The Kennel Club is supporting a recently launched breed health
survey for German Wirehaired Pointers, designed to give a stronger
picture of the health of the breed.
The survey, compiled by the German Wirehaired Pointer Health
Sub-Committee, will help the breed to put any problems in context
by asking owners to submit reports on their healthy dogs, as well
as those with diagnosed health conditions.
The survey can be completed by anyone who owns a German
Wirehaired Pointer, whether Kennel Club registered or not, and all
information given will be treated in complete confidence, with no
names of dogs, or owners' details ever being published.
The survey will provide meaningful data that can be used, if
required, by researchers focusing on canine health issues.
After the survey period has ended, the results will be analysed and
published as a breed health report.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are pleased to
see that the German Wirehaired Pointer Health Sub-Committee has
launched a breed health survey to ascertain the general health of
the breed in order to maintain the best health for the future.
"Breed health surveys are a great way to monitor any health
issues that may be present in a breed, and enable those who love
the breed to tackle these as effectively as possible, so we would
recommend that anyone with a German Wirehaired Pointer takes part
in the survey."
The open ended survey is available for completion online and can
be found on the German Wirehaired Pointer Health website at www.gwphealth.co.uk. A paper
copy of the survey, as well as further information, can be obtained
by emailing Tony Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.