Kennel Club of India
The Kennel Club of India (KCI) is a registry of Purebred Dogs in India. Beyond maintaining its pedigree registry, this kennel club also promotes and sanctions events for purebred dogs, including Annual Dog Shows and Speciality Shows. The Kennel Club of India is a member of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Fédération Cynologique Internationale is an international federation of kennel clubs based in Thuin, Belgium. The English language translation, World Canine Organisation, is not often used.Its goals are described in Article 2 of their regulations:...


The Kennel Club of India is also one of the few kennel clubs to be members of the International Organization for Standardization
International Organization for Standardization
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There were several established Kennel Clubs all over India during the British Colonialization of India (1857–1947). This included Kennel Clubs in Hyderabad, Ootacamund
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, Mysore, Calcutta to name a few. These Clubs followed procedures followed in the Kennel Club
Kennel club
A kennel club is an organization for canine affairs that concerns itself with the breeding, showing and promotion of more than one breed of dog...

 in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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It was much after Independence that the idea for a centrallized structure for all these Kennel Clubs across the country was conceived. The Kennel Club of India was established in 1978.


The Kennel Club of India is the leading authority on registration on purebreds and maintains the only recognized registry. It issues Pedigrees for purebreds and litters. It hosts annual shows across the country and awards championships to various breeds of dogs.

The present chairman of the KCI is Shri S.Pathy who is a well known founder of Dobermann lines in India in the 1980s. Mr. C.V.Sudarsan- a recognized expert on Whippets is the Secretary of the Organization.


The Kennel Club of India registers litters of puppies born in India whose Sire and Dam have both been registered with the Kennel Club of India (listed as Bred in India). The KCI also registers puppies/dogs which have been imported from other countries. Finally the KCI also registers puppies/dogs which are purebred but whose parents do not carry any papers. These dogs are registered as purebreds with Unknown Pedigree.

Pedigree Papers (Certificates) are issued by the KCI and is continuously appended as the dog keeps winning championships or keeps changing owners.

The most common registered breeds with the KCI include: Labrador Retriever
Labrador Retriever
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s, Golden Retriever
Golden Retriever
The Golden Retriever is a medium-sized breed of dog. They were historically developed as gundogs to retrieve shot waterfowl such as ducks and upland game birds during hunting and shooting parties. As such, they were bred to have a soft mouth to retrieve game undamaged and have an instinctive love...

s, German Shepherd Dog
German Shepherd Dog
The German Shepherd Dog , also known as an Alsatian or just the German Shepherd, is a breed of large-sized dog that originated in Germany. The German Shepherd is a relatively new breed of dog, with its origin dating to 1899. As part of the Herding Group, the German Shepherd is a working dog...

s, Dachshund
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s, Dalmatian
Dalmatian (dog)
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s, Doberman Pinchers and Pug
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Dog shows

Speciality and General Dog Shows are conducted by the Kennel Club of India all over the country. These shows are generally held from December to May of every year. The show follows procedures and guidelines complying with regulations of the FCI
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Dogs are issued Challenge Certificates and Championship Certificates. Dogs are awarded points (depending on their breed and temparment) in every dog show and at the end of the year- the dog receiving the most show points receives the Dog of the Year award.

The other awards include:
Best in Class
Best in Class
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, Best of Breed
Best of Breed
Best of Breed is the title given to the dog who has been judged the best representative specimen of its breed at a conformation show.Dogs compete in a hierarchical fashion at each show, where winners at lower levels are gradually combined to narrow the winners until the final round, where Best in...

, Best in Group, Best in Show
Best in Show
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The KCI also has awards for breeders of the year and also a special award for Bred in India dogs (to encourage breeders to develop good bloodlines in India directly).

Accredition of breeders

To develop excellent bloodlines and to prevent unscrupulous breeders who breed in Puppy Mills, the KCI has initiated an Accredited Breeders Scheme. Over 700 Breeders are listed under this scheme and have proved to be extremely reliable.

Specialty Dog Shows

In addition to General Dog Shows, the KCI also organizes Specialty Dog Shows (meant for particular breeds only). This include Dog Shows for separate breeds. Many Breeds in India have their own breed club which participate in these events. These clubs include:
  • German Shepherd Dog (GSD) Club of India
  • Great Dane Club of India
  • Indian Sieger Show

The Indian Kennel Gazette

In addition to the shows, the KCI also publishes a monthly magazine - the Indian Kennel Gazette for all its members only (Not for sale commercially).
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