The Kennel Club has announced the introduction of a new scheme
for General & Group Championship Show Societies to support
category 3 breeds (formerly known as high profile breeds), as part
of the Kennel Club's Breed Watch initiative, in their work to
improve breed health.
The aim of the scheme is to provide opportunities for category 3
breeds to undertake health assessment testing of dogs entered at
their shows. These testing sessions will be of enormous value in
helping to increase the amount of health data available, which in
turn will provide essential information upon which the status of
the breeds' health can be measured.
Leeds Championship Dog Show facilitated breed specific testing at
its show in July 2013 for Pekingese and has organised the testing
again at its show in July 2014. Secretary, Liz Stannard, who is
also joint Breed Health Co-ordinator for Pekingese, said: "We are
delighted to have been able to offer the testing at no cost to the
exhibitor and no additional cost to the society.
"Seventeen Pekingese completed a basic health assessment with the
vet at the 2013 show, which is a very useful number to add to the
health information database for the breed. The initiative is a
positive way for General and Group Societies to contribute to the
health initiatives and work undertaken by category 3 breed
representatives and the Kennel Club."
The Kennel Club has issued the following guidance on the category
3 breed specific testing at General and Group Championship
The scheme is optional and societies are not required to support
category 3 breeds with breed specific health assessment
If societies would like to undertake the scheme, it is recommended
that it supports no more than one breed per day at its shows. For
example, testing offered for Bulldogs on Toy/Utility day and Basset
Hounds on Hound/Terrier day.
It is the responsibility of the show society to check if its
appointed veterinary surgeon is willing to conduct the additional
testing. In some cases vets may not charge any additional fee to
conduct additional testing outside of the required veterinary
health checks. However it is at the vet's discretion to charge
societies as appropriate for testing at shows. Therefore it is
recommended that the society confirms these details in advance of
contacting a category 3 breed to offer support at its shows.
It is recommended that breed specific health assessment testing is
arranged in the morning of shows or at the earliest convenience, as
the breed specific testing must not conflict with the required
veterinary health checks.
It is the responsibility of the Breed Health Co-ordinator, Health
Assessment Scheme Administrator or Breed Health Group to provide an
approved health assessment form, veterinary guidance and owner
guidance. Copies of all documents should be given to the veterinary
surgeon for their reference in advance of the show.
It is recommended that at least one breed representative attends
the show to facilitate the breed specific testing.
For breed specific testing a microchip scanner will be needed;
therefore the vet or breed representative(s) should be made aware
of this and suitable arrangements made.
All arrangements for breed specific testing at General and Group
Championship Shows should be undertaken by breed representative(s),
the show society and the veterinary surgeon.
For more information or queries relating to the breed specific
health assessment testing scheme, contact Kennel Club High Profile
Breed Co-ordinator, Charlotte McNamara, by email email@example.com
or by phone on 020 7518 1012.
More information on Breed Watch and its three categories can be