The Breed Health and Conservation Plans project update

12th December 2017 - 10:57 AM

The Kennel Club launched a dynamic new resource for Breed Clubs and individual breeders – the Breed Health and Conservation Plans project (BHCP) – in September 2016. The purpose of the project is to ensure that all health concerns are identified through evidence-based criteria, and that breeders are provided with useful information and resources to support them in making balanced breeding decisions that make health a priority.

The BHCPs take a holistic view of breed health. Multiple sources of evidence are brought together to give clear indications of the most significant health conditions in each breed, in terms of prevalence and impact. At the end of the first stage of a breed’s BHCP a document will have been produced setting out all of the evidence gathered. A meeting is then arranged with the Breed Health Coordinator and Breed Health Committee, or other appropriate attendees, where the document is discussed. Priorities, an action plan and review date are then agreed collaboratively.

The first group of breeds to participate in the BHCPs Plans project were the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue de Bordeaux, English Setter, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Otterhound, Pekingese, Pug, Shar Pei and the St. Bernard. Almost all of these breeds’ evidence base documents are complete. Priorities and action plans have been agreed with several breeds, meetings have been arranged with several more, and the remaining breeds are expected to complete the process in the next few months.

Thirty breeds have been identified and notified that they are in the second round of the BHCP Plans process. These are the Bearded Collie, Bernese Mountain Dog, Border Terrier, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Deerhound, Griffon Bruxellois, Dachshund (all six varieties), Dobermann, Flat Coated Retriever, Gordon Setter, Great Dane, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Setter, Irish Wolfhound, Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Leonberger, Newfoundland, Pyrenean Mountain Dog, Rottweiler, Russian Black Terrier, Tibetan Mastiff, Yorkshire Terrier. Evidence gathering for these second round breeds is underway, and it is anticipated that evidence base documents will start to be completed and meetings arranged to discuss them and agree priorities, action plans and review dates in summer 2018.

A further fifty breeds will be in the third round, with their process to begin in autumn 2018. Some breeds already know that they are in this third round, but all breeds identified to join the process at this stage will be notified in plenty of time. In time, all breeds will have a plan developed in collaboration with the Kennel Club.

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