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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ The Kennel Club ~

      The Kennel Club is the largest organization in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.





      Brief Bio: The Kennel Club is the biggest investor in canine health and welfare in the country. It registers approximately 250,000 pedigree dogs each year and thousands more on its companion dog and activity registers, and it and runs Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. The Club invests the money that it makes back into dogs through the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the Kennel Club Educational Trust. Its charitable initiatives include supporting rehoming centres and investing in research and the development of DNA tests to help prevent canine diseases. The Kennel Club has its own Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust where this work is carried out.

      About Us:

      We are the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Our objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

      • We run the UK's largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs (through our activity register).
      • We run the Petlog database, which is the UK's biggest reunification service for microchipped animals.
      • We are accredited by UKAS to certify members of the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme, which is the only scheme in the UK that monitors breeders in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches.
      • We run the UK's largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licence shows and clubs providing a wide range of activities.
      • We help people to enjoy fun sports and activities with their dogs. We run the world's largest dog event, Crufts since 1891, and license more than 4,500 other dog shows and events each year. We also run the International Agility Festival, the world's largest dog agility event.
      • We are committed to providing education and advice to puppy buyers to ensure that they buy the right breed for their lifestyle, from a responsible breeder. The Discover Dogs event in London, which is a fun family day covering all aspects of dog care, helps people to understand how to buy a dog responsibly.
      • The Kennel Club Charitable Trust supports research into dog diseases and supports dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations which re-home dogs and assistance dog charities.
      • We jointly run health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and, through The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, fund The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.
      • Our Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust will contribute to the AHT's well-established cancer research programme, helping to further improve dog health.

      National Kennel Club/ non-profit


      The Kennel Club consists of a maximum of 1500 UK Members plus 100 Overseas Members and a small number of Honorary and Honorary Life Members.


      The Club’s leadership includes a President, Vice-Presidents, Trustees, and a non-executive Chairman of the Kennel Club and the General Committee. The General Committee, comprised of Kennel Club members who have been nominated and appointed by the Membership, is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of the Club in all its aspects and has, reporting to it, all of the Sub Committees and Boards which help to create the policy for and monitor the various activities in which the Club is involved.


      A Chief Executive is responsible for the management of the staff and leadership of business and financial planning and the implementation of strategy. The Secretary and Communications Director is responsible for the press office and parliamentary matters, health and breeder services, the membership area, breed clubs and breed standards, the disciplinary function and the library and art collections.


      Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the Kennel Club’s Patron.

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  • Our Signature Work


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   is the online platform for IPFD and is a curated information hub as well as housing resources to support actions by IPFD and its Partners and Collaborators.




    International Dog Health Workshops



    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'. The 5th IDHW takes place 13-15 June 2024, in Helsinki, Finland and will be co-hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club.




    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database


    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education and provided the foundation for further developments.




    Health Strategies Database for Dogs


    The HSDD Database includes breed-specific health/mentality testing requirements and recommendations established by Health Strategy Providers (HSPs) including kennel clubs, breed clubs, veterinary organizations, and others.



    Pedigree Breeds Database



    As of March 2024, our Pedigree Breeds Database lists 184 breeds. Information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles; Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles, which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed; and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs who share information on their breed with the Community.







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