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Dog Health
The objective of the Kennel Club is to improve the welfare, health and general wellbeing of all dogs, throughout every stage of their lives.
Breeding
The dog breeding section is full of useful information if you are considering becoming a breeder and we hope established dog breeders will use it as a reference tool.
Health
We are the largest UK organisation devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Our objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners
Health and welfare for show dogs
Resources for those involved in dog showing to continue putting dog health first.
DNA screening schemes and results
The Kennel Club, in conjunction with a number of other organisations and the breed clubs concerned, run DNA screening schemes for many breeds.
BVA/KC health schemes
The Kennel Club (KC) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA) currently operate health schemes for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and inherited eye diseases.
Breed Health Co-ordinators and BHC Symposium
Breed Health Co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed.
Elbow dysplasia breeding advice
Information about the BVA/KC Elbow Dysplasia Scheme
Eye conditions and breeding advice
The BVA/KC/International Sheep Dog Society (ISDS) Eye Scheme offers breeders the possibility of eye testing to screen for inherited eye disease in certain breeds
Hip dysplasia and breeding advice
Information about the BVA/KC Hip Dysplasia Scheme
DNA screening for breeds A - B
The Kennel Club, in conjunction with a number of other organisations and the breed clubs concerned, runs DNA screening schemes for the following breeds for the diseases specified below
Activity Register DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for dogs on the Activity Register
Australian Cattle Dog DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Australian Cattle Dogs
Australian Shepherd DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Australian Shepherds
Border Collie DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Border Collie
Boston Terrier DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Boston Terrier
Briard DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Briard
Bulldog DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Bulldog
Bull Terrier (Miniature) DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Bull Terrier (Miniature)
DNA screening for breeds C - G
Breeds C - G DNA screening
Chinese Crested DNA screening
DNA Screening scheme results for Chinese Crested
DNA screening for breeds H - O
Breeds H - O DNA screening
DNA screening for breeds P - R
Breeds P - R DNA Screening
DNA screening for breeds S - Z
Breeds S - Z DNA Screening
Kennel Club support and funding
This section provides you with information on a number of ways in which the Kennel Club may be able to assist you with including the funding, promotion of your research and access to data.
The Kennel Club Genetics Centre
The Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust was launched in 2009 and will accelerate research into inherited canine disease.
About the Kennel Club
Find out more about the history of the Kennel Club, our staff and how to become a member, associate or affiliate.
The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the AHT
The Kennel Club Cancer Centre at the Animal Health Trust (AHT) was launched in 2013 and provides Cancer treatment to dogs, horses and cats, as well as pioneering new research
Fit for Function
The Kennel Club believes that every dog should be bred to be fit enough to enjoy its life to the full. Join our campaign today and help to improve the lives of dogs tomorrow!
Kennel Club initiatives to improve breed health
While it is imperative to remember that extensive research indicates that the vast majority of breeds and dogs are healthy, the Kennel Club is far from complacent where health is concerned and has many plans in place to deal with breed health.
Puppy welfare crisis: one in five social media and internet pups die before six months old
We are sleepwalking into a dog welfare and consumer crisis the Kennel Club warns, as new research shows that more and more people are buying their pups online or through pet shops.
New Breed Health Survey For Irish Red And White Setters Supported By Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is supporting a new Breed Health Survey for Irish Red and White Setters, designed to give a stronger picture of the health of the breed in the UK and internationally.
Kennel Club Approves New DNA Testing Scheme For Parson Russell Terriers
The Kennel Club has approved a new DNA testing scheme for Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCD) in Parson Russell Terriers following consultation with the breed’s Breed Health Coordinator, on behalf of the breed clubs.
New Breed Health Survey For Miniature Bull Terriers Supported By Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is supporting a recently launched Breed Health Survey for Miniature Bull Terriers, designed to give a stronger picture of the health of the breed in the UK and internationally.
Nominations Sought For International Canine Health Awards
After a successful inaugural year, the International Canine Health Awards are returning to celebrate the world’s finest researchers and scientists in canine health.
Health Forum Opportunity For Owners And Breeders Of Rottweilers, Irish Wolfhounds And Deerhounds
The Kennel Club is encouraging the owners and breeders of Rottweilers, Irish Wolfhounds and Deerhounds to assist with research being carried out by the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
New Breeding Guidelines For Dogs That Have Been Elbow Graded
Breeders who grade the elbows of their dogs for elbow dysplasia (ED) are now advised to breed only from those that have elbow scores of zero, in new advice issued by the Kennel Club and the British Veterinary Association.
