Created in 1873, the Kennel Club in Uk was done to survey the evolution of dog’s breeds and being the guardian of their pedigrees. The Kennel Club keeps a register of dog’s genealogy and has a control on some dog’s show. It is the most important organization concerning the breeds, especially in UK and USA.
Produced by Jemima Harrison and the BBC One, “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” is a -Choc- investigation documentary in UK about the Kennel Club. Criticizing the KC for allowing breed standards, judging standards and breeding practices to compromise the health of pedigree dogs (Breath problem, epilepsy crises) the documentary created lot’s of reactions. The program also caused various sponsors and trade exhibitors to withdraw their participation from Crufts and other Kennel Club events.
3 Years after, a follow-up program “Pedigree Dogs Exposed -Three Years On” was broadcast on BBC 4 on February 27, 2012.
Among the involved:
Beverley Cuddy, Editor, Dogs Today
Prof James Serpell from University of Pennsylvania
Mark Evans, Chief Vet RSPCA
Prof Steve Jones, Geneticist, University College London
Ann Woodrow, Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeder
Ronnie Irving, Chairman, The Kennel Club
Julie Bates, Rhodesian Ridgeback Breeder
Dr Jeff Sampson, Genetics Co-ordinator, The Kennel Club
David Hancock, Dog Historian
and others ….