The Kennel Club ("KC") is the oldest recognized kennel club in the world. Its headquarters is in Clarges Street Mayfair in London with business offices in Aylesbury, United Kingdom.
Its role is to act as governing body for various canine activities including dog shows, dog agilty and working trials. It is also operates the national register of pedigree dogs in the United Kingdom and is a lobby group on dog matters in the UK.
The Kennel Club registration system divides dogs into seven breed groups. The Kennel Club Groups are: Hound, Working, Terrier, Gundog, Pastoral, Utility and Toy. The Kennel Club currently recognises 210 breeds of dog.
The Kennel Club licenses dog shows throughout the UK but the only dog show actually run by the KC is Crufts dog conformation show. Held since 1928 it attracts competitors from all over the world. Crufts is held every March at the NEC, Birmingham. The Kennel Club also holds the fun dog event Discover Dogs, in London every November, features the Scruffts grand final for crossbreed and mixed breed dogs.
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