The Kennel Club has announced the latest set of recommendations
which it has added to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further
improve dog health and responsible breeding in 2016.
The new recommendations have been introduced following
consultations with breed clubs and councils, in a collaborative
effort to ensure that health and welfare issues are kept at the
forefront of the aims of the scheme. This is mirrored in the
continual addition of new DNA tests developed by scientists at the
Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust and other
Bill Lambert, Kennel Club Health and Breeder Services Manager,
said: "As we head into 2016, these latest recommendations will help
to maintain progress for dog health and encourage good breeding
practices to protect the future of our much-loved pedigree
"The new recommendations come about as a direct result of input
from the breed clubs and councils we work with to further adapt the
scheme to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to
health testing and welfare.
"The ABS is designed to be flexible so we can make these types of
additions to suit the needs of different breeds and we are looking
forward to further developing throughout 2016 to help ensure that
puppy buyers are signposted to good breeders for healthy and
The list of ABS breed specific requirements and recommendations is
updated twice a year to ensure that they remain relevant and of
maximum health benefit to all dogs bred by Kennel Club Assured
Breeders. Further tests can be expected to be announced as they are
As with previous additions, existing Assured Breeders have a
period of grace of six months in order to comply with any new
requirements and recommendations.
Details of the latest ABS changes will also be included in the ABS
e-newsletter which will be emailed to all Assured Breeders.
New breed specific recommendations as of 1st January 2016 are as
- Add recommendation of DNA test for Primary Lens Luxation
- Change recommendation of 'Bitches under two years not to
produce a litter' to 'Bitches under 18 months not to produce a
Breed clubs and breed councils wishing to make additions or
changes to the breed specific requirements and recommendations for
their breed should write to Assured Breeder Scheme, The Kennel
Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB.
More information on the Assured Breeder Scheme can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/assuredbreederscheme.