New Dog Health Research Hub To Unite Vets, Researchers And Dog Owners
An initiative which could revolutionise the way information on canine research is shared between researchers, vets and dog owners has been launched by the Kennel Club.
Health Forum Opportunity For Owners And Breeders Of Irish Wolfhounds And Deerhounds
The Kennel Club is encouraging the owners and breeders of Irish Wolfhounds and Deerhounds to assist with research being carried out by the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science.
Opportunity For Judges To Secure Future Of Healthy, Happy Pedigree Dogs
The Kennel Club is offering CC judges the chance to help secure the future of healthy and happy pedigree dogs, by holding its inaugural Breed Watch Education Day at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 26th February.
New Scheme To Support Category 3 Breeds At General And Group Shows Announced By Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has announced the introduction of a new scheme for General & Group Championship Show Societies to support category 3 breeds (formerly known as high profile breeds), as part of the Kennel Club’s Breed Watch initiative, in their work to improve breed health.
Kennel Club Expresses Serious Concerns On Canine Cloning
The programme, ‘The £60,000 Puppy: Cloning Man's Best Friend’ on Channel 4, highlights the issue of canine cloning, an issue which is of particular concern to the Kennel Club.
Latest Changes To The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
The Kennel Club has announced the most recent changes made to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further improve dog health and responsible breeding.
Breed Club Expertise Sought For Large Scale Breed Health Survey
The Kennel Club is calling for the help and expertise of breed clubs as it prepares to launch a survey which will aim to give the most wide-ranging insight into dog breed health to date.
Get Fit With Fido
The Kennel Club's Get Fit With Fido 2014 Challenge rewards the dog and dog owner who jointly lose the most weight and the dog owner
Canine Eye Testing At CLA Game Fair
Owners of Kennel Club registered dogs will be able to get their pet’s eyes examined again this year at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, 18-20 July.
What’s being done about: Hip Dysplasia?
Latest news on the progress and initiatives by the Kennel Club have been taken to prevent hip dysplasia in dogs.
What is being done about simple inherited disorders?
A number of other organisations have created tools, schemes and information to encourage breeders to identify healthy dogs for use in their breeding programmes
What is being done about inbreeding?
High levels of inbreeding can impact the health of individual dogs, as it could increase the chances of a dog being at risk for both known and unknown inherited disorders.
Kennel Club Releases New Annual Breed Averages For Inbreeding
The Kennel Club has released a new set of annual breed averages for the coefficient of inbreeding (COIs) in each pedigree breed on its free online health resource, Mate Select.
Research Findings On Syringomyelia Published In Kennel Club Genetics Journal
Research that could help reduce the incidence of Syringomyelia (SM) in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and other toy breeds, and inform responsible breeding practices, has been published in the Kennel Club and BioMed Central’s Canine Genetics and Epidemiology journal.
New DNA Testing Schemes For The Kooikerhondje
The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for vWD (type III) and Hereditary Necrotising Myelopathy (ENM) in the Kooikerhondje, following consultation with the Breed Health Coordinator on behalf of the breed club.
New DNA Testing Scheme For Entlebucher Mountain Dog Approved By Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has approved a new DNA testing scheme for progressive rod-cone degeneration-Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) in Entlebucher Mountain Dogs, following consultation with the Breed Health Coordinator on behalf of the breed club.
New DNA Testing Scheme For Papillons Approved By Kennel Club
The Kennel Club has approved a new DNA testing scheme for Progressive Retinal Atrophy (Pap-PRA1) in Papillons, following consultation with the Papillon Breed Council on behalf of the breed clubs.
Reclassification Of The Clumber Spaniel From Category Three To Category Two
Due to improvements in the health of the breed, the Kennel Club has announced the reclassification of the Clumber Spaniel, a vulnerable native British breed, from the category three (high profile breeds) to category two of its Breed Watch system, with immediate effect.
Pedigree Dog Health Survey To Be Launched At Discover Dogs
A new survey which aims to improve pedigree dog health and build a stronger understanding of the health of all pedigree dog breeds is being launched by the Kennel Club at Discover Dogs, at Earls Court, London on 8 November.
