The Kennel Club (KC) has announced more changes to its assured breeder scheme (ABS) to help improve dog health and responsible breeding in 2015.

The Parson Russell terrier is among the breeds affected by the changes.

The KC says the changes, taking effect on January 1, have been introduced following consultations with breed clubs and councils in a collaborative effort to ensure health and welfare issues are kept at the forefront of the scheme.

This is mirrored in the addition of new DNA tests developed by scientists such as those at the KC genetics centre at the Animal Health Trust and other research institutions.

KC health and breeder services manager Bill Lambert said the scheme was flexible to enable changes to suit the needs of different breeds.

“We are looking forward to further developing throughout 2015 to help ensure puppy buyers are signposted to good breeders for healthy and happy puppies,”
 he said. 

The ABS breed specific requirements and recommendations are updated twice a year to ensure they remain relevant and of maximum health benefit to all dogs bred by KC assured breeders. As with previous changes, existing assured breeders have six months to comply with new requirements and recommendations.

Breed clubs and councils wishing to make changes for their breed should write to the Assured Breeder Scheme, The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London, W1J 8AB.

The changes are as follows:

Dachshund (miniature wirehaired): change from a recommendation to a requirement – DNA test for Lafora’s disease.

Eurasier: add requirement of hip scoring; add recommendation of elbow grading; add recommendation of patella testing.

Newfoundland: change from a recommendation to a requirement – elbow grading. Add recommendation of “bitches over seven years not to produce a litter.”

Parson Russell terrier: change from a recommendation to a requirement – DNA test for Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). Add requirement of DNA test for Late Onset Ataxia (LOA); add requirement of DNA test for Spinocerebellar Ataxia (SCA).

Tibetan terrier: add requirement of DNA test for rcd4-PRA; add requirement of DNA test for PRA3.

More information on the ABS can be found at

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