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Brenda Bonnett

Why is it so hard to engage breeders in breed club health initiatives?


In September I had the pleasure of making a presentation to the Breath Health Coordinators of The Kennel Club, in the UK:  I asked them to share with me their biggest challenge relative to their work on the health of their breeds and with breed clubs.  Many said their greatest difficulty was getting members of breed clubs to engage actively in health-related efforts, specifically in sharing accurate data on the occurrence of health problems.  This problem has been raised by many breed clubs, in various countries.


Why is this such a challenge?  Here’s a partial list that comes to my mind:

 

- Denial – if we don’t talk about ‘it’ and don’t count ‘it’ maybe we can pretend the problem isn’t that bad.  funatdogevents1.png
- Protecting my line, my brand – not wanting to admit that there are any problems in my dogs.
- Afraid of the fall-out that might come with honesty; worse now with social media.
- A feeling that others won’t be transparent, so why should I?
- Wanting to celebrate the good aspects of the breed, of the dogs… to have fun with shows and breeding and not focus on the ‘negative’.


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- Perhaps not understanding enough about health issues or recognising problems.

- Frustrated with results of previous attempts?
- Maybe it all just too overwhelming.
 

I can really understand the desire to go to shows, have fun looking at beautiful dogs; to have puppies and enjoy them and that whole process.  But dog breeding should be seen as a great responsibility, not simply a right – not something to do just because you can.  And we should all think that beauty is not just skin deep – a truly beautiful dog / breed must be healthy and have good temperament, be free of issues compromising welfare and quality of life – and maybe even have a good chance at a long life.  


With this attitude, there would be commitment to the tough stuff, not just the fun.  And understanding that the responsibility includes collaborative work with others to improve and maintain the health of the breed – health in its most holistic sense.  Collaborative is an important term here… none of this can be done by an individual – it has to be a collective group effort.  But then, data sharing, for example, must occur in a respectful, supportive – even compassionate – environment.


But let’s face it… this is a somewhat idealistic picture.  Everyone is busy, could use some support and we all want to see results.  Is all this work paying off?

 

What if you could find those working in other countries on the same issues?  What if you could share the load and have fun making a difference with other like-minded individuals?  What if you could help prevent someone from making the same frustrating mistakes you made?  And what if you could learn from others' successes and challenges?

 

So… here’s what we are doing on DogWellNet.com.  Welcome breeders, health committee representatives and breed clubs to share information with us - e.g. on their breed, on health surveys and data collection efforts and to help pass it on to others who are interested.  We are also looking to share experiences and expertise - stories about successes and failures, what has worked and what has not.  We also will endeavour to connect those who share a breed, or interests or challenges from around the world.  Strength in numbers!

 

 At DogWellNet.com we can also provide restricted-access or open forums for discussions - by breed, by project, etc.  We can help you get talking internationally.  Collaborating and sharing with an underlying goal to support actions to enhance health and well-being.

 

If you have material to share let us know!  If you have comments, we would love to hear them.

 

In the Spotlight section of our latest Digest, see what breeds’ reps have joined us lately and also some of the great work being done.

 

 


 

Brenda Bonnett

finnish canine museum online.pngThe Finnish Kennel Club continues to inspire us!

 

Finland is a country of about five and half million people and with the highest ratio of dogs to people.  They are fiercely proud of their historical association with dogs - and so they should be.  It is a country where a high percentage of dogs are still used for their original purpose.  The dog continues to be integrated closely with Finnish culture.  

 

And that wonderful, deep, and long history is now celebrated online with the Finnish Canine Museum. 

... but I'm not giving you the link yet... once you go you may not come back!

 

This has to be a brilliant accomplishment – for dogs and for the new age of museums.

The amount of information is impressive. 

 

 

 

 

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Hopeinen suomenpystykorvaveistos
1979, Pekka Ketonen


 which most of us can't pronounce... but we can appreciate its artistry!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a wonderful resource to inform and entertain.

 

Congratulations to our Founding Partner The Finnish Kennel Club.

 

Amazing!  The Finnish Canine Museum Online.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Any other kennel clubs – send us links to great work you are doing … please contact us!  

 

 

 

 

Brenda Bonnett

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I am in Paris working on arrangements for the IPFD 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, hosted by the French Kennel Club (SCC).  

