Opportunity For Judges To Secure Future Of Healthy, Happy Pedigree Dogs

The Kennel Club is offering CC judges the chance to help secure the future of healthy and happy pedigree dogs, by holding its inaugural Breed Watch Education Day at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 26thFebruary.

Limited places are still available for the educational event, which is for CC judges of breeds listed in category two and three of the Kennel Club's Breed Watch initiative. The event is designed to ensure that judges are given the appropriate training and guidance to identify visible health and welfare concerns in dogs at shows, and will feature five different workshops on what judges should be looking for in movement, eyes, skin, body conditioning and mouth and dentition. 

The Breed Watch Education Day supports developments made by the Kennel Club in the way the health of pedigree dogs is monitored, part of which involves providing all judges at championship shows with the opportunity to report on any visible conditions or exaggerations that they consider to be detrimental to the health and welfare of dogs.

The education day is part of the wider Breed Watch initiative, which serves as an 'early warning system' to identify points of concern for individual breeds of pedigree dog. Its primary purpose is to enable anyone involved in the world of dogs, but in particular dog show judges, to find out about any breed specific conformational issues which may lead to health problems.

Nick Blayney, Veterinary Advisor to the Kennel Club, who is leading the skin workshop at the event, said: "The interest the education day has generated so far is very encouraging.  It is crucial that judges recognise, as the majority already do, the important role they play in improving the health of pedigree dogs and we hope to be able to support them with this by providing an educational platform that will be beneficial to them."

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Judges have such a positive role in helping to secure the future of dog showing and the part it plays in improving dog health.  We want to be able to help them continue to do this by offering training and guidance should they need it, which fits in with the wider intentions of Breed Watch and the Kennel Club's improvements in dog health across the board.

"Judges, exhibitors and breeders have so much scope to help breed health improvements and we want to be able to help facilitate this."

Workshops on the day are being held by a range of specialists: experienced championship dog show judges, Frank Kane and Annette Oliver, Professor Sheila Crispin MA VetMB BSc PhD DVA DVOphthal DipECVO FRCVS, Kennel Club Veterinary Advisor, Nick Blayney BVSc MRCVS and Dr Ron James BVet.MED PhD MRCVS FRCPATH. There is also a slot dedicated to health monitoring forms and the reporting of visible conditions or exaggerations that judges consider to be detrimental to the health and welfare of dogs.

There is limited availability remaining for the event, so judges of category two and three breeds who are interested in attending the Breed Watch Education Day should contact Charlotte McNamara, Kennel Club High Profile Breed Coordinator at the earliest convenience, on 020 7518 1012 or by emailing charlotte.mcnamara@thekennelclub.org.uk.

For more information on Breed Watch visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/services/public/breed/watch.

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