RSS feeds RSS feeds

news archive

VET CHECKS AT CRUFTS FAIL BULLDOG AND PEKINGESE WINNERS

12-03-2012

The Kennel Club has announced that the following the breed judging on the first day of Crufts (Thursday) the Best of Breed (BOB) winners in two of the high profile breeds – the bulldog and the Pekingese – failed their veterinary checks and the breeds were not represented in the utility and toy group judging.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) welcomed the Kennel Club’s initiative to put the veterinary checks in place for the BOB winner in the 15 high profile breeds at all championship dog shows starting at Crufts this year.

The 15 breeds have been identified as having particular health problems often due to poor conformation as a result of having been bred with exaggerated characteristics. The veterinary checks ensure the BOB winners are not suffering as a result of their conformation, such as eye problems, skin disease, lameness or breathing difficulties, which should have been identified by the judge.

Commenting, Carl Padgett, President of the BVA, said:

“Breeding dogs with exaggerated features must be tackled robustly. The veterinary checks are sending out a strong message that dogs with health problems will not win in the show ring, and only visibly healthy dogs will be rewarded.

“Dog showing can be a force for good for dog breeding and education but the veterinary checks on the first two groups at Crufts have highlighted the health problems that all too often affect man’s best friend.

“We hope this strong action by the Kennel Club will be a wake-up call to those breeders and judges that still need to embrace the message that health should always be at the top of the agenda.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

1. The Kennel Club announcement on the bulldog and Pekingese http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/4199/23/5/3

2. For more information please contact the BVA Media Office on 020 7908 6340 or media@bva.co.uk

 

Sally Burnell

Head of Media and PR

British Veterinary Association

020 7908 6341

Out of hours: 07503 190 247 

sallyb@bva.co.uk

 

back

21-08-2014

Dear colleagues,

The final programme of the 20th FECAVA Eurocongress in November in Munich is now online available. Please have a look and make up your personal agenda from seminars...

» read more

20-08-2014

Dear colleagues,

At the 20th FECAVA Eurocongress in November in Munich Prof. Dr. Ralf Mueller from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich will give a therapeutic update on canine...

» read more

19-08-2014

Dear colleagues,

During the 20th FECAVA Eurocongress from Nov 6 - 9 in Munich the following service clubs will also meet: Kiwanis, Lions, Rotary, Soroptimists, Zonta.
Service...

» read more

22-07-2014

On 13th October The Bella Moss Fondation  and Royal Society of Medicines will organise the ...

» read more

18-07-2014

Dear colleagues,

Two half days at the 20th FECAVA Eurocongress in November in Munich deal with small mammals, since they are of growing importance in small animal practice.
...

» read more