Two dogs have failed new veterinary checks introduced by the Kennel Club, meaning that no dog representing the Pekingese or bulldog breeds competed in yesterday’s Best in Group competitions at Crufts 2012.
Two dogs have failed strict new veterinary checks introduced by the Kennel Club, meaning that no dog representing the Pekingese or bulldog breeds competed in Best in Group competitions at Crufts 2012 yesterday (March 8).
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The new veterinary checks, introduced on March 1, 2012, mean that any dog in the fifteen high profile breeds selected as Best of Breed at Crufts 2012 (and all subsequent Kennel Club licensed general and group championship shows) must be given a clean bill of health by the show veterinary surgeon before their award is confirmed and before they are allowed to continue to compete in the final stages of the show.
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.
However, following veterinary checks by an independent veterinary surgeon at Crufts yesterday (March 9), the Best of Breed award was not given to Pekingese Palacegarden Bianca, or bulldog Mellowmood One In A Million – the latter of which was the Bulldog Club Inc.’s Bulldog of the Year 2011 and, more recently, achieved reserve Best in Breed at the club’s championship show on March 3, 2012.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The veterinary checks were introduced to ensure that dogs with exaggerated features do not win prizes.
“The independent veterinary surgeon decided that the Pekingese and bulldog should not pass their 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.”
Commenting on the news, BVA president Carl Padgett welcomed the Kennel Club’s initiative to put the veterinary checks in place.
He said: “The veterinary checks are sending out a strong message that dogs with health problems will not win in the show ring, and only visibly healthy dogs will be rewarded.
He added: “We hope this strong action by the Kennel Club will be a wake-up call to those breeders and judges that still need to embrace the message that health should always be at the top of the agenda.”