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  1. Clonal Complexes and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Profiles of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius Isolates from Dogs in the United States Ricardo Videla, Samar M. Solyman, Akshar Brahmbhatt, Leslie Sadeghi, David A. Bemis, and Stephen A. Kania
  2. "In Brief The domestic dog is divided into hundreds of island-like populations called breeds. Parker et al. examine 161 breeds and show that they were developed through division and admixture. The analyses define clades, estimate admixture dates, distinguish geographically diverse populations, and help determine the source of shared mutations among diverse populations."
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    Norwegian Lundehund Breeding Strategy - English summary
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    English TEMPLATE outline and instructions for creating a Breed specific breeding strategy document
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    These documents summarize concepts for the themes covered at the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop. The documents provide a general overview of breakout sessions for each theme and offer key points and priorities covered in discussions as well as action plan This file contains the following PDF's: Behavior and Welfare Theme_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Breed Specific Health Strategies_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Education Communication Antibiotics_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Exaggerations of conformation_IDHW Sharing Session1_2 Harmonization of Genetic Testing_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2 Show Me the Numbers_IDHW Sharing Sessions 1_2
  6. The Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress meets every four years where a large number of breeders and fanciers (domestic as well as international) come together to discuss the breed. Many thanks to Helle Lauridsen, DWN contibutor, for providing a follow-up to the Rhodesian Ridgeback World Congress 2016. This article provides a follow-up to the 2016 event - with a focus on addressing Dermoid Sinus in Rhodesian Ridgebacks. The congress was a great success with a full day focused on breed health. A whole chapter was focused on Dermoid Sinus, the only breed specific disease for Ridgebacks. Helle Lauridsen writes... on the topic... "Dermoid Sinus has been seen by the outside world as a huge problem, but much less so by Rhodesian Ridgeback breeders... as it is now very rarely encountered and not always, as myth and an old article in Nature indicates, only in ridged dogs. DS also occurs in RR mixes and in other breeds and is always (100%) operable." "At the congress it was decided by the delegates to counter the 'stories' about Dermoid Sinus with facts. While the German clubs are progressing towards funding a DS DNA study, the RRWC Health committee wanted to investigate the size and development of the problem, before moving forward initiating a research project into the correlation of the 1996 Australian Folic Acid Study by Felicity A. Nicholls-Grzemski. Her theory is that as DS in dogs and spina bifida in humans are both embryo neural tube defects; DS can also be easily prevented with Folic Acid as Spina Bifida is prevented in humans.
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    SCKCS – Cavaliersällskapet | Specialklubben för Cavalier King Charles Thanks to Karin Drotz, Breeding Consultant, Department for Breeding and Health, Svenska Kennelklubben for sharing the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeding strategy translation with DWN.
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    Suomen bordercolliet ja australiankelpiet ry -- Australian Kelpie Breeding Strategy -- English Summary Contact information for breed club Suomen bordercolliet ja australiankelpiet ry: website: Contact: (email of the health committee) Thanks to Sabina Lähteenmäki, SBCAK ry, breeding committee, chairman for sharing the Australian Kelpie breeding strategy translation with DWN.
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    Summary of the Breed-Specific Breeding Program (JTO) Saluki 2014-2018 Finnish Saluki Club
  10. UKC's data (rather than or in addition to AKC's) is most assuredly a possibility - I will seek further clarification. AKC's breed specific registration data is available to Parent clubs (which I'm not sure were contacted for the purposes of compiling this SKK report - since the Parent clubs are not the registering body). AKC uses a breed ranking system when they report on registrations #'s - the specific breed registration numbers have not been publicly available/shown on their website or in annual reports for some years to my knowledge. thank you for your comments
  11. Please pardon my hasty reply to your question and allow me to roll back my original response. Looking more closely at the article it appears the US did participate which would mean AKC registration numbers were included - the correction to my statement is based on: Acknowledgements contained in the article (page 3)... "We would like to thank all counties who have kindly shared their data and thus have made this article possible: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, France, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Ukraine U.S.A.
