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    pawprintblackgradient.thumb.pngNews & Highlights

    New IPFD Video

    We're excited to introduce our new "About Us" video!:

    You can also find this video in our Videos area

    Copy & paste this link to share in emails, etc:



    New IPFD Partners

    We're excited to welcome our newest IPFD Contributing Partner and HGTD Contributing Leadership Sponsor, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)! The CKC is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.




    • Breed of the Month

    This Month's Breed is the Russian Toy RusskiyToyWelpe9Mon.JPG

    rtlonghaired.pngResearch studies, feature articles, videos, Breed Standard information, clubs, and more!

    See Breed Health Notes:'s breed content advisor for Russkiy Toy, Yvonne Sandberg-Åberg.




  breed resources update for the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel include:

    Cavalier Matters - This well organized, user friendly website provides excellent information on health and management of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

    A CMSM medical treatment plan (2019) is available.cmsmmedtreatmentposter.png


    Under Research in the breed profile, see the Pilot study of head conformation changes over time in the Cavalier King Charles spaniel breed. Read about judges evaluations, CM/SM testing and measurements involving a few CKCs.






    Outstanding work for Dachshund health education and management happens regularly, and we at are pleased to be able to share news on our Standard Dachshund & Miniature Dachshund pages. miniwiredachsillustrationkc.png


    January of 2019 brought Dachslife 2018 Breed Survey results!

    Also check out newly added resource on JUDGING - Difficulties in Judging Dachshunds by Dr. Cesare Calcinati.



 's French Bulldog page now includes a link to the French Bulldog Club of America's 2017 HEALTH ED SEMINAR

    French Bulldog Genetics: Brain Tumors, Spinal Malformations and Disk Disease

    Speaker: Dr. Danika Bannasch, DVM, PhD








    • brendafbdscreen1.png A new entry in IPFD CEO, Dr. Brenda Bonnett's Blog: French Bulldog Health Seminar October 2018 - The Health & Genetics Committee of the French Bull Dog Club of America (FBDCA) invited Brenda to speak at their 2018 National Specialty. The Blog post includes comments and video.





    IPFD Partners in Action

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    • The Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs is off to a great start in 2019 . We've added new genetic test providers, undertaken a major review of our phenes information, and now offer even more updated test information from our participants.

      This year, we'll  be focusing on adding new resources. We now have 28 (and growing) active participants across 17 countries, and a full listing of 60+ international Genetic Test Providers (GTPs). Please look out for our new HGTD Participant logos on GTPs' websites.

    Get Involved in HGTD!

    We welcome additional participant GTPs, more collaborators from any stakeholders concerned with dog health and welfare, the advice of experts, the participation of breed clubs and other consumer groups. We stand ready to provide more information to ongoing discussions.

    Please feel free to contact us as we work together for healthy dogs and to support those who breed and own them: IPFD CEO, Dr. Brenda Bonnett, at and/or HGTD Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, at







    4th IDHW: Don't Miss Out - Register Now!



    Co-hosted by The Kennel Club and IPFD


    We already have attendees from 16 countries on 4 continents...and more registering every day. Please join us!


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    Dates: Thursday, May 30 - Saturday, June 1, 2019.
    Venue: De Vere Beaumont Estate, Windsor UK 
    Location: ~ 6 miles from Heathrow Airport.
    Website: 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW)
    Register for the 4th IDHW: Registration Page | Book Accommodations


    4th IDHW Themes

    • The Concept of ‘Breed’
    • Supply and Demand
    • Breed-Specific Health Strategies
    • Genetic Testing for Dogs
    • Exaggerations And Extremes In Dog Conformation

    Click here for detailed descriptions of Workshop Themes.


    Plenary Speakers & Workshop Leaders

    We're excited to present an outstanding roster of plenary speakers and workshop leaders for the 4th IDHW:

    Brenda Bonnett
    DVM, PhD, CEO IPFD, Canada

    Helena Skarp
    Head of the department for breeding and health, Swedish Kennel Club

    Suzanne Rogers
    Animal Welfare Consultant, Human Behaviour Change for Animals, UK

    Dan O’Neill
    Veterinarian, PhD; Royal Veterinary College, U. of London; VetCompass, UK

    Monique Megens
    Veterinarian, past president, Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA), The Netherlands

    Katariina Mäki
    PhD, Breeding expert, Finnish Kennel Club

    Tom Lewis
    PhD, Quantitative Geneticist at the Kennel Club, UK

    Gregoire Leroy
    Assistant Professor, PhD, Geneticist, INRA/AgroParisTech - Génétique Animale et Biologie Intégrative, France/ Italy; FCI Scientific Commission

    Arnold Jacques
    Chairman and managing director of the breeding commission of the Belgian Kennel Club

    Prof. Dr. Åke Hedhammar
    Veterinary Advisor Swedish Kennel Club; WSAVA Hereditary Disease Comm

    Ian Seath
    Chair Dachshund Breed Council, UK

    Prof. Dr. Peter Friedrich
    President VDH (German Kennel Club), Member Standards Commission of the FCI

    Prof. Dr. Candace Croney
    Director, Center for Animal Welfare Science; Professor, Animal Behavior and Well-Being, Purdue University, USA



    Register Now!
    There are still spots available for the Workshop. If you haven’t already done so, please register now to ensure your place!

    Important Tip Regarding Accommodations: We have found that, in some cases, you be able to get a better room rate by NOT using the Promo Code (posted on the IDHW site) or by booking through third-party booking sites such as Please feel free to book your room though other sites if you wish.

    If you have any further questions about registration or accommodations, please email


    4th IDHW Quick Links: Screenshot-2017.png
    IDHW Website
    Full Details of the 4th IDHW Programme
    IDHW Registration
    Venue Info and Booking Accommodations at the Workshop Venue
    Link to Updates on Activities and Actions Since the 3rd IDHW
    4th DHW - Pre-meeting Resources


    If you have any other questions about the 4th IDHW or wish to participate as an expert in pre-workshop activities/working groups, please contact us at

    We hope you will join other decision leaders and dog health professionals as we continue the important work from previous workshops at the 4th IDHW in 2019!





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    We've posted several topics in our Help Desk area to help you set up your account and complete your profile, including Quick Start Guide: Your DogWellNet Account.






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    IPFD is truly a "people driven" service organization. We allocate the bulk of our financial resources to maintain a 186765109_piggybank.jpgsmall but dedicated team of consultants to manage our modest resources and facilitate the activities of our stakeholders, with the aim of achieving our collective goals.

    You can specify how your donation is used (support IPFD and its programs and activities OR support the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs). All donations are handled securely via PayPal.

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