Breed Health

The dog breeding section is full of useful information if you are considering becoming a breeder and we hope established dog breeders will use it as a reference tool.
We are the largest UK organisation devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Our objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners
Health and welfare for show dogs
Resources for those involved in dog showing to continue putting dog health first.
Events, seminars and surveys
This section keeps you up to date with any upcoming events, health seminars and surveys.
Breed Health Co-ordinators and BHC Symposium
Breed Health Co-ordinators are individuals working on behalf of breed clubs and councils who are advocates for the health and welfare of their chosen breed.
Tackling inherited diseases
s in humans, any dog can be vulnerable to disease. However, there are certain dog breeds that are known to be prone to particular hereditary conditions that can affect their quality of life.
New DNA Testing Scheme for Welsh Terriers
The Kennel Club has approved a new official DNA testing scheme for Primary Lens Luxation (PLL) in the Welsh Terrier. Read more.
The Kennel Club’s Breed Health and Conservation Plans project
Breeders have to balance DNA test results and resources for assessing the risk of complex health conditions while also thinking about the importance of maintaining genetic diversity. The Breed Health and Conservation Plans project was launched to help breeders make balanced breeding decisions.
Illustrated Guide launched to help dog judges improve breed health
The Kennel Club has released a new Breed Watch Illustrated Guide to provide judges, veterinarians and anyone interested in dog health with a booklet that helps identify physical features that could lead to health and welfare issues in show dogs.
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