The Kennel Club has announced the latest set of recommendations
which it has added to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further
improve dog health and responsible breeding in 2016.
The new recommendations have been introduced following
consultations with breed clubs and councils, in a collaborative
effort to ensure that health and welfare issues are kept at the
forefront of the aims of the scheme. This is mirrored in the
continual addition of new DNA tests developed by scientists at the
Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust and other
Bill Lambert, Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services Manager,
said: "As we head into 2016, these latest recommendations will help
to maintain progress for dog health and encourage good breeding
practices to protect the future of our much-loved pedigree
"The new recommendations come about as a direct result of input
from the breed clubs and councils we work with to further adapt the
scheme to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to
health testing and welfare.
"The ABS is designed to be flexible so we can make these types
of additions to suit the needs of different breeds and we are
looking forward to further developing throughout 2016 to help
ensure that puppy buyers are signposted to good breeders for
healthy and well-adjusted puppies."
The list of ABS breed specific requirements and recommendations
is updated twice a year to ensure that they remain relevant and of
maximum health benefit to all dogs bred by Kennel Club Assured
Breeders. Further tests can be expected to be announced as they are
As with previous additions, existing Assured Breeders have a
period of grace of six months in order to comply with any new
requirements and recommendations.
Details of the latest ABS changes will also be included in the
ABS e-newsletter which will be emailed to all Assured Breeders.
New breed specific recommendations as of 1stJanuary 2016 are as
- Add recommendation of DNA test for Primary Lens Luxation
- Change recommendation of 'Bitches under two years not to
produce a litter' to 'Bitches under 18 months not to produce a
Breed clubs and breed councils wishing to make additions or
changes to the breed specific requirements and recommendations for
their breed should write to Assured Breeder Scheme, The Kennel
Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB.
Assured Breeders are also hereby advised that they must now use
microchipping when permanently identifying their breeding stock, in
line with legislation being introduced in 2016 - previously they
could choose tattooing and DNA profiling as alternatives, but now,
if breeders use these methods, they must be in addition to
microchipping. Puppies must also be microchipped prior to sale or
by eight weeks, whichever is the sooner, unless otherwise advised
in writing by a veterinary surgeon. The relevant microchip numbers
must be registered on a national database in accordance with the
To access the latest Requirements and Recommendations please
click here, and for more information on the Assured Breeder
Scheme please visit www.assuredbreederscheme.org.uk.