About Us

A number of Bulldog clubs decided to form a Breed Council in the 1970's but after a period of a few years it was unable to continue and was disbanded. In 1992 the Kennel Club was actively encouraging clubs to form a Breed Council and in 1993 with most of the clubs participating, the Bulldog Breed Council was formed and has been active ever since.

The Breed Council is comprised today of 16 Bulldog Clubs in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland registered with the Kennel Club. The Objectives of the Breed Council is to promote the Bulldog of the true type and liaise with the Kennel Club on all aspects of the health and well being of the breed.

The Council meets every four months and is attended by three to four officials including the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. One voting delegate plus one other representative from each constituent member club. In addition, the Kennel Club Breed Liaison Officer, the BUBA representative, sub-committee members, Bulldog Rescue and Canine Press Breed Note writers also attend all the meetings as 'observers'.

'Observers' are welcome to attend council meetings, however they may only participate in discussion at the Chairman's discretion or by Council's request, but without voting rights.

Membership of the Bulldog Breed Council is open to all Bulldog Club's and Societies registered with the Kennel Club. A full list of club secretaries and contact details can be accessed by clicking on 'Contacts'.


The Breed Council has been actively involved for many years in developing a comprehensive program of health checks, research and education initiatives aimed at ensuring the long term healthy future of the breed. Foremost in these efforts, has been the development of a specific Bulldog Health Assessment, the pilot for which was launched in 2007 and rolled out across the breed the following year. The scheme now has a national network of some 60 vets able to undertake assessments in the form of a thorough, non-invasive health check which is invaluable for breeders, but also, with the results collated by the Breed Council, it forms the basis of benchmarking for the health of the breed. Recognition of the value of this scheme can be measured by the fact that several other breeds have now adapted the Bulldog Assessment for their own breeds. An updated version of the health scheme was launched in April 2014 with BRONZE and SILVER level awards including 'Pass' and 'Fail' results.In March 2016 it was renamed " A Health and Conformation Scheme" and a GOLD level award added


The purpose of the Education Sub Committee is to ensure that judges at all levels are educated to the standard required by the Bulldog Breed Council and provide educational material for all bulldog breed club members for the health and well being of their bulldogs.

The Education Committee is also responsble for the Education of the Public regarding the breed and often attends events such as Crufts, Discover Dogs, Bulldog Day and the Bulldog Picnic


The most popular form of canine competition in this country is the dog show - the contest for Kennel Club registered pure-bred dogs, such as Bulldogs to be judged in comparison to it's breed standard. The Breed Standard represents the ideal conformation and characteristics for a breed. At shows, the Judge must compare each dog with the Breed Standard to find the dog nearest to that ideal picture of the breed.

The Breed Council support and promote judges development from C to A list