New Breed Health Survey For Schnauzers Supported By Kennel Club

The Kennel Club is supporting a recently launched Breed Health Survey for the Schnauzer breeds, designed to give a stronger picture of the health of the breed in the UK and internationally.

The survey, compiled by health representatives for the Giant Schnauzer Club, Miniature Schnauzer Club, Northern Schnauzer Club and the Schnauzer Club of Great Britain, will help the breeds to put any problems in context by asking owners to submit reports on their healthy dogs as well as those with diagnosed health conditions.

The survey can be completed by anyone who owns a Miniature Schnauzer, Schnauzer or Giant Schnauzer, whether Kennel Club registered or not, and all information supplied will be treated in complete confidence, with no names of dogs, or owner details ever being published.

The survey will provide meaningful data that can be used, if required, by researchers focusing on canine health issues.  After the survey period has ended, the results will be analysed and published anonymously on the breed club websites and the Kennel Club website.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "This is a great opportunity for owners of any type of Schnauzer, whether their dogs are Kennel Club registered or not, to help safeguard the future health of the breed.

"By providing basic information on their dogs, Schnauzer owners can assist in the collection of data that could prove invaluable in delivering an accurate picture of the health of the breed, so that it can be protected in the future and help to improve the health of the breed in years to come."

The Kennel Club is helping to promote the survey by contacting owners of registered Schnauzers to encourage them to complete the questionnaire.

The survey is available for completion online at www.schnauzerhealthsurvey.org.uk until 30th November 2013.  Alternatively, the survey can be downloaded and emailed to doncleve@talktalk.net, using the subject line 'Schnauzer Health'.

For further information or advice, please email help@schnauzerhealthsurvey.org.uk.

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