Many national kennel clubs, other cynological organizations (e.g. breed clubs) have developed guidelines, approaches or programs to:
describe and evaluate the health of specific breeds
outline guidelines or regulations for screening tests or other assessments on potential breeding dogs
raise awareness about issues in a given breed.
These programs take different forms in different countries. In this section we will provide information on various approaches and programs and direct you to online resources. For general guidelines (not breed-specific) see also: country-specific General Breeding and Ethical Guidelines.
Austria: Austrian Kennel Club - Response to Animal Welfare Legislation
The Austrian Kennel Club ( Österreichische Kynologenverband - ÖKV ) initiated a project, "Konterqual", to address legislative concerns. Sharing work like this can help to inform other kennel clubs and countries dealing with similar issues. In addition to presenting the facts and outcomes, it is so helpful to be able to see the process, to follow what steps were taken. Personal experiences, what works, what doesn't ... all these help others. We look forward to further information from Austria on developments and outcomes of this program.
Nordic Kennel Union: The Nordic Kennel Union is a cooperative organisation for the Kennel Clubs of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Below we list efforts made to address exaggerations in breeds through the NKU country's BSI. There are six basic criteria defining if a breed should be listed as a high profile breed. Breeds which fulfill these and are thus listed are particularly paid attention to at dog show judging by the judge.
Sweden: Svenska Kennelklubben (The Swedish Kennel Club)
Special Breed Specific Instructions (BSI) regarding exaggerations in pedigree dogs: A health protective project initiated by the Swedish Kennel Club.
"The BSI program has been routinely applied in Sweden from 2009 – and at present generated more than ten thousand reports. From 2012 the program is embraced and worked through by all the Nordic countries and the latest edition ( NKU BSI 2014) is founded on the compound experience in the Nordic countries regarding the identification of areas of risk in a selected number of high profile breeds during the last decade. The structure of the NKU BSI is thus actually an inventory which allows for a continuous follow up and dynamic revisions of the BSI."
"Genetic health programmes are one of the tools used by the SKK (the Swedish Kennel Club) to manage hereditary disease. The SKK implemented the use of screening programmes to improve health in Swedish dogs more than 30 years ago. The first programmes concerned hip dysplasia and hereditary eye diseases. More recently, programmes for other heritable conditions, such as elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation and heart disease have been developed. Health programmes are based on breed-specific needs and have been introduced on request from and in consultation with the breed clubs."
Finland: Breed Specific Instructions (BSI): Finland 2015
The Finnish Kennel Club has published new Breed-Specific Instructions for dog show judges. The instructions were drafted with the purpose of steering dog show judges to pay closer attention to exaggerated breed types. The new instructions entered into force on 1 June 2015.
The Finnish Kennel Club's breeding strategy applies to all breeds. It outlines the main principles and objectives in breeding, and aims to improve genetic health of dogs.
The UK: The Kennel Club
What the Kennel Club does for Dog Health
The report encompasses much of the work undertaken in recent years and includes detailed sections on:
How The Kennel Club promotes health through education
Initiatives designed to improve health awareness in dog shows
How The Kennel Club promotes and progresses scientific research
How The Kennel Club encourages responsible breeding of healthy dogs.
The info graphic below provides information.
September 2016 News -- What is the new project at The Kennel Club?
To learn more about the Breed Health and Conservation Project see...
The Kennel Club is launching its Breed Health and Conservation Plans project, a dynamic new resource to support breed clubs and individual breeders. This exciting new project will use evidence-based criteria to help identify common breed specific health concerns.
Breeders will be provided with information and breeding resources to help them improve the health of their puppies and breed.
We at DWN look forward to learning more about the good work done by Dr. Katy Evans and Bonnie Wiles and the UK Breed Clubs!
15 December 2018 - VET RECORD... The UK:
Being a breed health coordinator
Liz Branscombe describes what the role is and how it can help improve breed health for pedigree dogs,,, Perspective as well as links to DBRG's and The Kennel Club's resources for owners, BHC's, researchers and veterinarians.
"Breed Health Co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed." If you have a health related questions concerning a particular breed, we recommend contacting the Breed Health Co-ordinator through the your local Breed club, a list of which is available via the "Find a dog club" link on the Kennel Club's Breed Information Centre.
TOOLKITS FOR BREED HEALTH COORDINATORS
The Kennel Club's comprehensive resource to help guide kennel clubs in creating a health improvement strategy for their breed.
Breeders participating in the AKC's Breeder of Merit program certify that applicable health screens are performed on breeding stock as recommended by the Parent Club.