The Kennel Club is offering CC judges the chance to help secure
the future of healthy and happy pedigree dogs, by holding its
inaugural Breed Watch Education Day at the Kennel Club Building,
Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 26thFebruary.
Limited places are still available for the educational event,
which is for CC judges of breeds listed in category two and three
of the Kennel Club's Breed Watch initiative. The event is designed
to ensure that judges are given the appropriate training and
guidance to identify visible health and welfare concerns in dogs at
shows, and will feature five different workshops on what judges
should be looking for in movement, eyes, skin, body conditioning
and mouth and dentition.
The Breed Watch Education Day supports developments made by the
Kennel Club in the way the health of pedigree dogs is monitored,
part of which involves providing all judges at championship shows
with the opportunity to report on any visible conditions or
exaggerations that they consider to be detrimental to the health
and welfare of dogs.
The education day is part of the wider Breed Watch initiative,
which serves as an 'early warning system' to identify points of
concern for individual breeds of pedigree dog. Its primary purpose
is to enable anyone involved in the world of dogs, but in
particular dog show judges, to find out about any breed specific
conformational issues which may lead to health problems.
Nick Blayney, Veterinary Advisor to the Kennel Club, who is
leading the skin workshop at the event, said: "The interest the
education day has generated so far is very encouraging. It is
crucial that judges recognise, as the majority already do, the
important role they play in improving the health of pedigree dogs
and we hope to be able to support them with this by providing an
educational platform that will be beneficial to them."
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Judges have such a
positive role in helping to secure the future of dog showing and
the part it plays in improving dog health. We want to be able
to help them continue to do this by offering training and guidance
should they need it, which fits in with the wider intentions of
Breed Watch and the Kennel Club's improvements in dog health across
"Judges, exhibitors and breeders have so much scope to help
breed health improvements and we want to be able to help facilitate
Workshops on the day are being held by a range of specialists:
experienced championship dog show judges, Frank Kane and Annette
Oliver, Professor Sheila Crispin MA VetMB BSc PhD DVA DVOphthal
DipECVO FRCVS, Kennel Club Veterinary Advisor, Nick Blayney BVSc
MRCVS and Dr Ron James BVet.MED PhD MRCVS FRCPATH. There is also a
slot dedicated to health monitoring forms and the reporting of
visible conditions or exaggerations that judges consider to be
detrimental to the health and welfare of dogs.
There is limited availability remaining for the event, so judges
of category two and three breeds who are interested in attending
the Breed Watch Education Day should contact Charlotte McNamara,
Kennel Club High Profile Breed Coordinator at the earliest
convenience, on 020 7518 1012 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on Breed Watch visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/watch.