Category Archives: Best of Health – Our Dogs

Managing breeds for a secure future – my March 2018 “Best of Health” article

The return of the snow, recently, reminded me of my Christmas reading. Sponenberg, Martin and Beranger’s “Managing breeds for a secure future” is now in its second edition (2017). It has been updated to reflect the emerging debates in animal breeding and includes domestic species such as dogs. The authors are academics but attempt to …

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Healthy dogs: breeders and owners want the same thing

Sometimes, it’s easy to lose sight of what we’re all striving for. With vocal and polarised “camps”, the noise we hear often boils down to “ban x breed” at one end of the spectrum and “breed x is perfectly healthy” at the other. These positions are sometimes exacerbated by cherry-picking of data and evidence to …

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“I’m a Breed Health Coordinator, get me out of here” – my January 2018 Best of Health article in Our Dogs

At the end of January, nominations close for the Breed Health Coordinator of the Year Award which is worth £1000 to the winner. This year, the award is part of the International Canine Health Awards which are sponsored by Shirley and Vernon Hill, founders of Metro Bank. According to the KC’s website, “judges will be …

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Focus and alignment – a challenge for Breed Plan Communications: my December 2017 “Best of Health” article

Last month, I wrote about the soon to be published Breed Health and Conservation Plans (BHCPs) which the KC is developing with Breed Clubs. Initially, 17 breeds are in the pipeline to have their plans published. These will be really important documents to set a baseline for each breed’s health status and genetic diversity. They …

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Planning for Breed Improvement – my November 2017 “Best of Health” article

Planning for Breed Improvement At the October 2017 Breed Health Coordinator Symposium, Dr. Katy Evans gave an update on the progress being made to create Breed Health and Conservation Plans. Katy is Health Research Manager in the KC’s Health Team and has been leading this project which is working on plans for 17 breeds initially. …

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