The Royal Kennel Club: Celebrating 150 Years of Making a Positive Difference for Dogs and Their Owners
The Kennel Club, the UK's largest organisation dedicated to dogs and their welfare, has been granted the royal prefix on its 150th anniversary. As of April 4, 2023, the club will be known as the Royal Kennel Club.
The chairman of the Kennel Club, Tony Allcock OBE, expressed his gratitude for the honour, stating that "the world has changed significantly over the last 150 years - as has the Kennel Club - and we remain committed to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. I am very proud to be part of an organisation that is making a positive difference for dogs and their owners."
The Kennel Club was established in 1873 to bring order and regulations to dog shows and field trials that were taking place at the time. Since then, the club has evolved into a multi-faceted organisation encompassing the UK pedigree and working dog registry, The Kennel Club Charitable Trust, Crufts dog show, the Young Kennel Club, the Good Citizen Dog Training scheme and the members' club itself, which has over 1500 members.
The Kennel Club has held royal patronage since its inception, and the royal prefix is a testament to the club's longstanding commitment to canine health and welfare. This work applies equally to all dogs, whether they are in the show ring, working in the field, taking part in activities such as agility and obedience, or pets and companions.
The Royal Kennel Club's mission is to be a driving force for change in the world of dogs, promoting responsible dog ownership, improving the health and welfare of all dogs, and fostering a positive relationship between dogs and people. The club's newly granted royal status is a testament to the club's longstanding dedication to these principles and its ongoing commitment to making a positive difference for dogs and their owners.
To celebrate the occasion, Pet-Tags will be launching a new range of tags later this year. The Kennel Club encourages dog owners to support the welfare of all dogs by ensuring their pets wear identification tags and are microchipped, as well as supporting the club's ongoing work to safeguard and promote canine health and welfare.
Check out our current collection of Kennel Club tags here!
Find out more at www.kennelclub.org.uk