The Kennel Club has been granted a royal prefix to mark its 150th anniversary.
From now on, the organisation will be known The Royal Kennel Club.
Club chairman Tony Allcock OBE said: “We are honoured that as of April 4 2023, the date the club celebrates its 150th anniversary, The Kennel Club will be known as The Royal Kennel Club.
“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 for the purpose of bringing order and regulations to dog shows and field trials, and since its inception has held royal patronage. 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 1,500 members.
It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is one of the UK’s biggest reunification service for microchipped animals.