The Kennel Club is to publish details of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) in the petit basset Griffon Vendeen breed.

According to the club, the decision – effective from the start of the year – followed a meeting of the canine health schemes eye panel working party. Under the eye scheme – run by the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the Kennel Club and the International Sheepdog Society – the condition has moved from schedule B to schedule A, meaning results including a ‘G’ notation, in the same manner as other glaucoma conditions, will appear alongside the date of testing on registration certificates as well as in the Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement.

The Kennel Club’s health information manager, Aimee Llewellyn, said the club would normally insist on a minimum of three months’ warning to breeders before agreeing to such a change, but as the request for the move has been made by the breed club, “this was not considered necessary in this case“.

“The Kennel Club continues to work alongside breed clubs and breed health coordinators in a collaborative effort to improve the health of pedigree dogs, as well as working jointly with the BVA on health schemes for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and inherited eye diseases,” she said.

“These programmes help conscientious breeders to identify those dogs that are clinically free of such diseases so the best possible choices for breeding programmes may be made.”

For more information, contact either the canine health scheme at the BVA or the Kennel Club health and breeders services department.

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