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    In This Issue:

    • News & Highlights


    • Spotlight 2020.pngworld.png An Update on
      IPFD's Call for Respectful Dialogue,
      Collaboration, and Collective Actions



    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!




    pawprintblackgradient.thumb.pngNews & Highlights


    IPFD News

    IPFD Board Update

    Alex BALZER sm.pngWe're delighted to introduce our newest Board Member, Alexandre Balzer.

    Alexandre is a vet practitioner in his clinic in France. A prolific writer, he frequently authors articles on pet health and collaborates on training resources for vets, breeders, and dog trainers, and he is the author or co-author of a several books and numerous scientific articles. Alexandre often works with the Société Centrale Canine (SCC) and with breeders on health issues, and he has considerable experience talking to owners and the public about dog health and well-being. He and his wife breed Newfoundlands and Golden Retrievers.

    In addition to currently serving as Vice-Président, Société Centrale Canine (SCC) and the SCC Scientific Commission, Alexandre has numerous affiliations in the dog world. See his full bio and more on all of our Board Members here.


    We also wish to thank Gregoire Leroy for his contributions as he steps away from the Board. We wish him all the best in his new endeavours for animal health and welfare!


    IPFD In The News

    • Refer to the Spotlight below for a list of media stories and articles posted by IPFD Partners and other contributors who are helping to spread the word on IPFD's Call for Collective Actions for Health and Welfare of Pedigree Dogs.




    • In her latest blog, IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett links to some new research, and ponders some wider implications. See German Shepherds - Research confirms the obvious?? Starting with ''According to a press release from the University of Surrey in the UK:  "Movement of German Shepherd Dogs is dependent on their shape.", the blog asks us to think about how much evidence we need in order to address issues that are quite clear to most.


    Breeds Listings

    This Month's Breed is the Australian Shepherd

    Australian ShepherdDescription: The Aussie is a medium size breed of dog that was developed on ranches in the western United States. Despite its name, the breed was not developed in Australia. So why the Australian Shepherd name? Its name comes from an association with Basque Sheepherders who came to the United States from Australia in the 1800s.



    Updated Breeds

    Global Australian Terriers (ATCA)Australian terrierThis month, we'll feature several content updates to the Australian Terrier page in our Pedigreed Breeds Database.

    Did you know??? From the F.C.I. breed Standard:  "Although produced from British ancestors, the Australian Terrier is one of the few breeds in the  terrier group to have been developed outside the  United Kingdom. It can also rightly claim to be the first breed developed in Australia."



    Australian Terrier - global population


    This relatively low population breed's registrations have been dropping since 2008. How do we know this? Thanks to a thorough presentation written by Dr Grace Massey & Vicki McKee, entitled: Australian Terrier Sustainability starts with Global Statistics.

    WOW - this is one IMPRESSIVE document!



    Along with other breed club websites that offer terrific information, The Australian Terrier Club of America's website is truly a treasure trove of information on this breed, including health and world-wide population data, judge's educational content, ongoing surveys, Dr. Jerold Bell's video presentation, "A genetic Overview of the Australian Terrier", as well as a delightful collection of links to breed-specific articles. While there may not be many Australian Terriers, the commitment of fanciers to these dogs exemplifies the very best approach to breed education and management within this breed's community to work towards a bright future for the breed. 





    IPFD Partners in Action

    • Partners in Action 2020.pngIPFD Collaborating Partner, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), has recently published the latest edition of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know, a regular feature in their online news section (and in the WSAVA Bulletin) that highlights IPFD resources on a particular breed with a focus on breed-specific diseases.

              In this Issue: Meet the Australian Shepherds – Not, in fact, Australian!








    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)HGTD-logo-10-27-2020-web-png.png

    In our continued effort to improve HGTD, we have made major changes to our breed-specific genetic test listings. We’ve added a number of new features and information to help owners, breeders, and canine health professionals make the most of the breed-specific test listings. See the updated article: HGTD - What is a Breed Relevance Rating? for more details.


    HGTD & Genetic Testing Blog
    The HGTD & Genetic Testing blog, HGTD This Week, provides regular updates on our rapidly expanding genetic testing resources. It currently features regular input from Brenda Bonnett and Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi, but be sure to look out for future posts from special guests! 



    Ask Aimee

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    Our HGTD Project Manager, 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 and/or HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.





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    An Update on
    IPFD's Call for Respectful Dialogue,
    Collaboration, and Collective Actions



    world.pngIn this month's Spotlight, we follow-up on Reframing Current Challenges Around Pedigree Dogs: A Call for Respectful Dialogue, Collaboration and Collective Actions

    • IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett presented to the (virtual) Swedish Veterinary Congress on: Reframing discussions on Dog Health and Welfare Responsible Breeding and Sourcing of Dogs - you can see the video or download a PDF or the PowerPoint presentation here. The PowerPoint show and video include a voiceover by Brenda.
    • We are in discussions for a Webinar to further engage a wide group of stakeholders in the UK. Stay Tuned!  
    • We continue to work on the "Roadmap" (i.e. where do we go from here?). There is a need to help people determine next steps. We will update tools and links in Think Globally, Act Locally - Promoting Open Dialogue and Collective Actions.
    • Our Dogs - an influential dog magazine from the UK posted our Reframing document and published both an editorial and commentary. This newspaper is limited to subscribers, but see Brenda's blog post for an overview.
    • IPFD Board Member Barbara Thiel has written an editorial in the November issue of Unser Rassehund (the VDH’s magazine which goes to all the Breed Clubs, judges etc.). In that editorial, she provides an update on ongoing IPFD projects including our call for action.


    The Media and IPFD Supporters Join the Conversation on Collective Actions for the Health and Welfare of Pedigree Dogs

    Here we compile a list of media stories and articles posted by IPFD Partners and other contributors helping to spread the word on IPFD's Call for Collective Actions for Health and Welfare of Pedigree Dogs.


    Quick Links:

    Reframing Current Challenges Around Pedigree Dogs: A Call for Respectful Dialogue, Collaboration, reframing.pngand Collective Actions (Available in Nederlands, English, Suomeksi, Français, Deutsch, and Español)

    Think Globally, Act Locally - Promoting Open Dialogue and Collective Actions

    Press Release (Available in Nederlands, English, Suomeksi, Français, Deutsch, and Español)

    In a recent blog post, IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett reflects on Our Dogs' move to "wholeheartedly endorse" the IPFD Call to Action and publish our "Reframing" document - in addition to an editorial and an article by David Cavill. 


    Please share this information through your website and social media channels if you haven't done so already!



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    IPFD is truly a "people driven" service organization. We allocate the bulk of our financial resources to maintain a small 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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