LATEST NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Here is where we will keep you up to date with the lastest news from around the world.
DDB HEALTH WEBSITE
There has been a fabulous new breed health issues website launched with all the health conditions effecting our amazing breed, and lots more info so check it out.
CRUFTS RESULTS 2016
FROM ACROSS THE DITCH
FROM ACROSS THE DITCH
t would appear the Aussies are following our lead and a couple of Bordeaux enthusiasts over there Jo Wroblewski & Leanne Miller got a stand at the Sydney Pet Expo and took their Dogue's along to introduce the breed to the public over there.
UK KENNEL CLUB
UK KENNEL CLUB
HE KENNEL Club has announced that dogs of 15 ‘high-profile breeds’ who win best of breed at Crufts 2012 and at general and group championship shows after that will need to be given a clean bill of health by the show vet before their awards are confirmed and they are allowed to continue to compete at the show.
In addition, before the champion title of any dog or bitch within these breeds can be confirmed the dog will have to undergo the same procedure at a group or general championship show.
The move, which will become effective in March 2012, is to ensure that the breeds, ‘some of which suffer from health issues and which attract the greatest criticism, do not bring the whole hobby of dog showing into disrepute’, the KC said on Tuesday, adding: “This requirement is designed to improve canine health and protect the sport of dog showing.”
The breeds are the Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chinese Crested, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue de Bordeaux, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Pug, Shar-Pei and the St Bernard.
Vets will be looking for signs of ectropion, entropion, corneal damage, dermatitis, breathing difficulty on moderate exercise, lameness and skin disorders. With regard to the Crested, the principal issue will be the presence of skin damage arising from hair removal, and signs of clipper rash or ‘chemical insults’ to the skin. Show vets will be given clear guidelines on the issues which need to be considered before deciding whether to allow a dog to proceed in the group competition.
“The vets will be directed only to prevent dogs from going forward if they are suffering from some clinical problem which obviously adversely affects the dog’s well being,” the KC said. “They will not be permitted to exclude dogs merely for aesthetic reasons or because of exaggerations alone unless these are causing the dog some adverse clinical effect on its health or welfare.
“An exploratory meeting to establish the practicalities of these issues has already been held with a number of established show vets. This has been extremely helpful to us in planning for the detailed regulations which will have to be introduced to give effect to this new requirement.”
KC chairman Ronnie Irving said: “The majority of people involved in showing dogs, including the 15 high-profile breeds, are doing a good job in moving their breed forward and many judges are ensuring that health is paramount when they judge. This work should be applauded and recognised. Sadly though, a few judges in some breeds simply can’t or won’t accept the need to eliminate from top awards, dogs which are visibly unhealthy.
“Neither we who show dogs, nor the KC which must protect our hobby, can reasonably allow that state of affairs to continue. I hope also that monitoring the results of this exercise may even, in time, enable us to drop from the high-profile list some of those breeds which prove to have a clean bill of health. This move, along with the other health measures that we have put in place will help the KC to ensure that the show ring is, as Professor Patrick Bateson said it can be: a positive lever for change in the world of dogs.”
Crufts vet Steve Dean said: “The guidance which we will issue to show vets will focus on clinical signs associated with pain or discomfort which will come under the main headings of external eye disease, lameness, skin disorders and breathing difficulty. The vet will be looking for signs such as ectropion, entropion, corneal damage, dermatitis, breathing difficulty on moderate exercise, and lameness. The 15th breed is the Chinese Crested where the principal issue will be the presence of skin damage arising from hair removal and thus signs of clipper rash or chemical insults to the skin will be looked for.
“It is not intended for the vet to act in any way as a show judge of conformation. Veterinary opinion will only lead to disqualification of a dog from further competition where there is clinical evidence of disease. Perhaps the only arguable exceptions are ectropion and entropion, as both are confirmatory defects of the eyelid, but both conditions are closely associated with chronic conjunctival inflammation or corneal damage and thus they will be disqualifying signs in their own right.
“By giving dog exhibitors and judges 12 months’ notice of the intent to have a vet examine the BOB from each of the high-profile breeds we hope that judges will ensure that only healthy exhibits will come forward. Therefore, the number of times dogs are excluded from the group following veterinary examination should be minimal. For some of the breeds this will still be a huge challenge but the intent is to improve the overall health and welfare of dogs and if this measure helps achieve this then it has to be a step in the right direction.”
KC secretary Caroline Kisko said: “There are 195 breeds whose participation in the hobby of dog showing is overshadowed by the small minority of people within some high-profile breeds who seem to continue to breed, and occasionally reward, unhealthy dogs and who by so doing are bringing down the reputation of the hobby and the rest of the dog showing fraternity. We must ensure, for the future prospects of dog showing and for the good of dogs, that only healthy dogs go home from dog shows with prizes.
“This action will not only protect the reputation of the majority of dog showing people who put the health and welfare of their dogs first and foremost, but it will also continue to encourage improvement within the high-profile breeds themselves, ensuring that the healthiest are justly held up as an example for others to follow.”
The changes, which will become active from 2012, come after measures were put in place in 2009 to try to ensure that only healthy dogs are rewarded in the show ring, the KC said.
“Judges now have the power to remove dogs that look unhealthy from competition and show monitors can also ask show vets to determine whether a dog is healthy enough to continue competing,” Mrs Kisko said. These existing requirements will continue to be in place at Crufts 2011.”
Regulations to effect these new moves are being developed and will be published in due course, the KC said.
FCI APPROVES BREEDING STRATEGIES
" to enhance genetic health "
" to enhance genetic health "
THE FEDERATION Cynologique Internationale (FCI) has approved international breeding strategies which it believes will enhance canine genetic health.
There should be education programmes for breeders, preferably on an annual basis, the FCI believes. Breeders and breed clubs should be encouraged to co-operate with scientists in genetic health issues to prevent combination of dogs from lines which will result in unhealthy offspring.
The breeder should keep the breed Standard as the guideline for the breed-specific features; any exaggerations should be avoided. Any dog used for breeding or screened for inherited diseases must (be microchipped or tattooed).
The strategy states that only functionally and clinically healthy dogs with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.
The strategies include the following points:
• If close relatives of a dog suffering from an inherited disease or functional disability are used for breeding they should be mated only to dogs from bloodlines with low or no occurrence of the same disease or disabilities. If possible, stock should be DNA tested;
• Mating combinations which increase the risk of disease or disability should be avoided;
• Only dogs of sound temperament should be used for breeding;
• Attempts should be made to preserve or extend the genetic diversity, and matings between siblings, mother to son or father to daughter should never be performed. A general recommendation is that no dog should have more offspring than equivalent to five per cent of the number of puppies registered in the breed population during a five-year period;
• Screening should be recommended only for diseases and breeds where the disease has a major impact on the dogs’ functional health;
• Results from DNA tests for inherited diseases should be used to avoid breeding diseased dogs, not necessarily to eradicate the disease.
Any dog should be able to mate naturally, and AI should not be used to overcome physical inabilities of the dog. A bitch should be excluded from further breeding if she is unable to give birth due to anatomy or inherited inertia or if she is unable to take care of the newborn puppies due to ‘mentality’ or lack of milk;
•As a general rule, a breeding programme should not exclude more than 50 per cent of the breed; the breeding stock should be selected from the best half of the breed population.