In response to a petition from the veterinary community, signed by thousands of vets and vet nurses, the Kennel Club is leading on a multi-stakeholder working group to look at practical, evidence-based solutions to health concerns in brachycephalic breeds.
The first meeting of the working group, held in June at Clarges Street, was very positive and included the Kennel Club press and health teams, veterinary organisations (BVA), members of the veterinary community, researchers (Cambridge University and the RVC), dog welfare organisations (Dogs Trust & the RSPCA) and Breed Health Co-ordinators. It was encouraging to have support for a collaborative approach towards improving the health of brachycephalic breeds, which will further the work already being carried out by the Kennel Club, breed communities, and veterinary researchers in this area.
It is crucial that the improvement in the health of brachycephalic breeds is based on evidence to ensure maximum impact, and the research presented was very useful and will undoubtedly help all parties involved to move forward. It is hoped that the creation of a working group, along with continued research in this area, will accelerate the development of practical tools and sensible resources to guide responsible breeding and produce dogs with a reduced risk of developing brachycephalic related conditions such as Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome. Following the success of this meeting, a multi-stakeholder working group has been organised for late July.