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Mastiff and Neopolitan Mastiff fail Crufts vet checks

No dog representing the Mastiff and Neopolitan Mastiff breeds will compete in Saturday evening’s Best in Group competition at Crufts after they failed the new veterinary checks that have been introduced to the show.

The Best of Breed award was not given to Mastiff, Secret Charm Avec Dibest, or the Neopolitan Mastiff, Ithani, following their veterinary checks, which were carried out by an independent veterinary surgeon. This means that they will not be allowed to continue into the Working Best in Group competition.

The Kennel Club has introduced veterinary checks for the Best of Breed winners at all Kennel Club licensed General and Group Championship Dog Shows from Crufts 2012 onwards, in 15 designated high profile breeds. This measure was introduced to ensure that Best of Breed awards are not given to any dogs that show visible signs of problems due to conditions that affect their health or welfare.

The fifteen high profile breeds are as follows: Basset Hound, Bloodhound, Bulldog, Chow Chow, Clumber Spaniel, Dogue De Bordeaux, German Shepherd Dog, Mastiff, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pekingese, Shar Pei, St Bernard, French Bulldog, Pug and Chinese Crested.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are determined to ensure that the show ring is a positive force for change and that we help to move breeds forward by only rewarding the healthiest examples of a breed.

“The veterinary checks were introduced to ensure that dogs with exaggerated features do not win prizes. The independent veterinary surgeon decided that the Mastiff and Neopolitan Mastiff breeds should not pass their vet checks and therefore they did not receive their Best of Breed awards and will not be representing their breeds in the remainder of the competition.”

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10th March 2012
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3/10/2012