Svenska Kennelklubben

Svenska Kennelklubben (SKK, English: Swedish Kennel Club) is a Swedish organization dedicated to purebred dogs, and dog owners. It was formed on 13 December 1889[1][2] by a group of noblemen and hunters with the aim to maintain the capability of good hunting dogs. According to its charter, the goals of the organization are "to create interest in, and promote, the breeding of mentally and physically healthy purebred dogs that are adequate in terms of working and hunting and that have a favorable appearance".[3][4]

Svenska Kennelklubben
Swedish Kennel Club logo.svg
Formation13 December 1889
TypeKennel club
Region served

Today, the majority of SKK's over 300 000 members are ordinary dog owners. Many breeders (about 15 000), hunters and people who work with dogs in various ways are also members of SKK. Out of the 780,000 dogs that live in Sweden, approximately 70% of dogs are currently registered with the SKK.[4] The foundation of SKK's organization is the county clubs, specialty clubs and breed clubs located around the country. They conduct a wide range of activities and arrange many different exhibitions and competitions.

SKK's office is located in Stockholm and has 70 employees who handle the administration of the organization and provide support and advice to members. The club is divided into 25 county clubs, each responsible for membership care in its own county. SKK handles the breed registry for about 70% of the canines in Sweden.[5]

SKK is a member of Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).[6]


Strategies promoted by the SKK include guidelines for genetic conditions, behavior traits, and show quality. As a tool for breeders and kennel clubs to produce dogs with favourable behaviour, the SKK has developed the Behaviour and Personality Assessment in Dogs (BPH), an assessment that measures behavioural traits in dogs. As part of their commitment, the "SKK central office in Stockholm has a Department for Breeding and Health employing eight persons, including two fulltime breeding consultants, a veterinarian, and a geneticist."[7]


  1. ^ "Verksamhetsberättelse" (PDF) (in Swedish). Svenska Kennelklubben. 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  2. ^ H. Krumlinde; Svenska kennelklubben (1940). Svenska kennelklubben 1889 13/12 1939: minnesskrift vid 50-årsjubileet. G. Lindström.
  3. ^ "Controversy over BBC's Purebred Dog Breeding Documentary".
  4. ^ a b "The Swedish Kennel Club". Retrieved 2017-06-06.
  5. ^ Svenska Kennelklubben. "Breeding dogs in Sweden" (PDF). Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "FCI members and contract partners". Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Retrieved August 29, 2019.
  7. ^ "Tufts' Canine and Feline Breeding and Genetics Conference, 2015". 2015-09-03.

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