 

The format will be similar to previous workshops:

from Friday evening until Sunday at noon

 

125-150 stakeholders representing all aspects of the global dog world - including decision-influencers from major kennel clubs, cynological organizations, breeders, judges, veterinarians, researchers, welfare groups and more -  will build collaborations, share information and outline actions to support dog health, well-being and welfare.

 

 

The venue is the Novotel Centre Tour Eiffel which is across the street from the Seine and beside a modern new shopping centre, Beaugrenelle.  The latter will be mainly for accompanying persons… delegates will be fully engaged ... or … maybe we should all plan to stay a few extra days to enjoy Paris in the Spring, 2017 !

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More information on the program and registration coming soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brenda Bonnett

 

I recently participated in the educational and thought-provoking conference on brachycephalic breeds presented by the Swedish Kennel Club, 27 February 2016.  More on that later …

 

Something that arises in all discussions of problems in dogs – especially those with exaggerated physical characteristics – is the fascinating issue of personal preference and people’s attraction, devotion, and attachment to certain breeds.  For example, although there have been concerted efforts at educating consumers about brachycephalic breeds and their higher risk for health and welfare issues, especially in the UK, we heard that the numbers of Pugs and French Bulldogs being bought as pets continues to increase – by as much as 30% in recent years.

 

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The Washington Post has recently published an interesting article that is very timely for our consideration of these complex issues – including thoughts and information from two friends of DogWellNet.com Hal Herzog and James Serpell, These experts help keep us thinking about tough issues (and we profile some of their work elsewhere on DogWellNetl.com).

 

Why We Love Dogs and Cats but not Bats and Rats

 

I suppose I could have included another P-word in my title – psychology (but of course it wouldn’t have supported the alliteration). 

 

These animals at the other end of the leash from our beloved doggies – they are really fascinating! 

Understanding their complexities is needed to help us to move forward on enhancing dog health, well-being and welfare.

 


 

Brenda Bonnett

HABRI - The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative has published new research detailing the beneficial effects of pet ownership - for their owners and for the health care industry.

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Here is their press release:

PET OWNERSHIP SAVES $11.7 BILLION IN HEALTH CARE COSTS

HUMAN ANIMAL BOND RESEARCH INITIATIVE RELEASES NEW ECONOMIC STUDY

 

"The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation is a non-profit research and education organization that is gathering, funding and sharing the scientific research to demonstrate the positive health impacts of companion animals on people.

Founded by the American Pet Products Association, Zoetis, and Petco, and supported by a growing number of organizations and individuals, the HABRI Foundation is fast becoming the go-to spot for research and information on the human-animal bond."

 

We will soon post another article looking more critically at the research.  As dog lovers we are likely predisposed to accept the findings.  But as we know, health and health care are complex.  If, for example, this finding prompts physicians to start prescribing 'pets' - well that might bring up a lot of other issues.

 

In the meantime, we have to do all we can to ensure that these 'healthier owners' have healthier dogs!

 


 

Brenda Bonnett

The Press Office of The Royal Veterinary College has reported that:

"Veterinary neurology experts collaborate for first ever global consensus on pets with epilepsy

 

"Made up of 26 veterinary practitioner, neuropharmacology, neuropathology and neurology experts from around the world, the International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force (IVETF) has produced seven ‘consensus statements’ that outline a number of recommendations and classifications on all aspects of the condition. It is the first time this many veterinary neurology clinicians and neuroscientists have formally agreed on the key aspects of canine and feline epilepsy. "

 

Here at IPFD we are, of course, very happy to see international approaches to understanding and managing disease in companion animals.  We hope to see a similar approach taken with other diseases and including an even wider range of discipline experts.  The eight consensus statements of the epilepsy group cover a wide breadth of information on the clinical aspects of epilepsy - including definition and classification, diagnosis, treatment and more.  This is a leap forward in our communication on this widespread condition and the participants are to be commended.

 

I was particularly interested in the breed-specific aspects and this is addressed in one of the papers: International Veterinary Epilepsy Task Force’s current understanding of idiopathic epilepsy of genetic or suspected genetic origin in purebred dogs.  This article contains a review of current information on various breeds - lots of good information.

