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The Concept of Breed: Past, present - and future? - Helena Skarp 1.0.0

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A presentation at the 4th International Dog Health Workshop by Helena Skarp that provides an overview of the concept of breed including a discussion of 'breed' in relation to selection, conservation, preservation,  genetic diversity and health.


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    • 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.
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    • IPFD At-a-Glance: Non-profit, registered in Sweden Independent, international, multi-stakeholder, multi-disciplinary Facilitates collaboration and sharing of information and bringing the dog world together for action to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare. Our Partners and Collaborators are organizations that share our interest in dog health, well-being, and welfare. Our Founding Partners were national kennel clubs, international cynological organizations, and from pet industries; our collaborating partners include groups from academic institutions, breed specific interests, educational and professional organizations (include both for profit and non-profi
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    • 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    
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    • Raad van Beheer (The Dutch Kennel Club (DKC)) is the official kennel club of The Netherlands. Founded in 1902, it currently represents around 200 breed clubs with 150,000 members.   Raad van Beheer 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.          
    • This year has been challenging for all organizations globally.  However, IPFD has fared well.  We have always been a ‘virtual’-based operation, with all consultants working from home.  Building on our 2019 Annual Report: A Growing Voice, this milestones document is meant to update our Partners and Sponsors on our activities in 2020. – Dr. Brenda Bonnett, CEO (click to download/share as a PDF): IPFD Milestones December 2020.pdf   Message from the Canadian Kennel Club: “CKC’s membership in the International Partnership for Dogs, and participation in the biennial Dog Health Workshop and the international working group for extremes in conformation has strengthened
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    • Mission Facilitate collaboration and sharing of resources to enhance the health, well-being and welfare of pedigreed dogs and all dogs worldwide. Vision An enduring global collaboration enhancing dog health, well-being and welfare, and human-dog interactions. Values Dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions contribute to the quality of life for both species. The world is a better place because we share it with dogs. Dog issues are important around the globe and international sharing and cooperation is needed. Goals The general goals of the IPFD are to:  Enhance the health, well-being and welfare of dogs and enr
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    • 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.            
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