The Kennel Club is calling for the help and expertise of breed
clubs as it prepares to launch a survey which will aim to give the
most wide-ranging insight into dog breed health to date.
The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey will be sent out in the
coming months to 385,000 people who have registered pedigree dogs
with the Kennel Club in the past 15 years and who have signed up to
However, in the current phase of the project the Kennel Club is
contacting all breed health coordinators and asking them to seek
input from their breed clubs, so that the survey can be tailored to
illuminate breed specific health issues, in addition to general
issues related to dog health.
The project, which follows up on the Kennel Club's 2004 Purebred
Dog Health Survey, is being developed in collaboration with Dr Tom
Lewis and aims to improve our understanding of the general health
of all dog breeds, highlight positive progress in the breeds since
2004, and better understand the prevalence of current health
Aimee Llewellyn, Breed Health and Information Manager, said: "This
is the first time that a project has been undertaken on this scale,
and across so many different breeds, and we hope that it will
provide invaluable insights to vets, scientists, breeders and all
those with a concern in improving dog health.
"In the first phase of this project we are calling on the
expertise of breed health coordinators, who can coordinate with
their breed clubs and feed back to us with any breed specific
conditions that they have seen emerging or affecting their breed
and that they feel should be reflected in our survey. Their
expertise and experiences are vital to ensuring that this survey is
as accurate and detailed as possible.
"Once we have collated this information we can finalise the survey
and this will be made available to all owners of Kennel Club
Breed health coordinators are asked to give any feedback from
their breed clubs to the Kennel Club by 1st August 2014, by