The Kennel Club (“KC”) in the United Kingdom is a kennel club based in London. It is the oldest all-breed kennel club in the world and one of the most prestigious. It is the largest in the United Kingdom. It was the first official registry of purebred dogs in the world, and its annual registrations in the early 2000s average 280,000. The club was founded on the 4 April 1873.

The club’s signature event is the prestigious and world-famous Crufts dog conformation show, held annually since 1948, which attracts competitors from all over the world. It also holds the much-smaller Scruffts for non purebred dogs and the exhibition Discover Dogs.

The Kennel clubs official objective is “to promote in every way the general improvement of dogs”.

Recognised breeds
The Kennel Club divides dogs into 7 groups: