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    In This Issue:

    • News & Highlights


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    Attention Breeders: Free IPFD Webinar Dec 7th

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    • Get Involved
    • Make a Donation
    • Stay Informed!




    News & Highlights


    News from IPFD










    Breeds Resources

    Breeds of the Month

    This Month We Feature The Beagle and Chihuahua


    The Beagle

    Beagle.jpgBrief Description: A member of the hound group, it is similar in appearance to the foxhound, but smaller with shorter legs and longer, softer ears. Beagles are scent hounds, developed primarily for tracking hare, rabbit, deer, and other small game.

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    NEW: Get a GRIHP! on Beagles 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.








    More information on the Beagle on









    Brief Description:  The Chihuahua is the smallest breed of dog and is named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico. Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of sizes, head shapes, colors, and coat lengths.

    Source: Wikipedia





    NEW: Get a GRIHP! on Chihuahuas 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.



    More information on the Chihuahua on






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    • IPFD Partner Wisdom Panel™ has announced Groundbreaking DCM Testing for Dobermanns and is hosting a free Webinar on Wednesday, November 22nd (12 p.m. EST / 5 p.m. GMT).

      Dobermann DCM Genetic Testing: the Good, the Bad, the Newly Discovered
      Wisdom Panel™ is excited to announce the inclusion of groundbreaking testing exclusively for Dobermann Pinscher breeders to screen for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) risk. As part of an international collaboration between research groups, Wisdom participated in the largest study of Dobermann DCM to date, uncovering two new genetic risk factors. Please join us for a panel discussion with key researchers and clinical experts as they break down these discoveries and talk about practical ways Dobermann breeders can apply them in their breeding programmes.

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    • Hannes Lohi, PhD, Professor of Veterinary Genetics at the University of Helsinki and leader of the team that discovered the novel DCM genetic risk factors 
    •  João Loureiro, DVM CertVC DipECVIM‑CA MRCVS, is a private practice veterinary cardiologist in Surrey and serves as both chair and examiner for the RCVS Cardiology Speciality

    • Jonas Donner, PhD, Senior Scientist at Wisdom Panel and member of the team that discovered the novel DCM genetic risk factors

      The webinar is free but space is limited, so please register today!


    Register for Wisdom Panel's Webinar Here






    • IPFD Collaborating Partner, The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA), publishes 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.




  the recent editions: Meet the Beagle – Update Your Knowledge! and Meet the Chihuahua – Update Your Knowledge! You can also view previous editions of Dog Breeds: What You Need to Know in our archive article here on






    • IPFD Contributing Partner The Norwegian Kennel Club (Norsk Kennel Klub) is speaking out on the recent Norwegian Supreme Court decisions on breeding the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and English Bulldogs. NKK staff recently appeared on the online program, "Talking Dogs with Ante", and a video of the episode is available here on Facebook.


















    • In her latest post, IPFD's Katariina Mäki summarizes the Norwegian Supreme Court ruling on breeding English Bulldogs & Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.






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    • HGTD has updated new tests available for the Dobermann (as referenced in the Wisdom Panel™ announcement in the Partners in Action section earlier in this issue). The new updates include additional research information and a new genetic risk factor test for Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM) risk. DCM is a condition that has long been important to Dobermann breeders who prioritize breeding for health.

      Collaborations between Dobermann breeders, veterinary specialists, and genetic researchers have greatly improved the development of risk-factor genetic tests to help breeders and owners. This new research means that there are now genetic risk tests for DCM in the Dobermann for both North American and non-North American populations. Currently, you can find links to understanding test results, and the research via HGTD. Additional information for usage of the test, and understanding the results will be rolled out at the end of 2023, and into 2024.

      You can find detailed information on DCM in the Dobermann in articles by Wisdom Panel™ | MyDogDNA® , or in this Wisdom Panel™ blog post.


    Please look out for future information on HGTD as well as future online talks!




    • HGTD-logo-10-27-2020-web-png.pngGet 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: HGTD Project Director, Aimee Llewellyn-Zaidi.







    Attention Breeders: 
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    This free webinar will share new resources & developments in breeding for health to support healthy breeding plans. Focusing on "whole-dog" health, you'll get up-to-date information on pre-breeding testing, breeding/mate selection, & reproduction for purpose-bred dogs of all types. Whether this is your first time considering breeding, or you're an experienced dog breeder, these talks will leave you more confident in building a breeding plan that meets your goals & supports healthy puppies for generations to come.

    Presenters: Dr. Jenna Dockweiler, MS, DVM, DACT, CCRT, CVAT,Veterinary Geneticist, Embark Veterinary; and Aimée Llewellyn-Zaidi, IPFD HGTD Project Director

    This session is tailored to North American breeders, but all are welcome to participate.


    Click here for more details and registration






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    Join IPFD in our global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare!

    • Individual Contributors: Are you a breed expert and/or involved in a dog club for your breed? Would you like to share information from your kennel club, breed club, or country on
    • Canine Organizations: Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with other key stakeholders in the global dog community by formally supporting IPFD and our important work.


    Learn More About Opportunities
    for Collaboration with IPFD







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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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