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DogWellNet Digest: Issue #51 - 19 December 2022

    In This Issue:

    • News & Highlights


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    DogWellNet Digest:
    Highlights from 2022




    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!




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    IPFD Holiday Schedule: Please note that IPFD will be closed for the holidays from noon on Friday, December 23rd, through Monday, January 2nd.




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    • We're delighted to welcome Eva Lejdbrandt to the IPFD Board. Also a member of the Swedish Kennel Club Board, Eva was unanimously elected to join the Board at the December 2nd meeting.





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    • We wish to thank James Skinner, who recently stepped down from his role as IPFD Board’s Recording Secretary, for his contributions since the earliest days of our organization.







    Breeds Resources

    Breed of the Month

    This Month We Feature the Norwegian Lundehund

    302809927_5640638565987322_1939069080907406245_n.jpgAwesome dogs!

    The photo featured here is from the Norsk Lundehund Klubb's Facebook page and was posted in September - Töfra Erik I1 og Tinka's Frøken Fryd. Foto: Bård Mathias Andersen

    The NLK database is a fabulous resource available in multiple languages. The Norwegian Lundehund Club keeps an excellent website and maintains a Facebook page to keep us informed of all the work being done for this unique breed. 

    Research has been ongoing to assist breeders in management of this small population of dogs. A breed once vital to everyday life in Norway serving as puffin hunters, the modern day Norwegian Lundehund is known as friendly and curious; the puffin dog makes for an excellent family dog and walking companion.

    Melis C, Pertoldi C, Ludington WB, Beuchat C, Qvigstad G, Stronen AV. Genetic Rescue of the Highly Inbred Norwegian Lundehund. Genes. 2022; 13(1):163.  - see our Blog for more information on this research. The NKK has graciously shared content with us over the years on the management of the Norwegian Lundehund. See: The Norwegian Lundehund Outcross Project.


    Learn more about the Norwegian Lundehund in our Pedigree Breeds Database.




    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs (HGTD)

    The month of December is a great time to reflect on what has happened in the previous year and to get ready for fresh new beginnings and positive changes for the next. When it comes to the Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs project, there is much that is done behind the scenes to keep the resources and tools up and running, and it can be uplifting to reflect on how much hard work has gone into this unique resource. 

    Just in numbers, HGTD strives to maintain the most accurate international information on:

    • 90 genetic test providers, across 24 countries
    • 349 different trait and disease tests
    • 497 unique breeds
    • 557 instances where a breed has specific recommendations on a test's usage
    • 872 examples where a genetic test is considered relevant to a breed
    • 2000+ breed-specific relevance ratings
    • 24706 - the number of GTP-offered tests, by breed, that Aimee has to manage just to keep the basic test information accurate!

    These numbers don't reflect the work required to maintain old, and build new relationships with genetic test providers. They can only give some idea of the hours Aimee and the rest of the IPFD team spend keeping up to date with emerging research, new genetic tests, changes to the industry, and the wants and needs of the canine community. But, we hope the numbers demonstrate that the HGTD project isn't just a great resource for the dog world, but that it is also one supported by people truly dedicated to improving canine health. 



    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 Genetic Test Providers (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.

    HGTD-logo-10-27-2020-web-png.pngPlease feel free to contact us as we work together for healthy dogs and to support those who breed and own them: HGTD Project Manager, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.






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    DogWellNet Digest:
    Highlights from 2022



    We've published eight issues of our DogWellNet Digest e-newsletter in 2022, sharing the latest news and information from IPFD and our Partners and Contributors. The Digest is available free of charge on DogWellNet and is distributed via email to all of our registered members. Not a member? Sign up here.


    Highlights of the previous seven issues from this year:

    v1 Digest July 2020-01.pngIssue #44 - 20 January 2022 | Spotlight: HGTD: A Year in Review and Our Vision for 2022 | Breed of the Month: The Whippet

    Issue #45 - 16 March 2022 | Spotlight: IPFD Annual Report 2021: A World of Change | Breed of the Month: The Belgian Shepherd

    Issue #46 - 5 May 2022 | Spotlight: Correcting the Confusion around Degenerative Myelopathy | Breed of the Month: The English Bulldog

    Issue #47 - 13 June 2022 | Spotlight: IPFD and Pedigree Dogs - You want leadership? We are ready. | Breed of the Month: The Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

    Issue #48 - 28 July 2022 | Spotlight: IPFD Milestones to June 2022: Report to Partners | Breed of the Month: The Dalmatian

    Issue #49 - 13 September 2022 | Spotlight: From Affenpinscher to Yorkshire Terrier: The IPFD Pedigree Breeds Database | Breed of the Month: The Border Terrier

    Issue #50 - 31 October 2022 | Spotlight: IPFD: Background and Development | Breed of the Month: The Staffordshire Bull Terrier


    View all previous issues of DogWellNet Digest here.





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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.

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