Take A ‘Healthy Selfie’ Of Your Dog For National Canine Health Testing Week
For this year’s National Canine Health Testing Week (17 – 21 November), dog owners are being encouraged to show off their healthy and happy dogs by taking a ‘healthy selfie’ of their pet and uploading it to social media with the hashtags #doghealthyselfie and #NCHTW.
Kennel Club Response To Cavalier Petition
The Kennel Club is reminding Cavalier King Charles Spaniel owners about the importance of health screening their dogs and the pioneering work that is being undertaken to help tackle conditions in the breed, as a petition asks that MRI screening for Chiari Malformation/Syringomyelia (CM/SM) and heart screening for Mitral Valve Disease (MVD) are made mandatory for Kennel Club registered dogs.
Two Weeks Until Close Of Kennel Club Pedigree Dog Health Survey
Dog owners have two weeks left to fill out a survey which aims to improve pedigree dog health and build a stronger understanding of the health of all pedigree dog breeds.
New DNA Testing Schemes For Border Collies
The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for multi-drug resistance (MDR1) and Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome (IGS) in Border Collies, following consultation with the Border Collie Breed Council and the Health Coordinator for the breed.
Genetic Mutation Found For Rare And Debilitating Disease Affecting Border Collies
Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust makes breakthrough discovery in identifying the genetic mutation responsible for sensory neuropathy
Two New DNA Testing Schemes For Beagles Approved
The Kennel Club has approved two new official DNA testing schemes for Factor VII deficiency (FVIID) and Imerslund-Grasbeck syndrome (IGS) in Beagles, following consultation with the Beagle Health Coordinator on behalf of the breed clubs.
KC survey reveals details on the health of pedigree dogs
The Kennel Club has released a summary report and breed specific reports from its 2014 Pedigree Breed Health Survey. Read more.
New epilepsy article added to KCs Pet Health Information web pages
Epilepsy is the most common chronic neurological disorder in dogs, affecting an estimated 0.6 – 0.7% of the UK population. read more.
Reporting operations on dogs to KC now easier
The Kennel Club has launched online reporting forms for vets to report operations and caesarean sections carried out on Kennel Club registered dogs to help the Kennel Club monitor and improve dog health and welfare. Read more.
New Information Guide: Managing your dog’s weight
Canine obesity is one of the fastest growing health concerns affecting dogs today, occurring in dogs of all ages and types. Read more on how to identify an overweight dog.
The Kennel Club investigate levels of inbreeding in pioneering research
The Kennel Club has analysed extensive data from its pedigree records to launch ground-breaking research that will help breeders to improve genetic health and protect the future of our favourite dog breeds.
Vet bundle of handy guides now available on the Kennel Club Shop
The Kennel Club has developed a collection of Information Guides for prospective and existing dog owners. To help veterinary practices decide which guides are the most relevant and suitable for dog owners, we have created three bundles of guides covering key topics. Read more.
Winners of Europe's Most Prestigious Veterinary Awards Revealed
A leading veterinary neurologist, a pre-eminent diagnostic imaging expert, a PhD student researching ways to combat antimicrobial resistance, and a canine pathology student have each received one of the largest veterinary awards in the world for their work in dog health. Read more.
New DNA Testing Scheme For Labrador Retrievers
The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for hereditary nasal parakeratosis (HNPK) in the Labrador Retriever. Read more.
Guide Launched To Help Tackle Dog Obesity Problem
The Kennel Club has launched a comprehensive guide to help dog owners tackle the nation’s growing canine obesity problem. Read more.
Dog Owner Loses Five Stone And Drops Five Dress Sizes With The Help Of Her Dog
Tracey Watt, 44, from the Isle of Man has lost five stone, dropping five dress sizes with the help of her Labrador Mojo, who has also lost 3.5kg. Read more.
New DNA Testing Scheme For German Shepherd Dogs
The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Chronic Degenerative Radiculomyelopathy – DM (CDRM) – in the German Shepherd Dog. Read more.
Kennel Club Charitable Trust Gives Further Funding To Canine Genetic Research Project ‘Give A Dog A Genome’
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has granted a further £25,000 to Give a Dog a Genome, the pioneering initiative from leading UK veterinary charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT), to continue improving canine health. Read more.
Canine Eye Testing At Game Fair
Owners of Kennel Club registered dogs will be able to get their pet’s eyes examined by a top veterinary ophthalmologist at the Game Fair 2016. Read more.