Unfortunately, and now I am wearing my 'epidemiologist hat', there is a rather liberal use of the word prevalence - more or less used across the board to describe the occurrence of epilepsy from many different study designs, e.g. whether estimates were population or hospital-based or describing the proportion of epilepsy cases among diseased dogs.  Not all these estimates accurately reflect the real risk of the condition in a given breed.  To make sense of the range of numbers, one needs a critical appraisal of the study details - the sort of discussion that makes most peoples' brains ache.  Nonetheless, without clarifying the sources of information we are left confused as to the meaning.  And wondering how to compare information from various studies, across breeds, countries, etc. 

 

It seems that quantifying disease occurrence remains a challenge in the companion animal world - as we have so few good population-based studies.  Elsewhere on DogWellNet.com we are struggling with the same issue relative to problems in brachycephalic breeds. In the meantime, if you are puzzled by the range in estimates from different studies, know that sometimes it is due at least partly to issues of the study design, the study population, the method of analysis and the interpretation and not entirely reflective of the actual situation in the dogs or breed or population.

 

Confused? Well, you are not alone.  Good estimates of the occurrence of disease in national populations of dogs are rather few and far between.  We mostly have proportions from among dogs seen at veterinary teaching hospitals.  A consensus from the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop is that there is a great need for better information on the occurrence of many diseases.  Hopefully, ongoing international collaborations will focus on this need.  The paper from the Vet Compass group (elsewhere on DogWellNet.com): Prevalence and risk factors for canine epilepsy of unknown origin in the UK is a relevant population-based study, as is a Swedish study: A cohort study of epilepsy among 665,000 insured dogs: incidence, mortality and survival after diagnosis, referenced in the consensus statement.

 

We hope to be able to incorporate pertinent findings into the breed database for some of the breeds discussed... and to provide new information from the Swedish Insurance Data - Agria Dog Breed Updates.  So, keep tuned!

 

 


 

 

Brenda Bonnett

I look forward with interest to see how the discussions and collaborations develop on this important issue.  Brachycephalic – flat-faced dogs – are a hot topic.

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As has been said elsewhere, there are intense emotions and strongly-held opinions on all sides.  There continue to be opposing views expressed on the internet and social media - not always in a respectful manner; some rather confrontational. In my experience, people at opposing poles (of this and other issues) often share some similarities - they are passionate in their beliefs; have confidence in their own evidence; may dismiss the evidence put forward by others (or interpret it very differently); both may accuse the other side of ignoring the evidence.  All feel they are fighting a good cause; most, I would say, have ‘good’ intentions. 

 

As an epidemiologist I generally try to see the 'Big Picture'.  As a representative of IPFD and the one who is ultimately responsible for DogWellNet.com, I am committed to providing a balance, highlighting the issues in the broadest sense, providing evidence, and trying to promote information sharing and collaboration.  I am optimistic that all sides will find this helpful. However, there is certainly some risk that the efforts of a ‘moderate' (or a moderator) may actually serve to frustrate those at the poles of an issue.

 

And, interestingly, I came across a perfect example of this, just this week, relative to the controversy surrounding the outlawing of horse slaughter for meat in the USA.  Without going into the details, the consequences of eliminating humane slaughter, while reducing the production of horse meat for human consumption, have almost certainly included increased suffering and welfare issues for many horses.  I do not want to start a debate here!  I do want to tell you about a conversation I had with Prof. Hal Herzog.  He invited another researcher to post to his blog (on Psychology Today) her - balanced - assessment of the impacts and issues on both sides of the question.  To their angst and surprise, rather than an inflow of comments thanking them for a reasoned and unbiased presentation of the issues, the authors were attacked.  And attacked almost equally by those at either end of the issue. One can only hope that many who read the information – but who declined to comment – were thoughtfully inspired by the material; that they would consider the ramifications of 'best intentions', both in this specific case and, in general; and that they might be moved to ponder the potential for unforeseen or unintended consequences in all acts and actions.  

 

We will always get more comments from those with strong opinions than those in the middle, even if the latter represent the majority.  This assumption must sustain those of us trying to provide exposure to the complex and challenging issues of people and pets. 

