Membership, Committee and Websites
Becoming a member of the Association of Bloodhound Breeders
As a member of the ABB you will receive two magazines a year with articles about bloodhounds as well as show and trial results.
Members get a reduced entry fees to shows and trials. These dates are published in the magazine and on the website. You will receive notice of special events either in the magazine or by email.
Advice can is always available from other members, whether this is caring for your new hound or help getting started in working trials. Someone will talk to you.
Membership is renewed annually on the 1st January.
UK Members Annual Subscription
Single Members £20.00 Joint Members £25.00
Single Members £25.00 Joint Members £30.00
Cheques should be made out to Association of Bloodhound Breeders and sent to The Treasurer, Duncan Robertson,
A standing order can be set up or an annual bank transfer.
Click on the hound to download the application form. Please complete and send to the Secretary with fees. If you do not know two people to nominate you, add a note indicating your area of interest in the breed and the committee will sort out nominations.
The Hon. Secretary: Ann Freer Farlam House, Farlam, Brampton, Cumbria CA8 1LA
The Information for Members booklet gives a brief history of the club and the constitution. The booklet can be down loaded as a PDF Click here.
Payment of membership fees
Increase in membership fee 2019
If you haven't adjusted your standing order with your bank you can use this button to pay the extra £5. Please include your name or post code so the transaction can be credited to you.
If you need a new standing order form it can be downloaded here.
To use Pay Pal
Payment for annual membership can be made here. Please use the drop down menu to select the appropriate price. If you can include your name or post code as the reference we can credit the payment to you.
Code of Ethics
All members of the Association of Bloodhound Breeders and the Bloodhound Club undertake to abide by this Code of Ethics
Breed Club Members:
Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.
Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon who performs an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, or who carries out a caesarean section on a bitch, may report such operations to the Kennel Club.
Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes.
Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act
Will not create demand for , nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.
Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or to the breed.
Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.
Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.
Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.
Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.
Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.
Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.
Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind. Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as standalone items (not accompanying a dog).
Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.
No Member should breed a litter of Bloodhounds unless he/she has the facilities and time to devote proper care and attention to the rearing of the puppies and the well-being of the dam.
All breeding should be aimed at the improvement of the breed. Stud dogs should be in good health and free from hereditary defects. Bitches should not be bred from until they are mature, usually 2 years of age, and should be in good health and free from hereditary defects.
The Association of Bloodhound Breeders and the Bloodhound Club recognise the importance of the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and recommend and encourage all breeders and owners to join the scheme.
Members should conduct themselves at all times in such a manner as to reflect credit on the Bloodhound and should demonstrate good sportsmanship at all times at competitive events.
Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and / or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and / or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.
ABB Policy documents
The "Aims and Objectives" and "Child Protection" Policies can be down loaded as pdf from the links below.
Chairman:- Mr. David Gore
Secretary:- Mrs. Ann Freer
Treasurer:- Mr. Duncan Robertson
A Brief History
In March 1897 Edgar Farman, a London solicitor and a Member of the Kennel Club, sent a letter to Bloodhound breeders, owners and exhibitors, and to the Press, headed ‘Proposed Association of Bloodhound Breeders’. In his letter Mr Farman referred to the initiative of Mr Mark Beaufoy 11 years earlier, which did not attract sufficient support, and set out a list of objectives that such an Association would have. He advised that a meeting had been arranged for 6.30 p.m. on the 12th April; 1897 at the Kennel Club, and added that he hoped interested parties would attend and support the proposal.
At the meeting between 20 and 30 owners said they would join, and elected Mr Edwin Brough, a well known authority on Bloodhounds, to be the new Association’s first Chairman, and Mr Farman to be Secretary.
By the end of 1898 the Association was well established with 42 Members, having increased the support for Shows and made a successful and well publicised debut into Field Trials. Mr A Croxton- Smith had joined the Executive to be Treasurer.
The first Field Trials were held in October 1898 but support for the Trials was slow to build up as most bloodhound owners were more interested in showing. However, entries gradually improved and the first Kennel Club Field Trial Championship Certificate was awarded in 1900. In 1909 the Association introduced the award of Certificates, which stated the time and distance of a Trial, for presentation to the owner of a bloodhound performing meritorious work in ‘hunting the clean boot’. By
1911 Trials were receiving very much better support and in 1912 a six hour cold Trial attracted an entry of 6 hounds.
During the First World War the breed suffered a considerable setback and was slow to recover. The activities of the Association were halted entirely only in 1918 and 1919, but it was not until 1922 that Field Trials could be re-started. At this time, in contrast to earlier years, the enthusiasm of the Members was mainly for Field Trials, while entries for Shows were disappointing.
The Second World War was very much more serious, not just for the Association, but for the breed generally, and it was mainly the determined efforts of the Chairman, Mr Wilfred Unwin, together with the Secretary and Treasurer, Mr FC Harrison, and a handful of other Members, that ensured continuity of the breed and the Association.
Field Trials were started again in 1950 and then as Members developed an interest in dual activities, the Association organised its first Open Show in 1979, and first Championship Show in 1982.
The number of Bloodhounds in the country has never been very large and Membership of the Association did not exceed 70 until the mid 1950’s. The number of Members then increased steadily and the present Membership is about 200.
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