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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ Black Russian Terrier Club of America ~

      The Black Russian Terrier Club of America (BRTCA) is the AKC Parent Club for the Black Russian Terrier. BRTCA's mission is to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at conformation shows, companion events and performance trials.




      Brief Bio: The BRTCA was established in 1997. Its purpose is to encourage quality in breeding, education, and ethical responsibility.

      About Us:

      The objectives of the BRTCA:

      • The stewardship of the Black Russian Terrier in the United States by encouraging quality in breeding, education, and ethical responsibility.
      • To maintain the natural qualities of the Black Russian Terrier.
      • To encourage the organization of independent local Black Russian Terrier Clubs where there are sufficient fanciers of the breed to meet the requirements of The American Kennel Club.
      • To have members and breeders accept the Breed Standard as approved by The American Kennel Club (“AKC”) as the standard of excellence by which the Black Russian Terrier shall be judged.
      • To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed and to encourage sportsmanlike competition at conformation shows, companion events and performance events.
      • To conduct sanctioned matches, specialty shows, and any other events for which the club is eligible under the rules and regulations of the AKC.
      • To facilitate courteous and professional communication among all Club members.

      BRTCA hosts its National Specialty Shows annually. Learn more about past and upcoming shows here.

      Non-profit Organization

      Our People:

      BRCTA's Board of Directors is comprised of the Officers: President, Vice President, Corresponding Secretary, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer and other persons acting as Directors.

      BRTCA Delegate to the AKC is the liaison between BRTCA and the AKC and represents the Club in matters concerning Club policy and interaction with the AKC and votes on matters of concern to the sport and to BRTCA.

      The BRCTA Board appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club as appropriate,

      Learn more about BRTCA's Board, committees, and administrative staff in Membership Information and BRTCA Officers and Board of Directors.

      Research and Publications:

      BRTCA membership includes subscription to the club newsletter, published quarterly.

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    International Dog Health Workshops



    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'. The 5th IDHW takes place 13-16 June 2024, in Espoo, Finland and will be co-hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club.




    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database


    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education and provided the foundation for further developments.




    Health Strategies Database for Dogs


    The HSDD Database includes breed-specific health/mentality testing requirements and recommendations established by Health Strategy Providers (HSPs) including kennel clubs, breed clubs, veterinary organizations, and others.



    Pedigree Breeds Database



    As of September 2023, our Pedigree Breeds Database lists 184 breeds. Information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles; Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles, which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed; and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs who share information on their breed with the Community.




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