For this year's National Canine Health Testing Week (17 - 21
November), dog owners are being encouraged to show off their
healthy and happy dogs by taking a 'healthy selfie' of their pet
and uploading it to social media with the hashtags
#doghealthyselfie and #NCHTW.
The campaign aims to help spread the word about the importance of
using recommended health testing before breeding, and buying
puppies from appropriately health tested parents.
The Kennel Club is calling for those who support canine health
testing to take a photo of their dogs with a piece of paper or card
in front of them with a statement written on demonstrating their
support for canine health testing, such as 'I support National
Canine Health Testing Week', 'I've been hip scored' or 'Health
tested and proud'. These photos should then be uploaded to
social media, using the hashtags #doghealthyselfie and #NCHTW to
show the world that dog owners care about the importance of health
National Canine Health Testing Week is one of the Kennel Club's
annual initiatives to raise awareness of the importance of breeding
and buying puppies responsibly, from appropriately health tested
dogs. During the week, breeders and puppy buyers will be
provided with information on which health tests are available for
their dogs, tools to assist breeders in making health related
breeding decisions and information for puppy buyers to ask the
right questions before buying a puppy.
Aimee Llewellyn, Health Information Manager, said: "Posting a
'healthy selfie' during National Canine Health Testing Week is a
great way to help raise awareness of the importance of canine
health testing. Everyone loves taking photos of their dogs
and sharing them online, and this is a great platform for breeders
and owners to highlight health tests that are important for their
"This is a fun opportunity to send out positive health messages,
so if there is a DNA test or a BVA/KC scheme or Breed Club scheme
available for a breed, then breeders and owners can use this
opportunity to show their support."
The awareness week will also highlight the value of health testing
both purebred and crossbreed dogs prior to mating, so the photos
posted online can be of any dog, regardless of whether they are a
Kennel Club recognised breed or not.
Although National Canine Health Testing Week focuses on health
testing, it also raises awareness of the many other important
factors for breeders when choosing two potential mates, such as
genetic diversity, the way a dog looks and behaves, general health
and family history. A breeder's decision should always be well
balanced between all of the good qualities of the sire/dam that are
During the awareness week, the Kennel Club will be publicising
statistics, information and resources regarding canine health
testing on the Kennel Club Facebook and Twitter accounts.
To find out how to get involved, to view resources, or see
examples of #doghealthyselfie photos, please visit
or follow the Kennel Club on Facebook and Twitter.