Cloning
Cloning cannot be used to make improvements because the technique simply produces genetic replicas of existing dogs. Read more.
Canine Eye Testing At Field And Country Fair
Owners of Kennel Club registered dogs will be able to get their dog’s eyes examined by the Animal Health Trust’s Head of Ophthalmology at the Field and Country Fair 2016. Read more.
New DNA Testing Scheme for Welsh Terriers
The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) in the Welsh Terrier. Read more.
Welsh Terrier
DNA Screening scheme results for the Welsh Terrier
A Shocking Way To Treat A Dog
The Kennel Club joined forces with Matthew Offord MP in Parliament on 7 June at an event calling for a ban on the use and sale of electric shock collars in the UK. Learn more.
German Shepherd Dog Review Group Reports Initial Findings to General Committee
The German Shepherd Dog Review Group has reported its initial findings to the General Committee. Read more.
Dogs Lovers Raise Over £10,000 To Help Research Into Autoimmune Disease
Over £10,000 has been raised to help fund a research project with the aim to improve the lives of dogs affected by Addison’s disease. Learn more.
Latest Updates to the Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Recent updates have been made to the Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS) to further improve dog health and responsible breeding. Read more.
EBVs – a resource for better breeding
Estimated Breeding Values, or EBVs, can be used by breeders to assess the degree to which an animal may have inherited, or pass on, genes associated with a particular health condition. Learn more.
Newly Kennel Club approved official DNA testing schemes
The Kennel Club has recently approved a number of DNA testing schemes for different breeds this year where these DNA tests record a definitive result and are based on robust science. Learn more.
Pug health: Journal article summary
The Kennel Scope summarises the demography and health of Pugs under primary veterinary care in England. Click to learn more.
What does the Kennel Club do for health?
Are you aware of the many ways in which the Kennel Club endeavours to makes a difference to dog health? Click to find out.
Kennel Club Searches for Champions of Health
The Kennel Club has launched its Breed Health Coordinator of the Year competition, designed to reward the hard work and dedication of its network of health coordinators. Read more.
Kennel Club Launching Breed Health And Conservation Plans
The Kennel Club is launching a dynamic new resource for breed clubs and individual breeders to protect and maintain dog health. Click to learn more.
International Canine Health Awards
The International Canine Health Awards are returning to celebrate some of the world’s finest researchers and scientists whose work has had a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of dogs. Learn more.
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Dr Cathryn Mellersh, International Award winner 2015
Dr Cathryn Mellersh, from the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, has won one of three awards available as part of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in Europe for her canine genetics research. Learn more.
Professor David Argyle - International Award winner 2015
Professor David Argyle, 47, from The University of Edinburgh, has won one of three awards available as part of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in Europe, for his pioneering work in transforming our understanding of the way cancer spreads in dogs. Read more.
Dr Elaine Ostrander - Lifetime Achievement Award winner 2013
Gifted and visionary American scientist Dr Elaine Ostrander has been chosen as the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for her groundbreaking work in the field of canine genomics. Read more.
Emily Milodowski - Student Award winner 2013
Emily Milodowski has been chosen as the winner of the Student Inspiration Award. Read more.
Dr. Aguirre - International Award winner 2013
Dr. Aguirre is a world-leading Professor of Medical Genetics and Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Read more.
James Swann - Student Award winner 2015
James Swann, from Colchester, has won one of three awards available as part of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in Europe, to help further his pioneering work into a fatal autoimmune disease in dogs. Read more.
Professor Peter Bedford - Lifetime Achievement Award winner 2014
Professor Peter Bedford receives the the Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding work and contribution to the health of man's best friend. Read more.
Professor Robin Franklin - International Award winner 2014
Professor Robin Franklin receives International Health Award for this work in canine health. Read more.
Professor Sheila Crispin - Lifetime Achievement Award winner 2015
Professor Sheila Crispin has won a lifetime achievement award as part of the largest and most prestigious veterinary awards in Europe for her work as a veterinary ophthalmologist. Read more.
Soaring Cost Of Sickly Puppies As Consumers Buy On A Whim Online
The Kennel Club is increasingly concerned about irresponsible breeders who put profit over health and welfare and is keen to highlight the importance of going to a responsible breeder. Click to read more.
Hertfordshire Professor Wins International Award For Ground-breaking Work in Veterinary Neurology
Hertfordshire Professor Wins International Award For Ground-breaking Work in Veterinary Neurology. Read more.
