The SKK - Svenka Kennelklubben (Swedish Kennel Club, in English), is Sweden's largest organisation dedicated to dogs and dog owners. We represent the interests of our 300,000 members – first time dog owners, experienced breeders, hunters, dog lovers, puppy buyers, exhibitors, agility competitors and many more.


    Follow this link for the SKK Blog at DogWellNet

    Follow this link for more information on the Swedish Kennel Club including our organizational structure, code of ethics, and more.

    About Us:

    The Swedish Kennel Club was founded in 1889 and is an organisation for everyone with an interest in dogs.


    Breeding and rearing of purebred dogs is the foundation of SKK’s activities. The very first paragraph of the charter, which states the goals of the organization, specifies the significance of breeding through the text: “to create interest in, and promote, the breeding of mentally and physically healthy purebred dogs that are adequate in terms of working and hunting and that have a favourable appearance”.


    Supervision of Breeders in Sweden
    The SKK carries out extensive supervision of its members, with the priority on breeders. More than one hundred kennel consultants carry out approximately 2000 visits a year to kennels throughout the country. In many areas, the consultants work closely with the animal welfare officers employed by the municipalities.


    Education of Breeding Officials within the SKK
    Education of breeding officials and breeders is a priority and major focus of the SKK’s activities. The central organisation has compiled extensive material, including several books (in Swedish), to support the education. The SKK organizes yearly courses for breeding officials as well as regular breeding conferences. The investment in education is one stage in the SKK’s efforts to quality-assure dog breeding. Knowledgeable and responsible breeders are the best way to achieve dog breeding which benefits the future of the various breeds.


    Registries – The SKK registry and Breeding Statistics
    There are approximately 780,000 dogs in Sweden. All breeders who are members of the SKK register their puppies in the SKK database. Approximately 70% of Sweden’s total canine population is registered with SKK. The registers are accessible to the public, and anyone can view them on the SKK website through Dog Data (Hunddata) internet service. The register contains pedigree data and results from various competitions, trials and tests, as well as the results of genetic health programmes administered by SKK. This gives buyers the opportunity to obtain a lot of information before purchasing their puppy, and breeders the possibility to evaluate their breeding stock.


    As an additional service to breeders and breed clubs, the SKK website also features the Breeding Records service (Avelsdata) including breeding statistics for both individual dogs and for each breed as a whole. The statistics are based on results from health programmes, the dog mentality assessment, official competitions, and dog shows, as well as pedigree information. For individual dogs, individual records as well as statistics for littermates, full-sibs and offspring are available. The pedigree and coefficient of inbreeding is shown for each dog. Moreover, the service includes an option to calculate the expected inbreeding coefficient for offspring resulting from a planned mating. The population-wide information provides a general picture of the development and status of a breed as a whole, including statistics on number of registrations, dogs used for breeding, health traits, behaviour traits and average levels of inbreeding by birth year. The Breeding Records service is accessible to everyone and has become extremely popular. The transparency and opportunity to obtain information is relatively unusual from an international kennel club perspective.


    The SKK Genetic Health Programmes
    Genetic health programmes are one of the tools used by the SKK to manage hereditary disease. The SKK implemented the use of screening programmes to improve health in Swedish dogs more than 30 years ago. The first programmes concerned hip dysplasia and hereditary eye diseases. More recently, programmes for other heritable conditions, such as elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and heart disease have been developed. Health programmes are based on breed-specific needs and have been introduced on request from and in consultation with the breed clubs.


    An increasing number of genes underlying health issues in dogs are being revealed by advances in molecular genetics research. In addition to health programmes based on phenotypic information, the SKK records findings from genetic tests for several gene mutations. The availability of genetic tests makes it possible to accurately determine the genotype of an individual dog with respect to a specific disease, enabling a more subtle management of breeding programmes to decrease the frequency of a particular disease gene without unnecessary reduction of genetic variation.


    Besides physical health, SKK has developed programmes with respect to mental health and management of genetic variation. All results of tests carried out on dogs of breeds included in the various programmes are registered with the SKK and the results are accessible to the public through the SKK webpage.


    Genetic tests in dog breeding - Nordic strategy regarding the use of DNA tests in breeding
    The availability of genetic tests for different diseases in dogs has increased dramatically in recent years. For breeders and dog owners, the utility and accuracy of these tests are often difficult to assess. Even though DNA tests offer new opportunities as a tool for breeding, they also imply new questions and challenges. The fact that a genetic test is available for a disease in a breed does not automatically mean that the test is accurate or appropriate to use as basis for breeding decisions.


