Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
 
 
Send Cancel

Kennel Club expands Breed Watch System
German Spitz should be monitored for 'sore eyes or excessive tearing'.
Amendments made to further improve dog health and welfare 

The Kennel Club has announced that it is to expand its Breed Watch system to ensure more robust monitoring of new and emerging health and welfare concerns.

The move follows a recommendation by the Kennel Club’s Breed Standards & Conformation sub-group and approval from the Kennel Club Board. The Kennel Club Dog Health Group concluded that the below points of concern should be monitored and added to Breed Watch for the respective breeds:

Boston Terrier – ‘lack of tail, screw tail, inverted tail and tight tail’ and ‘irregular hind movement’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Boxer – ‘pinched nostrils’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Bullmastiff – ‘excessive amounts of loose facial skin with conformational defects of the upper and/or lower eyelids so that the eyelid margins are not in normal contact with the eye when the dog is in its natural pose e.g. they turn in, or out, or both abnormalities are present’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – ‘sore eyes or excessive tearing’, ‘unsound movement’ and ‘weak hindquarters’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Chihuahua – expansion of current dental point of concern to: ‘wry jaw’, ‘retained puppy teeth’, ‘misplaced teeth’, ‘protruding tongue as a result of incorrect teeth’, ‘missing teeth’, and ‘incorrect bites’. ‘Excessively short muzzles’ also to be added.
Chinese Crested – ‘nervous temperament’.
Dachshund – ‘sore eyes or excessive tearing’, ‘incorrect hindquarter movement/ unsound movement’ and amendment for the current point of ‘body weight/ condition’ to ‘significantly underweight’. Reclassification of Standard Long Haired, Standard Smooth, and Standard Wire Haired from Category 1 to Category 2.
German Spitz (Mittel and Klein) – ‘sore eyes or excessive tearing’ for both varieties. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Great Dane – ‘excessive amounts of loose facial skin with conformational defects of the upper and/or lower eyelids so that the eyelid margins are not in normal contact with the eye when the dog is in its natural pose e.g. they turn in, or out, or both abnormalities are present’, ‘unsound movement’, ‘weak hindquarters’, and ‘nervous temperament’.
Griffon Bruxellois – ‘irregular hind movement’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
King Charles Spaniel – ‘prominent eyes’, and ‘weak hindquarters’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Leonberger – ‘weak hindquarters’, ‘unsound movement’, and ‘weak pasterns’.  Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Maremma Sheepdog – ‘nervous temperament’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Newfoundland – ‘excessive or incorrect coat’.
Pointer – ‘excessive hind angulation’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Rottweiler – ‘excessively short muzzles’, ‘sickle hocks’, ‘excessive hind angulation’ and ‘conformational defects of the upper and lower eyelids’. Reclassification from Category 1 to Category 2.
Spaniel (American Cocker) – ‘incorrect dentition’ to be amended to ‘small teeth’.

The Kennel Club’s Breed Watch System acts as an ‘early warning system’ to identify points of concern for individual breeds. It enables anyone involved in the world of dogs, but particularly dog show judges, to take note of any visible points of concern which they should take into account and penalise when judging the breed.

“The vast majority of pedigree dog breeds are happy and healthy, but some breeds do have points of concern which are being addressed robustly by all those who care about dogs, including breeders, dog clubs and the veterinary profession,” explained Bill Lambert, senior health and welfare manager of the Kennel Club.

“The additional monitoring and amendments to Breed Watch ensures that improvements in these points of concern can be recorded, and emerging visible traits in all breeds can be monitored to maintain and protect the health and welfare of any breed.

“All judges and exhibitors should take the time to become familiar with the points of concern that can affect their breed, as they too have an important role to play in ensuring that dogs are free from health concerns and exaggeration.”

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Vet Professionals offering webinars on feline health for vets

News Story 1
 Vet Professionals - a company that provides advice and information to pet owners and veterinary staff - are offering free 'ten-minute tips' education sessions on a range of topics related to feline health.

The webinars are held on Wednesdays at 1.30pm via Zoom. Sessions typically last around 30 minutes and include a live Q&A session.

Upcoming sessions include:

- 'How to place naso-oesophageal feeding tubes in cats' - 14 October
- 'How to place oesophagostomy feeding tubes in cats' - 28 October
- 'How to calculate tube feeding nutritional requirements' - 18 November.

Full details on future sessions, as well as links to previous webinars and video tutorials, are available on the Vet Professionals website. 

Click here for more...
News Shorts
More cases of African swine fever confirmed in Germany

More cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been confirmed in wild boar in Germany.

According to Pig World, 20 outbreaks have been identified in two districts - Brandenburg, where the original case confirmed on September 10 was found, and near the town of Neuzelle, some 7.5 km away.

The finding represents a further seven cases confirmed by Germany's Friedrich-Loeffler Institute. A Central Crisis Team has been established to coordinate the response to the outbreak.