Cambridge Professor Wins Lifetime Achievement Award For Pioneering Research In Canine Diseases
Cambridge Professor Wins Lifetime Achievement Award For Pioneering Research In Canine Diseases. Read more.
Local Veterinary Student Wins International Award For His Latest Research
Local Veterinary Student Wins International Award For His Latest Research. Read more.
Local Veterinary Student Wins International Award For Her Ground-breaking Research
Local Veterinary Student Wins International Award For Her Ground-breaking Research. Read more.
New Figures Highlight Benefits of Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme
Responsible dog breeders who put the health of their puppies first could be saving puppy buyers thousands of pounds in vet fees and helping them get a dog that is more likely to live a healthy life. Click to read more.
Remember, Remember Dog Safety In November
As Halloween and Bonfire Night approach, the Kennel Club is warning dog owners about how traumatic this time of year can be for dogs and other pets. Click to learn more.
Search Hotting Up for Breed Health Coordinator of the Year
The Kennel Club has announced the nominees for its inaugural Breed Health Coordinator of the Year competition, designed to reward the hard work and dedication of its network of health coordinators. Click to read more.
Minimum Distance Between Agility Obstacles Increased
Following research by Nottingham Trent University into dog jump distances, the Kennel Club has amended the distances between obstacles that dogs have to negotiate in agility. Click to learn more.
Five Finalists Battle It Out for Breed Health Coordinator of the Year: Online Voting Now Open
The five finalists in the Kennel Club’s Breed Health Coordinator of the Year competition have been selected where the competition now comes down to a public vote to decide the overall winner. Click to read more and to vote.
Breeding advice
Breeding advice
Understanding canine genetics
Understanding canine genetics
Deafness
Congenital deafness is recognised as a problem in many dog breeds that carry the extreme piebald gene, i.e. those with a mostly white coat.
Estimated Breeding Values
The risk of a dog developing a complex inherited disorder, such as hip or elbow dysplasia, is influenced by both environmental factors and genetic factors. Read more.
Inherited conditions with no test available
Despite significant amounts of research being carried out into canine health, there remain many conditions where little is known about the underlying causes.
Gene pools and the impact of selection
A gene pool is a hypothetical collection of all the variations of genes in a population.
DNA, Genes and Chromosomes
The sum of a dog’s genetic material can be thought of as a cook book which is split into chapters containing recipes.
From DNA to protein
Proteins are the building blocks for ever organism and make up bones, teeth, hair, muscle, enzymes, antibodies etc. Proteins are used in the body for structure, function and regulation.
Inbreeding and health
Inbreeding occurs when animals that are related breed.
Mutations and disease
Dogs that inherit a faulty gene will make a copy of the error and can pass it on in turn to their descendants.
The impact of popular sires
Popular sires, or male dogs that are used to produce large numbers of puppies, are one of the biggest contributors to a reduction in genetic diversity, an increase in inbreeding and elevated levels of genetic diseases within a breed.
Traits and inheritance
Dog breeders carefully choose which dogs to breed from based on a number of different characteristics, such as the way it looks, its general health, its temperament, etc.
Cavalier Heart Scheme Proven To Improve Health Approved By Kennel Club
The Kennel Club is working with the University of Copenhagen and the Danish Kennel Club on an approved and new health testing programme for myxomatous mitral valve disease in the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, which will help to dramatically improve heart health. Click to learn more.
Take a #DogsEyeView photo for National Canine Health Testing Week
Dog owners are being encouraged to take a ‘dog’s eye view’ photograph of their four-legged friends as part of this year’s National Canine Health Testing Week 21st to 27th November. Read more.
Give A Dog A Genome – First Samples Sent For Sequencing
The first eleven DNA samples of the AHT’s pioneering Give a Dog a Genome project have been sent for whole genome sequencing. Click to learn more.
Flat Coated Retriever Enthusiast Named Kennel Club Breed Health Coordinator of the Year
Liz Branscombe from Bedfordshire has been named Kennel Club Breed Health Coordinator of the Year. Click to read more.
New DNA Testing Scheme for the Giant Schnauzer
The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for prcd-PRA in the Giant Schnauzer. Click to learn more.
Kennel Club Supports International Genetic Testing Initiative
The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) has announced an initiative called the ‘Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs’, to support the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dog health and breeding decisions. Learn more.
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