 

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Let us have respect and compassion for each other; let us believe that each of us – even if we don’t agree on the exact definitions - wants health, well-being and welfare for dogs and to support all that is good in human-animal interactions.  Let us find common ground and work collaboratively towards those goals

 

A friend/ colleague, commenting on a draft of this blog said, “Compassion and empathy saves us all from becoming completely blinded by our own entrenched views.” 

 

Posting a plea to avoid conflict on Remembrance Day, here in Canada, seems somehow appropriate.

 

You might be interested in Prof. Herzog's book: Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals.

 

And I will mention another very recently published book: Companion Animal Ethics, by Sandoe, Corr and Palmer.

 

Thanks to Jen St. Louis Photography for the chameleon image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brenda Bonnett

While searching out information relative to The Brachycephalic Issue I came across this conference:

The First International Conference on Human Behaviour Change for Animal Welfare

As they state on the conference info page:

"The root cause of much animal suffering is human behaviour. However, traditional approaches to improving animal welfare have focussed on providing a service, such as accessible veterinary treatment, or campaigning for people to change their consumer habits. The understanding of why people do what they do, don’t do what you’d like them to, and more often than not do not change their behaviour, is the holy grail of anyone with something to sell, a campaign to promote or a desire to improve the world. For this reason human behaviour change has been studied by experts in marketing, psychology, development, and health and education programmes – understanding human behaviour is important for anyone with an interest in helping the world to be a better place for humans or animals."

My bolding in the preceeding highlights the nature of common questions underlying many dog health and welfare issues - i.e. the animal problems/ issues stem from human attitudes, psychology, societal and cultural differences, etc.

It is exciting to see this initiative and we will keep an eye on their developments.

Brenda Bonnett

New under Hot Topics:

This week we have launched a new section on the challenges and controversies surrounding issues in brachycephalic dogs.  I have been told that even relatively knowledgeable people may not be acquainted with that term.  I have been offered suggestions from 'flat-faced' to 'snub-nosed'  and even 'schmoosh-faced' as terms they have seen describing these breeds on the internet.  Regardless what they are called, Issues of health and welfare in these breeds are a hot topic.  There are challenges and controversies in many countries, but there are also a lot of sincere and concerted efforts to address the problem underway, e.g. by many of our IPFD Partners.  We will continue to develop a broad base of information resources and  to promote and support international efforts.  This topic - the Brachycephalic Issue -is typical of many in the dog world - challenges that need a collaborative effort across countries and stakeholders, embracing scientific and medical, as well as, human and human-animal interaction concerns and resources.

New, in general:

We have upgraded our Invisionzone software to version 4, and launched a new look.  We continue to strive to make the site easier to use.

 

 

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Wading in to a challenge...photo: K. Drost

 

 

Brenda Bonnett
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I am issuing invitations to join the community to numerous experts in the behaviour field. Hoping to get some participation before the Canine Behaviour and Genetics meeting in London 26-29 June. At least I hope to spark a little interest.

 

The greatest challenge is that everyone is too busy. It is easy to say that we can collaborate and share on DogWellNet.com - and I do believe there is a great potential for success and efficiency and reducing redundancy of efforts - but it has to start with people putting in time. And that is a very precious commodity.

 

Terminology - lack of consistency in use of terms, etc. is always a hot topic in this field. It starts with the challenge of 'behaviour' vs. 'behavior'. We decided from the start that we would use 'International English' (the standard used by the U.N.); but we have also said that the first rule of getting along internationally is flexibility and tolerance. So - you will see it spelled both ways across various articles - maybe even within an article. But hopefully that will not distract from the bigger issues!

 

Here's hoping that the behaviour crowd will behave in a supportive way!

Brenda Bonnett

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We are so excited to welcome the Irish Kennel Club as our latest Partner.

 

Their pride in their national breeds and long history is wonderful to see. When visiting them earlier this spring, President Sean Delmar shared with me some stories about their founder. It seems that the development of the IKC to some extent mirrored the challenges that were being faced by the country as a whole. Here is an excerpt from the History section of the IKC website.

 

"The freedom fighters who drove the club’s foundation reached across the political divide once again, electing independence opponent and dog lover Justice Henry Hanna as the Chairman."

 

Justice Hanna and the other founders included this in the new club's constitution:

 

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Justice Hanna and his Kerry Blue Terriers :

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And that statement is so like the charge to the Board in our IPFD statutes. It is meant to embody our intent that all outside politics, historical issues or grievances are left at the door and in here (IPFD) we are focused solely on our mission, vision and goals. Here it is all for the dogs.

