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    Coming soon:  Academic papers, policy statements, and other resources relevant to extremes in conformation and the work of the ICECDogs.  

    Framework Document

    Brachycephalic Working Group Framework for a partnership approach to improving brachycephalic dog

    CFSG Dog Conformation Guidance - 2020 

    CFSG. 2020. CFSG Guidance on Dog Conformation. Canine and Feline Sector Group.


    Country-specific Activities in Relation to Extremes

    UK: The "Taking on key roles to help brachycephalic dogs" – this Kennel Gazette article features the UK Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG). Author Dan O'Neill  introduces the background to the group’s work and the strategy to improve brachycephalic dog health collaboratively. 


    Member Country Annual Reports

    Canada: ICECD 2023 national report Canada.pdf

    Denmark: National report Denmark april 2023.pdf

    New Zealand: ICECDogs_NationalReport New Zealand.pdf

    USA: ICEC 2023 report-News from the United States.pdf


    JVR Shelter Strategies - 2022

    shelterdogs image- breeding references-bibliograpght.pngThe first document is an annotated bibliography of references related to canine breeding and welfare. It is a dynamic document that is being added to and contains examples of specific areas of consideration for those evaluating the welfare of dogs being bred in primarily commercial breeding settings. The articles chosen are primarily limited to scientific peer-reviewed articles.

    Note: "This document is a dynamic compilation of scientific journal articles pertaining to canine breeding in commercial settings. Peer-reviewed papers were collected from and are presented here with associated links. Some articles were selected for annotation and are hyperlinked within the document to the summary. This list is not exhaustive and should be viewed as representative of the research that exists in this space. This list was created and is being updated by Dr. Jyothi V. Robertson and her team. Any comments or questions regarding this document can be directed to"

    JVR Shelter Strategies - 2022

    shelterdogs image gaps in scientific research-breeding decisions.pngThe second document is a document highlighting some of the gaps found in some of the scientific journals reviewed. It is a representative example of areas noted by authors of the papers reviewed and also not an exhaustive list of all gaps in this field.

    Note: The purpose of this document is to highlight some of the gaps that have been noted by scientists as they conduct their research in those areas presented in the List of Canine Breeding-Related References document. This list of gaps is not intended to be exhaustive but serves to highlight some of the areas that have been identified as areas for further research. Additionally, there are other topic areas that have been included as deemed pertinent in conversations with researchers working in these fields. This document was written by Robin Vincent with assistance from Dr. Jyothi V. Robertson.

    Our team has worked on both of these documents for the past year and a half. They are a work in progress, as we continue adding relevant information as needed. We hope you find these useful in your work.


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