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  1. In 2004, I got my PhD on the subject 'Breeding against hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs'. My conclusion was that it is possible to breed against these traits and that not much has happened though. The reason was that no systematic selection has in practice been made against these defects. Now, 11 years later, I am glad to see that Finnish breeders have managed to achieve genetic as well as phenotypic gain. St Bernards have also increased their lifespan, as their health has been improving. The Finnish Kennel Club started to estimate breeding values (EBVs) for hip and elbo
  2. In This Issue: News & Highlights IPFD Annual Report 2020: A Year Like No Other Make a Donation Stay Informed!
  3. The severity of Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS) is assessed by means of walk tests. With the help of walk tests, individuals with the most severe symptoms can be eliminated from breeding. See more on the FKC's walk test at: https://dogwellnet.com/blogs/entry/88-finnish-walk-test-for-brachycephalic-breeds-ready/ All the information on the Finnish walk test can be found here. (Internal): document.pdf "Walk test The walk test is meant for short-muzzled (brachycephalic) breeds that have symptoms caused by upper respiratory tract disorders. These
  4. Kennel Clubs provide resources to help educate breeders. Here we feature links to our Partner's breeder education tools and seminars.
  5. In this article, we take a look at some excellent resources for breeds and breed health available from IPFD and our Partner organizations, including: Agria Animal Insurance American Kennel Club Canadian Kennel Club Finnish Kennel Club German Kennel Club Irish Kennel Club The Kennel Club Swedish Kennel Club Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Wisdom Health International Partnership for Dogs/DogWellNet.com This resource is continually under construction - we will be adding more links and more P
  6. Finnish report: An investigation would curb problems with dog breeding through monitoring criteria and ethical delegation As we have been reporting, there is a surge of regulatory efforts to address concerns about the health and welfare of pedigreed dogs, especially brachycephalic breeds, in several countries. The potential impact on not only dog breeders and pedigreed dog organizations, but also on dog owners and even veterinarians may be considerable, as well as on many stakeholders in the pet industry. It is apparent that some of these efforts are proceeding unilaterally rather than c
  7. News & Highlights Article in Journal Nature Puts Canine Genetic Testing Industry Under the Magnifying Glass Helpful Hint Stay Informed!
  8. Updated information from the FKK: https://www.kennelliitto.fi/en/about-us/news/finnish-kennel-clubs-walk-test-helps-eliminate-dogs-severe-breathing-problems-breeding The Finnish Kennel Club (FKK) has today released information about a ongoing project 'Fitness examination being prepared for Bulldogs' [Dated link; see Internet Archive: https://web.archive.org/web/20151012050702/http://www.kennelliitto.fi/en/news/fitness-examination-being-prepared-for-bulldogs]in the English Bulldogs. This is a collaborative program between the kennel club, the breed club and The Univer
  9. 4th International Dog Health Workshop (2019) Poster ......................................................................................... Breeding for Health in the Finnish Kennel Club The in-depth document (links provided below) is from a presentation which Katariina Mäki gave in August 2014 at the World Dog Show. It is an overview of the work the Finnish Kennel Club is doing in order to promote genetic health of dogs. The presentation was open for anyone interested. You can download the document as a pdf version from our Downloads section or...
  10. ARTICLE UPDATED 2-18-2021 In their announcement: New instructions for monitoring canine health at dog shows (2015): "The Finnish Kennel Club has published new Breed-Specific Instructions for dog show judges. The instructions were drafted with the purpose of steering dog show judges to pay closer attention to exaggerated breed types. The new instructions entered into force on 1 June 2015. See the earlier version of the BSI breed_specific_instructions_bsi_0.pdf A dog show judge is tasked with evaluating how well a dog matches its breed standard. H
  11. Results from two newly official health examinations are being added to the Finnish Kennel Club's Breeding Database. Results from BAER hearing tests and walk tests, the latter measuring the dog's exercise tolerance and breathing, are saved to the system starting from 6th August.
  12. News about the BSI from The Finnish Kennel Club Further information ... 5.6.2018 -- https://www.kennelliitto.fi/tietoa-meista/uutiset/yhteensa-41-koirarotua-erityistarkkailussa-koiranayttelyissa English version: https://www.kennelliitto.fi/en/about-ut/news/41-breeds-total-under-observation-dog-shows English translation below... Many thanks for the translation goes to Liisa Suoninen, Head of Communications, Suomen Kennelliitto – Finska Kennelklubben ry
  13. June 2017 - the Nordic Kennel Union website debuts! - site content is available in English - For more than 60 years, the Nordic Kennel Union has been the unified voice of the Nordic countries in the dog world. NKU members share a passion for animal welfare and dog health which is reflected in common strategies to secure future generations of healthy and sound dogs through responsible and sustainable breeding. Health is one of the most important aspects of dog breeding and a central area for Nordic cooperation. NOTE from IPFD
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    This document is from a presentation which Katariina Mäki gave in August 2014 at the World Dog Show. It is an overview of the work the Finnish Kennel Club is doing in order to promote genetic health of dogs. The presentation was open for anyone interested.
  15. 17 downloads

    Finnish Kennel Club: General Breeding Strategy - see article under Breeding. https://dogwellnet.com/content/health-and-breeding/breeding/general-quidelines/ethical-and-breeding-guidelines/finnish-kennel-club-general-breeding-strategy-r63/
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    This guideline is intended to be used by breed clubs for breeds in which at least 250 dogs have been registered over the last five years. ' The template outlines the content and structure for the Breeding-specific Breeding Strategy Document (JTO). The recommended total length of a breeding strategy for these breeds is 25-30 pages. Received from Katariin Mäki, Kennelliitto
  17. 8 downloads

    Don’t buy a puppy from a cage! Campaign against puppy factories. Puppies born in factories suffer and may carry dangerous diseases - a cheap puppy may come at a huge cost - even the cutest puppy may carry a dark secret... see the FKC's website -- https://www.kennelliitto.fi/en/dogs/dont-support-puppy-mills. To locate a breeder and litters see the Finnish Kennel Club's Puppy List https://omakoira.kennelliitto.fi/pentuvalitys/frmEtusivu.aspx?Lang=ENG Please note some links in the downloadable file are out of date/no longer available 7-2-2017.
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    The breed-specific breeding strategy for the Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier (ENGLISH) Approved on 19 February 2011 in the annual meeting of the Kerry Blue Terrier and Irish Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of Finland (Kerry- ja vehnäterrierikerho ry). Approved with improvements and suggestions on 2 May 2011 by the breeding committee of the Finnish Kennel Club Revised on 1 December 2011 Became effective on 1 January 2012 Translated into English by Maria Heikkinen, BA; Anna-Leena Hilli, BA; Laura Nummela, BA; Laura Pakarinen, BA, and Niina Woolley, BA, as project work for English Transla
  19. In their article: https://www.kennelliitto.fi/en/forms/instructions-implementing-and-monitoring-crosses-between-breeds Instructions For Implementing And Monitoring Crosses Between Breeds (approved by the Finnish Kennel Club board 22.11.2013. Valid from 1.1.2014) the Finnish Kennel Club (FKK) presents their goals (below), which also explain the motivation behind the program. It is important to note that the FKK has a strong history and well-developed program of monitoring and evaluating health and performance with each breed club reporting on conditions in th
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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: www.sbcak.fi Contact: jalostus.sbcak@gmail.com (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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