16th July 2018

Yesterday, myself (for Smooth Collies) and Carole Smedley (for Rough Collie Clubs ) attended the Kennel Club Breed Education Coordinator Meeting at Stoneleigh regarding the new role under the JCF that will start in the middle of 2019, going live January 1st 2020 for Level 1 Judges and for all Judges by 1st January 2022.  

Carole and myself will be compiling information jointly for both Rough Collie and Smooth Collie Judges by the middle of this week and if possible.

Cathy Howard


18th July

Breed Education Meeting report download HERE






Licensing threshold

The regulations have now been rubber stamped and are due to come into force on 1 October 2018, and can be found here - https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2018/486/contents/made

The key sections of the legislation are as follows -

8. Either or both of the following—

(a) breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period;

(b) breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs.

9.  The activity described in paragraph 8 does not include—

(a)keeping a dog on any premises pursuant to a requirement imposed under, or having effect by virtue of, the Animal Health Act 1981,

(b)breeding only assistance dogs or dogs intended to be used as assistance dogs within the meaning of section 173 of the Equality Act 2010(4), or

(c)breeding three or more litters of puppies in any 12-month period if the person carrying on the activity provides documentary evidence that none of them have been sold (whether as puppies or as adult dogs).

to be read in conjunction with

1. The circumstances which a local authority must take into account in determining whether an activity is being carried on in the course of a business for the purposes of this Schedule include, for example, whether the operator—

(a)makes any sale by, or otherwise carries on, the activity with a view to making a profit, or

(b)earns any commission or fee from the activity.

Rather than making a profit, it will need to be determined that someone is ‘breeding dogs and advertising a business of selling dogs’. This is largely the same as the existing rules that have been in place since 1999, for which the licensing threshold is 5 or more litters in a 12 month period or being in business of breeding and selling dogs.

Please see Government document below which explains the nuances between the litter test and the current business test. The KC are awaiting new guidance from the Government regarding the new breeding regulations and how the new business test should be interpreted.

Local authorities should hopefully be aware that there is considerable financial costs in breeding a dog responsibly, and that income made from selling a puppy is often partially/fully offset by the costs of breeding.


There will be no requirement to register puppies with the KC, and registration with the KC will not impact on ability to advertise on the free advertising sites. There will be no ban on selling puppies on social media. Some requirements will be made on licensed breeders when advertising puppies, such as including a recent photo of the puppy for sale and the licence number.


It would be worth knowing the following will be required of licensed breeders in England when advertising pups for sales –

(2) Any advertisement for the sale of a dog must—

(a) include the number of the licence holder’s licence,

(b) specify the local authority that issued the licence,

(c) include a recognisable photograph of the dog being advertised, and

(d) display the age of the dog being advertised

The onus is on the licensed breeder to ensure this data is provided with any adverts.  

The KC have confirmed they were expecting Defra to provide some clarification on the issue for quite some time.  Given that the Government has specifically introduced a three litter test for those selling puppies (note the exemption for those keeping puppies), it must be fair to assume they are not of the view that everyone selling a single litter should be licensed. If this was their intention they would have introduced a ‘one litter’ rule. 

Though in the absence of detailed guidance the KC do not know how local authorities will interpret the new regulations.




The Kennel Club would like to remind exhibitors about the importance of filling out entry forms accurately.

Over recent months, the Kennel Club has seen an increase in the number of awards which have had to be disqualified through exhibitors providing incorrect information. Situations such as these are not only disappointing for exhibitors, but also for judges and show societies, and are completely avoidable if exhibitors take extra care and time when filling out entry forms.

It is especially important that exhibitors enter their dog only in the class for which it is eligible. They should always read the show schedule very carefully and, if in any doubt at all, either contact the Kennel Club for guidance or enter their dog in the open class, which by definition is open to all.

Exhibitors can double-check their own dogs’ details, including dates of birth and parentage, by logging on to the Kennel Club’s online MyKC facility at www.mykc.org.uk.

Now that the Kennel Club is working more closely with show data providers, such as Fosse Data and Higham Press, it is more important than ever that the information on entry forms is accurate. If there are any discrepancies between an exhibitor’s address on the Kennel Club database and that listed in a show catalogue for example, this could result in a delay in sending out Challenge Certificates and other awards.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “In this fast-moving computer age, the hope is that the way awards are processed at the Kennel Club will become more streamlined in the foreseeable future.  But we need exhibitors to do their bit and help in this process. Fewer errors in catalogues could mean that we could get to the stage where certificates are sent out within a matter of days after a show, but this will not be possible where exhibitors provide incorrect information.”

Any exhibitor who needs to update their details with the Kennel Club, such as a change of name or address, can do so by downloading the ‘change of personal details form’ on the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/forms/change-of-personal-details/.