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Bulldog Club Rules

As a club we have a stringent set of rules, this enables us to adhere to and maintain the clubs high standards.


Please find the comprehensive club rules below: 




Rule 1


The Society shall be called ‘The British Bulldog Club

And its objectives shall be:


  1. To provide education to breeders and exhibitors in all aspects of the breed.

  2. To promote and encourage the breeding of Bulldogs.

  3. To give prizes at, to support and hold exhibitions of Bulldogs.


Rule 2


The Officers and Committee


  1. The Club shall consist of President, Chairperson, Five Vice-Presidents, Hon Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and a Committee of twelve elected members.

  2. The same person may hold the Offices of Secretary and Treasurer.

  3. The Officers shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election.

  4. In the event of any Officer, for any reason, ceasing to hold office during the year, the Committee may fill such a vacancy, until the next annual election of officers.

  5. Only Members having previously served at least one term (2 years) on the committee are eligible for nomination as Officers of the Club.

No person, whilst an undischarged bankrupt may serve on the Committee of, or hold office or appointment within a K.C. registered society.

(K.C. regulation C3.A.15)


Rule 3


The Committee of Management


The management of the Club shall be in the hands of the following officers of the Club:


  1. A Committee of twelve members, six of whom shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election. 

  2. All the Officers and Committee will be elected by members attending the A.G.M. by a majority vote.

  3. If a member, unable to attend the A.G.M. expresses their willingness to serve as an officer or on the Committee, the Secretary shall inform the meeting before the elections commence.

  4. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt members onto the Committee in the event of positions becoming vacant between General Meetings.

  5. Those c-opted shall only hold office until the next AGM at which an election of Officers and Committee takes place.   Co-opted committee members shall have voting rights at Committee meetings.

  6. No individual who has been a member for less than 1 (one) year may be elected onto the Committee.

  7. Meetings of the Committee shall be held as often as is deemed necessary, but at least every six months.

  8. A quorum for Committee meetings shall be five, the Chairperson having a casting vote in the event of a tie.

  9. The officers and committee members of the Club shall not incur any personal liability for duties properly carried out on behalf of the Club and any Officer or Committee member so acting shall be entitled to be indemnified from Club assets.

  10. If any Committee member misses three consecutive meetings, except in exceptional circumstances as deemed by the Committee, they are deemed as having no further intention of serving on the Committee



Rule 4



Election of Members



  1. Each candidate for membership shall be proposed by one existing fully paid up Member and by majority vote of the Committee.  Membership, if approved, shall be deemed to commence on the date of the payment of the annual subscription to the secretary.

  2. The annual subscription payable by members for the year from 1st of January to the 31st December shall be decided by the committee and notified to the Kennel Club.

  3. Acquiescence in rules. As the payment of his/her subscription entitles a member to enjoy every benefit of the Club, so it shall distinctly imply his or her submission to these rules and to any regulation or bye-law made by the Committee in conformity with these rules.

  4. Should any question not provided for in these rules arise in the management of the Club’s affairs, the Committee shall deal the same, or they may, at their discretion, submit the same, with a recommendation thereon to a meeting of the members of the Club for decision.  The decision of such a meeting will be final, except as regards the expulsion of a member.

  5. On the election of a member, the Secretary will inform him/her immediately of the fact and supply a free copy of these rules.

  6. The Secretary will record the minutes of all the meetings of the members or of the committee and will send copies to each Committee member ten days prior to the next meeting of the members or of the Committee, as the case may be,

  7. The secretary shall perform such other duties as are required by these rules or by any other resolution of the Committee.



Rule 5


List of Members.


  1. The Club must make a list of all members and their addresses available for inspection if so requested by members of the Club or by the Kennel Club.

  2. All notices posted to a member to the last registered address shall be held as duly given on the third day following that on which they were posted.

  3. No member will be allowed to take part in any meeting or proceeding of the Club or any of its Committees, or to receive any benefit therefrom, until any subscription and/or other sums owing to the Club have been paid.

  4. A member may resign membership at any time by giving written notice to the Secretary, but such a member will be liable for the subscription to the Club for the year in which such notice was given.

  5. In the case of two persons owning or breeding Bulldogs in partnership, the members of such a partnership may, after election in the usual course, be admitted to the Club on payment of a joint subscription which will entitle both members to vote at any meeting or on any question, and both members, if so elected could hold office or be on the Committee at the same time.


Rule 6


Voting Rights


  1. Each member will be entitled to one vote immediately upon acceptance of membership.

  2. Postal votes and proxy votes are not allowed.

  3. Voting shall be by secret ballot or show of hands, as decided by the Chairman of the meeting.

  4. Joint memberships have one vote each.



Rule 7



Club Property


  1. The property of the Club will be vested with the Committee.  In the event of the Club ceasing to exist, a general meeting will be called to decide the disposal of the Club’s assets and the outcome of the meeting notified to the Kennel Club.  In addition a final statement of the accounts and a record of the disposal of assets to be submitted to the Kennel Club within six months.  The Officers and Committee of the Club will be held responsible for the proper winding up of the Club.

  2. The trophies and stock of special prizes to be in the joint custody of the Committee and Officers of the Club, At present the trophies will not be lent out.

  3. The Minute Book, other property and records of the Club to be in the custody of the Secretary.



Rule 8


Club Accounts


  1. A banking account will be held in the name of the Club into which all revenue of the Club shall be paid and from which withdrawal shall only be made on the signatures of two of the Officers of the Club, namely the Secretary, Treasurer, President or Chairperson

  2. The accounts will be certified annually and presented to the A.G.M.



Rule 9




  1. The annual subscription shall be such an amount as agreed by the members at a General Meeting and notified to the Kennel Club.

