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    In This Issue:

    • News & Highlights


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    IPFD Annual Report 2020:
    A Year Like No Other




    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!



    pawprintblackgradient.thumb.pngNews & Highlights


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    • IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett, HGTD Project Manager Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi, & Board Member Dr. Marty Greer participated in the Embark Vet Canine Health Summit (hosted by Embark and the Westminster Kennel Club on Feb. 15-16, 2021), which offered the latest insights & best practices from leading experts in the fields of veterinary medicine, canine genetics, dog breeding, & more, via panel discussions & dynamic presentations.

      We prepared an article that provides links to resources on DogWellNet and from our partners to support panel discussions.




    IPFD In The News














    Breeds Resources

    This Month We Feature All Dogs

    Breed-Specific Questions, Answers, Tools and Resources

    This article highlights DogWellNet content and resources that can assist puppy buyers, new or existing owners, dog breeders, breed managers and veterinarians to answer basic questions that pertain to health, welfare, management and breeding of dogs. The Big Picture - how the complexities of health, welfare, and human-animal interactions come together - for all dogs. See Q&A's for pointers to DogWellNet content... Why DogWellNet? - so much better than a Google search or social media post: dogs-tools-resources.png

    • Impartial, accurate, evidence-based data, information, and commentary from IPFD consultants and global experts 
    • In collaboration with our partners - kennel and breed clubs, academics, specialists and veterinarians; international resources 
    • The Big Picture - how the complexities of health, welfare, and human-animal interactions come together.  For all dogs.
    • What are the breed's typical characteristics?
    • What are the important health issues in the breed?
    • Which DNA tests are applicable to the breed?
    • Find Links to Evidence-based Resources

    Updated Breeds

    • We recently updated Get a GRIHP! on Dachshunds to include the HGTD Phene reference link (pointer to "Application Information" section) and  Infographic as well as links to the UC Davis page and the 2020 research paper, Breeding schemes for intervertebral disc disease in dachshunds: Is disc calcification score preferable to genotyping of the FGF4 retrogene insertion on CFA12?. Canine Genet Epidemiol 7, 18 (2020). And we've added the Dachshund Annual Health Report for 2020.




    IPFD Partners in Action

    • IPFD Collaborating Partner, The World Small Animal VeterinaryPartners in Action 2020.png 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.

      IPFD_statistics-on-cancer-in-dog-breeds.pngIn the latest Dog Breeds: What you need to know, the focus is on how breed-specific information supports medical decisions and client communication through helping to suggest or confirm diagnoses, helping owners make sense of ‘Why my pet?’, and informing anticipatory guidance and preventive medicine.


    You can also view previous editions of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know in
    our archive article here on



    kennelliitto800x800transparent.pngAn article on Demand for puppies in 2020 and 2020 Breed Registrations information has been posted by the Finnish Kennel Club. So much Great News on health research and statements entered in the Kennel Club's dog register from IPFD's partner, the FKC - pioneers in promoting the health and well-being of dogs in Finland, emphasizes chairman of the Kennel Club's breeding science committee, Kirsi Sainio!














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    New to HGTD Phenes Database: Key Comments

    "Key Comments" is a new information section in our phenes database, providing practical, real-life breed specific test information. Complementing the Breed Relevance Ratings, Key Comments lists special information that could be important to how to use a test, apply the test to your breed, or prioritize testing. 


    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. In her latest instalment, Can my dog's ancestry test tell me who its parents are?, Aimee addresses a common mistake of confusing "Ancestry" tests for parentage or genetic identification tests.

    If you’d like to submit a question to Aimee, please email her at


    HGTD & Genetic Testing Blog
    The HGTD & Genetic Testing blog 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

    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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    IPFD Annual Report
    2020: A Year Like No Other

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    We're proud to present our latest Annual Report, 2020: A Year Like No Other.

    See what we accomplished together in our sixth full year of operation and our plans to further address our mission of enhancing dog health, well-being, and welfare and to support human-dog interactions.

    Thanks to everyone who has supported IPFD and participated in our work in a truly challenging year for all!

    The 2020 Annual Report includes the following content:

    • From the CEO
    • From the Chair
    • Our Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals
    • Who We Are/What We Do
    • Our Board and Officers
    • Our Consultants
    • Our Contributors
    • Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs
    • 2020 Milestones
    • Administration
    • 2021: A Renewed Sense of Optimism



    View the 2020 IPFD Annual Report here:2020 IPFD Annual Report Final_EN.pdf





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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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