Health and welfare at dog shows

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Breed Watch

Breed Watch is a resource to assist judges in monitoring and addressing visible health concerns in dogs exhibiting at shows. It was visited over 54,000 times in 2019.

The Breed Watch Illustrated Guide

The Breed Watch Illustrated Guide highlights and explains the correlation between exaggerated conformation and how these features can lead to canine welfare implications. This booklet is specifically designed to help dog show judges identify Breed Watch points of concern and provides a comprehensive illustrated guide for category 2 and 3 breeds with points of concern.

Vet checks

Veterinary health checks confirm best of breed awards at dog shows, by assessing dogs to ensure that no visible health conditions, which may cause pain or discomfort, are rewarded. Read more information about these vet checks.

Mandatory health monitoring

All judges with appointments for category 2 and 3 breeds are required to complete a mandatory health monitoring form to enable The Kennel Club to collect data on the visual health of the dogs they have judged. In 2019, 1,264 mandatory judges’ health monitoring forms were completed across 43 breeds.

Breed Watch education day

The annual Breed Watch education day provides an opportunity to help dog show judges develop their knowledge and further understand how to identify any visible health and welfare concerns.