High profile Best of Breed vet checks to be launched at Crufts

The Kennel Club has produced guidelines for show societies, exhibitors and veterinary surgeons in order to ensure that everyone has an understanding of the new veterinary checks which will take place at Crufts 2012 and at all subsequent Kennel Club licensed General and Group Championship Shows.

These guidelines are intended to enable the checks to be carried out as efficiently and effectively as possible. Furthermore, the Kennel Club has also produced a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the High Profile Breed Veterinary Checks.

Changes have been made to the way that the fifteen high profile breeds are awarded Best of Breed, to ensure that only fit and healthy dogs are awarded Best of Breed.

The changes, which came into effect on 1 March 2012, mean that any dog in the fifteen high profile breeds which is selected as Best of Breed at Crufts 2012 and at all subsequent Kennel Club licensed General and Group Championship Shows, will need to be given a clean bill of health by the show veterinary surgeon before their Best of Breed award is confirmed and before they are allowed to continue to compete in the final stages of the show involved.

All veterinary surgeons who undertake these checks at shows will receive full training and guidance on how the checks should be carried out.

All guidelines and FAQs can be found on the High Profile Breed Veterinary Check page of the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/item/4176.

To find out what else the Kennel Club is doing to improve the health of pedigree dogs, visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/doghealth.

2nd March 2012

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The Kennel Club is the largest organisation in the UK devoted to dog health, welfare and training. Its objective is to ensure that dogs live healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.

It runs the country’s largest registration database for both pedigree and crossbreed dogs and the Petlog database, which is the UK’s largest reunification service for microchipped animals. The Kennel Club Assured Breeder Scheme is the only scheme in the UK that monitors and sets standards for breeders, in order to protect the welfare of puppies and breeding bitches. It also runs the UK’s largest dog training programme, the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme and licenses shows and clubs across a wide range of activities, which help dog owners to bond and enjoy life with their dogs. The Kennel Club runs the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, and the Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London, which is a fun family day out that educates people about how to buy responsibly and care for their dog.

The Kennel Club invests in welfare campaigns, dog training and education programmes and the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which supports research into dog diseases and dog welfare charities, including Kennel Club Breed Rescue organisations that re-home dogs throughout the UK. The Kennel Club jointly runs health screening schemes with the British Veterinary Association and through the Charitable Trust, funds the Kennel Club Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust, which is at the forefront of pioneering research into dog health.