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DogWellNet Digest: Issue #28 - 18 December 2019

    • News & Highlights


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    IPFD and DogWellNet 2019-2020:
    Looking Back and Moving Forward...


    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!


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    pawprintblackgradient.thumb.pngNews & Highlights


    IPFD Board News

    Please join us in welcoming five new members to the IPFD Board of Directors:

    • Dave Eikelberg (USA)
    • Marty Greer (USA)
    • Bill Lambert (UK)
    • Grégoire Leroy (France)
    • Barbara Thiel (Germany)

    Photos and brief CVs for all members of the IPFD Board are listed are available here. Thanks also to our continuing Chair, Pekka Olson and Board members Kirsi Sainio and Peter Friedrich.

    We also extend a heartfelt thank-you to Caroline Kisko, Jean-Pierre Genevois, and Patricia N. Olson - who have transitioned from the IPFD Board - for all of their efforts toward our collective goal of improving the health, well-being, and welfare of all dogs worldwide.




    Breed of the Month

    This Month's Breed is the Finnish Spitz fkc-finnishspitzhistory.jpgfinnishspitzhistory-peds2019.png

    Thanks to Katariina Maki for sharing news from Suomen Kennelliitto ...

    Pedigrees of Finnish Spitz traced back to the 19th Century

    More information in Finnish:



    Updated Breeds


    greyhound-800x800-fci158.pngNew IPFD Board member Barbara Thiel shared an English translation of an article that appeared in The Greyhound Show blog. The article includes a discussion of data available from the MyDogDNA on genetic diversity measurements in greyhounds. Greyhound breeders are encouraged to read this document to gain perspective. 





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    Many thanks to breed experts and clubs for sharing information on their breed with the Community



    Don't see your breed in's Pedigreed Dogs Database?
    We would be delighted to add more breeds. Please
    contact us if you can contribute resources for new (or existing) breed profiles.

    See more information for breed experts and content partners HERE.




    IPFD Partners in Action

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    The_German_Kennel_Club.pngThanks to Barbara Thiel of VDH (the German Kennel Club) for sharing highlights of educational events that the VDH held in 2019 and has scheduled for 2020. Click to view the file (PDF): VDH Educational Events 2019_2020.pdf


    In November, the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) held its 2019 Seminar, Unpacking Canine Genetics, featuring genetics and breeding specialists Dr. Kari Ekenstedt, B.Sc., DVM, PhD, and IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett, B.Sc., DVM, PhD. The seminar was designed for breeders of all experience and knowledge levels, from those in the early stages of developing their breeding programs to those that have been breeding for decades. The material addressed included an overview of canine genetics, a presentation on IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD) initiative, a discussion on population level health, and a conversation about breeding ethics and the welfare and international legislation challenges facing purebred dogs. 

    Follow Brenda's Blog on and look for a new blog on genetic diversity, stemming from the CKC event coming soon. And in the New Year we will provide links to the full program, video recorded by the CKC.




    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)

    harmonization-of-genetic-testing-for-dogs-2-12-2018.pngIn 2019, the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs project could be summarized in one word: Growing. This year, we have consistently grown our comprehensive list of international genetic test providers, including commercial and academic providers. We have seen the active participation of 42 genetic test providers (GTPs) from 22 countries, and we also include basic information on an additional 34 non-participating GTPs. Participating GTPs provide open and transparent information on their accreditation, expertise, and practices – all of which can help individuals find the GTP that has the quality measures that are important to them.

    The generic phenes database has provided a centralized resource for researchers, vets, and owner/breeders, spurring unexpected benefits. We’ve seen more consistency in test naming among international providers, benefiting owners trying to find testing information. The resource has also allowed international researchers to, at a glance, spot and address industry-wide challenges, and have them addressed through a centralized platform. The generic phenes platform and structure continues to expand and accommodate more breed-specific information, and “validation” as it develops – which we see as key to 2020.

    All in all, while we always feel we can do more to improve this important resource, 2019 has seen growth in all areas. The collaboration across the dog world, and the participation not only of those in the testing industry, but importantly, also from dog owners and experts around the world, has helped to shape our achievements for 2019 and develop exciting plans for 2020.

    And let’s give a shout out to the Leadership GTPs and Sponsors…their financial contributions on top of their collaboration is so important! See the list on the HGTD homepage.




    Ask Aimee
    Our HGTD Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, provides answers to your questions on canine genetic testing in Ask Aimee. If you’d like to submit a question to Aimee, please email her at




    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







    IPFD and DogWellNet 2019-2020:

    Looking Back and Moving Forward...


    Visit Brenda's Blog for the full article.


    With this, our final installment of the Digest for 2019, we are putting the spotlight on 2019 milestones, and looking forward to 2020 – which promises to be a pivotal year for IPFD and  In 2019, our fifth full year of operation, we focused our efforts on several key initiatives, including: the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD); the 4th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW); the continued growth of and our online community. We provided an independent voice in addressing complex and often controversial challenges, including "Hot Topics" such as canine genetics and health and welfare issues in brachycephalic breeds. See other interviews and news reports featuring IPFD here.

    We have a substantial focus on science and evidence, but we never forget that the human element underpins everything we do. Our Spotlight video (see below) shows a softer side, reminding us that it is our love and appreciation for dogs that motivates us.

    People are always the strength of an organization, and now is a good time to acknowledge and thank the small but committed team of consultants who do the lion's share of work at IPFD.  Please check out their profiles and read more about their efforts.

    The IPFD Board has gone through a transformation in 2019, with three members transitioning off the Board and five enthusiastic new Board members joining. The Board now comprises both old friends and new faces with renewed energy and purpose to help launch IPFD into the new decade, capitalizing on existing strengths and addressing new challenges. Bios for the Board are here; we can look forward to learning more about them in our 2019 Annual Report, and hearing from them in articles and blogs.

    In the spirit of the season, we feature highlights from 2019 – some great holiday reading!  
    Thanks to everyone who has supported IPFD and participated in our work in 2019. And here's to a stellar 2020... as we leap ahead with great aspirations.



    Learn more the important work being done by IPFD and our contributors as we lead the dog world from information to action…for the love of dogs:


    Visit Brenda's Blog for the full article.



    pawprintblackgradient.thumb.pngMake a Donation

    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.

    Click Here to Make a Donation Now 




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