Category Three Breeds

What is Breed Watch?

Breed Watch serves as an 'early warning system' to identify points of concern for individual breeds and provides anyone involved in the world of dogs with further information about specific health concerns. Further information about Breed Watch breed specific concerns can be found here.

What is a Category Three Breed?

The Kennel Club has highlighted a number of breeds as 'category three' breeds on Breed Watch, as these breeds have been considered to be more susceptible to developing specific health conditions associated with exaggerated conformation; in particular problems that involve the eyes, skin, dentition, movement and respiratory function (breathing). Our Breed Watch Booklet provides further information on categories within Breed Watch.

Category Three Breeds are:

  • Bloodhound
  • Bulldog
  • Dogue De Bordeaux
  • German Shepherd Dog
  • Mastiff
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Pekingese
  • Pug
  • Shar Pei
  • St. Bernard

What is the Kennel Club doing for Category Three Breeds?

The Kennel Club has provided dedicated resources to category three breeds to help to address health concerns for several years and in 2016 extended the resources offered, introducing the new Breed Health and Conservation Plans, of which all category three breeds will have been developed during 2017. Further support is offered to judges and exhibitors of category three breeds, outlined in the Breed Watch Booklet here.

To see how the Kennel Club is improving and monitoring the health and welfare of all dog breeds, please click here.

Further Information

We recommend visiting Breed Club websites for further information on breed specific efforts to address health and welfare concerns.

For information on international efforts to address breed specific health, you can also visit the International Partnership For Dogs (IPFD) via their website here.

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