Tag Archives: Health and Welfare

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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Dr. Cathryn Mellersh & Prof. Sheila Crispin win International Canine Health Awards

Today, I was a guest at the International Canine Health Awards ceremony held in Cambridge. Joint winner of the International Prize was Dr. Cathryn Mellersh who is well-known to Dachshund owners for her ground-breaking work on cord1 PRA. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award was Prof. Sheila Crispin who has been working with the Dachshund …

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2015 Breeder Education Seminars from the KC & Royal Canin

The Kennel Club and ROYAL CANIN® are running a series of educational seminars on dog breeding, featuring the latest discoveries and advice on: Health issues; Breeding practices; Scientific developments to help breeders and their puppy rearing programmes. – See more here.

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