    The Scientific Committee of the Nordic Kennel Union (NKU/VK) has agreed on a common strategy regarding the use of genetic tests in dog breeding. The document should give guidance to breeders and dog owners in the Nordic countries regarding the use of genetic tests.


    International Cooperation – Dog Health Workshop
    The 1st International Workshop on Enhancement of Genetic Health in Pedigree Dogs – the Dog Health Workshop in short – was organised by the Swedish Kennel Club in Stockholm in 2012. The second workshop is arranged by the German Kennel Club (VDH) in Dortmund on February 14-15, 2015.


    The Dog Health Workshop provides an opportunity to exchange experiences and views on dog genetic health. The overall aim is to boost the collaborative actions needed for a healthy, long term sustainable dog breeding.


    The first Dog Health Workshop attracted a wide range of stakeholders, such as geneticists, veterinarians, and representatives from cynological and animal welfare organizations. Seven key issues were addressed and proposals for its further handling were suggested by the 140 participants, representing 24 countries in different parts of the world.

    National Kennel Club/ non-profit


    The basic structure of the SKK is that of a representative union of non-profit clubs with approximately 300,000 individual members. Decision-making is done democratically by various committees. The final decisions are made by Kennelfullmäktige, KF (the Kennel Council), who assembles once every second year. All member clubs send delegates to the General Meeting. During the period between the KF assemblies, the General Committee is responsible for running the club. The central organisation has an office with about 70 employees, administrating the club's business.


    SKK dedicates substantial resources to helping breeders breed dogs in a way which benefits both the individual dog and the development of the various breeds. The SKK’s Breeding Committee is responsible for all issues related to breeding within the organisation. Its members are made up of breeders with a special interest in these issues, and a number of experts in veterinary medicine and genetics have been co-opted by the committee. In addition to regular meetings, the Breeding Committee also organises conferences for breeding officials from member clubs and initiates courses in specific subjects. The Breeding Committee is responsible for the project to develop a breed-specific breeding strategy for each breed.


    The breed clubs affiliated to SKK have delegated responsibility for one or more breeds, and the clubs therefore have their own breeding officials or someone responsible for breeding issues. Their tasks include keeping up-to-date with issues concerning the breed, at the individual as well as the breed level, both from a national and international perspective. The breeding officials provide breeders with information which helps them to set appropriate priorities and to make personal decisions regarding their breeding programme.


    The SKK central office in Stockholm has a department for breeding and health employing eight persons, including two full-time breeding consultants, a geneticist and a veterinarian. The department is responsible for assisting the Breeding Committee and breed clubs in breeding-related issues, for example, managing health programmes, breeding statistics and genetic evaluations. The employees have access to a broad contact network made up of experts in the field of veterinary medicine, genetics, ethology (animal behaviour) and cynology. Moreover, the department plays an important role in SKK’s education of breeding officials from the clubs.

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  • About IPFD
    • The initial Board of the IPFD is comprised of individuals with respected international reputations, who represent a broad array of stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and who comprise a range of backgrounds and abilities that are needed by this new organization. They sit on the Board, not as representatives of their home organizations (Founding Partners), per se, but as individuals with commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the IPFD. Further, we have included an independent member of the Board who has no formal affiliation with the Founding Partners.


      Brief CVs for the Board, as comprised in August 2014, follow.




      Below we present a collection of links and excerpts from media coverage of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. We will be adding more content as media articles are published.


    • PRESS RELEASE – International Dog Health Workshop

      The 2nd International Dog Health Workshop took place over the weekend of 14/15 February, organised by the VDH in partnership with the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), in Dortmund.

      Over 125 delegates from 18 countries attended the two day event formally known as the International Workshop on the Enhancement of Genetic Health in Pedigree Dogs.

      The event followed on from the 1st International Dog Health Workshop which took place in Stockholm in June 2012.



    • An article in the February 2017 edition of the UK's Veterinary Practice takes a look at ongoing national and international efforts to enhance the welfare of pedigreed dogs.  It also asks the question, "Are we making a difference?" and encourages veterinarians to examine their role, individually and collectively.

    • logo-cvmbs.pngNEWS...


      Animal Welfare Champion Receives Honor Alumna Award


      Dr. Patricia Olson (Ph.D., '81), named the CVMBS Distinguished Alumna for 2016, has been a teacher, a researcher, and a consultant. But regardless of her role, one thing is constant. She is a tireless champion for animal and human welfare.



    • We have provided below a number of tips to assist you in utilizing some of the key features of DogWellNet. Please note that the site is still in a Continued Development Phase and, therefore, the availability of some features and content may change as the site evolves.


