Tag Archives: Our Dogs “Best of Health”

Canine anxiety and puppy-rearing: my November 2019 “Best of Health” article

Earlier this year I analysed some data collected by one of our Dachshund Breed Rescues. We wanted to see whether the massive increase in popularity of Miniature Smooth Dachshunds was feeding through into a rehoming and rescue problem. Unsurprisingly, the 2 are linked and this particular rescue charity has seen a 4-fold increase in rehoming …

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Throwing the baby out with the bathwater – my “Best of Health” article October 2019

Last month, I commented on the potential unintended consequences of breeders endorsing their puppies because “that’s what responsible breeders do”. There aren’t enough well-bred, KC registered puppies to meet demand and an estimated 70% of pedigree puppies are not KC registered. If someone has bought an endorsed puppy (dog or bitch) and is determined to …

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Are responsible breeders making things worse? – my September 2019 “Best of Health” article

I recently helped one of our Breed Rescue organisations to analyse their rehoming data collected since 2017. We’ve seen a huge rise in the popularity of Mini Smooth Dachshunds, in particular, and many of us were concerned that this would lead to more ending up in rescue. Registrations of Mini Smooths grew from 3450 in …

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Every breed needs a choreographer! – my August 2019 “Best of Health” article

I recently read a paper published by Save the Children, the charity, that described a range of approaches to collaboration in the field of humanitarian aid. It struck me that many of the things described had parallels that could be of use to us. Clearly, sorting out the challenges of pedigree dog health is not …

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The why and how of Breed-specific Health Strategies – “Best of Health” June 2019

When I spoke at the 3rd International Dog Health Workshop in Paris in 2017, I started by saying that breed health improvement is not a conformation problem, a genetics problem, or a veterinary problem. It’s a change management and a continuous improvement problem. For IDHW4 held in the UK recently, I said the challenge is …

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