 

Personally, I have not been that much of a history buff. However, as I travel around to our Partners and collaborators it is evident that the dog world not only is a reflection of society but it also highlights the nature of people and cultures.

 

A headline for a recent article on bbc.com caught my eye: Why do people love pets? Can't really recommend the article, although it raised some interesting points. For example, the diversity in attitudes across countries; the controversies about the anthrozoological basis for our relationship with animals; etc. Most of us in the dog world do not spend a lot of time thinking about why we love animals... just as we don't think about why we love our family or why we get hungry. But as we address issues in health, well-being and welfare of dogs on an international level, we must remember the context for our animals is related to country, culture, and so much more.

 

Phew...a lot of philosophy. That too might be the Irish influence! Welcome!

Brenda Bonnett

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We have been working to make the site more welcoming by adding our 'Hot Topics' navigation aids to the home page.

These should help orient first-time users or anyone looking to see just what might be available on DogWellNet.

 

We continue to encourage our Partners and Sponsors to contribute news and information to the site. As a new development, it will take time for everyone to get used to the resource, but we are confident things are heading in the right direction. They are working with each other on exciting collaborations for dog health and we look forward to hearing about them soon.

 

Our latest partner The Irish Kennel Club is on board...and we are looking forward to exciting contributions from them, especially concerning their national breeds. See my next blog entry for a little more about them.

 

We are inviting on to the site more Members and Advanced Members from the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop - even as we are working towards the 3rd IPFD International Dog Health Workshop.

 

And I am soon off to the The 8th International Conference on Advances in Canine and Feline Genomics and Inherited Disease and the

Canine Behaviour and Genetics Conference where we will have posters on IPFD and DogWellNet and hope to meet with many colleagues.

Brenda Bonnett

We are receiving data from our Partners on registration statistics and screening tests. For example, Astrid Indrebö has provided a wonderful spreadsheet of Norwegian data (will be available soon in Downloads). Ann Milligan (IPFD staff) is busy integrating material from various sources into the breed pages. She is also working closely with Eddie Dzuik from OFA on getting more links to their statistics.

Hopefully, as we follow developments it will give us more and creative ideas on how best to share and use available data. Comments and suggestions are welcome!

Brenda Bonnett
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How exciting to meet with over 120 dog colleagues from about 20 countries. From as far away as Ecuador, we assembled in Dortmund, Germany with the shared goal of developing collaborations to tackle the most important issues in dog health. Such a great demonstration of the international nature of dog interest and confirmation that issues of dog health are truly global.

The VDH (German Kennel Club) did a fantastic job with organization and everyone was impressed with the venue, the food...everything. The singing of the soccer enthusiasts coming from Signal Iduna Park, Friday night couldn't be controlled, but that just added to the local colour.

It was clear that the participants embraced the concept of the IDHWs...i.e. short plenary talks and then, to work, in collaborative workshops. Exciting for us at DogWellNet was that the delegates were really excited about the potential for the IPFD and this platform to support ongoing international efforts. In fact, the list of suggested topics and actions is pretty long! Over the next weeks the talks and results will be posted both on the VDH website and here on DogWellNet. We will be prioritizing the actions, based on our resources and volunteers. It is exciting for us to facilitate the sharing of information and the work of all these accomplished and committed persons who want to take an active role in enhancing dog health, well-being and welfare.

Thanks so much to our German colleagues for doing such a great job hosting this event. Thanks to the IPFD Board who were there in full force. Thanks to all the participants for all their interest, enthusiasm, expertise, creative ideas and energy. Now, we must all work together to keep up the momentum as we move towards the 3rd IDHW in France in early 2017.
Brenda Bonnett

First entry

blog-0871708001410791151.jpgIt seems appropriate that I should start a blog to share ideas and news from IPFD and DogWellNet.

I am working these days at the Swedish KC offices, where, on any given day there are easily 40 to 60 (and I am told up to 100) dogs in attendance with their owners. Incredibly, it is rare that you hear any barking or noise - from the dogs, at least. Puppy Idon, pictured here, captured my heart instantly, last week. Her brother Grim is here today and it is interesting the personality differences, even at 12 weeks of age.

