Founder members of the Kennel Club’s Accredited Breeder Scheme are to be recognised as such by having their name and affix listed in the March issue of the Kennel Gazette and on the KC’s website. Designed to acknowledge responsible breeders, the scheme, which was launched at Crufts last year, has already attracted around 500 members across 144 breeds.
The second phase of this ground-breaking initiative was brought into force in November at Discover Dogs in London when the scheme was promoted to the general public. At this event, more than 360 breed-specific lists of Accredited Breeders were given out to potential puppy buyers. An ongoing publicity campaign is planned during 2005.
Other benefits to members include unlimited access to the KC Puppy Sales Register (where Accredited Breeder litters are highlighted as such) and a regular newsletter. Members also have prioritised access to supplementary information and advice from the Health and Information Department at the KC.
The scheme lays down a series of requirements which breeders must follow including having all breeding stock identified and providing puppy buyers with information on feeding, worming, socialisation and training. Breeders must also provide puppy buyers with a sales wallet, ten of which are provided in the initial membership pack.
Said Dr Jeff Sampson, the KC’s Health and Information Executive: ‘We are very pleased with the progress of the scheme so far and are excited about developments during 2005.’
To qualify as a founder member of the scheme, breeders need to have joined before the end of January. An application form is included within this paper - however should you require further details telephone 020 7518 1015 (direct), fax 020 7518 1028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org