The Kennel Club (KC) has introduced more changes to its Assured Breeder Scheme (ABS), which it says will ensure “improved dog health and responsible breeding” continue to be at the fore of its work for 2014.

The changes to the scheme – which promotes breeding of healthy puppies by requiring breeders to meet a set of standards – have been introduced following consultations with breed clubs and councils, said the KC.
Breed specific changes in this batch of amendments include, for both the miniature poodle and the toy poodle:
The change from a recommendation to a requirement for a DNA test for progressive rod cone degeneration, which results in progressive retinal atrophy
Annual eye testing has been changed to a recommendation from a requirement.    
These and details of other ABS changes will be included in the ABS e-newsletter that will be emailed to all assured breeders before Crufts next March.  
KC health and breeder services manager Bill Lambert said: “As we reach 2014, we continue to ensure the ABS is evolving to allow us to maintain maximum progress for dog health and to encourage good breeding practices.
“The changes made have come as a direct result of input from breed clubs and councils we work with to further adapt the ABS to the specific needs of individual breeds with regards to health testing and welfare.”
The list of ABS breed-specific requirements and recommendations is updated twice a year. Further breed tests can be expected as they are developed, said the club, and existing assured breeders have a period of six months to comply with any new requirements and recommendations.
Breed clubs and breed councils wishing to make changes to the breed-specific requirements and recommendations for their breed should write to Assured Breeder Scheme, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.
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