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  1. 2013 2013 Discussion Forum Speaker: Chris Laurence, AWF Trustee The 'AWF Impact Session – what happened next?' We look back at some of the most talked about animal welfare issues from recent Discussion Forums (2006-12) and explore how these issues were taken forward. This video offers a historical perspective of animal welfare issues in the UK. A complete group of AWF/BVA videos in the Discussion Forum is at: • https://www.youtube.com/user/BVAAWF/videos The videos cover many species; dog's/companion animal's welfare concerns are included in some of the talks. Also see AWF's
  2. The Kennel Club has hosted a unique webcast to discuss brachycephalic health and what can be done collaboratively to ensure a healthier future for dogs. Chaired by Kennel Club Chairman, Tony Allcock OBE, the webcast panel comprised Dr Jane Ladlow, European and Royal College Specialist in Small Animal Surgery and leading BOAS researcher; Bill Lambert, Head of Health and Welfare at the Kennel Club; and Charlotte McNamara, Health and Welfare Development Manager at the Kennel Club. The panel discussed brachycephalic health, approaches across Europe, the need for a collaborative, evidence-based app
  3. Many national kennel clubs, other cynological organizations (e.g. breed clubs) have developed guidelines, approaches or programs to: describe and evaluate the health of specific breeds outline guidelines or regulations for screening tests or other assessments on potential breeding dogs raise awareness about issues in a given breed. These programs take different forms in different countries. In this section we will provide information on various approaches and programs and direct you to online resources. For general guidelines (not breed-specific) see also: country-
  4. Health screening schemes The Kennel Club works with a number of organisations to help breeders assess which dogs to use for breeding, with the aim of reducing the incidence of health issues in future generations. The Kennel Club - Health Schemes | Assured Breeders
  5. A research study of the population genetics of all Kennel Club registered breeds... "Recognising the importance of managing the rate of inbreeding, the Kennel Club's Population analysis reports allow breeders to review the unique situation for each breed. If unchecked, inbreeding levels can rise in a breed, and although its effects may not initially be noticeable, this increase can have a significant impact on the health and welfare of future generations. The breed specific reports... provide a framework to shape discussions on the best ways to improve, or m
  6. Our Dogs Newspaper: IPFD and our Call for Collective Actions for Dog Health and Welfare Our Dogs Newsletter is a respected and highly subscribed information source, especially for the dog show community, in the UK and around the world. Our Dogs is a subscription-only site, however, articles can be purchased. We are pleased and grateful that they have not only shared our Reframing Current Challenges Around Pedigree Dogs A Call for Respectful Dialogue, Collaboration, and Collective Actions document, but they have also published an editorial as well as an article by
  7. 2020: The Canine Code Webpage: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-us/about-the-kennel-club/the-kennel-club-codes/the-kennel-club-canine-code/ Archived booklet: It's a Dog's Life So Take Care of It! The Canine Code - The Kennel Club
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    2020: See the Kennel Club's current Canine Code page at: https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-us/about-the-kennel-club/the-kennel-club-codes/the-kennel-club-canine-code/ The downloadable PDF available here is ARCHIVED. The Canine Code booklet from The Kennel Club A MUST READ for anyone considering bringing a dog into a home and family. It's A Dog's Life so Take Care of It! This educational booklet covers: making a good match between owner and dog - essential for a happy long-term partnership. Whether it is a puppy, pedigree, crossbr
  9. 243 downloads

    2020 - The Kennel Club - Breed Health Improvement Strategy Toolkit https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health-and-dog-care/health/breed-health-co-ordinators/breed-health-improvement-strategy-toolkit/ NOTE: The downloadable PDF available here is an ARCHIVED document. The Kennel Club BREED HEALTH IMPROVEMENT STRATEGY: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE "This collection of tool kits is a resource intended to help Breed Health Coordinators maintain, develop and promote the health of their breed.. The Kennel Club recognise that Breed Health Coordinators are enthusiastic and
  10. The Kennel Club has a comprehensive resource to help guide breed clubs and health coordinators to create a health improvement strategy for their breed. It is available online: 2020 - Breed Health Improvement Strategy Toolkit https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/health-and-dog-care/health/breed-health-co-ordinators/breed-health-improvement-strategy-toolkit/ The recently updated Toolkit page content has been enhanced: Main author: Ian Seath; The project team: Judith Ashworth, Sheila Atter, Archie Bryden, Brian Hill, Dorothy McIntyre, Shula Shipton and Marion Wilks Health impr
  11. What are the most pressing welfare issues in companion dogs? In this article we look at the priorities of several organizations working in this area and contrast their focus; this not meant to me an exhaustive coverage but to highlight the range of issues that come under the term 'welfare' and to underline the complex interactions across health, well-being and welfare in companion animals. There is no global system to rank the 'worst' or 'most important' problems. But as we look at any issue that is of great importance to us, personally, it is good to remember that dogs and people exist togeth
  12. The UK's people are passionate about dogs! Seeing to companion animal's best interests motivates people to expend extraordinary efforts. This article offers insights into the issues that are currently under consideration by UK based charities, foundations, associations, institutions, and cynological organizations focused on improving health and welfare in dogs.
