A new survey which aims to improve pedigree dog health and build
a stronger understanding of the health of all pedigree dog breeds
is being launched by the Kennel Club at Discover Dogs, at Earls
Court, London on 8 November.
The 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey is open to owners of all
dogs, either living or deceased (since 2004), that are on the
Kennel Club breed register. Led by Dr Tom Lewis, Quantitative
Geneticist at the Kennel Club, it is hoped that the results of the
survey will help to provide a clear picture of the prevalence of
current health concerns and will enable evidence-based decisions to
be made to improve dog health.
The survey will provide data on health, breeding and behaviour, as
well as morbidity, and will run until 25 December.
The project will provide data which can be analysed against
results of the Kennel Club's 2004 Purebred Dog Health Survey, which
will help to pinpoint the areas which have seen improvement and
areas in which further work is still needed.
In designing the survey, the Kennel Club collaborated with breed
health coordinators to highlight any health concerns for which
breed clubs are particularly interested in finding the prevalence.
Veterinary and epidemiological advice on the survey has been
provided by Dr Dan O'Neill at the Royal Veterinary College and Katy
Evans at the Animal Health Trust. The behavioural section of
the survey was developed with the expertise of Dr Lucy Asher and
Naomi Harvey at the University of Nottingham.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "The Pedigree Breed
Health Survey is being launched as part of the Kennel Club's
dedication to improving and maintaining pedigree dog health.
"Breed clubs and responsible breeders of pedigree dogs have
already done lots to protect the health of our much loved pedigree
dog breeds, and by further identifying and analysing health
concerns and their prevalence through data of individual dogs, we
can get a clearer picture of where progress has been made, where it
still needs to be made and how best to move forward to protect the
future health of dogs.
"We would encourage anyone with a Kennel Club registered dog,
including dogs that have passed away since 2004, to fill out the
survey and help us to get as strong a picture of dog health as
The survey will be available at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/pedigreebreedhealthsurvey and
will be emailed to almost 400,000 owners of Kennel Club registered
dogs, of all breeds.
Visit the Kennel Club's Find a Puppy stand at Discover Dogs to
find out more about the survey and how it will help improve the
health of pedigree dogs.