Theme 1: The Concept of ‘Breed’ and how it influences health and welfare in dogs.
How attitudes to the definition and understanding of breed affect actions for health; the history and future of outcrossing; public perception; conservation vs. development of breeds; the role/influences of standards; judging for health/function not just appearance; experience in other species.
Download Theme OVERVIEW: IPFD 4thIDHW Concept of breeds theme_OVERVIEW 09 May 2019.pdf
Presentations and outputs from previous IDHWs, including resources on DogWellNet.com, e.g.
Refereed publication: Moving from information and collaboration to action: report from the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop, Paris in April 2017
Required pre-workshop activities:
• Reading (for the scientific papers abstract, summary and results/conclusions is required reading, the other chapters are optional):
(Internal) Dog breeds are mere Victorian confections, neither pure nor ancient
(Attachement - PDF) Article-Ingemar Borelius -- Why did crossbreeding become taboo -PDF-
Presentations and output from the first IDHW, Breeds and varieties.
FCI procedure for International recognition of a new breed
FCI general and breed specific guidelines about crosses of breeds and breed varieties
Links to other DogWellNet Resources
Barbara Thiel graciously provided DWN's community with a book review - a great read for breed managers and breeders. The book explores management of breeding strategies for other species.
Gregoire Leroy writes..."National Kennel Clubs are major stakeholders in the governance and regulation of dog breeding. As such, they have been the targets of major criticism related to dog health issues. It is therefore interesting to investigate to what extent health and welfare is a priority for kennel clubs (KCs), and what are the capacities and actions implemented to deal with those issues." " There is probably still a lot of progress to be made in term of information provision and collection, as well as planning breeding strategies considering dog health. In particular, finding a consensus in terms of constraints and priorities for breeding, is expected to be particularly challenging for Kennel Clubs and breed clubs in order to implement those strategies. Although the situations differ across countries, exchanges of experiences may surely help to find the most adequate solutions toward improvement of health and welfare. "