  2. Membership runs from 1st January to 31st December.



Rule 10


Expulsion of a member


Any member who shall be disqualified under the Kennel Club Rule A42j(4) and/or disqualified under the Kennel Club Rule A421(8) shall ‘ipso facto’ cease to be a member of the Club.

If the conduct of any member shall, in the opinion of the Committee of the club be injurious, or likely to be injurious to the character or interests of the Club, the Committee of the Club may at a meeting, the notice convening which includes as an objective the consideration of the conduct of the member, determine that a Special General Meeting of the Club be called for the purpose of passing a resolution to expel him or her.

Notice of the SGM shall be sent to the accused member, giving particulars of the complaint and advising the place, date and hour of the meeting that he/she may attend and offer an explanation. If at the meeting, a resolution to expel is passed by a two-thirds majority of the members present and voting, his/her name shall forthwith be erased from the list of members, and he/she shall thereupon cease for all purposes to be a member of the Club except that he/she may, within two calendar months from the date of such meeting, appeal to the Kennel Club upon and subject to such condition as the Kennel Club may impose.


If the Club expels any Member for discreditable conduct in connection with dogs, dog shows, trials or competitions, the  Club must report the matter in writing to the Kennel Club within seven days and supply any particulars required.


Rule 11

Financial year/Annual General Meeting


  1. The financial year shall run from January 1st to December 31st .

  2. The Annual General Meeting to be held as early as possible each year to receive the  Secretary’s report, the Treasurer’s balance sheet and the statement of accounts.  To transact any other business of which the Secretary has had TEN days notice


Rule 12

Annual General Meeting

 (a)  Other General Meetings of the members may be held from time to time as the Secretary, President, Chairperson or Committee deem necessary.

(b)   At a General Meeting TWELVE members voting shall be a quorum.

(c)   At a General Meeting business not on the Agenda may only be transacted by the consent of the majority of the members present providing not less than twelve are present.

(d)   At a General Meeting the Chair will be taken by the Chairperson or, if absent, by the Vice Chairperson, if absent, by the President or senior Vice President,  In the event of all of these being absent the meeting will elect its own Chairperson.

(e)  The General Meeting shall be held at such a place as the Secretary deems most convenient.


(f)   At least 14 days notice (or longer as required by the Kennel Club) will be given to the members by announcement in Our Dogs and Dog World and/or electronic communication.


When notifying members of the AGM, which should take place as early in the year as possible, the Secretary should include:


1.  A separate list of all the Officers and Members of the Committee. (On the above lists it should be brought to the attention of members that all the Officers are eligible for re-election and that the Committee members that are retiring are also eligible for re-election.)  The above list must be clearly marked as to which Committee Member is retiring under rule 3(a).

2.  Nomination forms to be sent out with the notification of the AGM.  Such forms to be countersigned by the nominee, to be returned to the Honorary Secretary and the names to be placed on the Agenda for the AGM.


Special General Meeting


  1. A Special General Meeting will be summoned by the Secretary if 10 (ten) members send a signed request stating the subject to be discussed and requesting a S.G.M. to do so.  If the Special Meeting is called to wind up the Club or dispose of its trophies this may only be called if the signed request is signed by 40 (forty) members of the Club

  2. No business other than that detailed on the agenda may be discussed.

  3. Such a meeting to be held within 21 days of the receipt of the request.

  4. At least 14 days notice of the time and place of such a meeting and the subject to be discussed shall be sent by post to every member,

  5. Ten members will form a quorum.

  6. The meeting to be conducted as a General Meeting.

Rule 13


Amendments to Rules


  1. The rules of the Club may not be altered except at a General Meeting the notice for which contains specific proposals to amend  the rules.

  2. Any proposed alteration to the rules may not be brought into effect until the Kennel Club has been advised and approved the alteration.

  3. New rules or amendments introduced specifically to meet Kennel Club requirements shall be adopted immediately.


Rule 14


Annual Returns to the Kennel Club


  1. The Officers acknowledge that during the month of January each year , the Maintenance of Title fee will be forwarded to the Kennel Club by the Secretary for the continuance of registration.

  2. By the 31st July each year other returns as stipulated by the Kennel Club regulations for registration and maintenance of Title of Societies and Breed Councils and Affiliation of Agricultural Societies and Municipal Authorities be forwarded to the Kennel Club.

  3. The Officers also acknowledge their duty to inform the Kennel Club of any change of Secretary of the Club which may occur in the course of the year.


Rule 15


Kennel Club Final Authority


The Kennel Club is the final authority for interpreting the rules of the Society in alkl cases relative to canine or society matters.


Rule 16


The Club shall not join any federation of societies or clubs.


Rule 17


Breed Society

  1. Registered Breed Societies must produce a list of judges each year which must be submitted to the Kennel Club as part of the annual returns.

  2. The criteria for the eligibility of judges for the various judging lists of the British Bulldog Club will be the same as the Bulldog Breed Council’s recommendations.

  3. A Judge should have awarded at least one set of C.C’s at Championship shows before being selected to judge the British Bulldog Club Championship Show.


Rule 18


Hon Life Members


The committee may elect as an honorary life member of the Club any person who has rendered distinguished services to the Club.


There shall be a maximum of ten Honorary Life Members on the list at the same time.



2020 Revision

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