Although often seen as two different disciplines, themes, or topics, there is an increasing realization that very frequently issues of disease (dis-ease, in the broadest sense) have an impact on the welfare of the animal. Certainly, many animal welfare challenges can directly impact the health and physical, behavioral, and overall well-being of an animal.
In this article, we initiate a discussion of the overlap in these concerns and the need to view well-being in an holistic way, especially related to dog breeding.
Here are a few examples of approaches from kennel clubs and animal welfare organizations. In this section we will share more examples from our partners and other stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare.
Animal welfare in modern dog breeding
By Astrid Indrebø (one of our DogWellNet Experts)
This article is also cited on DogWellNet in the Breeding section. It presents an overview of issues such as breed standards, kennel club health programs, use of screening tests, in general, and the approach of the Norwegian Kennel Club, in particular. The article is available in our Downloads.
Report from a seminar - Norwegian Kennel Club
Animal Welfare Dog Breeds and Pedigree Dogs
By Astrid Indrebø & Kristin Wear Prestrud (Two of our DogWellNet Experts)
e.g. : Genetic welfare problems of companion animals: University Federation of Animal Welfare (UFAW)
Also see: UFAW - Dogs