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    Using data from the Finnish Kennel Club (FKC) and from a screening program of the Finnish Dachshund Club, researchers from the University of Helsinki and the FKC provide evidence to support the use of radiographic screening for intervertebral disc calcification in Dachshunds and for adopting Estimated Breeding Values as a tool for selecting dogs for breeding.
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    The Norwegian Kennel Club (NKK) has a long tradition promoting healthy dog breeding through education and cooperation with breeders and breed clubs. It is our true belief that this is far more beneficial to the dogs’ health and welfare than excessive rules and restrictions. Our vision is that through this inclusive breeding strategy, based on education, knowledge and respect, we will breed the healthiest dogs in Europe. This document provides an overview of breeding strategies and Ethical rules and regulations for breeding - Code of Ethics.
  3. for evaluation by The Norwegian Kennel Club A standardized x-ray procedure is required to secure the quality of the evaluation results. The aim of the x-ray examination is to detect calcified intervertebral discs. The results of the evaluations will be included in the Norwegian Kennel Clubs database and made available to club members and veterinarians through DogWeb ... The results may be used as a tool in the Dachshund breeding program and as a part of health screening conducted by the Norwegian Kennel Club and The Norwegian Dachshund Club.
  4. As outlined in the plenary talks, conclusions and Action Items (related to Selection for Behaviour Traits) developed at the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop there is a role for various types of instruments, tests, evaluations and approaches, although it is cautioned that application of test results must be breed-specific and related to breeding goals. (See also discussion in our Forums). Here are presented excerpts from a recent review and presentation of a study that addresses issues of breed-specific behavior evaluation and understanding. It is from: Chapter 2 Dog Breeds and Their Behavior by James A. Serpell and Deborah L. Duffy in A. Horowitz (ed.), Domestic Dog Cognition and Behavior DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-53994-7_2, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014. Abstract "Domestic dogs display an extraordinary level of phenotypic diversity in morphology and behavior. Furthermore, due to breeding practices introduced during the nineteenth century, these phenotypic traits have become relatively ‘fixed’ within breeds, allowing biologists to obtain unique insights regarding the genetic bases of behavioral diversity, and the effects of domestication and artificial selection on temperament. Here we explore differences in behavior among the 30 most popular dog breeds registered with the American Kennel Club based on owner responses to a standardized and validated behavioral questionnaire (CBARQ). The findings indicate that some breed-associated temperament traits (e.g. fear/anxiety) may be linked to specific gene mutations, while others may represent more general behavioral legacies of ‘ancient’ ancestry, physical deformity,and/or human selection for specific functional abilities. They also suggest that previous efforts to relate dog breed popularity to behavior may have failed due to the confounding effects of body size."
  5. In several of the action items identified as need for international efforts related to dog behaviour (in a broad sense) the issue of breed differences - in, e.g. reaction to and evaluation on various difference tests; and genetic and breeding considerations was raised. This is a topic of interest in the behaviour literature as evidenced by the excerpts below. As is often the case, this material is hard for the breeding public to access and we need to find ways to bring to the people on the front lines the most salient and applicable findings from the academic world. In June 2014, Lindsay R. Mehrkam and Clive D.L. Wynne, presented Behavioral differences among breeds of domestic dogs (Canis lupus familiaris): Current status of the science in Volume 155, Pages 12–27; Applied Animal Behavior Science
  6. As soon as we enter any discussion about assessing behavior we are immediately hit by several challenges: Terminology: behaviour, personality, temperament, instinct... or ??Are we interested in evaluating an individual dog? Or are we trying to determine aspects of a breed?If we are doing a 'test' what is the purpose? - for the general interest of an owner? - because of a behavioural 'problem' or clinical condition? - to assess an individual dog for fitness - in general or for a specific activity (e.g. therapy dog)? - to determine whether the dog should be bred? - to evaluate heritability of traits within a breed or a litter? Focus, terminology, approach, tests and testing and more may vary by country or area; breed and other factors.
  7. Check out the discussion thread on this article in the Members Forum started by Gregorie Leroy, entitled: "Number of Litters per Reproducer" in which he referenced this article: Genetic management of Dutch golden retriever dogs with a simulation tool Windig JJ1, Oldenbroek K. Unfortunately, the article is not open access, but below we reproduce the abstract from PubMed. The article may be purchased via the journal at: Hopefully, discussion will continue in the Forums on this important topic.
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    Information and policy from the Scientific Committee of the Nordic Kennel Union (NKU/VK) regarding the use of genetic tests in dog breeding.
  9. Agria Djurförsäkring (Agria Animal Insurance) is one of the world's leading animal insurers specialising in small animal and equine insurance. The company dominates Scandinavian pet insurance and has recognised the importance of working closely with the veterinary profession since insuring the first horse in 1890. Agria Djurförsäkring is a proud sponsor of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Initiative. Website: Agria Blog at DogWellNet: - under construction -
  10. update of whats on my mind

  11. Posted by: Swedish Kennel Club ( Describes general obligations and breed ethics as well as guidelines for ethical breeding. Follow this link to download the pdf file
  12. On the 15th of February 2015, 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 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 team. Our News section will keep everyone updated on the exciting developments going on 'behind-the-scenes' as we support new and ongoing initiatives.
  13. Generally speaking, aside from numerous Kennel Club or Cynological organization's breeding regulations for all registered dogs or breed specific breeding regulations that impact registration eligibility which can be located by reviewing articles contained in IPFD's Ethical and Breeding Guidelines section at http:///health-and-breeding/breeding/general-quidelines/, there are laws enacted by national, regional and local governmental bodies in different countries.
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