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    • News & Highlights


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    v1 virtual IDHW logo-01.pngIPFD Virtual
    International Dog Health Workshops
    (Genetic Testing)



    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!





    pawprintblackgradient.thumb.pngNews & Highlights


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    • We're excited to announce that Katariina Mäki is joining the IPFD team as our Business and Project Coordinator on August 1st. Katariina is a researcher who previously worked as a breeding expert for the Finnish Kennel Club. She is a phenomenal person - about dogs, breeding, research and more. Katariina is well-respected throughout Scandinavia and beyond, and she has been a friend and collaborator of IPFD for many years.

      Read Katariina's full bio here.






    • ICECDogs.pngIn Stockholm 2012, the 1st International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) highlighted problems with exaggerated anatomical features. The focus on extreme conformation continued in all IDHWs and in Windsor (UK) in June 2019, the IPFD 4th IDHW took place. At the meeting, it was suggested it would be helpful to start a multi-stakeholder international brachycephalic working group. Although the early focus was on brachycephalic dogs, the group soon decided to broaden the scope and include all extreme conformations in dogs.

      As a global multi-stakeholder group, the International Collaborative on Extreme Conformations in Dogs (ICECDogs) will work together with our members and collaborators to minimize welfare issues resulting from extreme conformations in dogs by seeking out and applying evidence-based canine and human approaches.

      The board, member organizations, expert panel, and partner organizations are involved in the ICECDogs on a volunteer basis. Support for the ICECDogs website and certain initiatives is provided by Royal Canin and IPFD.

      Learn more about the ICECDogs on



    • book.jpgIn her latest entry, IPFD CEO, Dr. Brenda Bonnett introduces us to the new textbook: Health and Welfare of Brachycephalic (Flat-faced) Companion Animals - A Complete Guide for Veterinary and Animal Professionals, Edited By Rowena Packer, Dan O'Neill; Copyright Year 2021, with a focus on chapter on ethics. This thought- and hopefully discussion-provoking blog is entitled Veterinarians and Brachycephalic Dogs - Ethics and Reality. The blog and the Part One of the textbook are important reading for anyone with a concern about dogs, dog health, and welfare.




    Breeds Resources

    This Month We Feature the Pug


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    As we say in our WSAVA Bulletin article (see below): "Pugs are delightful, funny dogs and their owners adore them. They are also brachycephalic dogs with serious issues including breathing, eye problems, and likely all of them have some degree of spinal malformation." The challenges of extremes  of conformation, issues of legislation, concerns about health and welfare of dogs and breeds, are all brought to life in this breed.

    Get a GRIHP! on Pugs: This article is part of a series to highlight the Big Picture of health, welfare, and breeding and to help develop Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profiles (GRIHPs) for many breeds.




    Learn more about Pugs in our Pedigree Breeds database.

    + See DogWellNet's article, Pug - DogWellNet Resources

    The Pug - DogWellNet Resources page contains links to numerous articles, blogs, references, research, IPFD's Partners and Collaborators content, and videos that relate to Pugs. The Big Picture of health and welfare in Pugs is complicated! 





    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.

              In the latest edition:  Meet – and consider Pugs – Update Your Knowledge!

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







    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)

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    • See the Spotlight feature below for news on IPFD Virtual International Dog Health workshops focusing on Genetic 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.

    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 Virtual
    International Dog Health
    Workshops (Genetic Testing)



    If not for the pandemic, we would have held the 5th International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) by now. But we’re watching global developments with cautious optimism that we’ll soon be in a position to determine a date/location/format for the next IDHW. In the meantime, we are developing online events to keep important collaborations going,

    We are pleased to announce IPFD Virtual International Dog Health Workshops for 2021, which will begin with a focus on genetic testing. Three topics have been identified by our stakeholders as being important to current conversations around canine genetic testing: Standardizing Genetic Reports, Validation, and Genetic Diversity. Within each topic, specific challenges have been raised, and potential goals and outcomes have been identified.

    Workshop #1:
    The first of these short workshops - focusing on standardizing genetic reports - is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, 28 September 2021, and will aim to agree on goals and outcomes, as a community, to move forward in post-workshops actions.

    This workshop is anticipated to be of particular interest for genetic test providers, breed-health advisors, and kennel clubs, and researchers developing new genetic tests - as it will be addressing many shared challenges around genetic test reports. Topicsv1 virtual IDHW logo-01.png of the workshop include providing clarity on reporting genetic variants, results where tests are risk-based, nomenclature/terminology harmonization in reports, and advising on genetic test application. Confirmed presenters include Dr. Cathryn Mellersh (University of Cambridge) and Dr. Jonas Donner (Wisdom Panel), with additional speakers to be confirmed. 


    Please visit the Virtual IDHW Page for updates on workshop dates, speakers, and registration.





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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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