  12. The data was collected from FCI members.
  13. Some quantitative work already published on dog health - references for attendees at 3rd IDHW: Comparison and challenges for different data sources: O'NEILL, D., CHURCH, D., MCGREEVY, P., THOMSON, P. & BRODBELT, D. 2014. Approaches to canine health surveillance. Canine Genetics and Epidemiology, 1, 2. Approaches to canine health surveillance.pdf Understanding primary-care vet data for research: ROBINSON, N. J., BRENNAN, M. L., COBB, M. & DEAN, R. S. 2014. Capturing the complexity of first opinion small animal consultations using direct observation. Veterinary Record. Capturing the complexity of first opinion small animal consultations.pdf Exploring bias in referral clinical records: BARTLETT, P. C., VAN BUREN, J. W., NETERER, M. & ZHOU, C. 2010. Disease surveillance and referral bias in the veterinary medical database. Preventive Veterinary Medicine, 94, 264-271. Disease surveillance and referral bias in the veterinary medical database Bartlett 2010 Prev Vet med.pdf Uses of owner-reported data: ADAMS, V. J., EVANS, K. M., SAMPSON, J. & WOOD, J. L. N. 2010. Methods and mortality results of a health survey of purebred dogs in the UK. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 51, 512-524. Methods and mortality results.pdf Kennel club registrations statistics: THE KENNEL CLUB. 2017. Breed registration statistics [Online]. The Kennel Club Limited. Available: [Accessed January 23 2017]. The use of insurance data: BONNETT, B. N., EGENVALL, A., HEDHAMMAR, Å. & OLSON, P. 2005. Mortality in over 350,000 insured Swedish dogs from 1995-2000: I. breed-, gender-, age- and cause-specific rates. Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica, 46, 105-120. Mortality in over 350,000 Insured Swedish dogs from 1995–2000 I.pdf Comparison of information from literature, referral practice and expert opinion with data from primary practice: KEIJSER, S. F. A., MEIJNDERT, L. E., FIETEN, H., CARRIÈRE, B. J., VAN STEENBEEK, F. G., LEEGWATER, P. A. J., ROTHUIZEN, J. & NIELEN, M. 2017. Disease burden in four populations of dog and cat breeds compared to mixed-breed dogs and European shorthair cats. Preventive Veterinary Medicine Disease burden in four populations of dog and cat breeds.pdf Quantitative data requirements for welfare impact assessment: COLLINS, L. M., ASHER, L., SUMMERS, J. F., DIESEL, G. & MCGREEVY, P. D. 2010. Welfare epidemiology as a tool to assess the welfare impact of inherited defects on the pedigree dog population. Animal Welfare, 19, 67-75. Welfare epidemiology as a tool to assess the welfare impact of inherited defects on the pedigree dog population Collins 2010 Animal Welfare.pdf .
  14. Early out walks excerpt... Early out walks Veterinary behaviorists are "FOR" and tell you why The owner who is considering or has just acquired a puppy wishes to put all the chances on his side to ensure good health. In this area, the veterinarian is his best interlocutor. It is also crucial that the puppy becomes an pleasant adult, non-aggressive and able to adapt to family living conditions. For this the owner takes advice, sometimes before the acquisition, from the veterinarian who will follow his dog for several years. The veterinarian must be able to position himself and be able to give good advices for the animal welfare and its integration into society as early as possible.
  15. IPFD's Breed-Specific Collaborator Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute's C.A. Sharpe covers the topic of Genetic Counseling in Genetic Counseling A Discipline in Gestation. Stressing the 'challenge faced by canine genetic counselors is the vast array of breeds, each representing a distinct population'. The article offers a thoughtful discussion of the need for and means by which 'genetic counseling' occurs today in purebred dog communities.