Category Archives: Best of Health – Our Dogs

Nearly 20 years of DNA testing – what can we learn? – my February 2019 “Best of Health” article

Doctors Tom Lewis (KC) and Cathryn Mellersh (AHT) recently published an Open Access paper where they analysed trends in DNA testing for 8 autosomally recessive conditions in 8 breeds. A headline in the Vet Times said “Study reveals ‘fantastic work’ of DNA testing”. The sub-headline stated that “A study has revealed responsible breeders are reducing …

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An international approach to breed health improvement – “Best of Health” – January 2019

This year, the International Partnership for Dogs will be holding its 4th workshop. Our Kennel Club is hosting the event which will take place from 30th May to 1st June, near Windsor. The Kennel Club was a founding partner of the IPFD since its inception in 2014 and hosted the first ever meeting of the …

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Behavioural traits of dogs – some surprising clusters – “Best of Health” December 2018

Last month, an Open Access paper “Prevailing Clusters of Canine Behavioural Traits in Historical US Demand for Dog Breeds (1926–2005)” was published. The authors are Bethany Wilson, James Serpell, Harold Herzog and Paul McGreevy. It presents an interesting statistical analysis to create clusters of breeds with similar behavioural traits. It caught my attention because the …

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Blue is the colour; CNR is the name – my November 2018 “Best of Health” article

Blue is the colour; CNR is the name… Recently, we had the misfortune to discover that Johanna Konta (Tennis player) has bought a Blue Dachshund and was proudly sharing pictures on her Instagram page. The picture received over 4000 “Likes” and generated lots of discussion among Dachshund Facebook Group members. Blue is a colour that …

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How long will my dog live? Longevity Study – my October 2018 “Best of Health” article

How long will my dog live? It seems a long time ago, but in 2014 the KC ran its pedigree dogs breed health survey with an online survey that attracted just under 50,000 responses. Among these were 5663 reports of dogs that had died. Now, that set of mortality data has been analysed and published …

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