What is a Breed Health Co-ordinator?
Breed Health Co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of
breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and
welfare of their chosen breed. The main role of the BHC is to
facilitate, over time, the communication and collection of data on
the health of their chosen breed. The BHC acts as a
spokesperson on matters of health and will collaborate with the
Kennel Club on any health concerns the breed may have.
How are Breed Health Co-ordinators appointed?
BHCs are chosen and appointed by breed clubs and councils.
Candidates for the position are usually nominated and then chosen
by a majority vote. Breeds with more than one club must have
a majority agreement before informing the Kennel Club of the newly
appointed individual. A BHC may be appointed for a variety of
different reasons, including their breed knowledge or their skill
How to contact a Breed Health Co-ordinator?
If you have a health related questions concerning a particular
breed, we recommend contacting the Breed Health Co-ordinator
through the your local Breed club, a list of which is available via
the "Find a dog club" link on the Kennel Club's
Breed Information Centre.
Alternatively please e-mail your query to Health and Breeding
Services and your e-mail will be forwarded to the appropriate
Resources for Breed Health Co-ordinators
The Kennel Club assist individuals within this role by offering
them the tools and resources to help promote and improve the health
of their breed where necessary.
Access to breed health reports
All breed health co-ordinators have access to bespoke KC breed
health reports, free of charge. (This includes the reports
generated on DNA tests, as well as the Hip, Elbow, Eye and CM/SM
Schemes.) If you wish to request any reports, then please e-mail Nick Sutton.
Assistance with publicising and promoting health surveys and
The Kennel Club is in a unique position to help assist BHCs with
the promotion of any ongoing health related research, whether it is
a survey instigated by a breed club/ council, or an official
On your behalf the Kennel Club may be able to promote your study
If you would like the Kennel Club to help in any or all of these
ways please e-mail Nick
The Annual BHC Symposium 2015
The Annual BHC Symposium 2015 was held at Stoneleigh Park on
Wednesday 9thSeptember. The day included a talk on cancer (Dr Mike
Starkey, AHT), and a talk on the trends in genetic diversity and
effective population sizes (Dr Tom Lewis, KC), for which there is a
scientific paper available in the Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
Journal. Those who were unable to attend the symposium can view
the lecture slides below. For more information please email Bonnie
The Annual BHC Symposium 2014
The Annual BHC Symposium 2014 was held at Stoneleigh Park on
Wednesday 17th and was a great success. Topics included Vision: how
breed histories provide the key to healthier futures (Philippa
Robinson), VetCompass: how veterinary data can inform breed health
(Dr Dan O'Neill) and The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey (Bonnie
Wiles). Those that were unable to attend the symposium can view the
lecture slides below. For more information please email Bonnie
The Annual BHC Symposium 2013
The Annual BHC Symposium was held at Stoneleigh Park on
Wednesday 18th September 2013, the outcome of which was incredibly
positive. Topics included The Karlton Index (Philippa Robinson),
Estimated Breeding Values (Aimee Llewellyn), Assured Breeder Scheme
(Bill Lambert) and Breed Watch (Charlotte McNamara). Those that
were unable to attend the symposium can view the lecture slides
below. For more information please email Nick
Health Strategy Guide
Strategy Guide is a practical approach to developing,
assessing, and monitoring a health plan specific to your breed.
Every breed can benefit from a Health Improvement Strategy as a way
to prevent health issues from developing, tackle a problem if it
does arise, and assess the good practices already being
Resolving Common problems Encountered by BHCs
This toolkit discusses the top 5 challenges and ways
to manage them, that were discussed by the Breed Health
Co-ordinators who took part in the Breed Health Co-ordinator
Symposium workshop (held on 18th September 2013).
The Breed Health Survey Toolkit
This is a step by step guide to developing the right
surveys for your breed. By carrying out good health surveys,
you will be able to provide the evidence of how healthy your breed
is and which areas, if any, require improvement.
Further tool kits will be developed to cover other areas,
including computing resources, in the future.
Website Content Toolkit
content toolkit is a general guide on features that could be
included on your website, to provide relevant information for
breeders and owners about the health of your breed.
Website Enhancement Toolkit
This is a guide to create or
enhance your website, which is one of the best platforms to
promote and publicise the health and welfare of your breed. The
toolkit includes some dos and don'ts, and information on how to
build a website and the general design of your website.
We hope that you will find these tools useful in your role as
Breed Health Coordinator. If you have any suggestions or
recommendations, please do not hesitate to contact Nick Sutton,
Health Information Officer, at Nick Sutton.