The VDH - Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (German Kennel Club in English) is the foremost organisation representing the interests of dog-owners throughout Germany – the first address to find out everything there is to know on the subject of life with dogs, on dog sports and on dog breeding. As an umbrella organisation for its 175 member clubs the VDH today represents more than 650,000 members.

     

    Website: http://www.vdh.de/en/home/
    VDH Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -

     

    Also see the: Rasselexikon (BREEDOPEDIA) - http://www.vdh.de/welpen/rasse
    A comprehensive online reference of 343 breeds including a detailed description of each breed which covers the general appearance, the character, the history and coat. Some breed profiles contain a video presentation (in German). In addition: the Breedopedia includes addresses of VDH member clubs and breeders with VDH-seal of approval. The breed listing is alphabetical and a specific breed search function is available.


    About Us:

    For more than 100 years now the VDH has been exerting a positive influence on life with a dog in Germany. The VDH has established itself as the greatest lobby group, as an institution rich in tradition and as a seal of quality, and is much sought after as an absolute authority on all matters relating to dogs. For professionals from the media, courts of justice, government ministries, local authorities and also for those simply interested in dogs – the VDH is the first point of contact for everyone.

     

    Over 250 different breeds of dog are supervised through the VDH breeding clubs and bred under the strictest of controls. Right from the start the VDH and its member clubs have been forming decisions in favour of breeding regulations which, by international comparison, are extremely strict. The corresponding guidelines lend the highest priority to the health and protection of the animals.
    The VDH represents Germany in the World Canine Organisation, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Currently 343 different breeds of dog are recognised by the FCI. For each breed there is a so-called standard, which describes an ideal specimen with regard to appearance and behaviour. The breed standards are overseen by the FCI member associations from the place of origin of the relevant breed. Germany sets the standards for 32 breeds of dog.


    Designation:
    National Kennel Club/ non-profit

    Structure:

    The VDH is a federally structured umbrella organisation which unites pedigree breeding clubs, dog sport associations, federal state associations as well as a number of extraordinary member clubs. Whilst it is not possible for individuals to become direct members of the VDH, they become affiliated through the membership of a breeding club or sports association.

     

    The 175 member clubs of the VDH are composed as follows:

    • 15 VDH federal state associations
    • 157 pedigree breeding clubs supervising one or more breeds
    • The German Dog Sport Association (DHV) and German Association of Working Dog Sport Clubs (DVG), which attend solely to dog training and sport
    • Represented as an extraordinary member of the VDH: the Hunting Dog Association (JGHV), which is responsible for examination procedures for hunting dogs.


    Their model involves: Competance, Passion, Openness, Tradition.
    See: http://www.vdh.de/en/the-vdh/our-model/

     

     

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    The training offered by the VDH is divided into two areas:

    1. VDH-Academy
    2. VDH-Kolleg

     

    In the VDH-Academy, the courses are offered, which are within the core competence of the VDH and the education and training of farmers and volunteers in the VDH member clubs. This includes the areas of breeding, dog training and the exhibition industry.

     

     

    The VDH College includes firstly practical offers of VDH, on the other hand offers VDH-Kolleg external organizers the opportunity to acknowledge seminars by the VDH and to upgrade through the issuance of certificates.

     

     

    Qualified speakers of the VDH, the universities and the police, ensure in all seminars of a high technical level. More than 2,000 participants per year use the services of the VDH to undergo training on canine subjects or in practical seminars.

     


     


    Website:

    An overview of the VDH (in German) can be found at: http://www.vdh.de/ueber-den-vdh/wir-ueber-uns/.
     

    "The VDH is the leading advocacy of all dog owners in Germany - the primary authority on life with dogs, dog sports and dog breeds. As the umbrella organization for 175 member associations of the VDH today represents more than 650,000 members."

     

    This page contains links to 32 breeds whose standards are managed by VDH, VDH Staff and Committee's contacts, VDH Statutes & Regulations, the Organization Structure/composition, Registration Statistics for breeds from 2000-2014, a link to VDH History and a link to VDH's Annual Report. 






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    • An article in the February 2017 edition of the UK's Veterinary Practice takes a look at ongoing national and international efforts to enhance the welfare of pedigreed dogs.  It also asks the question, "Are we making a difference?" and encourages veterinarians to examine their role, individually and collectively.
       

    • On the 15th of February 2015, DogWellNet.com entered Phase 2 in development.

       

      We officially launched the website at the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) in Dortmund, Germany. The public has been given access to most of the preliminary content that is available on the site. But it is important to realize that Phase 2 is really about further developing the cooperation and collaborations that form the base of our mission, vision and goals. By bringing together the people most active in providing information, evaluation, strategies, advice and more to the dog community, especially the breeding community, we hope to maximize the impact of DogWellNet.com.

       

      Phase 2 includes adding more Members to the DogWellNet Community to help us expand the content and functionality of the platform. We are engaging many from our IPFD Partners, Sponsors and Collaborators and many from the 2nd IDHW in order to facilitate the international collaborations identified there as key to the health, well-being and welfare of dogs.

       

      Guests are able to see public content. As of April 2016, Guests can sign up for a Member account to access some additional content and features on the website. Invited Members and Advanced Members (in general, those recommended by one of our Partners or Sponsors) will help us build content and further refine the website and will receive information on the registration procedure through their organization or from the DogWellNet.com team.

