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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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    • 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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