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Latest changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme

04 December 2013    09:00

Improved dog health and responsible breeding will continue to be at the fore of the Kennel Club's work in 2014, with the latest breed specific changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) now announced. These changes 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 what the scheme sets out to achieve. This is mirrored in the continual addition of new DNA tests developed by scientists such as those at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust and other research institutions.

Speaking on the latest changes to the Assured Breeder Scheme, Bill Lambert, Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services Manager said: "As we reach 2014, we continue to ensure that the Assured Breeder Scheme is evolving to allow us to maintain maximum progress for dog health and to encourage good breeding practices. 

"The changes made have come as a direct result of input from breed clubs and councils who we work with to further adapt the ABS to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to health testing and welfare."

The list of Assured Breeder Scheme 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 developed.

Existing Assured Breeders have a period of grace of six months in order to comply with any new requirements and recommendations. Breed clubs and breed councils wishing to make changes to the Breed Specific Requirements and Recommendations for their breed should write to Assured Breeder Scheme, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.

Details of the latest ABS changes will also be included in the ABS e-newsletter which will be emailed to all Assured Breeders just before Crufts 2014. 

Breed specific changes as of 1st January 2014 are as follows:

Poodle (Miniature)

Change from a recommendation to a requirement:

  • DNA test - prcd-PRA.

Change from a requirement to a recommendation:

  • Eye testing - Annual.

Poodle (Toy)

Change from a recommendation to a requirement:

  • DNA test - prcd-PRA.

Change from a requirement to a recommendation:

  • Eye testing - Annual.

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