  13. The Dog Breeding Reform Group's aims are ... "To promote humane behaviour towards animals by providing and supporting initiatives to improve dog welfare related to: a) genetic and breed related health, breeding, rearing and selling practices; and b) to inform the general public about irresponsible dog breeding in order to make them aware of the potential impact on their dogs' health and welfare" Here we are sharing some links to helpful DBRG publications and resources...
  14. The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Veterinary Association, British Small Animal Veterinary Association and the Kennel Club consider that in the interests of animal welfare, reports should be made to the Kennel Club in appropriate cases, to help correct some of the problems identified in the breeding of dogs. - See more at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/vets-researchers/caesarean-operations-and-procedures-which-alter-the-natural-conformation-of-a-dog/#sthash.aSZlpmnf.dpuf The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, British Veterinary Association, British Small Animal Veterin
  15. The Kennel Club is the largest organization in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners. Website: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk
  16. Th Kennel Club in the UK has posted information on a "New Dog Breeding Regulation". This relates to regulations from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for breeding operations and related to members of The KC Assured Breeders Scheme. "Changes to breeding regulations in England New regulations on dog breeding in England will be live from 1st October. There are no changes to breeding regulations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. A number of significant changes are being made," which include requirements for a dog breeding licence. In addition,
  17. 2019 Lewis TW, Mellersh CS. Changes in mutation frequency of eight Mendelian inherited disorders in eight pedigree dog populations following introduction of a commercial DNA test. Plos One, https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0209864 DNA Testing - General Subject: DNA Testing Type: Research Journal/Source: peer-reviewed research publication Authors/Researchers: University, Kennel Club (IPFD Partners); HGTD Participants Recommended For: Veterinarians, Owners/Breeders This study is one of the very few to investigate the impact of DNA testing on changing a dog
  18. A presentation by Chris Laurence MBE to the 2013 AWF Discussion Forum. Part of a session exploring what happened next to issues discussed at the Forum from 2006 - 2012. This video offers a historical perspective of animal welfare issues in the UK. A complete group of AWF/BVA videos in the Discussion Forum is at: https://www.youtube.com/user/BVAAWF/videos The videos cover many species; dog's/companion animal's welfare concerns are included in some of the talks. Also see AWF's website: https://www.animalwelfarefoundation.org.uk/
  19. This summary report posted in June 2019 highlights key activities and progress on relevant action items. http://www.ukbwg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/BWG-Annual-Summary-2018-190602.pdf More information on BWG is available at www.ukbwg.org.uk.
  20. Below is a listing of 4th IDHW Speakers, Theme Leaders, Contributing Experts, Facilitators - By Theme
  21. Cambridge University is carrying out an important research project into the development of the nostrils in brachycephalic (short-faced) dog breeds. The breeds in this study are French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs and Pugs.
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