For more than 60 years, the Nordic Kennel Union has been the unified voice of the Nordic countries in the dog world.
NKU members share a passion for animal welfare and dog health which is reflected in common strategies to secure future generations of healthy and sound dogs through responsible and sustainable breeding.
Health is one of the most important aspects of dog breeding and a central area for Nordic cooperation.
NOTE from IPFD CEO Brenda Bonnett:
Congratulations - and thank you - to all the NKU members - and especially our IPFD Partners the kennel clubs of Sweden, Finland and Norway. Individually these clubs are amazing in terms of the scope of their efforts and their historical and ongoing commitment to the health and welfare of dogs. Their willingness to share with individual dog breeders and other clubs - through DogWellNet.com and other venues - makes them great role models and leaders in the dog world.
NKU is a co-operation between five kennel clubs’ in Scandinavia. NKU makes policy decisions on different issues and that each country’s kennel club confirms and includes in their respective regulations.
1954 – A Nordic conference was held in November, where the meeting discussed, amongst other issues, FCI and their organization. The meeting decided to form Nordic committees to solve the question of qualifications to become a champion and to work out uniform regulations for judging trials for British Pointers, earth dogs and utility dogs.
1956 – At the Nordic conference in Helsinki, The Nordic Kennel Union, NKU was officially formed.
The first championship show where the title Nordic Winner was awarded was in the late 1970-ies.
Consists of five countries: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.
The office for NKU changes every third year
NKU/AU (executive committee) works as a general committee and have meetings one or more times every year; president, managing director and one more representative from each country.
NKU has different committees e.g. Science, Agility, Obedience and Hunting which have yearly meetings
Have worked out and decided on common show regulations
NKU main tasks:
To co-ordinate and develop Nordic dog sport
To strengthen the Nordic voice in the world
Organize Nordic Winner Show every fourth year and Nordic Championship in Obedience, Agility, Freestyle and Junior Handling
Co-operation in health programs e.g. through reading of x-rays
Co-operation in common show regulations and qualifications
Co-operation in judges’ education programs
NKU current issues (2014):
Working to decide on common Special Breed Specific Instructions, BSI, for judges to avoid exterior exaggerations in pedigree dogs
The BSI aims to prevent health issues caused by physical exaggerations in pedigree dogs.
In the NKU BSI there are six basic criteria defining if a breed should be listed as a high profile breed. Breeds which fulfill these and are thus listed are particularly paid attention to at dog show judging by the judge.