      If you need more help finding your way around DogWellNet, go to our Help Desk, visit our Forums or refer to the Contacts listed at the bottom of every page.



    • The formal agreement was signed 22 Oct 2015 between Pekka Olson, Chair, IPFD and Christian Eymar-Dauphin, President of the French Kennel Club (SCC) confirming that the SCC will host the next IPFD International Dog Health Workshop in Paris in early 2017.  Dates and venue will be announced soon.


    • IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett is presenting information on breed-specific statistics and strategies in cooperation with Agria Pet Insurance, Sweden. Keep reading for dates and other details.



    • On the 15th of February 2015, entered Phase 2 in development.


      We officially launched the website at the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) in Dortmund, Germany. The public has been given access to most of the preliminary content that is available on the site. But it is important to realize that Phase 2 is really about further developing the cooperation and collaborations that form the base of our mission, vision and goals. By bringing together the people most active in providing information, evaluation, strategies, advice and more to the dog community, especially the breeding community, we hope to maximize the impact of


      Phase 2 includes adding more Members to the DogWellNet Community to help us expand the content and functionality of the platform. We are engaging many from our IPFD Partners, Sponsors and Collaborators and many from the 2nd IDHW in order to facilitate the international collaborations identified there as key to the health, well-being and welfare of dogs.


      Guests are able to see public content. As of April 2016, Guests can sign up for a Member account to access some additional content and features on the website. Invited Members and Advanced Members (in general, those recommended by one of our Partners or Sponsors) will help us build content and further refine the website and will receive information on the registration procedure through their organization or from the team.


      Our News section will keep everyone updated on the exciting developments going on 'behind-the-scenes' as we support new and ongoing initiatives.




    • We're truly proud of what we accomplished in our first full year of operation, and we're excited to present a summary of our achievements in the IPFD Annual Report 2015.



      The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization, registered in Sweden,

      initiated by a group of independent stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and 

      officially launched in April 2014.


      We'd like to share holiday greetings and news from our colleagues at VetCompass.


    • Please visit our Partners and Sponsors pages to keep track of who is joining the IPFD and DogWellNet teams.


      The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) announces the “Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs” initiative:

      to support the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dog health and breeding decisions



      The ever-increasing emergence of new canine DNA tests and testing laboratories has made choosing quality DNA testing providers and the right DNA tests for health and breeding decisions increasingly challenging for many owners, Harmonizationlogo.thumb.jpg

      breeders and veterinarians.

      Working with a wide-spectrum of stakeholders in dog health, the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) "Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs" initiative will provide practical support to address these challenges.



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      Many thanks to the AKC-CHF and our other sponsors for supporting the collaborative Harmonization of Genetic Testing initiative!!!


      See the Dog News Annual Issue for the complete article.


















    • In a recent commentary in Dog World, online, Simon Parsons said:


      " IN TODAY’S world of dog breeding it is impossible for anyone, even the Brits, to exist in isolation. "


      " In the 21st century, should it really be the case that breeds are recognised by one governing body, but not another, that health tests results are not uniform, that some kennel clubs (like, to its credit, our own) publish everything about the dogs they register and some (like the American Kennel Club), publish nothing, not even the numbers it registers? "


      " So that is why I feel that the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), which is aiming to create a ‘DogWellNet’ website co-ordinating data of dog health, breeding and ownership, is one of the most important steps forward of recent times. "


      Read the whole article online:

    • logo_stream_bva_congress.pngFrom the BVA congress held in November 2016


      At the Session offered on Thursday, November 17, 2016: Two paws forward, one paw back: are we making any progress on pedigree dog health? presentations were offered by Dr. Brenda Bonnett DVM PhD, CEO, International Partnership for Dogs and Nick Blayney BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Advisor, The Kennel Club.





      An article has been included in the December Issue of the Veterinary Record: Title: BVA congress: Improving the health of pedigree dogs: is enough being done?25.covervetrecorddec16.gif



      "Controversies at Crufts in recent years have indicated there is still more to do to improve the health of pedigree dogs. Is the Kennel Club doing enough and can the UK learn from international experiences to help take matters forward? These questions were discussed during a session on pedigree dog health at the BVA Congress last month.
      Georgina Mills reports"




    • Alan’s passion for Bullmastiffs, and purebred dogs in general, is shared by his wife, Chris Lezotte. They have been active breeders and exhibitors for 30 years, producing 165 champions including BIS , BISS, and five generations of Group winners under the HappyLegs, Registered prefix. Alan is the AKC Delegate from the American Bullmastiff Association and its current president.

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