       

      Our News section will keep everyone updated on the exciting developments going on 'behind-the-scenes' as we support new and ongoing initiatives.

       


       

       

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      Many thanks to the AKC-CHF and our other sponsors for supporting the collaborative Harmonization of Genetic Testing initiative!!!

       

      See the Dog News Annual Issue for the complete article.

       

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    • Please visit our Partners and Sponsors pages to keep track of who is joining the IPFD and DogWellNet teams.

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      The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) announces the “Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs” initiative:

      to support the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dog health and breeding decisions

       

       

      The ever-increasing emergence of new canine DNA tests and testing laboratories has made choosing quality DNA testing providers and the right DNA tests for health and breeding decisions increasingly challenging for many owners, Harmonizationlogo.thumb.jpg

      breeders and veterinarians.

      Working with a wide-spectrum of stakeholders in dog health, the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) "Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs" initiative will provide practical support to address these challenges.

       

       


    • PRESS RELEASE – International Dog Health Workshop

      The 2nd International Dog Health Workshop took place over the weekend of 14/15 February, organised by the VDH in partnership with the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), in Dortmund.

      Over 125 delegates from 18 countries attended the two day event formally known as the International Workshop on the Enhancement of Genetic Health in Pedigree Dogs.

      The event followed on from the 1st International Dog Health Workshop which took place in Stockholm in June 2012.

       


       

    • We're truly proud of what we accomplished in our first full year of operation, and we're excited to present a summary of our achievements in the IPFD Annual Report 2015.

       

    • IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett is presenting information on breed-specific statistics and strategies in cooperation with Agria Pet Insurance, Sweden. Keep reading for dates and other details.

       

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    • logo_stream_bva_congress.pngFrom the BVA congress held in November 2016

       

      At the Session offered on Thursday, November 17, 2016: Two paws forward, one paw back: are we making any progress on pedigree dog health? presentations were offered by Dr. Brenda Bonnett DVM PhD, CEO, International Partnership for Dogs and Nick Blayney BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Advisor, The Kennel Club.

       

       

       

       

      An article has been included in the December Issue of the Veterinary Record: Title: BVA congress: Improving the health of pedigree dogs: is enough being done?25.covervetrecorddec16.gif

       

      Abstract

      "Controversies at Crufts in recent years have indicated there is still more to do to improve the health of pedigree dogs. Is the Kennel Club doing enough and can the UK learn from international experiences to help take matters forward? These questions were discussed during a session on pedigree dog health at the BVA Congress last month.
      Georgina Mills reports"

       

       

       

    • In a recent commentary in Dog World, online, Simon Parsons said:

       

      " IN TODAY’S world of dog breeding it is impossible for anyone, even the Brits, to exist in isolation. "

       

      " In the 21st century, should it really be the case that breeds are recognised by one governing body, but not another, that health tests results are not uniform, that some kennel clubs (like, to its credit, our own) publish everything about the dogs they register and some (like the American Kennel Club), publish nothing, not even the numbers it registers? "

       

      " So that is why I feel that the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), which is aiming to create a ‘DogWellNet’ website co-ordinating data of dog health, breeding and ownership, is one of the most important steps forward of recent times. "

       

      Read the whole article online: http://www.dogworld.co.uk/product.php/132065/1/global_co_operation_by_simon_parsons

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      We'd like to share holiday greetings and news from our colleagues at VetCompass.

       

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      Animal Welfare Champion Receives Honor Alumna Award

       

      Dr. Patricia Olson (Ph.D., '81), named the CVMBS Distinguished Alumna for 2016, has been a teacher, a researcher, and a consultant. But regardless of her role, one thing is constant. She is a tireless champion for animal and human welfare.

       

       


    • We have provided below a number of tips to assist you in utilizing some of the key features of DogWellNet. Please note that the site is still in a Continued Development Phase and, therefore, the availability of some features and content may change as the site evolves.

       

      If you need more help finding your way around DogWellNet, go to our Help Desk, visit our Forums or refer to the Contacts listed at the bottom of every page.

       


       

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      The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization, registered in Sweden,

      initiated by a group of independent stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and 

      officially launched in April 2014.

    • Alan’s passion for Bullmastiffs, and purebred dogs in general, is shared by his wife, Chris Lezotte. They have been active breeders and exhibitors for 30 years, producing 165 champions including BIS , BISS, and five generations of Group winners under the HappyLegs, Registered prefix. Alan is the AKC Delegate from the American Bullmastiff Association and its current president.

    • The initial Board of the IPFD is comprised of individuals with respected international reputations, who represent a broad array of stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and who comprise a range of backgrounds and abilities that are needed by this new organization. They sit on the Board, not as representatives of their home organizations (Founding Partners), per se, but as individuals with commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the IPFD. Further, we have included an independent member of the Board who has no formal affiliation with the Founding Partners.

       

      Brief CVs for the Board, as comprised in August 2014, follow.

       

       

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      Below we present a collection of links and excerpts from media coverage of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. We will be adding more content as media articles are published.

       

    • The formal agreement was signed 22 Oct 2015 between Pekka Olson, Chair, IPFD and Christian Eymar-Dauphin, President of the French Kennel Club (SCC) confirming that the SCC will host the next IPFD International Dog Health Workshop in Paris in early 2017.  Dates and venue will be announced soon.

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