Concern for the health of German Shepherd Dogs is reflected in the fact that the breed is classed as 'category three' under the Kennel Club's Breed Watch scheme. Many of the category three breeds have seen vast health improvements but we know that some breeds still have further to go.
We will be looking at what support we are giving to particular breeds to ensure continued improvement, and we will continue to review judges who may appear to disregard the health instructions they are given since they play a significant part in achieving change in the health of any breed. However we will always seek the views of the judge in matters of this nature before drawing conclusions.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has recently funded a study by the University of Surrey looking into the conformation and movement of German Shepherds, as part of our commitment to improving the health of this breed.