Tag Archives: Health and Welfare

Canine Gait and Posture – a Breedwatch 2016 presentation

Dr Constanza Gomez Alvarez is a lecturer in musculoskeletal biology at Surrey University Vet School. She has worked on several projects with the Dachshund Breed Council, looking at gait in relation to IVDD. Her presentation at the KC’s Breedwatch Education Day 2016 covered canine gait and posture. Locomotion or gait is the means of transport …

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Does the number of Breed Clubs make a difference to breed health improvement?

It’s nearly three years since Philippa Robinson published her KarltonIndex review of the work being done by Breed Clubs to safeguard and improve the health of their breeds. You may recall that the work of the Dachshund Breed Council and our clubs resulted in us coming out at number 1 in 2013 (having also “won” …

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What’s the point of a Breed Health Survey? – my April 2016 “Best of Health” article

A few weeks ahead of Crufts, the KC published an overall pedigree breed summary report and breed-specific reports from its health survey which was originally conducted at the end of 2014. The 2014 survey’s stated aim was to find the most prevalent conditions currently affecting live dogs and the most common causes of death and …

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The gene genie is truly out of the bottle – my latest Best of Health article

January seems to have been a month of genetics for me as I’ve had some fascinating conversations with canine geneticists about emerging technologies and upcoming research projects. It seems that it is now possible to identify new, simple recessive mutations from the DNA of a single affected dog. Not long ago, laboratories like Cathryn Mellersh’s …

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Dachshund Breed Council updates its Code of Ethics

The Breed Council has received confirmation from the Kennel Club that proposals for changes to the member clubs’ Code of Ethics have been approved. The new Code of Ethics was approved at the Council’s 2015 AGM. The changes were drafted by the Breed Council’s Health Committee and aim to: bring the Code up-to-date to reflect …

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