licence between the latter half of 2019, when the JCF online system goes live, and the end of 2020. After this period, the option of a free licence will no longer be available and all single breed CC judges will be charged £10 annually for the duration of their judging career.

The previously announced £26 annual licence fee will apply to judges who award CCs in more than one breed, including those who judge a breed with more than one variety (eg Dachshunds and Poodles). This charge also applies to any licensed judge who judges more than one breed at JCF Level 2 or above (entitled to judge more than 3 (4) classes at open shows), including single breed CC judges who aspire to judge a further breed at CC level.

It has also been announced that all licensed single breed CC judges will be entitled under the JCF to judge up to 3 (4) classes of an additional breed or breeds at open show level (JCF Level 1). There is no change to plans to allow these judges to continue to be able to judge BIS, groups and AV classes at such shows.

Please direct any enquiries about the JCF to email

Photo details – Natasha Wise with Border Collie, Ag Ch Nedlo Flipping Shiny Pebble, winners in the Large 6-7 stakes, receive their trophy from KC Chairman, Steve Croxford. Photo by Kennel Club


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