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.
~ Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG) ~
- Academia – Royal Veterinary College, University of Cambridge
- Dog breed clubs – Bulldog, French Bulldog, Pug
- Veterinary profession – British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA)
- Dog registering body – The Kennel Club
- Animal charities – Dogs Trust, PDSA, Blue Cross, DEFRA
- Owners, Breeders, Veterinary surgeons
In response to the longstanding and ongoing brachycephalic welfare issues for dogs. the major UK stakeholders in dog welfare have formed a single body called the UK Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG) to work together to improve welfare for dogs with brachycephaly.
.Brief Bio: The Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG) comprises leading UK dog welfare organisations, veterinary organisations, universities, breed clubs, The Kennel Club, and government. BWG aims to improve the health and welfare of brachycephalic (flat faced) dogs by working collaboratively as a multi-stakeholder group to reduce the negative impacts from conformation-related health issues on individual dogs as well as also curbing the current trend towards rising demand for dogs with brachycephaly.
Composition of the Brachycephalic Working Group (BWG)
The BWG includes representatives of the major stakeholders in dog welfare in the UK. These include:
Dan O’Neill – https://www.rvc.ac.uk/about/our-people/dan-o-neill
BVA – email@example.com
The Kennel Club – BWG@thekennelclub.org.uk
Member Organisations and Contacts:
Research and Publications:
DogWellNet.com is the online platform for IPFD and is a curated information hub as well as housing resources to support actions by IPFD and its Partners and Collaborators.
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'.
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.
As of March 2023, our Pedigree Dogs Database lists 183 breeds: information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much, 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 GRIHP and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs for sharing information on their breed with the DogWellNet.com Community.