Bulldog and Pug health is the focus of a new education day being
run by the Kennel Club at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh
Park, Warwickshire, on Sunday 11th October 2015.
The Bulldog and Pug Health Improvement Day has been designed for
breeders of the two breeds, both novice and experienced, and those
considering breeding from their Pug or Bulldog, who want to find
out more about the health and welfare concerns affecting these
breeds. The Kennel Club hopes this will help to provide new
insight, and cement existing knowledge, which will help to further
improve the health of these two breeds.
The education day features seminars on breathing, eyes, skin,
weight and body conditioning, and is delivered by renowned
Both breeds are classified as Category 3 on the Kennel Club's
Breed Watch initiative, as both are breeds in which some dogs can
be affected by visible conditions or exaggerations that can cause
pain or discomfort. By helping responsible breeders to more
thoroughly understand the often complex health issues in these
breeds, the Kennel Club hopes to be able to help them make informed
and sensible breeding decisions, which could have a positive impact
on the breeds' health overall and help reduce these issues in the
The seminars at the Bulldog and Pug Health Improvement Day are
designed to help breeders understand and address the most urgent
and concerning issues affecting these breeds, and will explore the
projects being undertaken to support this, such as the one being
carried out by the University of Cambridge, supported by the Kennel
Club Charitable Trust, into Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway
Syndrome (BOAS). This is a condition the Kennel Club is eager to
learn more about, in order to encourage breeders to breed away from
it to ensure that Pugs and Bulldogs - two of the UK's most loved
and iconic breeds - face a happy and healthy future.
In support of the progress already being made by many thoughtful
dog breeders, two experts in eye health and skin diseases will be
providing in-depth knowledge of the areas of most concern to the
average dog owner and breeder. Professor Sheila Crispin, recent
winner of the International Canine Health Lifetime Achievement
Award, and Nick Blayney, Kennel Club veterinary advisor, will be on
hand so attendees will have the very best expertise to guide them
on practical considerations when making breeding plans.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "By gathering
experts and veterinary surgeons to run educational talks to
breeders of all levels of experience, we very much hope we can
continue to steer the future of Pug and Bulldog health in a
"There are many responsible breeders already doing their best to
breed away from conditions or exaggerations that can cause pain or
discomfort, such as those who are a part of the Kennel Club Assured
Breeder Scheme, and we want to be able to equip even more breeders
with the knowledge to do their best for the breeds they love and
want to protect. This is why the Bulldog and Pug Health Improvement
Day promises to be so beneficial to those who attend."
The seminars being held on the day are:
Seminar One - Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway
Syndrome, presented by Nai-Chieh Liu, Dr Jane Ladlow and
Dr David Sargan from Cambridge University. This seminar will
feature a discussion of BOAS, how it can be identified and the
projects in place at Cambridge University to develop understanding
of the condition.
Seminar Two - Eyes, presented by Professor
Sheila Crispin MA VetMB BSc PhD DVA DVOpthal DipECVO FRCVS. The eye
seminar will give breeders an in-depth look at health and welfare
concerns associated with eyes, particularly those concerns that can
be present in Bulldogs and Pugs. Breeders will also have the chance
to ask Professor Crispin about preventative measures that can be
taken to avoid eye concerns.
Seminar Three - Skin
and Skinfolds, presented by Nick Blayney BVSc MRCVS.
Nick Blayney will provide breeders with practical advice on how
to avoid health and welfare concerns associated with the skin and
skinfolds. Breeders will also be provided with advice on how good
husbandry can play a role in avoiding skin and skinfold issues.
Seminar Four - Obesity and Body Condition - what the
breeder needs to know, presented by Dr Alex German.
This seminar will discuss the reasons for classifying obesity as a
disease, provide practical tips for preventing obesity and
demonstrate how to determine body condition in a dog.
For more information on the Bulldog and Pug Health Improvement
Day, or to book a place online,
visit this page.