What does the Kennel Club do for canine health?

Did you know that last year alone the Kennel Club e-mailed around 420,000 dog owners inviting them and their dogs to contribute to independent scientific research, or that Mate Select, a free online Kennel Club health resource for breeders, was used approximately two million times? The Kennel Club makes a difference to dog health in many different ways and a new report highlights some of the steps taken to provide education, improve health in dog shows, progress scientific research and encourage responsible breeding.  The work of the Kennel Club is ongoing, but… Read More

New book published about 2015 Eukanuba Friends For Life winner Miracle

A book about Miracle, the 2015 winner of the Eukanuba Friends For Life competition, has now been published and focuses on the heart-breaking and inspiring story of Miracle, the dog that refused to die. The book focuses on the tear-jerking, inspirational and incredible tale of Miracle, a crossbreed that was snatched from the streets of Thailand, loaded onto a truck with hundreds of stolen dogs and destined for the restaurants of Hanoi. But an incredible rescue led to a fateful meeting with Amanda Leask, a dog lover from Scotland. Devastated by Miracle’s… Read More

News Release: Kennel Club Charitable Trust Gives Further Funding To Canine Genetic Research Project ‘Give A Dog A Genome’

Additional £25k granted to the Animal Health Trust to create larger and more powerful genome bank to improve dog health. The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has granted a further £25,000 to Give a Dog a Genome, the pioneering initiative from leading UK veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), to improve canine health by applying the latest genome sequencing technology to canine genetics research. The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the AHT, which is run by Dr Cathryn Mellersh, is world-renowned for its genetic research to better understand, and eradicate, inherited diseases… Read More

Winners of Europe’s most prestigious Veterinary Awards revealed

A leading veterinary neurologist, a pre-eminent diagnostic imaging expert, a PhD student researching ways to combat antimicrobial resistance, and a canine pathology student have today 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, run by the Kennel Club Charitable Trust were held on 15 April at the Kennel Club in London. This year’s awards were presented to Professor Holger Volk, Clinical Director of the RVC Small Animal Referral Hospital and Professor of Veterinary Neurology… Read More

The nation’s favourite crossbreed competition is back

Scruffts, the competition that gives crossbreed dogs the opportunity to compete in the main arena at Crufts, is looking for top dogs as it goes to 15 different heats all across the UK. Dogs and owners competing at each of the heats are hoping to make it through to the class semi-finals, held at Eukanuba Discover Dogs at ExCeL London in October, and from there six lucky crossbreed dogs will qualify for Crufts 2017. All crossbreeds and mixed breed dogs in the area are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family… Read More

Bark and Bake returns in aid of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust

The Kennel Club Charitable Trust is inviting dog lovers nationwide to take part in its Bark and Bake campaign during National Pet Month, by holding a Bark and Bake sale during the last week of April (25th April – 2nd May 2016) to raise money for the Trust and help make a difference for dogs. The Kennel Club is holding its own bake sale on 25th April and staff will be baking goods for both dogs and their owners to raise funds for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust. The Kennel Club Charitable… Read More

Crufts Announces The Nation’s Top Canine Hero, Boo

Rosie Reid and Boo with Annaliese Reekie from Eukanuba. Credit: onEdition

Boo, from Swindon, Wiltshire, a Lurcher who is credited with transforming the life of her owner following complications in pregnancy that left her unable to have children and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder has this evening (Sunday March 13th) been announced as the winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition at Crufts 2016. Boo, owned by Rosie Reid, was one of four hero dogs shortlisted for the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition. Decided by a public vote, the owners of the finalists shared their unique stories with the nation before the… Read More

Rescue dog wins Scruffts Crossbreed Dog of the Year at Crufts

Bella was one of six crossbreed finalists in the national Scruffts competition which saw hundreds of dogs compete in qualifying heats around the country, with all six finalists then winning their category at the semi-finals at Eukanuba Discover Dogs in London last October. Bella had won the Best Rescue category to progress to the final. Originally a stray from Govan in Glasgow, when Bella was brought into the Dogs Trust centre at Harefield, Greater London, she was covered in injuries and had been starved close to death. Helen came across her after… Read More

Crufts 2016 Friends for Life nominees revealed

An autism assistance dog which stopped a seven year-old boy biting himself in frustration and shutting himself off in his own world; a Labrador which saved his teenage owner twice from going into a potentially fatal diabetic coma; a Lurcher giving his owner a reason to live again following complications in pregnancy that left her unable to have children; and a dog helping his owner who considered taking her own life following depression caused by bullying, have been selected as finalists for the Crufts dog hero competition, Eukanuba Friends for Life. The… Read More

Young Volunteer To Receive Award At Crufts 2016

21 year-old Zara Werner, from Herne Bay, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month. Zara (pictured right. Credit: The Cinnamon Trust), who is currently at Canterbury Christ Church University studying events management, first started volunteering in 2011 when she was taking part in her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. She wanted to choose a charity where she was able to help someone in her local community on a personal level; this is where she found… Read More