The Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding has set out its recommendations for the minimum standards that must be met to provide good health and welfare for breeding stock and their puppies.
The Advisory Council on the Welfare Issues of Dog Breeding has set out formal recommendations for the minimum standards that must be met to provide good health and welfare for all dogs involved in breeding.
The new standard for breeders is designed to protect the health and welfare of breeding stock and their puppies. The document will be updated regularly according to the best available science.
The document includes the minimum standards that the council considers essential to good practice, advice on how to achieve them and recommendations on standard operating procedures, covering aspects such as:
- daily routine and feeding
- environmental enrichment, and
- cleaning regimes.
BVA president Carl Padgett welcomed the standard, which he called “a big step forward in trying to improve the environment in which dogs are being bred”.
He also urged ministers to heed the recommendations set out in this standard, saying: “we must all continue to do everything within our powers to keep up the momentum to improve dog breeding.”