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New developments and assessment tools for behavior Challenges and needs

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Author Erling Strandberg of Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Dept of Animal Breeding and Genetics provides a thoughtful overview of behavior and personalty testing and genetic correlations between dog mentality assessment and everyday behavior traits.




  • International Dog Health Workshops

    Decision leaders from major stakeholders moving from information to action.

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    Post-Meeting Resources
    Plenary talks, Posters & outcomes

  • Our Partners

    • The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKC) was founded in 1898, and is the largest organisation for dog owners in Norway.   Website: https://www.nkk.no/english/category1045.html Norwegian Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • Mars Veterinary is a business unit of Mars Petcare, the world’s largest pet care provider. Their mission is to facilitate responsible pet care by enhancing the well-being and relationship between pets, pet owners, breeders, shelters and veterinarians through valuable insights into pets as individuals.   Mars Veterinary is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.          
    • CAG GmbH makes it easy to secure the genetic health of your four-legged friends. We provide the tools you need: a comprehensive offering of genetic tests, quick turn-around in the in-house accredited laboratory, and personal counseling to help you understand what the results really mean for you and your animal. With state-of-the-art technology, a robust R&D program, and dedicated specialists in animal genetics, CAG works with you to ensure the health and happiness of your best friend.     CAG GmbH is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.          
    • Reception within the Dog Community   Extensive Outreach: IPFD and DogWellNet.com are being received enthusiastically by the dog community (see examples of media coverage in our IPFD News section), and we are frequently used as a resource and our CEO and other IPFD contributors are approached by partner organizations for veterinary meetings, educational events for breeders and judges, and government and regulatory groups to share international perspectives on tough issues. Recent examples include: Outreach Seminar on Healthy Breeding - 42nd World Small Animal Veterinary Association Congress and 23rd FECAVA Eurocongress  
    • The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is the largest nonprofit funder of health research focused solely on dogs. Donations from individual dog lovers, dog clubs, foundations and corporations are invested in a diverse portfolio of innovative canine health research grants that aim to find better treatments, more accurate diagnoses, and an improved understanding of the mechanism that cause disease in dogs.   The Canine Health Foundation is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • The Kennel Club is the largest organization in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.   Website: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk See our partner resources article covering The Kennel Clubs E News; or to sign up go to: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/our-resources/kennel-club-newsletters/. Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • The Animal Health Trust exists to fight disease and injury in animals. Thanks to our pioneering work improving diagnosis, treatment and prevention, horses, dogs and cats are living healthier, happier lives – in the UK and across the world.     The Animal Health Trust is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.        
    • "ASHGI is dedicated to the increase and diffusion of knowledge of genetics in the Australian Shepherd, and the inherited diseases from which it sometimes suffers. We envision serving all Aussies, no matter what their purpose, the goals of their owners, or where they live. ASHGI will work both independently and in cooperation with researchers, breed clubs, canine health organizations and foundations that provide grant funds for canine genetics research."  
    • The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is an association of associations. Its membership is made up of veterinary organisations from all over the world, which are concerned with companion animals.     The Hereditary Diseases Committee of the WSAVA is collaborating on the IPFD Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative.   Website: www.wsava.org    
    • The VDH - Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club in English) is the foremost organisation representing the interests of dog-owners throughout Germany – the first address to find out everything there is to know on the subject of life with dogs, on dog sports and on dog breeding. As an umbrella organisation for its 175 member clubs the VDH today represents more than 650,000 members.   Website: http://www.vdh.de/en/home/ An overview of the VDH (in German) can be found at: http://www.vdh.de/ueber-den-vdh/wir-ueber-uns/.   "The VDH is the leading advocacy of all dog owners in Germany - the primary authority on life with dogs, dog sports and dog breeds. As
    • The OFA was a Founding Partner of the International Partnership for Dogs and an Initiating Partner for the HGTD Initiative. See OFA's About Us page at: https://www.ofa.org/about   The OFA is a participant in the IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative. Website: https://www.ofa.org/    
    • Suomen Kennelliitto (Finnish Kennel Club, in English) - Established in 1889, the Finnish Kennel Club is a nationwide expert organisation on canine matters. Its aim is to promote the breeding of pedigree dogs, support diverse dog-related activities and improve dog-keeping standards in Finland. FKC disseminates expert information and serves as a comprehensive lobbying organisation for Finnish and international dog activities.   Website: https://www.kennelliitto.fi/en Finnish Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
    • The Veterinary Genetics Laboratory (VGL) at the University of California, Davis provides dog DNA testing services, including forensic genetic analyses, to a world-wide clientele. Validation and standardization of genetic tests across laboratories are areas in which the VGL has been engaged in for many years, primarily via workshops supported by the International Society for Animal Genetics.     The VGL is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • We're Genoscoper - the specialists in canine genetics and animal DNA testing. We offer solutions to help you make informed decisions about pet care and breeding, through comprehensive testing services and improved DNA diagnostics, with the most advanced BioIT.     Genoscoper is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.      
    • Vetstream Ltd  (www.vetstream.net) offers TLC for veterinary practices so they can provide TLC for their clients and their companion and production animals.   Vetstream is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative.    
    • The French Kennel Club - SOCIÉTÉ CENTRALE CANINE (SCC) - was founded in 1881 as a non-profit organization by dog fanciers aiming to replenish native dog breeds and to bring in and establish foreign ones as well. The Société Centrale Canine became soon the reference canine organization, being recognized as a public interest organization by decree of the Council of State in April 1914. The SCC is proud to be one of the founders of the FCI in 1911, together with the Kennel Clubs from Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.   Website: https://www.centrale-canine.fr/ Follow this link for the French Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet
    • The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) is the primary registry body for purebred dogs in Canada and currently recognizes 175 breeds. As a non-profit organization, the CKC is dedicated to encouraging, guiding, and advancing the interests of purebred dogs and their responsible owners and breeders in Canada and promoting the knowledge and understanding of the benefits which dogs can bring to Canadian society.  
    • Agria is one of the world’s leading animal insurers, specialising in small animal and equine insurance. Founded in Sweden over 120 years ago, Agria came to the UK in 2009 and is now a prominent feature of the UK pet insurance industry. In the UK, Agria insures cats, dogs and rabbits.
    • The Dog Breeding Reform Group (DBRG) is an organisation dedicated to improving the health and welfare of dogs through responsible breeding. It was founded in 2013 and became a Charitable Trust in 2015. Members of the DBRG include veterinary specialists, dog welfare and law experts, breeders and dog owners.
    • Canine Medicine and Genetics is a peer-reviewed, open access journal addressing genetic, genomic and epidemiological research in both domestic and wild canids, relating to breed and species diversity, and canine evolution.  
    • FECAVA is the platform for the promotion of professional development and the representation of companion animal veterinarians in Europe. FECAVA strives to improve the veterinary care of pets, to highlight the human-animal bond and the ‘One Health’ concept. It does this through professional development and liaisons with relevant organisations and stakeholders and by facilitating the interaction between European companion animal veterinarians.
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