Hmmm, perhaps I should say something to convince you that I am doing something other than cuddling puppies...

 

How about if I ask for a comment from my readers? My husband asked if the SKK had the largest number of employees per capita of any national KC. Those of you from KCs (Sweden and otherwise) do you have any data?

  • Dog Health Workshop

  • Our Partners
    • The VDH - Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club in English) is the foremost organisation representing the interests of dog-owners throughout Germany – the first address to find out everything there is to know on the subject of life with dogs, on dog sports and on dog breeding. As an umbrella organisation for its 175 member clubs the VDH today represents more than 650,000 members.

       

      Website: http://www.vdh.de/en/home/
      VDH Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

       

      Also see the: Rasselexikon (BREEDOPEDIA) - http://www.vdh.de/welpen/rasse
      A comprehensive online reference of 343 breeds including a detailed description of each breed which covers the general appearance, the character, the history and coat. Some breed profiles contain a video presentation (in German). In addition: the Breedopedia includes addresses of VDH member clubs and breeders with VDH-seal of approval. The breed listing is alphabetical and a specific breed search function is available.

    • The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKC) was founded in 1898, and is the largest organisation for dog owners in Norway.

       

      Website: http://web2.nkk.no/en/
      Norwegian Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

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

       

      Website: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk
      Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

    • Agria is one of the world’s leading animal insurers, specialising in small animal and equine insurance. Founded in Sweden over 120 years ago, Agria came to the UK in 2009 and is now a prominent feature of the UK pet insurance industry. In the UK, Agria insures cats, dogs and rabbits.

    • Agria Djurförsäkring (Agria Animal Insurance) is one of the world's leading animal insurers specialising in small animal and equine insurance. The company dominates Scandinavian pet insurance and has recognised the importance of working closely with the veterinary profession since insuring the first horse in 1890.

       

      Website:  http://www.agria.se/
      Agria Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

    • Suomen Kennelliitto (Finnish Kennel Club, in English) - Established in 1889, the Finnish Kennel Club is a nationwide expert organisation on canine matters. Its aim is to promote the breeding of pedigree dogs, support diverse dog-related activities and improve dog-keeping standards in Finland. FKC disseminates expert information and serves as a comprehensive lobbying organisation for Finnish and international dog activities.

       

      Website: http://www.kennelliitto.fi/en/home
      Finnish Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

    • Founded and originally incorporated as a private not for profit foundation in 1966, the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. Its initial mission: To provide radiographic evaluation, data management, and genetic counseling for canine hip dysplasia.

       

      While the OFA continues to focus on hip dysplasia, today’s OFA Mission, “To improve the health and well being of companion animals through a reduction in the incidence of genetic disease,” reflects the organization’s expansion into other inherited diseases and other companion animals such as cats.

       

      Website: http://www.ofa.org/index.html
      OFA Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

    • The French Kennel Club - SOCIÉTÉ CENTRALE CANINE (SCC) - was founded in 1881 as a non-profit organization by dog fanciers aiming to replenish native dog breeds and to bring in and establish foreign ones as well. The Société Centrale Canine became soon the reference canine organization, being recognized as a public interest organization by decree of the Council of State in April 1914. The SCC is proud to be one of the founders of the FCI in 1911, together with the Kennel Clubs from Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.

       

      Website: http://www.scc.asso.fr
      Follow this link for the French Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet

    • The Irish Kennel Club promotes the responsible ownership and breeding of dogs throughout Ireland through education, registration, training and support schemes and events.

       

      Website: http://www.ikc.ie/
      Irish Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

    • The SKK - Svenka Kennelklubben (Swedish Kennel Club, in English), is Sweden's largest organisation dedicated to dogs and dog owners. We represent the interests of our 300,000 members – first time dog owners, experienced breeders, hunters, dog lovers, puppy buyers, exhibitors, agility competitors and many more.

       

      Website: http://www.skk.se/en/
      Follow this link for the SKK Blog at DogWellNet

      Follow this link for more information on the Swedish Kennel Club including our organizational structure, code of ethics, and more.

    • The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organisation. It includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges.

       

      The FCI has five sections: Europe, The Americas and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Middle-East and Africa.

       

      Website: http://www.fci.be/en/Presentation-of-our-organisation-4.html

       

      FCI Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -