The Kennel Club is developing a revolutionary new database that will enable people to find a perfect mate for their dog which will help to improve the health of future generations within the breed.

The Kennel Club is developing a revolutionary new database that will enable people to find a perfect mate for their dog which will help to improve the health of future generations within the breed.
 
Find your dog the  perfect mateIn a first of its kind, the Mate Select programme, which will be accessed via the Kennel Club website, will allow both occasional and regular breeders to assess the impact that a proposed mating will have on the genetic diversity within a breed.
 
As new health screening tools are developed, these will also be incorporated into Mate Select so that, in future, breeders will be able to select mating pairs which will maximise the chances of producing healthy puppies whilst having the optimum impact on the breed’s genetic diversity.
 
More information about the new database and other Kennel Club health projects will be available at the Health Zone at DFS Crufts, which takes place on March 11-14 at the NEC in Birmingham.
 
These IT developments will greatly expand the Kennel Club’s ability to collect and store health information on registered dogs – information that will allow the development of new health screening tools which will find their way into Mate Select and improve the health of pedigree dogs.
 
The Kennel Club wants to ensure that these healthy puppies go on to loving homes and has launched a new Breed Information Centre on its website. This includes a Health Test Results Finder, which records the health test results for any Kennel Club registered dog; an Accredited Breeder application that gives potential owners a list of responsible breeders in their area; and a Find a Breed application to show which breed’s characteristics would best suit their lifestyle.
 
Kennel Club communications director, Caroline Kisko, said: “People do a lot of thinking about their perfect partner but dogs’ needs are relatively simple – to find a mate that will give them healthy puppies, which will then be matched with loving owners.
 
“A lot of science is going into the Kennel Club’s new database, but the end result will be that the computer will help dog owners find a mate for their dog, which will give them the best possible chance of producing healthy puppies. Not only can we help to match the right dogs with each other, but equally important is matching the right puppy buyers to the right puppy and our newly launched Breed Information Centre will help people to find the right breed and the right breeder.”
 
Health test results and details of any surgery or operations that a dog has had will be inputted into the health database by dog owners and vets and will then be verified. Dogs will then enter the ‘dating pool’ and be matched with other dogs, of the same breed within the surrounding area, on the basis of their Estimated Breeding Value (the genetic value of the dog based upon health considerations).
 
Work is already under way on the database which will be available by the end of the year, and the Mate Select programme within the following twelve months.

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