The Kennel Club/British Small Animal Veterinary Association
Scientific Committee joined forces with scientists in the
Epidemiology Unit at the Animal Health Trust to carry out a
nationwide survey of UK purebred dogs and, with the help of
owners, to identify important health conditions in UK dog breeds
during 2004. The Kennel Club Charitable
Trust committed substantial funds to support this project,
which could only succeed with the help of owners.
Questionnaires were sent to the numerically largest club of each
breed, and secretaries were asked to send them out to their
members. Only the largest club of each breed was selected to try
and avoid duplication, and also to limit the vast number, and
therefore cost, of the 70,000 forms needed.
Understanding dog health challenges in the UK
The questionnaire was divided in different sections,
concentrating on different types of information. There were
questions on the health of the owner's dogs, breeding, causes of
death and birth defects in any puppies.
Breed clubs have received detailed feedback on the results of
this survey where breed response rate was at least 15%, which
should greatly assist with the recognition and control of important
conditions in specific breeds. Data gathered from this survey will
provide baseline information against which the success of future
control schemes can be measured.
Please note that reports may not be available for breeds which
had a response rate of 15% or less, and/or had only 50 completed
questionnaires or less).
Results of the survey
If you wish to receive further information concerning this
survey or if you have any queries then please email Health and