About Us

The Kennel Club

The Kennel Club was founded in 1873 by a group of Victorian gentlemen concerned with the running of dog shows. The Kennel Club is now an internationally recognised organisation dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of all dogs. The Kennel Club registers over 250,000 pedigree and crossbreed dogs every year and helps maintain the integrity and health of these dogs.

Dr Jeff Sampson

The Kennel Club Canine Genetics Co-ordinator

Dr Jeff Sampson is a molecular biologist, who has many years of experience of owning and exhibiting dogs (Schipperkes). Prior to the commencement of his appointment as the Kennel Club Canine Genetics Co-ordinator in April 1998, he was based at Leicester University, where his laboratory made a valuable contribution to the mapping of the canine genome. He is well known and respected in scientific circles as well as by the many breed clubs at whose seminars he has communicated the basis of canine genetics.

This Kennel Club initiative provides a focal point for the assimilation, interpretation and communication of canine genetic, scientific and epidemiological information, and it will clearly accelerate the application of scientific progress to the world of dog breeding.

Mission Statement
The aim of the post is to raise the profile of canine genetics with the objective of enhancing canine welfare.