Young Kennel Club Member Has Talent

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In March, Young Kennel Club member Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey won at Crufts. Now they are getting ready for the final of Britain’s Got Talent after winning over Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges as well as the voting public.

Ashleigh has been a member of the Young Kennel Club for nine years, and now her hard work and dedication is clear for all to see, as she qualified through to the finals of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent which take place this weekend.

The Young Kennel Club is delighted to have one of its members showing the country what they can do. Vanessa McAlpine, Events and Education Executive at the Kennel Club said: “Ashleigh and Pudsey are a delight to watch - they impressed the judges and audiences at Crufts and so it was no surprise to see them so well received on Britain’s Got Talent.

“To be able to perform well in Heelwork to Music, it is important to have a great relationship with your dog, which Ashleigh clearly does. She is a great example of our Young Kennel Club members, who are dedicated to loving and caring for their dogs and form a special bond with them. Good luck to Ashleigh and Pudsey - we are crossing all our fingers and paws at the Kennel Club for you!”

If you are aged 6 to 24 and interested in becoming a member of the YKC in order to attend one of the many events held for members throughout the year, please visit to join for just £15.


8th May 2012

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Notes to Editors


About the Young Kennel Club

·         Young Kennel Club membership is for anyone aged 6-24 years (with or without a dog, pedigree or crossbreed).

·         The YKC aims to educate young people in the care and training of dogs, whilst promoting fun and friendship.

·         The YKC aims to encourage young adults to enjoy participation in, and management of all activities connected with dogs.

·         The YKC provides and promotes activities that enable members to train, compete and socialise with like-minded youngsters.


About the Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.